Grantmaking Strategy Advice and Program Development for Donors and Foundations

Effective, strategic and targeted philanthropy involves more than just throwing money at exciting projects and hoping for the best.  Our expert philanthropic advisors can help you to maximize the return on your ocean-related charitable investments.  We can help you to clarify your areas of focus, define your grantmaking approach for greatest impact, and evaluate or modify existing programs and initiatives to adapt to changing circumstances.  

We specialize in helping donors to find their niche by framing key issues and questions, conducting research and investigations, analyzing information, and helping you to work through the important strategic, geographic and subject-area decisions that determine the impact of your grantmaking.  And, if you know WHERE but not HOW or WHO, we can provide you with detailed research about conservation investment opportunities in your specific field of interest.  In some instances, we also host and administer funds for donors through our 501(c)3 community foundation model.

Fee structure:  Consulting services can be solicited on an hourly or contractual basis.  Larger program design services range from $20,000 to $100,000.  Donor and Committee advised funds are charged a flat overhead fee. Please contact TOF President Mark J. Spalding at to discuss your situation and receive an estimate.

Every project is different, but some of the services we can offer include:

If you don't have your own foundation, you can consider opening an advised fund at The Ocean Foundation and work directly with our experts.  Click here for more information.

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