The Ocean Foundation

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.  TOF delivers on its slogan “…Tell us what you want to do for the ocean; We will take care of the rest.”  We work with a diverse 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.  Thus, TOF focuses on increasing the capacity of conservation organizations, hosting projects and funds, and supporting those working to improve the health of ocean species globally.  To accomplish 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:

  • Services to Fiscal Sponsorship Funds (serving as a business incubator and delivering cooperative services to more than 50 not-for-profit projects);
  • Field of Interest pooled grantmaking Funds;
  • Pro Bono services to the marine conservation community via our Ocean Leadership Fund;
  • Committee and Donor Advised Funds (including our sustainable resort partnerships); and
  • Consulting Services.