Transforming your charitable passion into results

We need every single good idea, every capable person to be part of solving this crisis because we can’t do it alone. Our staff, project managers, grantees, senior fellows, and ocean heroes represent diverse fields of expertise, including marine conservation, ocean governance, scientific research, and fisheries management.  The Ocean Foundation provides them a platform from which to continue their important work and an opportunity for our donors, programs, and staff to benefit from their specific expertise. 

Our Services

Through our wide range of services we advance innovative, customized philanthropic solutions that reflect our holistic approach to moving the needle on coastal and ocean conservation.

What do you love about the ocean?

The Ocean Foundation's Initiatives are a way to combine your resources with those of other individuals that have similar goals, increasing your philanthropic impact. Your donation provides grants for nonprofits, universities, and community organizations all around the world. In each of our nine initiatives we are looking to mitigate current threats or problems, and further research in these areas. Our nine initiatives are: International Sustainable Aquaculture, Coral Reefs, Coasts and Beaches, Marine Mammals, Polar Seas, Sea Turtles, Ocean Leadership, World Oceans, and Ocean Acidification.

Partnerships

How can you help? If you recognize the value of investing resources in strategic ocean solutions or want a platform for your corporate community to participate in, we can work together on strategic ocean solutions. Our partnerships take many forms: from cash and in-kind donations to cause-related marketing campaigns. Our fiscally sponsored projects also work with partners on many different levels. Please visit the hosted projects page to learn more. These cooperative efforts are helping to restore and protect our ocean.

The Ocean Foundation partnered with jetBlue Airways in 2013 to focus on the long-term health of the Caribbean's oceans and beaches. This corporate partnership sought to determine the economic value of clean beaches to strengthen protection of destinations and ecosystems upon which travel and tourism depend. TOF provided expertise in environmental data collection while jetBlue provided their proprietary industry data. jetBlue named the concept “EcoEarnings: A Shore Thing” after their belief that business could be positively tied to shorelines.

Columbia’s focus on outdoor conservation and education make them a leading innovator in outdoor apparel. This corporate partnership began in 2008, with a contribution to TOF’s SeaGrass Grow Campaign, planting and restoring seagrass in Florida. For the past 6 years, Columbia has provided high quality in-kind gear that our projects rely on to perform field work critical to ocean conservation.

In 2011 The Ocean Foundation (TOF) helped launch the Rockefeller Ocean Strategy, which seeks to identify profitable investment opportunities that restore and support the health and sustainability of the world’s oceans. In this effort, Rockefeller & Co. has collaborated with The Ocean Foundation to gain specialized insight and research on marine trends, risks and opportunities, as well as analysis of coastal and ocean conservation initiatives.

Projects

The Ocean Foundation is increasing the capacity of the ocean conservation field and bridging the gap between the growing awareness of the crisis in the ocean and true implemented conservation. Our projects and supported organizations are carefully selected in order to fulfill gaps in ocean conservation work or provide innovative ways to tackle the threats. Check out our Fiscal Sponsorship page for more information on becoming a fiscally sponsored project or supported organization.

The Ocean Project advances ocean conservation in partnership with zoos, aquariums, and museums (ZAMs) around the world.

The High Seas Alliance is a partnership of organizations and groups aimed at building a strong common voice and constituency for the conservation of the high seas. The Alliance is currently made up of 27 NGOs plus the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Blue Mind Fund: Connecting People to Water

 

Ocean Conservation Research promotes marine conservation priorities.

OCR focuses on understanding the growing problem of human generated noise pollution and its impact on marine animals.

COCO Vision

To inspire an inland community to be stewards of our ocean.

COCO Mission

Leading a community of individuals to understand our connection to the ocean, unite through shared conservation values, and advocate and celebrate actions that promote a healthy ocean.