Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

Surfers Healing Foundation Inc

  • San Juan Capistrano, CA
  • www.surfershealing.org

Mission Statement

Surfers Healing seeks to enrichthe lives of children with autism and the lives of their families by exposingthem to the unique experience of surfing.  All of this is provided at nocharge to the families.

Service Areas

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National

We currently hold surf camps in CA, NY, NJ, MD, NC, SC, RI, VA, HI, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Australia, and Canada.

ruling year

2001

Co-Founder since 1998

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Israel Paskowitz

Co-Founder since 1998

Self-reported

Danielle Paskowitz

Keywords

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Autism Surf Camp Surfing Ocean Healing Family Community

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Also Known As

Surfers Healing

EIN

33-0931538

 Number

3430532937

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Program 1

Surfers Healing was founded by Israel and Danielle Paskowitz. Their son, Isaiah, was diagnosed with autism at age three. Like many autistic children, he often suffered from sensory overload-- simple sensations could overwhelm him. The ocean was the one place where he seemed to find respite. A former competitive surfer, Israel hit upon an idea--with Isaiah on the front of his surfboard, and Izzy steering from the back, the two spent the day surfing together. Surfing had a profound impact on Isaiah. Israel and Danielle decided they wanted to share this unique therapy with other autistic children. They began to host day camps at the beach where autistic children and their families could be exposed to a completely new experience of surfing.

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Service Areas

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National

We currently hold surf camps in CA, NY, NJ, MD, NC, SC, RI, VA, HI, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Australia, and Canada.

Funding Needs

Each camp, depending on the location, can cost up to$12,000.00.  We always strive to accommodateas many children as possible, but every year we have to turn some away.  Surfers Healing relies solely on donationsfrom individuals and organizations to keep up with the growingdemand.  A donation will godirectly towards our surf camps and insure that more autistic children will getto experience the joy and calming effect of surfing.

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Surfers Healing Foundation Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Co-Founder

Israel Paskowitz

Co-Founder

Danielle Paskowitz

BIO

Israel Paskowitz: teacher, world championship surfer. The fourth out of nine Paskowitz children, Israel 'Izzy' Paskowitz, grew up knowing that his manifest destiny was to be a surfer. Traveling with his father, legendary surfer Dorian 'Doc' Paskowitz, Izzy has spent the majority of his childhood and teen years surfing. He spent summers with his brothers at San Onofre, teaching kids and adults alike how to surf. Riding a longboard came naturally to Izzy; so much so that he went on to have a very successful career as a professional surfer. Izzy has been competing since 1983, when he won his first pro event. In a stunning final heat, he beat an elite field of surfers, which included the likes of David Nuuhiwa, Corky Carroll, and Dale Dobson. It was a bright beginning to an even brighter career and netted sponsors like Nike, and Hobie. Izzy soon found himself featured in Nike ads standing next to athletes like Bo Jackson, Andre Agassi, and Michael Jordan. Izzy won a host of national and international events including the Coke Classic Championship, Hang Ten Classic, and back-to-back Trestles Surf Bouts.
Izzy is married to Danielle Paskowitz. Together they have three children, Elah, Eli, and Isaiah. Isaiah was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. It was Isaiah's autism that spurred Izzy and Danielle to found Surfers Healing, a non-profit organization whose mission is to take autistic children surfing free of charge for the families living with autism.
Izzy is very focused on the family business, making it his goal to be an ambassador for the sport he loves. He has taught surfing to beginners all around the world. His reputation as a professional surfer coupled with a truly comprehensive teaching program of his own design has made Paskowitz one of the most renowned and recognized surf camps in the world. His staff and instructors are of the highest caliber, demonstrating an expert knowledge of water safety and, equally important, a genuine concern for each student. Izzy has set the highest standards for the camp - every year he strives to provide better service, better instruction, and a safer environment. For him, the Paskowitz Surf Camp and Surfers Healing represents more than just a business—it is his family business. It is his passion and his legacy.

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