Sponsor a Wounded Nature’s Gulf Coast Clean-Up Boat
Wounded Nature is national 501(c)(3) non-profit based in South Carolina, dedicated to cleaning up our nation’s trash-ridden rural shoreline and providing paid, civilian work to our military veterans. Wounded Nature educates the public on the environmental impacts of debris on our rural beaches. With our scalable and replicable national program, our vision is to serve as a model for the world.
Help us reach our 2014 Goal: 5 Clean-up Boats
2 East Coast and 1 Gulf of Mexico houseboats, 1 Great Lakes and 1 Nordic Tug on the West Coast Nordic Tug
We value our partnerships with major corporate and individual donors and will serve as good stewards of your generous investment. We are committed to delivering valuable benefits and a positive partnership experience to each Wounded Nature sponsor. Please note: we will customize sponsorships to meet specific marketing objectives and to enhance your partnership with Wounded Nature.
Why support Wounded Nature?
Restore our rural coasts:
With the number of rescued birds, sea turtles and sea mammals ingesting plastic from rural coastlines rising rapidly, founder and CEO, Rudy Socha knew it was time to take action. Wounded Nature was founded in 2010 and was designated a 501(c)(3) by the IRS in September 2010.
Wounded Nature investigated why animals ingesting plastic was increasing. Wounded Nature discovered that the beaches being cleaned are the public beaches, where wildlife is scarce. However, the areas that wildlife has migrated to and use for breeding, and raising their young is not being cleaned. This results in an accumulation of trash that wildlife eats, becomes entangled in and is an aesthetic eyesore.
No existing clean-up non-profit was cleaning our rural beaches and estuaries because of the travel time to and from each clean-up location. In short, they don’t have the right equipment – and that is where our will boats come in.
We will use these houseboats and tugboats to make clean-ups on rural coasts possible. Currently, we are able to recruit boats for clean-ups. However, it is very time consuming to put together just one day of cleanup work using volunteers. In order to accomplish much more and operate more efficiently we need our own boats.
Employ military veterans:
Veterans have an amazing skill set, but to fully utilize their capabilities and capacity for assuming responsibility it takes a task oriented management group. Wounded Nature is the perfect environment for veterans to excel in the civilian workforce.
Wounded Nature boats will employ veterans that have served our country. Veterans employed as crew members and will be paid.
Once boats are obtained, Wounded Nature will continue to invite volunteers to participate and assist us in carrying out our mission.
Our boats and veteran crews will serve as mobile education and outreach vessels by attending port festivals and making appearances.
Sponsorship Opportunities Overview
• Clean-up boat wrapped in sponsor’s logo
• Choose Boat’s Name
• Crew wears sponsor’s logo on uniforms and sponsor is licensed to sell logo attire
• Sponsor is licensed to sell Wounded-Nature logo merchandise
The boats will be 48-54 feet in length, outfitted for saltwater use and have a cruising speed of 10-12 knots. Each clean-up boat will have a crew of four. There will be a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain and three veteran crew members. The captain will be responsible for the overall maintenance and supply (food, fuel, fresh water) of their vessels at each stop.
Sponsoring a Wounded Nature clean-up boat aligns your organization with revitalizing our precious seashores and our honored military veterans.
We will contact the major local media outlets in each state before we dock, and offer two networks the opportunity to live aboard one of our boats for two days during our visit. Our staff will document and promote our journey through press releases, media events, our website and social media, and each of the veteran workers aboard the ship will have the opportunity to set up personal blogs. In many ports, the presence of the boats will lead to other attractions being booked around our visit.
Because we advocate for both marine wildlife and former members of the military, our support base is enormous, and the support base has room to grow in several directions. Our goal is to generate publicity through as many media outlets as possible. To do so, we will be utilizing the following media venues to reach as many people as possible:
Television – The clean-up boats are a natural for TV news shows because it presents a great visual. We will invite a TV crew from a couple of stations in each state to live aboard with us for two days while we are in their state.
The Military Channel has already committed to producing a special show covering our launch, and documenting the selecting of our inaugural group of veteran workers.
Newspapers and local magazines – We will list our appearances and events in their community calendar sections. We will also be profiled in post-event articles describing our work serving each paper’s local, state and national communities.
Public Appearances – In addition to the port festivals and military base appearances, we will send crew members to visit local colleges, public aquariums and hospitals.
Twitter – Our press releases, blog postings, and daily updates will be utilized to keep our followers and supporters updated via Twitter’s RSS feed.
Blogs – We will have several blogs with daily postings.
Public Appearances – Wounded Nature – Working Veterans ships will attend at least 14 -16 port festivals annually, visit military facilities, and perform a minimum of 35 coastal clean-ups. Most port festivals draw between 10,000 – 250,000 per event along with a significant amount of media coverage.
