The Ocean Foundation

www.oceanfdn.orgThe Ocean Foundation (TOF) is the only community foundation for the ocean with a mission to support, strengthen, and promote those organizations dedicated to reversing the trend of destruction of ocean environments around the world. We work with a diverse community of donors (including individuals, corporate donors, private foundations, and governments) who care about the coasts and oceans.  In this manner, we grow the financial resources available to support marine conservation in order to promote healthy ocean ecosystems and benefit the human communities that depend on them. The ocean covers 71% of the earth’s surface and transcends all geographic boundaries.  The ocean is responsible for producing every second breath we take. For nearly twenty years now, we have strived to bridge the gap between philanthropy – which has historically given the ocean only 7% of environmental grantmaking, and ultimately, less than 1% of all philanthropy – with the communities that need this funding for marine science and conservation the most.  However, the ocean covers 71% of the planet. That doesn’t add up. The Ocean Foundation (TOF) was founded to help change that calculus.

Our community foundation services include:  (1) grantmaking, (2) accepting charitable donations, (3) building funder collaboratives, (4) fiscal sponsorship and project and fund hosting, and (4) corporate partnerships.  We operate three conservation initiatives: (1) International Ocean Acidification Initiative, (2) Blue Resilience Initiative, and (3) Redesigning Plastics Initiative.  Other program areas include:  (1) Capacity Building, (2) Ocean Science Diplomacy, (3) Investing in Ocean Health, (4) Supporting Island Communities, (5) Carbon Offsets, (6) Sustainable Blue Economy, (7) Networks, Coalitions and Collaboratives, and (8) research/development/consulting.