5% Paddle Pledge

More than just a shirt company. We at Cali Paddler, like yourselves, are very supportive of efforts to protect, restore, and conserve our great waters and wildlife. So much so, that we decided to build a new business model. One that is designed to support California non-profit groups through awareness and monetary giveback.

The 5% Paddle Pledge

We are pledging to align with and help raise awareness for quality non-profit and conservation groups in California, and donate 5% of our PROCEEDS (not just profits) to them, through our lifestyle brand and its opportunities.

How it works

No extra money is required on your part. We have chosen to take the donation out of the proceeds from the sale. So you get a cool shirt, hat or sticker, AND piece of mind that your purchase helped protect the waters we paddle throughout our golden state. Same goes at all events where we are a vendor. And finally, any Cali Paddler events (such as the CP Retreat), 5% of your registration/entry fees will be donated as well. Pay the planet back first, that's how we roll.


In 2017, we slightly adjusted our give-back model, where we will team up with a new non-profit or conservation group each quarter. Check back on this page to see who the most recent groups are, so you can feel good about your purchase. We feel this will let us support and learn about more groups in our state, and help them thrive. That said, our past groups are family. And we will always continue to make sure they succeed in every way we can. Because they are that special.


Cause Products! As of May 2016, we have also introduced Cause Products. Certain products that have a specific theme will have their donations go to a specially aligned non-profit organization. We have launched this initiative with Ocean Discovery Institute and our Garibaldi themed products. Look on the website for Gary Garibaldi, our team paddler, to know your product will have the donation go to this group.


Payments to the registered 501c(3) non-profits and conservation groups are sent quarterly.


The following organizations are amazing groups we have aligned with:

  • San Diego CoastKeeper - http://sandiegocoastkeeper.org
    2017 Recipient
    San Diego CoastKeeper
  • Cali Paddler July 5th Clean-up Efforts
    2017 Recipient

    Buckets and cleanup materials for over 12 locations in California and Arizona who created cleanups in their home waters.
  • California State Parks Organization - http://calparks.org
    2017 Recipient

    California State Parks Foundation is a member-supported nonprofit dedicated to protecting, improving and advocating for all of California’s state parks.

  • Clean Oceans Project - TheCleanOceansProject.com
    Charter Member 2015-2016

    The Clean Oceans Project (TCOP) is a 501c3 non-profit in Santa Cruz, California with a vision of an ocean free of plastic pollution. Our practical solution to plastic pollution assesses plastic debris concentrations, removes it from the environment with minimal impact and processes it into fuel to run the operation. Demonstration of plastic to fuel conversion provides a financial motivation to manage plastic as a valuable resource rather than discard it as a toxic nuisance.

  • H2O Trash Patrol - h2oTrashPatrol.com
    Charter Member 2015-2016

    Marine Conservation & Water Stewardship through Marine Debris Removal and Education.

  • The League to Save Lake Tahoe (Keep Tahoe Blue) - KeepTahoeBlue.org
    Charter Member 2015-2016

    The League to Save Lake Tahoe is dedicated to protecting and restoring the environmental health, sustainability, and scenic beauty of the Lake Tahoe Basin. We focus on water quality and its clarity for the preservation of a pristine Lake for future generations.

  • Ocean Discovery Institute - http://oceandiscoveryinstitute.org
    Cause Product 2016 - Current

    Ocean Discovery Institute uses ocean science to empower young people from under-served urban communities to transform their lives, their community, and our world as scientific and conservation leaders. They deliver rigorous educational, scientific research, and environmental stewardship experiences that build curiosity, science understanding and skills, and leadership in under-served young people from kid to career.

    This group is a cause product recipient. Any items that have a garibaldi in its design will have it's 5% donation automatically sent to this group.

Have a non-profit you would like us to align with that is doing amazing things for conservation and California waters? Email us at info [at] calipaddler.com and let us know!

Paddle Pledge Non-Profits