The Ocean Foundation (TOF) 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. Our slogan is “Tell Us What You Want To Do For The Ocean, We Will Take Care Of The Rest.” We work with a community of donors 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.

We operate using a well-established business model (the community foundation) to serve donors and partners interested in marine conservation. TOF does this by increasing the capacity of conservation organizations, hosting projects and funds, and supporting those working to improve the health of ocean species globally. To do this, we raise millions of dollars each year to support marine conservation. These funds come from individuals, corporate donors, private foundations and governments. We meet our mission through five lines of business: Fiscal Sponsorship Fund Services, Field of Interest Grantmaking Funds, Green Resort Partnerships, Committee and Donor Advised Funds, and Consulting Services.

Because of the dynamic nature of our business, including the many projects that we host, we have a variety of powerful resources that we can bring to bear on any ocean conservation project. Our geographic community is the 70% of the earth’s surface covered by ocean. Our human community includes the donors, governments and grantees that are engaged in ocean conservation anywhere in the world. We have grantees, partners and projects on all the world’s continents except for Antarctica. Significant locations for us include: Mexico and the Caribbean, the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska, Maine, Florida, California, Oregon, Washington, and the Coral Triangle region in the western Pacific. We are increasing our work in Africa, Latin America and China. The Ocean Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of individuals with significant experience in marine conservation philanthropy, complemented by an expert, professional staff, and a growing international advisory board of scientists, policy makers, educational specialists and other top experts.

We are highly specialized and experienced in philanthropy and marine conservation with specific experience developing and managing organizations, programs, funds and foundations in the private and public sectors. We support both site-specific efforts and global work focused on strengthening coastal and ocean ecosystem resiliency. We are also actively engaged in multiple initiatives directed towards global trade products, scientific and economic research, international and regional convening, and knowledge sharing.

Field of Focus
Ocean Conservation and Research