Mind Your Wake Stewards Grant

Introducing the Mind Your Wake Stewards Grant

Written by Boatsetter Team
January 17, 2024

Last Updated on January 17, 2024 by Boatsetter Team

Here at Boatsetter, we’re conscious of the environmental impact boating has on the planet’s water. We’re also aware that mindfulness is a practice. So, to help our boat owners, we’ve created the Mind Your Wake Stewards Grant program. Our program supports water conservation nonprofits who share our passion for sustainability and seek to make a positive impact on our waterways.

Post summary:

  • How the program works
  • Water conservation nonprofits to nominate
  • Hear from Mind Your Wake Stewards!
  • More ways to Mind Your Wake

Nominate a water conservation nonprofit for the Mind Your Wake Stewards Grant

How the Mind Your Wake Stewards Grant program works

Boatsetter owners are able to nominate 501(c)(3) organizations in their communities whose mission aligns with Boatsetter’s sustainability goals. Our team will vet the nominees and the winning organizations will be awarded a grant to support their on-going efforts in keeping our waterways clean, healthy, and safe. A total of $15,000 in grant funding is available exclusively for Boatsetter owners through this program.

Mind Your Wake Stewards Grant history & goal

If this program sounds familiar to you, it’s because we first started this project in 2020! Formerly known as The Owner Community Grant program, we awarded a total of $15,000 across nine incredible water conservation nonprofit organizations nominated by Boatsetter owners. This year, we have our sights set on not only supporting more water conservation nonprofits, but also continuing the Mind Your Wake Stewards Grant program annually.

Read about our 2020 grant program winners here.

Not sure which water conservation nonprofit to nominate?

Use this list of water conservation nonprofits to get your gears churning! If you like one, feel free to nominate them. Just remember, you may nominate any water conservation nonprofit of your choosing for the Mind Your Wake Stewards Grant.

Alliance for the Great Lakes

Headquartered in Chicago, The Alliance for the Great Lakes is a nonpartisan nonprofit working across the region to protect our most precious resource: the fresh, clean, and natural waters of the Great Lakes.”

Learn more about the Alliance for the Great Lakes

San Francisco Baykeeper

“Baykeeper defends the health of San Francisco Bay, its watershed, and Bay Area residents. We hold polluters accountable.”

Learn more about San Francisco Baykeeper

Ocean Connectors

“Ocean Connectors was founded on the realization that many schoolchildren do not have equal access to explore their coastal environment.”

Learn more about the Ocean Connectors

Big Blue & You

“Big Blue & You is dedicated to inspiring and educating youth about OCEAN conservation through ARTS, SCIENCE and MEDIA.”

Learn more about Blue Blue & You

Trout Unlimited

We believe in bringing all parties to the table to find proactive solutions that meet the challenges facing coldwater fisheries. We work to protect important habitat, reconnect degraded waterways and restore trout populations.”

Learn more about Trout Unlimited

Captains for Clean Water

“Captains For Clean Water is a grassroots 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that fights to restore and protect our water resources… We work to advance science-based solutions through efforts focused on awareness and education, empowering people like you to speak up for our water quality and hold elected officials accountable.

Learn more about Captains for Clean Water


“Our mission is to protect public access, promote responsible use, and preserve […] Masonboro Island. We work to keep those traditions — surfing, camping, fishing, boating, paddleboarding — open to you, your kids, and even your pets for years to come.”

Learn more about Masonboro.org

Captina Conservancy

“Captina Conservancy’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the biodiversity, the natural beauty, and the environmental health of the Captina Creek and regional watersheds.”

Learn more about Captina Conservancy 

Friends of Dyke Marsh

The Friends of Dyke Marsh (FODM) was formed in 1976 by a group of local people who, initially, wanted to stop plans to use the marsh as a dumping ground for dredged river spoil. This was yet another insult to the wetland; in the 1930s, construction debris had been heaped into the marsh and some of it is still visible today.”

Learn more about Friends of Dyke Marsh

Sea Adventure Crusade

Sead Adventure Crusade’s mission is “To create an environment for injured veterans, their loved ones and Gold Star Families to continue healing from the injuries received in the service of our Nation”

Learn more about Sea Adventure Crusade

Hear from past Mind Your Wake Stewards

“I have been a big fan of Baykeeper for many years, as an avid boater who loves and appreciates San Francisco Bay.  I believe the Bay needs good stewards so that we can keep it clean and safe for everyone to enjoy.  For the past two years, I have volunteered as a boat pilot in Baykeeper’s annual on-the-water Bay Parade event. The lively Bay Parade unites boaters, swimmers, kayakers, and SUPers to celebrate San Francisco Bay. With over 300 participants, Baykeeper’s annual Bay Parade has created a community of Bay enthusiasts and environmental stewards.” — Maggie Hallahan, Boatsetter Owner 

“The co-founder (Michelle Swaby) is a friend and colleague. I really love the passion she and her daughter have regarding the conservation of nature and the arts. I also appreciate their efforts in educating and exposing minority youth to nature.” — Danni Washington, Boatsetter Owner

More ways to mind your wake

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There is no single way to practice minding your wake. Make sure to browse through the blog for more of Boatsetter’s sustinability efforts and events coming near you.

Winners will be announced in April 2024!

Nominate a water conservation nonprofit for the Mind Your Wake Stewards Grant

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