The Coast Guard Foundation is committed to ensuring all Coast Guard members and families have the resources they need to build resilience throughout their lives.
Founded in 1969, we’re a vital partner to the Coast Guard—tackling the toughest challenges confronting our heroes.
We’re there for members from enlistment to long after retirement, and our work strengthens the entire community. Through close collaboration with Coast Guard leadership, we’re able to respond to new and emerging needs effectively. Our investments support families, bolster unit morale, honor the Coast Guard’s mission at the national level, and more.
Every day, Coast Guard members risk their lives to protect our country. When we stand together and show them our appreciation, we can ensure they remain always ready—no matter what.
We partner with the Coast Guard to provide resources to members and families that build resilience and strengthen the entire community.
We envision a world where all Coast Guard members and families are valued and have the support they need to succeed throughout their lives.
Our founding directors were Coast Guard veterans who served together during World War II.
The founders, who enjoyed successful careers after their military service, saw that the Coast Guard Academy's operate budget wasn't fully covering all of its needs, and they started the Foundation in 1969 to provide funds that could make up the difference.
In 1986, the Foundation expanded its charter to support projects that enhance the education, wellness, and morale of all Coast Guard members and their families.
Since the expansion of our mission, we have provided millions of dollars in college scholarships to dependents of Coast Guard personnel, and our morale initiatives have supplied exercise equipment, learning materials, computers, and more to thousands of cutters, bases, and units across the country.