EIN 95-4124859

Ventura Coastkeeper

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To protect and preserve the lifeways & culture of Chumash & indigenous people & the environment.in march 2020, there was a global outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus, covid-19 and the global and domestic response continue to evolve during the year...
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Wishtoyo Foundation
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Program areas at Ventura Coastkeeper

Environmental protection: Wishtoyo's environmental protection program protects and preserves the environment and the culture of Chumash and indigenous peoples through advocacy, legal action, and preservation, conservation, and restoration projects. In 2021 we continued to protect the integrity and health of waterbodies and culturally significant lands, which are vital natural resources for all inhabitants of our communities and the lifeblood of Chumash culture. To protect the environment, cultural resources, and sacred places we successfully: utilized legal action by way of state and federal litigation under laws including the clean water act and endangered species act; advocated for stronger local, state and federal regulations, permits and legislation; conducted watershed monitoring and habitat restoration; mobilized continued from "environmental protection": communities to take action, and implementation of projects, including environmental restoration, at our new first nations ecological and cultural conservancy. Wishtoyo also continued to utilize its Ventura Coastkeeper ("vck") program. Wishtoyo founded vck in 2000 as the 54th member of the international waterkeeper alliance to focus on water quality protection in Ventura county watersheds.
Chumash environmental education: Wishtoyo's Chumash environmental education program protects and preserves the world's natural resources through education programs and outreach. Generally, we provide cultural environmental programs to over 1,200 youth and members of thegeneral public per year, teaching awareness of our natural resources, ancient Chumash values of sustainability, and the cultural heritage of California's native peoples. Our Chumash tribal marine protected areas education program and first nations summer field studies, and other education initiatives geared towards k-12 students, maintain our commitment to building supportive coastal partnerships and constituencies amongst diverse communities through outreach and education. Specifically, our education programs aim to provide continued from "Chumash environmental education": impactful experiences for youth so they feel empowered to contribute to their communities and environment through career choices and behavior throughout their lives. We seek to remedy inequalities and disadvantages in mainstream education by focusing on underserved and intertribal students.
Cultural preservation: Wishtoyo's cultural preservation program protects and preserves the ancient wisdom, practices, and culture of Chumash and indigenous peoples through cultural, spiritual, and educational programs and outreach. Our ongoing programs preserve, maintain, and protect Chumash lifeways, culture, history, and indigenous traditional knowledge, for the Chumash community, as well as the public at large. We continue to expand our projects and capacity, from our popular smuwic language apprenticeship program, traditional land tending mentorship, and basketry programs, to our well attended public cultural events such as solstice and equinox ceremonies. In this way, knowledge and traditions can continue to be passed inter-generationally, and non-native communities can engage in cultural continued from "cultural preservation": appreciation and deeper understanding. In 2021 Wishtoyo continued planning, design, and implementation of our new first nations cultural & ecological conservancy. In 2021 we also continued our longstanding work toward the full build out of Wishtoyo's authentic Chumash village in present day malibu, and the thomas fire and subsequent flooding at the village presented us with both setbacks (loss of a traditional structure and restoration areas) and opportunities (new restoration work and education programs based in indigenous fire management).

Who funds Ventura Coastkeeper

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
The Marisla FoundationGeneral Support$100,000
National Philanthropic TrustCulture & Arts$67,000
Network for GoodUnrestricted$42,782
...and 2 more grants received

Personnel at Ventura Coastkeeper

Mati WaiyaPresident$146,680
Terry TamminenBoard Member$0
Jan OlmsteadSecretary$0
Deborah SanchezChair$0
Paul NovoaBoard Member$0
...and 2 more key personnel

Financials for Ventura Coastkeeper

RevenuesFYE 12/2021
Total grants, contributions, etc.$344,933
Program services$16,020
Investment income and dividends$28,129
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$-493
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$35,643
Total revenues$424,232

Form 990s for Ventura Coastkeeper

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2020-122021-11-09990View PDF
2019-122021-04-01990View PDF
2018-122021-04-02990View PDF
2018-122020-02-14990View PDF
2017-122020-02-10990View PDF
...and 14 more Form 990s

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Data update history
May 12, 2023
Received grants
Identified 2 new grant, including a grant for $125,000 from Seventh Generation Advisors
January 26, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 2 new personnel
August 9, 2022
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
July 27, 2022
Used new vendors
Identified 4 new vendors, including , , , and
November 10, 2021
Updated personnel
Identified 12 new personnel
Nonprofit Types
Social advocacy organizationsEnvironmental organizationsCharities
Arts, cultural, and humanitiesPollutionEnvironment
Political advocacyLobbyingFundraising eventsState / local levelCommunity engagement / volunteeringAuction fundraisersTax deductible donations
General information
9452 Telephone Rd 432
Ventura, CA 93004
Metro area
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA
Website URL
(805) 667-7818
IRS details
Fiscal year end
Taxreturn type
Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
C20: Pollution Abatement and Control Services
NAICS code, primary
813312: Environment, Conservation, and Wildlife Organizations
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