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Best Day Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Autism, Children & Youth, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Health, Human Services, Youth Community Service Clubs, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Best Day helps children with special needs build confidence and self-esteem through safe, fun filled adventure activities which stretch their limits, expand their true potential, reinforce their achievement, and connect them with diverse populations in their community. Current activities include Surfing, Body Boarding, Kayaking, SUP (stand up paddling), Outrigger Canoeing, and Snow sports.

Results: Since 2008 Best Day has served over 6000 youth with special needs in 202 beach and snow events in California, New Jersey, and New York, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida.

Target demographics: youth with special needs aged 4-24.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1154 youth with special needs share exciting adventures surfing at 33 events with the support of over 4000 volunteers.

Geographic areas served: beach communities on the East and West Coasts

Programs: Best Day offers beach events in California and New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida

Community Stories

108 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Aptly named Best Day.... my son absolutely loves their surf days!!!!! Everyone involved is so AWESOME!!!! And the volunteers are THEE BEST!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son , Tyler , is 13 yrs old teen who has Autism .He had his first Surfing camp day with Best Day Foundation in Seal Beach 2 years ago. Tyler had an amazing day of his life . He got to experience to do surfing the first time with a pro surfer . He had a blast in the ocean . We were impressed how well and organized of the whole team work from the Best Day Foundation of OC was. Most of them are volunteers who came from over the places to help out these Special kids for a day. They made sure the kids had a good time . Our son was very sensitive with noises and the crowd but the people from the Best Day made everything possible and comfortable for our child to enjoy his day . This year Tyler came back for the second time at Newport Dune last month in September . And he had another amazing day there as he got to do all kinds of water sports such as kayaking, paddling board , stand up paddling board ...
Thank you the Best Day Foundation of OC again , you truly deserve to be on the top nonprofit organizations of 2018
Enclosed here a video clip of my son Tyler Nguyen who enjoyed the ride on the surf board with one of professional surfer two years ago ( June 2016 ) and last three pictures from his second time camp on October 8, 2018 all with Best Day Foundation of Orange County , California.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My Eli loves being in the water more than anything. Sadly due to multiple factors I myself am unable to take him to the beach for a fun filled day. Well, I can drive him to the beach but I’m not strong enough to get him to the water. Having this organization has allowed me to sign my son up for a wonderful day full of joy because they offer all the assistance he needs to be able to enjoy a beach day like any other kid. The assistance of the volunteers allow me to go back and forth to my car to bring anything my kid may need at any point rather than carry multiple bags everywhere he goes. Happy kid = forever thankful mom.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best Day Foundation has truly been an amazing experience for my grandson Eddie "Heart Surfer" Sir. We look forward to many more Best Days in the Outer Banks!

1 Angela K.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Best Day Foundation is absolutely wonderful! The volunteers and the activities couldn’t be better. We are forever grateful for the opportunity that they gave our son and can’t wait until we can go another event!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Day Foundation allows students like me to volunteer and make a difference in a meaningful way by providing the opportunity to connect with kids with special needs and cheer them on during a day filled with risk-taking, fun, and magical memories! I personally love seeing the huge smiles on the kids' faces after getting off the surfboards and tandem boogie boards!

1 Sarah R.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter and I have been volunteering with Best Day Foundation for few years and we absolutely love it! This amazing organization gives children with special needs the opportunity to try something new, challenging, exciting, and incredibly rewarding. We have been beach buddies with many children and each time we walk away feeling as if we are the lucky ones to be a part of such a special day! Thanks, Best Day Foundation for all you do!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Joshua has been participating in Best Day Foundation surfing events for 9 years and anxiously looks forward to the BEST DAY ever....every summer

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son, Andrew, has cerebral palsy. We live in AZ. Andrew loves the ocean. We drove to CA so that he could participate in this event. All of the volunteers were amazingly positive and helpful...and there were SO MANY volunteers! They had thought of everything -- shirts, food, medals --- and all things related to adapted water sports, including the gear. All we had to do was show up! Andrew LOVED his time with Best Day Foundation and it was well worth driving hundreds of miles to attend. He can't wait to do it again! What a special organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Day lives up to its name every time. It gives children with special needs a once in a lifetime experience to get out in the water and experience something that we might take for granted. There aren’t words to describe what it’s like to stand on the beach amongst a sea of volunteers and participants all smiling from ear to ear rain or shine!

