One Percent for the Planet

Boston, MA, September 14, 2012 – Surfrider Foundation Massachusetts Chapter is a new nonprofit partner of 1% for the Planet, an alliance of over 1,380 member companies in 43 countries that give one percent of revenues to environmental causes.

Surfrider MA is now eligible to receive donations from 1% member companies, placing them among a diverse, global network of environmental organizations. 1% member businesses fuel this non-profit network through their annual contributions, which totaled over $22 million in 2010. Partnership with 1% greatly expands the potential pool of funding to which Surfrider MA can look to for support.

Surfrider MA was founded in 1996. We are an all-volunteer, national grassroots environmental organization dedicated to protecting our beaches and oceans. Locally, the Massachusetts chapter works to educate the public on ways to Rise Above Plastics by reducing usage of single-use plastics, and advocates expanded state recycling laws.

Over 2,300 non-profits worldwide are included in the 1% network, and over $70 million has been funneled to its nonprofit partners to date. “The intent of 1% for the Planet is to help fund these diverse environmental organizations so that collectively they can be a more powerful force in solving the world’s problems,” Yvon Chouinard, founder of 1% for the Planet.

“Surfrider Foundation is the only 1% for the Planet nonprofit that has a robust international network with a mission that touches the lives of everyone. Locally, Surfrider MA Chapter is applying global problems to local resources – beaches we use, and beaches the contributors will use. If everyone took care of their own backyard we would all be ok. That’s what WE are doing and what we are spreading the word about. Our chapter joins forces with Surfrider National as an entity fighting for the sustaining source of life on this planet: clean water, access and dissemination of facts. Member companies who choose to give their 1% to Surfrider MA will be giving to an environmental organization that benefits 100% of the people and the planet – locally and nationally.”

About 1% for the Planet

Started in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, founder and owner of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, owner of Blue Ribbon Flies, 1% for the Planet is a growing global movement of over 1,350 member companies in 43 countries that donate one percent of their sales to environmental organizations worldwide. Each day, more than one new business joins the 1% for the Planet movement. As a network, the 1% community has become a frontrunner in funding the work of environmental groups around the world. To learn more about 1% go to: www.onepercentfortheplanet.org

About Surfrider Foundation Massachusetts Chapter

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education.

For more information, contact:
Melody Badgett, 1% for the Planet
melody@onepercentfortheplanet.org
+1 (802) 496-5408

Surfrider MA

massachusetts@surfrider.org

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