Coast Guard Foundation

About The Foundation

The Coast Guard Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that supports the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard and their families.

Founded in 1969, the Coast Guard Foundation provides education, support, and relief for the brave men and women who enforce maritime law, protect our homeland, and preserve the environment.

They are an independent organization separate from the U.S. Coast Guard. As a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we provide vital support that the U.S. government cannot provide to Coast Guard members and their families.

They are committed to serving them with high-quality programs and resources that enhance their service and better prepare them for duty.

The Mission

In times of triumph and through adversity, the Coast Guard Foundation:

  • Focuses on the well-being, education, and morale of the men and women of the Coast Guard
  • Empowers and educates Coast Guard families
  • Provides critical support during times of injury and loss
  • Serves to promote the missions of the Coast Guard

The Story

The founding directors were Coast Guard veterans who served together during World War II.

The founders, who enjoyed successful careers after their military service, saw that the Coast Guard Academy’s operating budget wasn’t fully covering all of its needs, and they started the Foundation to provide funds that could make up the difference.

In 1986, the Foundation expanded its charter to support projects that enhance the education, welfare, and morale of all Coast Guard members and their families.

Since the expansion of their mission, they have provided millions of dollars in college scholarships to dependents of Coast Guard personnel, and our morale initiatives have supplied exercise equipment, learning materials, computers, and more to thousands of cutters, bases, and units across the country.