Transforming your charitable passion into results

We need every single good idea, every capable person to be part of solving this crisis because we can’t do it alone. Our staff, project managers, grantees, senior fellows, and ocean heroes represent diverse fields of expertise, including marine conservation, ocean governance, scientific research, and fisheries management.  The Ocean Foundation provides them a platform from which to continue their important work and an opportunity for our donors, programs, and staff to benefit from their specific expertise. 

Our Services

Through our wide range of services we advance innovative, customized philanthropic solutions that reflect our holistic approach to moving the needle on coastal and ocean conservation.

What do you love about the ocean?

The Ocean Foundation's Initiatives are a way to combine your resources with those of other individuals that have similar goals, increasing your philanthropic impact. Your donation provides grants for nonprofits, universities, and community organizations all around the world. In each of our nine initiatives we are looking to mitigate current threats or problems, and further research in these areas. Our nine initiatives are: International Sustainable Aquaculture, Coral Reefs, Coasts and Beaches, Marine Mammals, Polar Seas, Sea Turtles, Ocean Leadership, World Oceans, and Ocean Acidification.


How can you help? If you recognize the value of investing resources in strategic ocean solutions or want a platform for your corporate community to participate in, we can work together on strategic ocean solutions. Our partnerships take many forms: from cash and in-kind donations to cause-related marketing campaigns. Our fiscally sponsored projects also work with partners on many different levels. Please visit the hosted projects page to learn more. These cooperative efforts are helping to restore and protect our ocean.

11th Hour Racing works with the sailing community and maritime industries to advance solutions and practices that protect and restore the health of our ocean. Inspired by and furthering the mission of The Schmidt Family Foundation, 11th Hour Racing embraces partners, grantees, and ambassadors who integrate sustainability into their values and operations while educating people with the critical message of ocean stewardship. The organization works with The Ocean Foundation to facilitate international giving along with offsetting the carbon footprint of its larger partnerships

Columbia’s focus on outdoor conservation and education make them a leading innovator in outdoor apparel. This corporate partnership began in 2008, with a contribution to TOF’s SeaGrass Grow Campaign, planting and restoring seagrass in Florida. Columbia Sportswear provides high quality in-kind gear that our projects rely on to perform field work critical to ocean conservation.

The Ocean Foundation partnered with jetBlue Airways in 2013 to focus on the long-term health of the Caribbean's oceans and beaches. This corporate partnership sought to determine the economic value of clean beaches to strengthen protection of destinations and ecosystems upon which travel and tourism depend. TOF provided expertise in environmental data collection while jetBlue provided their proprietary industry data. jetBlue named the concept “EcoEarnings: A Shore Thing” after their belief that business could be positively tied to shorelines.

Luke's Lobster partnered with The Ocean Foundation to establish The Keeper Fund to support their long-term commitment to the coastal communities and waterways upon which their business thrives. The Fund's mission is to find and support projects that are win-wins for coastal communities and the environment. In 2019, Luke's partnered with Allagash Brewing to jointly donate $1 from the sale of every Allagash White to The Keeper Fund, up to $10,000.

In 2011 The Ocean Foundation (TOF) helped launch the Rockefeller Ocean Strategy, which seeks to identify profitable investment opportunities that restore and support the health and sustainability of the world’s oceans. In this effort, Rockefeller Capital Management has collaborated with The Ocean Foundation to gain specialized insight and research on marine trends, risks and opportunities, as well as analysis of coastal and ocean conservation initiatives.


The Ocean Foundation is increasing the capacity of the ocean conservation field and bridging the gap between the growing awareness of the crisis in the ocean and true implemented conservation. Our projects and supported organizations are carefully selected in order to fulfill gaps in ocean conservation work or provide innovative ways to tackle the threats. Check out our Fiscal Sponsorship page for more information on becoming a fiscally sponsored project or supported organization.

The Ocean Project advances ocean conservation in partnership with zoos, aquariums, and museums (ZAMs) around the world.

Since its founding in 2011, the High Seas Alliance (HSA) with its 40+ non-governmental members and the International Union for Conservation of Nature has been working towards protecting the 50% of the planet that is the high seas.

Blue Mind Fund: Connecting People to Water


Ocean Conservation Research is focused on understanding the scope of, and exploring solutions to the growing problem of human-generated noise pollution and its impact on marine animals.

IOC Vision

For citizens and communities to take an active role in improving the impacts and relationships between the inland, the coasts, and the ocean.

IOC Mission

To create an inland movement that builds land-to-sea stewardship