Philanthropic Organizations

Philanthropic organizations are nonprofit nongovernmental entities that utilize donated assets and income to provide social useful services. Community foundations, endowments and charitable trusts are types of philanthropic organizations. When properly organized and operated for specific purposes, donations to philanthropic organizations are tax deductible and the nonprofit organization is exempt from paying federal income tax.

Below are a few of those organizations involved in issues relating to ocean stewardship.

Mission Blue

“The next five years may be the most important in the next ten thousand for our planet. There are plenty of reasons for hope, yet every day, doors of opportunity close. We know what to do. Now is the time to act.” – Dr. Sylvia Earle Led by legendary oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue is… Continue reading Mission Blue


Oceana seeks to make our oceans more biodiverse and abundant by winning policy victories in the countries that govern much of the world’s marine life. Oceana, founded in 2001, is the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation. Our offices around the world work together to win strategic, directed campaigns that achieve measurable outcomes that… Continue reading Oceana

WaterKeeper Alliance

Waterkeeper Alliance is the largest and fastest growing nonprofit solely focused on clean water. Waterkeeper Alliance strengthens and grows a global network of grassroots leaders protecting everyone’s right to clean water. Waterkeeper Alliance holds polluters accountable. We’re the largest and fastest growing nonprofit solely focused on clean water. We preserve and protect water by connecting local… Continue reading WaterKeeper Alliance

Wild Coast

Seventeen years ago Serge Dedina, co-founder of WILDCOAST, set out to protect some of the most beautiful and biologically significant coastal areas in the Californias and Latin America. Today, the organization’s groundbreaking conservation projects and innovative campaigns have been reported on by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, BBC, NBC, National Public Radio, Reforma, Televisa, CBS… Continue reading Wild Coast

Blue Ocean Network

Blue Ocean Network The Community for Ocean Citizens We’ve learned a lot from you. It’s the encouragement of people like you who compelled us to create this online news organization to give you “all ocean all the time”. And it’s been the support from people like you who compelled us to launch the Blue Ocean… Continue reading Blue Ocean Network

Ocean First Institute

Helping Future Generations Put the Ocean First Our goal is to educate and empower future generations to preserve our ocean ecosystems and become future leaders in conservation. We do this by connecting youth with the wonders of the ocean and the importance of hands-on conservation through programming that highlights scientific exploration. Our in-person and virtual… Continue reading Ocean First Institute