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Charity Spotlight: Rob Machado Foundation

Clean drinking water is one of the most fundamental human needs. It’s also a need that is, unfortunately, not being met for far too many communities. The Rob Machado Foundation is trying to change that, dedicating resources to the intertwined issues of providing clean drinking water and cleaning up the world’s polluted oceans.


With a focus on educating and empowering young people, the Rob Machado Foundation is all about building a better, more sustainable future for generations to come. Internationally renowned surfer Rob Machado launched the foundation in 2004, inspired by his experiences surfing, his passion for environmental causes, and the life-changing moment of becoming a dad.


The foundation’s work began with gardening and sustainability programs at schools to teach young people to be more connected to the earth and its possibilities. From there, the foundation has expanded into providing water filling stations, encouraging reusable water bottle usage over single-use plastics, and supporting cleanup efforts with recycling stations, cleanup projects, and more. To date, the foundation has installed 39 water stations, providing over 600,000 gallons of clean water, and eliminated over 500,000 single-use plastic bottles from polluting our land and water sources. The foundation has also worked to reduce pollution through installations of recycling stations, covered trash receptacles on beaches, beach cleanup events, and more.


“Rob Machado is a professional surfer who resides in my old neighborhood in San Diego. Surfing and the ocean have been a huge part of my world and have brought the most amazing people and times into my life since childhood,” says Dawn Russell, Director of Executive Search at Blue Rock Search. “It would be great to give back to a charity that is bringing environmental education into kids’ lives, providing clean drinking water, and encouraging reusables over single-use plastic water bottles to help keep our water and beaches clean.”


Blue Rock is proud to highlight and support the incredible work of the Rob Machado Foundation!


About Blue Rock Gives Back

At Blue Rock, part of our corporate culture is finding ways to help people whenever the opportunity arises. In the Blue Rock Gives Back program, our employees each choose a cause that is personally important. Then, on a monthly basis, we select one of those charities and make a donation. We believe that even small acts can make the world a better place.


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