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Background & Mission Statement

In 1994, the San Jose Sharks established the official charity arm of the team, the Sharks Foundation. The Sharks Foundation is a public 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Each year the Foundation partners with individual donors and corporate partners who support its mission to enhance the lives of underserved youth and families in the community to raise funds for those in need. 

Funds received are allocated throughout the season to various nonprofits and schools through the Foundation's many programs and projects that align with its annual Giving Campaign. The Foundation also supplies emergency aid when appropriate and supports the advancement of youth hockey. Since its inception, the Sharks Foundation has given nearly $14 million back to Bay Area organizations.

Sharks Foundation Giving Campaign
September & October: Healthy Living
November: Hockey Fights Cancer
December: Season of Giving
January: Heroes Appreciation 
February: Character Building 
March: Education
April: Environmental Awareness

Doug Wilson - Honorary Board Director

John Tortora - Honorary Board Director

Doug Bentz - President

Ken Caveney - Officer

Mary Grace Miller - Secretary

Jennifer Birmingham

Cara Browning

Amber Cottle

Monte Chavez

Mike McCarroll

Jon Root

Richard Rocha

Dan Rusanowsky

Neda Tabatabaie

Sharks Foundation Staff:

Heather Hooper

Jenné Johnson

Alexandra Dunlap

Monica Niskanen

Click here to learn more about the Young Professionals Board.

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