In its first thirteen years, The Ocean Foundation has spent more than $48 million on marine conservation (through grants and services in the following areas): Protecting Marine Habitats, $9.3 million, Protecting Species of Concern, $16 million, Building Capacity in the Marine Community, $12 million, Expanding Ocean Literacy, $11.2 million. Our marine conservation partner projects have grown 26% annually. We continuously work to deepen our impact by expanding our community.

Latest Reports & Publications

The Ocean Foundation regularly contributes to white papers, reports and various publications in an effort to assist our communities in finding the expert information they need and/or are interested in when it comes to ocean conservation.

Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics: Vol. 2, Article 8.
Monday, February 15, 2016
Mark J. Spalding
Journal of Sustainable Finance and Banking, November 2015, Volume 2, Issue 10
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Mark J. Spalding
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Conn Nugent, Senior Fellow
The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, An Ancient Crab and An Epic Journey
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Deborah Cramer

Our Impact

$48 Million for the Ocean



Since forming in 2001, we've spent over $48 million on marine conservation in four core areas.

Global Impact


2/3 of our projects are based outside of the United States or work on international ocean issues.

Where your money goes



We have strong, annually audited, fiscal controls for accountability and transparency for donors, and hosted projects. 83% goes to our Projects, 11% goes to Infrastructure & Administration, and 6% goes to Development.

Project Growth



The number of projects we host continues to grow on average by 26% annually.

FY18 Income



The majority of our income comes from generous foundations and donors like you who are passionate about saving the ocean. 94% comes from Grants & Contributions, 5% comes from Program Services, and 1% is additional revenue earned.

Coastal CODE


More than 50,000 volunteers have helped clean up beaches from Alaska to California through our partnership with Alaskan Brewing Company.

Learn More About Our Work