The Ike Foundation Mission
Our mission is to get more kids fishing and in the outdoors, especially youth in areas where those activities are not readily available.
Our motto is "Together we can Hook 'em Early". Founded in 2014 by professional bass angler Michael Iaconelli and his wife Becky, The Ike Foundation is approved by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, and all donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. We support youth fishing clubs, civic groups and charitable organizations that promote the sport of fishing, the ecology of the outdoors and the responsibility each person has to maintain our planets natural resources.
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The Ike Foundation Board of Trustees
The Ike Foundation Calendar of Events
Tuesday December 31st, 2019 @ 11:59PM ET
The deadline for 4th quarter donation requests is December 31st. Ideal donation recipients would help equip youth anglers, particularly in more urban areas. Requests made before December 31st will be reviewed by January 15th of 2019.
Please give enough time from when your event is and when you submit your request.
Friday January 31st, 2020 @ 7:00PM ET
The Grove at Centerton in Pittsgrove, NJ
The goal of this event is to raise funds so we can continue the tradition of awarding five deserving high school seniors with an Ike Foundation® college scholarship! Come join Mike Iaconelli for beer, wine, great food, music and more on January 31, 2020.
Recent Ike Foundation Press
Ike’s FREE Family Fun Fest will take place on Saturday, August 10th, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Wiggins Park on the Camden Waterfront, located near the Camden Children’s Garden, Adventure Aquarium and the Battleship New Jersey. Local kids are invited to take their chances at carnival games free prizes to fill their own free Flambeau tackle box AND can color their own Berkley baits! Older kids can try their hand at the ‘Dry Land’ High School Fishing Challenge from 11:30 am-1:00 pm. Families will enjoy live music, delicious food and a Yards Beer Garden. All attendees are welcome to stay for Ike’s Celebrity Pro Am Fishing Tournament weigh-in at 1:30 pm on the big stage!
The 2019 Ike Foundation scholarhsip winners are Nate Steelman from Allendale, MI, Ethan Vallebuona from New City, NY, Margaret Kelly from Portland, ME, Nicholas Phippen from Winthrop, NY, and Zachary Spence from Newark, DE. All have grade point averages of 3.0 or better, are avid anglers or contribute to outdoor conservation and are headed to college in the fall, as required for scholarship consideration.