Donors Making Waves of Impact


Waves of Impact

Donors make a difference!  Thanks to your generosity, the Ocean Institute is able to host thousands of students on once-in-a-lifetime field trip experiences.

Enjoy these highlights from recent programs.


Donors Making Waves: Patagonia + Hobie
Ocean Institute Receives Patagonia Environmental Grant

As well-known leaders in the outdoor industry for environmental advocacy and community enrichment, Patagonia’s waves of positive impact recently reached our Adopt-a-Class program with a $5,000 grant. The Patagonia ‘Environmental Grants Program’ funds organizations that identify and work on the root causes of environmental problems and approach those issues with a commitment to long-term change.


Giving Back: Forge54
Ocean Institute has a fresh, new look thanks to Forge54

We recently partnered with Forge 54, a team of 100+ creative and strategic-minded professionals who donated their time to help Ocean Institute share our mission through brilliant copy, photography, video, design and enhanced technology. Their extraordinary work was the product of months of collaboration with our staff, and includes top-level promotional campaigns, virtual tours, interactive maps and iPad applications that will take our educational programs to the next level, helping us reach more kids through innovative digital tools. 


Thanks to our Tall Ships Festival Supporters!

A special thanks to our sponsors for the 2017 Tall Ships Festival! It was wonderful to see so many people gather at our site in Dana Point Harbor over the weekend in celebration of maritime history, the adventures of sailing and the wonders of the ocean!

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Thanks to Massen Greene Foundation!

Massen Greene Foundation recently made a generous grant to expand our Watershed and Ocean in Motion outreach programs.  The Watershed Program uses the allure of the ocean to hook ten-year-old students on the importance of protecting the environment from watersheds to waves.  Most of the 2,000 fifth graders are from underserved circumstances and this is their first time seeing the ocean.  The program immerses them in science-based environmental education at sea and in marine labs; they then research an environmental issue in their local watershed and they make presentations on


Thank you, Fluor Foundation!
Fluor Foundation Making Waves of Impact

The Fluor Foundation has generously supported programs at the Ocean Institute since the earliest days and played a significant role in the campaign to build the new Ocean Education Center in 2001.  More recently over the past ten years, the Fluor Foundation has made a great impact through its support of the Institute’s Adopt-A-Class program.

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Thank you, Nicholas Endowment

The Ocean Institute would like to thank The Nicholas Endowment for their continued support throughout the past 10 years. Since 2006, The Nicholas Endowment has given more than $1 million to the Ocean Institute in support of our educational programs and facilities, helping us provide ocean education to students, teachers, and most recently the general public at-large.

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Thank You November Donors!

This time of year, as we gather with family and friends to reflect upon all we are thankful for, we at the Ocean Institute are giving thanks for our generous supporters from the past month!

Thomas Witzel  

Mary Lauwereins

Lucille Sinfield

Glenn Southard

George Franklin

Michael Difilippo

Ian Pullan

Janet Joy Schnebel

Joseph Kulikowski

Martha Gromotsky

Vivien Wyse

Ralph Wilson

John Kanzler

John Hay

Janet and Ted Hirth

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Thank you for Supporting the 32nd Annual Ocean Institute Tall Ships Festival

The Ocean Institute was again amazed by the “waves of impact” that our generous donors, sponsors and community supporters made in the success of our 2016 Tall Ships Festival! Our presenting sponsor, Toshiba of America Business Solutions, provided the foundation of support for a weekend of fun and education for over 10,000 visitors. We are so appreciative of Toshiba as well as our other sponsors, without whom we could not have had such a great festival!

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Ocean Institute Partners with

JULY ONLY! The Ocean Institute is proud to be teaming up with, a Community Contribution Company that promotes eco-friendly products from companies that have committed to donate part of their profits to an amazing cause. 

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Irvine BMW Making Waves of Impact

Through generous sponsorships of Ocean Institute special events, including the Jazz Festival, Tall Ships Festival and Sea Star Stroll, Irvine BMW has created a wonderful partnership that supports our efforts to educate and inspire.

In the last few years, Irvine BMW has sponsored nearly 200 students from Title I schools for STEM-based field trips. Students were able to dissect fish, perform water chemistry testing, learn about the life cycle of a jelly and see marine mammals in their native habitat. For many students, this was their first time on a boat and seeing dolphins and whales in the ocean! It was all made possible through the generosity of Irvine BMW.

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Margaret Buchanan Making Waves of Impact

In December, over 70 students from Daniel Phelan School in Whittier visited the Ocean Institute for a “Life in the Abyss” overnight program thanks to the Adopt-A-Class sponsorship by Margaret Buchanan. Going above and beyond her amazing generosity, Buchanan joined the students during their field trip for dinner to hear highlights of their first-in-a-lifetime field trip. In addition, she responded to each and every thank you note she received from the students after their trip.