1 Karen M.9

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been surfing with the Best Day Foundation for the past three years. From the minute we register online, to arriving at the beach, to each surf ride, to the awards ceremony, to lunch service, to seeing us off the beach the Best Day folks put their hearts and muscle 100% into each participant. They recruit the sweetest teenage buddies that make my daughter feel so special for the day. Surfing with this group is one of the top highlights of the summer!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This foundation allows our special needs kids to do something that they ordinarily wouldn’t have the opportunity do. Everyone is so patient and kind and does not stare or judge our kids for them being just a little different. Everyone is just so loving and open arms and is willing to do anything to help our kids. They make our kids and parents feel special. Unfortunately we do not get that often. Just love them. Thanks, Melody Kesterson

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Serving on the board of another nonprofit gives me some interesting perspective.....let me simply state that what the good folks of Best Day Foundation are doing is nothing short than miraculous! The ocean has magical powers for sure, but couple that with a group of selfless people giving everything they can to help people that otherwise wouldn't safely be able to experience the joy of surfing and the ocean and you are able to see the human spirit shine on every level. Give your time or support this group financially - it's an amazing gift to be involved in any way!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This Foundation is so Aamaaaaazing! My child with Autism had a blast. Even me as a parent enjoyed watching my child for this experience. From the staff to the volunteers, they all did a great job! May God Bless y’all!

1 Writer

Client Served

Rating: 5

WOW!!!!!!!!! What an amazing experience for our son with autism. Your volunteers are some of the sweetest and most encouraging people on the planet. Thank you so much for offering such a wonderful fun day at the beach for some very special kids. We LOVED it!

Our video recap can be found here: bit.ly/BestDay2018.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son with cerebral palsy cannot talk nor walk. And yet, he was able to go surfing! With utmost thanks, our family will always remember that special day made possible by Best Day Foundation's awesome organizers and volunteers. We remain forever grateful for our James' one-of-a-kind adventure! :)

2 Angela Klein R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and son love to surf and we happened to see Best Day Foundation down in Ventura last summer. We were so impressed we decided to volunteer this summer at C Street in Ventura, CA. I can't begin to tell you how AMAZING the volunteers are. They went above and beyond to make it the best day for the kids. I loved seeing the children remember the volunteers and to see the children and volunteers so excited to see eachother again. They obviously love it or they wouldn't come back. My 14 year old son was so stoked to help the children finish the obsticle course and laugh and cheer with so much joy. I told a friend who has a child with special needs and she's all signed up and ready to come. I really wanna get the word out about this awesome group. Everyone loves a fun day at the beach. We will definitely be back again to volunteer this summer to have another Best Day!

2 Stephen Wayne Leighton J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one of the best organizations around. The smile on all the kids faces thru out the day is incredible. And people just coming to the beach not knowing about the event and just watch they start to smile. Been volunteering for 4 years now and ill be with this group until i move and hopefully find another chapter to paddle to

1 Maryann V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son Matthew joined Best Day Foundation in Brick, NJ for a surfing adventure four years ago and we’re still talking about it. We had such a great day. All the volunteers were so caring and enthusiastic. What a wonderful group.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What a wonderful day! Tons of volunteers, and really skilled surfers and kayak riders kept our kids safe. At the event we attended, there were one or two volunteers assigned as one-on-one aides for our kids, and they facilitated rides on surfboards, boogie boards, kayaks, and outrigger canoes. They were flexible and positive and provided a joyful, new experience for our son. Impossibly, my wheel-chair kid is a Surfer!