Projects & Services

Friends of Funds

A pre-approved grant relationship model of fiscal sponsorship is ideal for those institutions carrying out charitable work that are already legally incorporated but lack 501(c)(3) status; or, foreign charities that are seeking support from U.S. funders. Although our Friends of Funds are separate and legally independent from The Ocean Foundation, we practice a high degree of oversight to ensure legal and regulatory compliance. It is critical that the funds raised through The Ocean Foundation and granted to our Friends of Funds are spent in a manner consistent and supportive of The Ocean Foundation’s charitable mission. We require from all of our Friends of Funds a full accounting of how these funds were spent annually. As a Friends of Fund at The Ocean Foundation, we offer the following services:

To provide these services, we charge a base rate of 9% on all incoming revenue.* An organization must raise at least $10,000 per year to remain in good standing. All Friends of Funds have their own dedicated account within The Ocean Foundation, and incoming revenue is “re-granted” to the organization in accordance with detailed guidelines that are laid out in your legal agreement with The Ocean Foundation. In addition, as an affiliate of The Ocean Foundation, you become part of a diverse network of nonprofit and conservation professionals, creating additional opportunities for peer support and collaboration.

For more information, you can download our Friends of Fund overview for a complete breakdown of the services we offer. If you are interested in applying, please contact Ben Scheelk, Program Associate.

* With the exception of public/government funding and event income, which are charged an additional 5% to cover the additional administrative and special government audit costs.

** May be subject to additional fees depending on the extent of services.

A complete list of our current Friends of Funds is included below.

Friends of Conch Aid

Conch Aid’s mission is to raise awareness of the connections between a healthy reef and healthy economy, reverse ecological threats, and rebuild & restore a healthy thriving reef and the regional economy that depends on it. They invite all those who benefit from the reef’s contribution to human well-being to join them in investing in nature to improve the ecological conditions of Florida’s reefs, the economic sustainability of reef-dependent commercial enterprises, and the continued recreational use of reef resources. 


Friends of Deep Green Wilderness

Deep Green Wilderness, Inc. owns and operates the historic sailboat Orion as a floating classroom for students of all ages. With a firm belief in the value of a sailboat as a tool for both education and fun, Deep Green Wilderness Students explore these valuable ecosystems under sail with supporting curriculum focusing on critical thinking, problem solving, stewardship and a holistic understanding of our estuarine home.


Friends of Eco Alianza Loreto

EcoAlianza is a Mexican non-profit organization, committed to protecting the coastal, marine and terrestrial eco-systems of Loreto. EcoAlianza's success in conservation initiatives stems from its ability to engage key audiences within Loreto, including the municipal government, the tourism sector, the local building sector, and the American residents, and bring these often disparate views to the table. Through its education, outreach and direct programmatic work, EcoAlianza has had significant environmental and social impacts. The Ocean Foundation is committed to ensuring that EcoAlianza continues to develop into a strong, stable presence within Loreto to ensure that both social and environmental concerns remain at the forefront of decision-making and development in the region.


Friends of Future Ocean Alliance

Based in Portugal, Future Ocean Alliance is an emerging global alliance of partners with a mission to “use innovative informatics to build an inclusive community—a global ocean knowledge network—able to address emerging ocean governance issues promptly, efficiently, and fairly.” FOA is a not-for-profit, neutral and independent association that brings in an alliance organizations and individuals representing the concerns of researchers, governmental and non-governmental decision-makers dedicated to integrating ocean knowledge and best practices of governance processes via its knowledge sharing network to enhance the sustainable development of the ocean from the local to the global levels. Click here for more information.


Friends of Georgia Strait Alliance

Since 1990, Georgia Strait Alliance has been the only citizen's group focused on protecting the marine environment in and around the whole Strait of Georgia -- the place where most British Columbians live, work and play.


Friends of Grupo Tortuguero

The Grupo Tortuguero works with local communities to recover migratory sea turtle.  The objectives of the Grupo Tortuguero are to 1) build a strong conservation network, 2) develop our understanding of human-caused threats to turtle survival and develop solutions to those threats, and 3) communicate our message widely, promoting the conservation of sea turtles throughout the region.


Friends of IEMANYA Oceanica

PESCADORES Y TIBURONES This program is a community based network of local artisanal fishermen in Baja California Sur, Mexico. The aim of this project is not only the conservation of sharks and rays, but addressing the socio-economic consequences of sharks conservation through supporting local communities in their struggle to cope the growing economic demands and dwindling resources. One important component of this program is to provide education scholarships to children of fishing families.


