YachtAid Global Grows Sea Legs in Non-Profit World

Patrons Can Now Make Tax-Deductible Donations to
Charitable Yacht Organization Benefiting Underprivileged Children Worldwide

(San Diego, September 21, 2010): YachtAid GlobalTM—also known as YAG—an organization that coordinates the delivery of humanitarian and development aid to underprivileged children in coastal communities by way of the Superyacht fleet, was recently approved as a project under the United Charitable Programs (UCP). UCP is a registered 501(c)(3) that extends its public charity status along with its administrative resources to cover a variety of charitable organizations. The arrangement is commonly referred to as a fiscally sponsored program. As a UCP project, YachtAid Global essentially gains an administration team and can allow its patrons to make tax-deductible donations to its causes without restriction.

“We originally formed YAG as an extension of my personal interest in giving back. We were surprised to see queries for how people can help and donate to the cause,” said Captain Mark Drewelow, founder and executive director of YachtAid Global. “We wanted to match their generosity with as many benefits as we could find for them, and UCP was able to give us the capacity to do so.”

YachtAid Global was founded in 2006 as a charitable offshoot of Drewelow’s company, C2C, Inc., a firm based in San Diego that provides a broad spectrum of solutions to Superyachts. C2C is considered the authority on how to successfully cruise the Panama to Alaska waters on any size Superyacht. Through C2C and interacting with owners, captains and crew, he saw how receptive they were when presented with the YAG concept and objectives. As more and more owners and crew enlisted their support, admired by the ease of execution, YachtAid Global was born.

“It seemed like a natural fit: C2C would use its network of contacts to manage logistics for getting supplies to underprivileged children in coastal communities, and the superyachts could simply act as a vessel of transport—they were already heading that anyway,” said Drewelow. “The concept clicked, and it became our tagline, ‘changing the world without changing course’.”

The process from getting aid on a yacht to the benefiting organization is coordinated in advance by YachtAid Global. YAG Ambassadors select and pre-screen locations to receive aid. Yachts delivering supplies work with the local YAG Ambassadors who are currently operational in places such as Easter Island, Belize City, Panama, Alaska, Mexico and Indonesia. The YAG Ambassador acts as the interface between the yacht and the facility ashore. Over time, YachtAid Global has refined its operations and developed varying levels of involvement for owners, guests, captains and crew, while staying true to its tagline.

Since YachtAid Global’s inception, Drewelow has dedicated a portion of C2C’s revenues to fund YAG
projects around the world. Drewelow coined the term “zero-profit” to describe YAG’s status because the term “non-profit” did not properly apply. With the help of UCP’s fiscal sponsorship, YachtAid Global can now accept outside donations, sponsorships and hold fundraisers all in the name of providing the resources children in isolated communities need.

“The YAG model fits so well with our operations that it’s a natural part of what we do—we get all our client yachts involved in bringing desperately needed supplies to Komodo and Raja Ampat National Parks,” says Dr. Cilian Budarlaigh of Indo Yacht Support, a shore support company based in Bali. “YachtAid Global being able to accept tax-deductible donations will be a big step toward garnering the funds it needs to be able to bring aid to the remote islands of the world.”

To be accepted as a project under the UCP, YachtAid Global had to have a reliable team of advisors that would provide direction for the organization and a proven method of consistent success at
meeting its objectives.

The team leaders are volunteer industry experts with diverse backgrounds from all over the world, specializing in various niche fields that fulfill the needs of the organization.

“Being able to achieve this operational status is a badge of honor, and we believe the simplicity of our model will become a viral trend one day,” said Drewelow. “I challenge people to use their energy and their access to bandwidth, get out there and YAG.”