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Diamond Lake Youth Sailing Fund

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Diamond Lake Youth Sailing Fund

The Diamond Lake Youth Sailing Foundation (DLYSF) supports the youth sailing activities on Diamond Lake (one of the top sailing lakes in Michigan) and are open to all the residents of Cass County. The main emphasis is teaching youth sailors the fundamentals and joy of this lifelong activity.

The DLYSF is a 501(c)(3) organization headed by a five (5) member board and was created under the umbrella of the Michigan Gateway Community Foundation of Buchanan Michigan.

Sailing class fees cover the cost of the instructors only.  Funds donated to the DLYSF will be used for the purchase of sailboats used for instruction of youth sailors.  The boats used (Opti’s, Sunfish, Butterfly’s and 420's ) have previously either been donated or purchased through the generosity of others.  New boats must be purchased to keep current and to support the growing interest in youth sailing in Southwest Michigan.

Donations will support the purchase of sailing boats used by our youth sailors at the beginner, intermediate and racing skill levels.  These boats will replace current equipment that is beyond its useful life.  In addition, youth sailing on Diamond Lake is a growing activity with expanding equipment needs. Be a part of the future and donate.

How to Donate Online

We're thrilled that you're considering a donation to support our cause! To make your generous contribution via check or credit card, please follow these simple steps:

  1. Start the Donation Process: Begin by clicking the button below. This will take you to our trusted Gateway Foundation page, where all donations are securely processed.

    Proceed to Donation Gateway

  2. Navigate to Donation: Once you're on the Gateway Foundation page, look for the "DONATE NOW" button located in the upper right corner of the webpage. Click on it to proceed.

  3. Designate Your Donation: In the 'Fund' section, please ensure to select  "Diamond Lake Youth Sailing Fund."  This ensures your donation directly supports the cause you're passionate about.

  4. Choose Your Donation Amount: Decide on the amount you wish to donate. You can select from predefined options or enter a custom amount that you're comfortable with.

  5. Select Donation Frequency: Specify whether your generous gift is a one-time contribution or if you'd like to set up a recurring donation to continually support our efforts.

  6. Submit Your Donation: After filling out all the necessary details, click the "Submit" button to finalize your donation.


Final Steps

After submitting, you'll receive a confirmation message and, depending on your payment method, additional instructions or acknowledgments. We deeply appreciate your support and commitment to our cause. Your donation will make a significant difference in the lives of those we serve.

Should you encounter any issues or have any questions during the donation process, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're here to help!

How To Donate Via Check

Checks can also be sent directly to the Michigan Gateway Community Foundation at:

111 Days Avenue,

Buchanan, Michigan 49107

Please note on the memo line on the face of the check that it is for the Diamond Lake Youth Sailing Endowment Fund, and it will be credited appropriately.

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