Golden Gate Fencing Foundation
The Golden Gate Fencing Foundation, Inc., is a California Non-Profit Corporation that is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization status. Founded in 1997, GGFF exists to provide financial opportunities for fencers who would otherwise lack access to the sport at levels appropriate to their aspirations and abilities.
GGFF’s founders are current and former National Team fencers and coaches who wanted to develop an ongoing outreach and scholarship program. The outreach program teaches fencing specific skills and the collateral skills that go hand in hand with sports such as teamwork, organization, time-management, concentration, and leadership to children whose family financial situations would not otherwise permit them to fence. Since 2018, GGFF has been completely run by a Board of Directors that raises funds and evaluates applications for assistance.
Provided support for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Fencing Team for their final preparation for the Olympics;
Organized and ran several regional youth tournaments to deliver high-quality competition to young fencers on the West Coast;
Donated and/or loaned equipment to several nascent children’s fencing programs in the Bay Area and in Reno, NV; Rochester, MN and San Francisco Unified School District high schools
Ran an enrichment program at DeMarillac Academy in the Tenderloin District
Provided fencing camp scholarships to the STEM School fencing program in Rochester, MN
GGFF currently runs a carefully targeted outreach program intended to bring at-risk and opportunity deprived children into fencing. To this end, GGFC is engaged in the following activities:
Accumulating individual equipment and facilities equipment so that the fencers brought in under the outreach program will have access to equipment of appropriate quality.
Continued Fundraising to expand the scholarship program.
Providing instruction for inner city school programs where the students cannot afford private instruction.
Providing scholarships and grants for training, equipment, and travel for fencers whose financial circumstances would otherwise not have permitted them to train and compete at the levels of their abilities;
GGFF has also engaged in the following programs:
Run an enrichment program at DeMarillac Academy in the Tenderloin District
Provided scholarships to the STEM School fencing program in Rochester, MN
Provided individual and facilities equipment to nascent fencing clubs in the Bay Area and in Reno, Nevada, Rochester, Minnesota, and in the San Francisco Unified School District high schools