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Project Description

Ocean Conservation

The Ocean Foundation 

Established in 2002

Mission Statement:  The Ocean Foundation (501(c)3) is a unique community foundation with a mission to support, strengthen, and promote those organizations dedicated to reversing the trend of destruction of ocean environments around the world.

Maximizing your PocketChange

For every dollar spent…

Impacts & Achievements:

Some of the highlights

CEO Salary: 3.82% of expenses

  • The Ocean Foundation has spent more than $44 million on marine conservation (through grants and services in the following areas):

  • Protecting Marine Habitats, $8.1 million

  • Protecting Species of Concern, $14.3 million

  • Building Capacity in the Marine Community, $11.5 million

  • Expanding Ocean Literacy, $10.6 million.

  • 223,481 Total tons of CO2 offset

  • 13,585 Acres of Seagrass planted and protected

Featured Programs:

How the Ocean Foundation is making a difference

Fiscal Sponsorship

Fiscal Sponsorship refers to the practice of nonprofit institutions offering their legal and tax-exempt status, together with all applicable administrative services, to individuals or groups engaged in research, projects, and activities relating to and furthering the mission of the sponsoring nonprofit organization. The Ocean Foundation can help reduce the complexity of operating a successful project or organization by providing the critical infrastructure, proficiency, and expertise of a large NGO so you can focus on program development, fundraising, and outreach.

Advised Funds

A Donor Advised Fund (DAF) is a charitable vehicle that allows you to recommend monetary distributions to and philanthropic or mission-related investments in organizations of your choice through The Ocean Foundation. Having your donations given on your behalf allows you to enjoy the full benefits of tax exemption and avoid the costs of creating a private foundation.


The Ocean Foundation provides research and publication assistance to help you learn more about a marine conservation issue or help you share what you already know with a larger public. Some of these services include background research, situation assessment, strategy analysis and scientific, economic, legal and policy review and validation.


The Ocean Foundation will help you and your colleagues to explore collaborative opportunities, exchange information, develop strategies, mediate conflicts, build relationships and reach agreements, all in the name of marine conservation and protecting our ocean.

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