Friends of Island Reach

Island Reach is a volunteer project with the mission to help build biocultural resilience from ridge to reef in Vanuatu, Melanesia, an area recognized as an ecological and cultural hotspot. Island Reach provides a no-cost, mobile work platform aboard research vessel Llyr along with skilled support services available upon request to locally embedded projects that seek to protect and revitalize communities while bolstering local capacity for environmental stewardship. With over 80 inhabited islands and many remote villages in the Vanuatu archipelago, Island Reach can help fill critical infrastructure gaps that impede the success of community, group, and organizational efforts and alliances throughout the region. Island Reach is available to serve community projects and non-profit endeavors by acting as a force multiplier for their embedded efforts and enabling regional replication of successful ridge to reef works.


Friends of Jamaica Environment Trust

The Jamaica Environment Trust is a 20-year-old non profit, non governmental membership organization operating in the island of Jamaica.  They focus on education and advocacy and have delivered environmental education programs to over one-third of Jamaican schools, reaching more than 300,000 students and 600 teachers.  They operate campaigns to protect marine resources around Jamaica, to keep dolphins free in the Caribbean sea, and are currently training communities to monitor sea turtle nesting on beaches.


Friends of La Tortuga Viva

At the southeast corner of Playa Viva, a sustainable boutique hotel, an all-volunteer staff, comprised of members of the local community of Juluchuca, has set up a turtle sanctuary. These are fisherman and farmers who recognized the damage being done to the local turtle population and decided to make a difference. This group took on the name "La Tortuga Viva" or "The Living Turtle" and obtained training from the Mexican Department for the Protection of Endangered Species.


Friends of Pro Esteros

Pro Esteros was formed in 1988 as a bi-national grassroots organization; founded by a group of scientists from Mexico and US protect Baja California coastal wetlands. Today, they are an Asociación Civil in Mexico. As part of their mission, Pro Esteros studies coastal wetlands, for educational, scientific and conservational purposes. With 16 years of continuous work, Pro Esteros is the oldest established environmental organizations in Baja California. They have been working very closely with communities, government agencies, and stakeholders to reach their goals, and implement their environmental education programs, scientific research projects, conservation of natural resources and community capacity building programs.


Friends of Tortugueros Las Playitas

Tortugueros Las Playitas mission is to protect and conserve the marine environment of Baja California Sur with a special emphasis on Endangered Sea Turtle population recovery, habitat protection, and environmental education in Todos Santos, Las Playitas and Agua Blanca.

Please specify in the donation comment box if you are donating for "Hurricane Odile Disaster Relief."


Friends of the Seaflower

The Seaflower MPA in the San Andres Archipelago, Colombia, was created in response to demand from the island community for management of marine resources to improve conservation and sustainable use. Established in 2005 to conserve marine biodiversity and promote sustainable development, the MPA is managed by CORALINA, the regional environmental authority, in collaboration with the community and local institutions. This innovative MPA also protects livelihoods and tenure of the indigenous people, integrating conservation with sustainable fishing, harvesting, and locally run tourism.


Friends of SINADES

Sistemas Naturales Y Desarollo (SINADES), A.C. works to improve the quality of life of the inhabitants of rural communities through participative environmental education programs, realized through the implementation of workshops, training sessions, and the dispersion of resource materials. SINADES educates and empowers local residents to be in control of their natural resources. The ultimate goal is for community members to define and develop plans related to sustainable regional resource management that can be implemented at the local level.


Friends of Song Saa

The Song Saa Foundation, which is a not-for-profit body registered as a local non-government organization under the laws of the Royal Kingdom of Cambodia. The headquarters of the organization are based in Phnom Penh, while its area of operation is the Koh Rong archipelago, a collection of seven islands located in the southwest of Cambodia, 15 nautical miles from the city of Sihanoukville.
With a targeted focus on marine conservation the Foundation is devoted to promoting initiatives that protect and enhance the marine world of the Koh Rong archipelago. This includes support for the establishment of marine protected areas, the monitoring and research of local marine environments and environmental education with a marine focus. The Foundation works closely with local communities, regional authorities and the national  government to improve the quality and standard of support for marine conservation and is an active participant in the current steps to establish the Kingdom’s first marine ‘national park’ (the Koh Rong marine fisheries management area). The Foundation’s community work is designed to improve health, personal wellbeing and  livelihood opportunities and thereby reduce the need for unsustainable pressures on the Archipelago’s marine and terrestrial habitats. 


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