Facebook – WNWV will use its Facebook presence to advertise as well as solicit donations. At each event, we will invite the public to have their photo taken with our boats and crew and share that photo and our web site with their Facebook fans.
YouTube – We will have videos of life aboard the boats, and of our events and contests posted on YouTube.
Our East Coast boat sponsorship will expose your brand to 830.2 million times over the course of a year. The exposure will be in newspapers, magazines, online and on TV. The other boats will offer slightly less annual media exposure.
It is estimated that over the next 3 years 600 billion beverage containers will be sold and only 200 billion of those containers will be recycled.
Currently 74% of Americans have access to curbside recycling yet only 33% of beverage containers are being segregated and recycled.
Wounded Nature – Working Veterans is improving the total percentage for plastics being recycled through public education and outreach.
We have a total of 5 boats that need to be sponsored:
West Coast boat
Gulf Coast Boat
Great Lakes Boat
East Coast boat #1
East Coast boat #2
GULF COAST BOAT SPONSORSHIP
The boat will be a two deck MetroShip 48
Base cost of the boat is $400,000 and $140,000 is allocated for modifications. Cost of the boat (including our modifications for mission use) $540,000
Travel costs for moving the crews back and forth to home port in between each “at sea” cycle. This also includes moving supplies to the boats as needed. We budgeted $3,500 per month. This is based in a .56 per mile, 100 per diem hotel rate, $50.00 per diem for meals, and coach class hotel reimbursement where airline travel is used. Total: $42,000
Fuel – $5.00 gal gasoline x 840 gallons per day x 210 days (engines and generator) = $882,000
Operating taxes and registration fees = $30,000 This includes our tax attorney consultation and filing fees. Because we will be operating a commercial vessel in multi-state waters, fuel mileage tax appropriation fees will apply. We will also have state payroll allocation fee filings and charges as well. Cost for tax accounting and legal consulting is budgeted at $1,833 per month and additional tax charges are budgeted at $666 per month.
Dockage, marina fees = $25,000 We used an average fee of $68.50 per night times 365 days a year. The average East Coast marina fee for large vessels is $2.50 per foot equating to $135.00 per night. Due to the nature of our mission, we are anticipating getting close to half of our nights comped.
Waste disposal fees: $30,000 We are allocating $1,333 per month for boat pumping fees with 4 – 7 people living aboard at all times. $1,166 per month has been allocated for dumpster rentals to support our cleanups.
Labor (crews and captain) $30,000 x 3= 90,000 crew + $60,000 captain = $150,000 These are annual salaries paid to each employee.
Benefits – payroll taxes for the ship crew 40% = $60,000 We will be offering full medical and dental. Due to the nature of the work and conditions, we will be paying the deductibles which makes our benefit rate higher than that for a desk bound position.
Supplies including food – $3,000 mo, $36,000 annually We will try to have 2 media people aboard at all times. This means we will be feeding 6 people each day. This covers 240 days of supplying the boat per year. $500.00 per month will cover misc supplies such as toilet paper, trash bags, boat cleaning supplies, etc. $125.00 per day will cover meals and beverages for crew members and media guests.
Total for boat operating costs – 1,795,000
Overhead support costs allocated to this boat (corporate cost details are posted): $243,240
TOTAL SPONSORSHIP COSTS for our Gulf Coast boat: $2,038,240
Schedule for the Gulf Coast Boat
Jan – Florida Keys
Feb – Lower Florida Gulf Coast
Mar – Upper Florida Gulf Coast
Apr – Alabama
May – Mississippi
Jun – Eastern Texas Coast
Jul – Western Texas Coast
Aug – Central Texas Coast
Sep – Louisiana
Oct – Louisiana and Mississippi tidal coastline
Nov – Florida panhandle
Dec – boat maintenance and engine rebuilds
Major cities and metropolitan areas on the Gulf Coast for possible appearances:
Ft. Walton Beach
San Souchi Beach
Bay St Louis
Gulf Island National Seashore
Military Bases for possible appearances:
Camp Shelby -Hattiesburg, MS
Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport ANG – Gulfport, MS
Keesler Air Force Base – Biloxi, MS
Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport – Gulfport, MS
Dothan Regional Airport ANG Station – Dothan, AL
Fort Rucker – Dothan, AL
Coast Guard Aviation Training Center – Mobile, AL
Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans – Belle Chasse, LA
Eglin Air Force Base – Valparaiso, Niceville
MacDill Air Force Base – Tampa
Tyndall Air Force Base – southeast of Panama City
USCG Station – Destin
Jacksonville Naval Air Station
Navy Support Activity Panama City
Panama City Naval Surface Warfare Center
Pensacola Naval Air Station
Naval Air Station – Kingsville
Naval Air Station – Corpus Christi