Overview and Mission Statement


The California Maritime Academy Foundation was founded in 1972 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation to provide financial support to advance the mission, cadets, and faculty of Cal Maritime. The California Maritime Academy Foundation was created in order to accept the donation of the famous sailing yacht BARUNA, to benefit the cadets and mission of CSU Maritime. With its early beginnings of an operating budget of $100,000, the Foundation has grown to a $33 million organization, and continues to support CSU Maritime through scholarships, capital purchases and financial support. The Foundation also supports the activities and operations of the Cal Maritime Alumni Association, including annual gatherings, monthly meet-ups, newsletter and reunion events.



The California Maritime Academy Foundation will encourage and facilitate the growth of contributions and charitable gifts to advance California State University Maritime Academy and its promise to provide each student with an exceptional university education that combines intellectual learning, applied technology, leadership development, and global awareness, as articulated in the Academy’s strategic plan.



The California Maritime Academy Foundation will strive to be a leading philanthropic entity that inspires Cal Maritime’s students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the maritime community to generate contributions and charitable gifts that fulfill the mission, vision, beliefs and values of Cal Maritime.