Our Mission

The mission of the Detroit Yacht Club Foundation is two-fold: first, to support the preservation of the historic DYC clubhouse, and second, to facilitate educational opportunities that celebrate the historic nature of the Detroit Yacht Club.  Established in 2011, the DYC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization authorized by the IRS to receive donations and bequests of all sizes on a tax-deductible basis.  Funds raised by the DYC Foundation will be used to restore, maintain, and preserve our historically and architecturally significant clubhouse.


The Detroit Yacht Club’s clubhouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.   One of the architectural treasures of Detroit, the Clubhouse was designed by the George D. Mason Company in the Spanish Colonial Revival style.  George Mason was also the architect of numerous significant buildings, including the Masonic Temple, Gem Theater/Century Club and the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.  Dedicated by Detroit industrialist Gar Wood on August 30, 1923, the DYC clubhouse encompasses 93,000 sq. ft., making it the largest, and probably the grandest, yacht club facility in the United States.

To assure a steadfast commitment to its preservation mission, the DYC Foundation is a separate entity, independent from the Detroit Yacht Club.  The Foundation operates under its own Board of Trustees and Bylaws, consistent with state and federal regulations governing foundations.  Current officers and directors of the Detroit Yacht Club are not permitted to serve on the Foundation’s Board.

The Foundation provides a wonderful opportunity to enhance our ability to preserve and maintain the clubhouse for the benefit of current and future generations of members, families and friends in and around Detroit.  Preserving the clubhouse also assures that interested architectural, historical, and other communities will be able to experience and appreciate this great property for many decades to come.

Please browse our website to learn more about how you can contribute to the DYC Foundation, or click Contact Us to obtain more information.

Plan to Join Our Virtual Fundraiser!


"At Home for Clubhouse Restoration"

Thursday October 15 at 6:30 pm



Click here to see the Event Program

Enjoy a special Restoration Cocktail

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected all of us in many ways. This year, it precludes assembling a large crowd in our beautiful ballroom for a fundraising Gala, as we have since 2012. So, the Foundation is “going virtual” in 2020 as a special kickoff to our usual 4th Quarter Annual Appeal. It will be a different sort of event, of course, but remember the underlying purpose is the same: with your essential help, to raise money needed to continue progress in Restoring the Grandeur of our historic clubhouse.


If you value the repairs and improvements, both structural and cosmetic, that our donors have funded, and if you recognize the restoration journey has not reached its destination, please save the date and plan to join us online.

For more information on getting your “household viewing ticket”, benefactor and sponsorship opportunities, and silent auction items that can be bid on with your smart phone, go the link below. Also watch for previews of the event that will include clubhouse and member videos, the recipe for the craft “Restoration Cocktail”, and the competition in the “Clubhouse Trivia Game”.

We look forward to seeing you… virtually!


Detroit Yacht Club Foundation    |    One Riverbank Rd  Detroit, MI 48207   |   (313) 757-5240

©2018 Detroit Yacht Club Foundation

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