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.
September & October: Healthy Living
November: Hockey Fights Cancer
December: Season of Giving
January: Heroes Appreciation
February: Character Building
April: Environmental Awareness