Surfing The Nations Foundation

Rating: 4.25 stars   16 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Arts & Culture, Homeless & Housing, International, Sports


3097 Kalihi St Honolulu HI 96819 USA


Surfing The Nations impacts local and international communities through the sport of surfing and selfless service to meet needs and change lives.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a really good organization that makes a positive impact on the community where ever they go. I was stationed in Hawaii from about 2006 to 2008 as a military service member and volunteered in leadership in a small local chapter of another nonprofit. I was very thankful to have STN president, Tom Bauer, mentor me in this role. I was never a formal part of STN but I was invited and welcomed into their community events, and personally saw the positive work their were doing their food distribution and youth programs. My experience with the people and organization was one of encouragement, and giving, without taking or asking for anything in return. I'm in a graduate nonprofit management class now and in retrospect I am even more impressed. Based on their 990 tax forms, and assuming there is no error, they have to be the only nonprofit I have reviewed during this course that does not have paid staff.

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Rating: 1 stars  

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What a scam! This is supposed to be a church that is how they scored the property. Same for the coffee equipment they got it for free from Starbucks because they said they needed it for their church, and instead turn around and open a coffee bar. They have been buying up property in Wahiawa claiming to help the community when really all they are is a youth hostel cheating the system. They say they are tutoring children in an afterschool program, first of all any licensed Teachers? Any background checks, finger printing done? They help people from foreign countries get visas and stay in Hawaii to surf. What good do you think they have done for the community? Do you really think you should be supporting this business to look into the STN group and history? This non-profit organization has some incriminating history surrounding (Tom and Cindy Bauer). Tom Bauer spends a lot of time in Starbucks, his place must not be so good if even the owner goes somewhere else to drink his coffee.

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