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Paddlers for Humanity is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in East Hampton, NY dedicated to bettering childrens' lives, with an emphasis on supporting innovative and comprehensive mental health programs for kids and youth, including greater early intervention outreach, resiliency, anti-bullying, and changing behavior through a focus on the positive.

Our signature fundraising event is the Block Challenge, an 18-mile paddle from Montauk to Block Island.

Our commitment to you - our athletes, donors, volunteers, and supporters - is to judiciously evaluate the charities, causes, projects, families, and individuals that receive gifts from us.

Who We Are
Now in our eleventh year as an all-volunteer non-profit organization, Paddlers for Humanity is proud to have given away $1,350,000.  Here is how everyone has made a difference:

  • Acumen Fund - $5000 towards a microfinance project in India
  • Block Island Volunteer Fire and Rescue - $2000
  • Bridgehampton School - $87,000 to fund its Positive Behavorial Intervention Supports Program
  • buildOn - $90,000 - $60,000 to support the Hamptons Chapter and $30,000 to build a school in Nicaragua  
  • Callen-Lorde - $7,500 to support the Health Outreach for Teens Program
  • Catastrophic Fund - $185,000
  • Coalition for Women's Cancer - $5000
  • College Scholarships to East Hampton High School students - $25,000
  • East End of Long Island Food Pantries - $11,500 to provide food
  • East Hampton Healthcare Foundation - $15,000 for children's mental health initiatives
  • Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center - $95,000 to fund scholarships
  • East Hampton High School -$15,000 to support mental health initiatives
  • East Hampton Middle School's WhyTry Program - $26,000
  • East Hampton Trails Preservation Society and SpokesPeople- $3250 to maintain local trails
  • East Hampton Youth Lacrosse - $500 to purchase gear
  • Family Service League - $90,000 to implement children's and family mental health initiatives in Montauk and Springs 
  • Hamptons Lifesaving Association - $7750 for vital equipment
  • Hoops for Hope - $5000 for All Star community organizers
  • HSI - Housing and Services Inc - $23,000 towards an educational program for needy New Yorkers
  • International Surgical Mission Support - $15,000 for medical support in India
  • i-tri - $30,800 to support the girls' training
  • LICOP - $46,300 to sponsor surf camps for autistic children in Montauk
  • Miracle House - $17,500 to benefit the Food Program, plus $295,000 previously
  • Montauk Community Garden - $5000
  • Montauk Playhouse Community Center - $48,500 towards the Aquatic Center
  • Project Most - $57,000 for the Arts and Culture and Summer Camp Programs
  • PRASAD - $69,500 to the Children's Dental Program
  • The Retreat - $78,412 towards the Family Services Program
  • Sax Leader Foundation - $5000
  • Women's Prison Association - $32,500 for the Family Education Program

Board of Directors
Fred Doss, Co-President
Ed Cashin, Co-President 
James S. Bradley, Vice President and Secretary
Dan Farnham 
Lars Svanberg

Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Pro Bono Legal Counsel



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