kids with nets playing in water

Water quality is a ubiquitous issue that impacts everyone on all levels. We receive funding from in a variety of ways and from multiple sources in support of the broad array of issues we address. These sources of funding span fishing derbies, benefit dinners, brewery events, government grants, foundation grants, corporate contributions, and private donors. Here is a partial list of the generous entities supporting a swimmable, drinkable, fishable Lake Champlain. 


Foundations and Trusts

The Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation enables multiple programs and efforts through a generous grant in support of our educational and outreach efforts.

Lintilhac Foundation affords us resources which enable us to provide expert testimony, widespread public education, and comprehensive community engagement. They also support efforts to rally Vermonters around building a Clean Water Economy.

The Canaday Family Charitable Trust supports FishOn!, a program which brings diverse stakeholders together for increased understanding and collaborative solution finding. They also support the Fish Chowder Championship, highlighting Lake Champlain as a food source while engaging people with their natural resources.

High Meadows Fund provides support of collaborative efforts between LCI, the Connecticut River Watershed Council, and the Conservation Law Foundation to build resilient communities in the face of climate change.

Corporate Support

Manosh supports the Healthy Waters, Healthy Children program, educating the next generation about threats to their water resources, and empowering them to become stewards of their watersheds. Additionally, they support the Kid's Catch and Cook, enabling disadvantaged kids to have the opportunity to learn how to fish, how to prepare the fish, and how to protect the natural resources our fish need to thrive

Patagonia helps fund Bring Back the Brookies, an initiative focused on protection, conservation, and reinstating quality habitat for native fish

Yamaha Corporation, the primary sponsor of our Father's Day Fishing Derby, enables us to host an event that connects thousands of people with Lake Champlain and helps build an army of stewards who want to see a swimmable, drinkable, fishable lake.

Our generous Business Members are a community of local companies who appreciate the social and economic impacts of water quality and are committed to ensuring the future of this resource for all. 

Our event sponsors. Without these numerous companies we would not be able to host our event which simultaneously supports our programs and creates stewards of our lake. 

Fundraising Events

LCI Father's Day Fishing Derby is our flagship fishing event and annually attracts around 5,000 people from 30+ states.

LCI Bass Open is an annual bass tournament on Lake Champlain over Labor Day Weekend

Champlain Basin Derby is our year-round, basin-wide fishing tournament. This unique event includes all public lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams within the Champlain Basin and highlights the connectivity of our waters. 

Wild About Vermont is an annual dinner featuring a wide array of game meats and locally-foraged vegetables.

Funk on the Water at Foam Brewers celebrates local waters and local brews.

Stand Up for the Lake at Groennfell Meadery, a night of stand up comedy from local performers with proceeds benefiting LCI. 

Benefit nights at local restaurants including Skinny Pancake Burlington, Bluebird Barbeque, and American Flatbread.

Fundraising concerts at multiple venues.

Tabling events such as Green Drinks BTV and Archives Anniversary Party.