Welcome to STW's First Giving page! 

As a non-profit organization, we count on the support of individuals just like you to bring our life-changing message to the young people that we serve. To reach our goal of serving more than 1,500 teens next year, we need your help. Here are 3 ways that you can make a difference through Spark the Wave. 


  • Consider Volunteering to either help us with one of our programs or with the administration of our organization.
  • Consider making an “In-Kind” donation: share some goods or services that we need to reach our goal.
  • Consider making a Donation to Spark the Wave. Please encourage individuals to join our Surf’s Up Society (Our multi-year giving group)


Here is STW by the numbers.
$20 – allows us to reach one student through a Spark the Wave seminar
$750 - sends a teen to Wave Week.
$800 – helps us train a new teen counselor
$8000 – covers the costs of our Club Wave Program



Spark the Wave is recognized as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our federal Employer Identification Number is 58-2682680. Contributions to Spark the Wave are tax-deductible.



Our Needs Our Cost
Wave Week scholarship for one delegate $750
Items for social activities at Wave Week and staff training (board games, sporting goods, DJ, etc.) $1,000
Gift to thank our volunteers $1,000
Seminar financial aid for one community service group (would otherwise be unable to host our seminar) $1,500
Staff uniform $2,000
Community service projects at Wave Week $2,500
T-shirts for participants (Wave Week and seminars) $4,000
Office supplies (ink cartridges, paper, pens, etc.) $5,000
Technology to help our staff stay in touch with the teens we serve (internet access, phone cards, phones, database development, etc.) $5,000
Advertising for programs (posters, flyers, banners, Google Ad, newspaper, camp fairs, etc.) $5,000
Training equipment (video camera, TV/VCR, flip charts, computer projection machine, etc.) $6,000
Classroom fees at Wave Week and seminars $6,000
Club Wave administration $8,000
Website development and maintenance $10,000
Training & mentoring our volunteer youth staff & delegates $10,000
Wave Week scholarships awarded to delegates & youth staff $15,000
Wave Week facilities $15,000
Our first seminar director & teaching leads $20,000
Food during Wave Week and seminars $25,000
Our program director $40,000
Our first development staff member $50,000