Nonprofit Partners

The Dana Point Turkey Trot continues to support local nonprofit organizations by donating proceeds from the race.  Since its inception, the Dana Point Turkey Trot has raised over half a million dollars for nonprofit organizations. Please consider making a donation to one or both of this year’s partners during registration checkout. 

2021 Dana Point Turkey Trot nonprofit partners are: 



The Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley a world-class afterschool non-profit, offering quality programs for academic success and healthy lifestyles while building good character and leadership skills in our members. We are truly the positive place for kids and teens in Orange County.

In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley offers that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley is a safe place to learn and grow- all while having fun.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley is committed to establishing, fostering, and promoting a culture of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (D, E, & I). To that end, it has established a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee consisting of key staff, Board Members, and representatives from our service community. The below D, E, & I Position Statement expresses and affirms that commitment.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley stands for fairness to all. These principles are stated below and are fundamental to our organization’s core values. We reject any and all forms of racism, inequity, or unkindness. We expect all members (inclusive of staff, board members, volunteers, and guests) will treat one another with fairness, dignity, and respect.  All members will be afforded the same opportunities, access, and inclusion in all Club programs, activities, and events. Behaviors contrary to these principles will not be tolerated and will be addressed as deemed appropriate.

“Whatever It Takes to Build Great Futures.”

Music Preserves Foundation

Music Preserves Foundation’s mission is to inspire and educate our community through the preservation and presentation of music.  Music Preserves creates innovative music and cultural history education programs and curriculum for schools and the community, exploring the history and cultural significance of American music and the pioneers who created the art forms. Founded in 2019, Music Preserves has collaborated with local schools, artists, music festivals, cities, and the business community to share the rich cultural history of American music and its unique and diverse perspectives. 

Music Preserves programs create a deep understanding of the social impact of music , cultivating appreciation, creativity and compassion. Music Preserves has been honored with a special achievement award from the Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) Board of Trustees and in 2021-2022 school year, Music Preserves is implementing a series of events at CUSD middle schools that celebrate the roots of American music. The events are centered around early blues and jazz, electric blues and swing jazz. Each event will be a full-day celebration of American music and consist of interactive music and cultural history lessons, engaging student-participation activities and a live performance by professional musicians to illustrate the art form. 

When students first started at-home learning due to COVID-19, Music Preserves created a special Artist Spotlight series, featuring professional touring musicians sharing their influences and musical journey and playing a couple of songs for the students tuning in. A CUSD student’s music video was spotlighted to close each of the four episodes. 

Music Preserves has also partnered with local festivals like OHANA, Doheny Blues Festival, and Ocean Institute’s Maritime Festival (formerly Tall Ships Festival) to create programs that provide unique perspectives and explore the cultural history and evolution of American music and its role in shaping our society. Music Preserves has also taken local music students backstage to meet festival headliners, minutes after the bands have rocked thousands of people!