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.
2019 Foundation Wave of Impact:
DeeDee Rosenthal leads the generous donation of $10,000
for the Adopt-A-Class Engineers Wanted Program.
This funding enables approximately 80 underserved students from
California Title 1 schools to participate in “Engineers Wanted,”
the Institute’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and
The Adopt-A-Class program provides students the opportunity to
take their learning beyond the classroom, a life-changing
experience as many have never seen the ocean or been on a boat
During the two-day program, participants rotate through stations
in science labs and aboard Ocean Institute’s Research
Vessel, Sea Explorer. The experience teaches
students STEM concepts with a focus on engineering and
As an engineering and construction company, Fluor is very
sensitive to its impact on the environment and the need to
sustain it for generations to come. The company invests in
programs that preserve and/or enhance natural resources and
“We are grateful for the incredible impact the Fluor Foundation
has made on the lives of underserved students,” said Ocean
Institute CEO Dan Pingaro.
According to DeeDee Rosenthal, Fluor Foundation Community
Relations Manager, “We are committed to responsible stewardship
of the environment and supporting organizations – like the Ocean
Institute – that offer programs to teach students about our
oceans and natural resources through marine science.”
Fluor makes an impact wherever it has operations or projects, not
only though client projects, but also through community
engagement, employee volunteerism and philanthropy. A
corporate citizen committed to social responsibility, Fluor and
its employees work to create resilient, sustainable communities.
The company aligns its resources and expertise to make a
significant difference in education, particularly in the
disciplines of STEM subjects, social services, community and
economic development, and the environment.
Thank you DeeDee! We are grateful for the incredible impact
these grants have made on the lives of disadvantaged
Sahm Family Foundation
Ocean Institute granted $1 million by the Sahm Family
Foundation to establish a shark education center.
Ocean Institute are proud to have local Dana Point jewelry
designer MantraBand in our family of donors. Through the 1% For
The Planet program MantraBand have donated 1% of their sales to
Ocean Institute in support of ocean education, research, and
conservation. The MantraBand team aims to protect, preserve, and
restore the natural environment through their charitable
Through their donations to Ocean Institute, MantraBand are
ensuring that the ocean and environment will be healthy for
future generations to enjoy, and creating the next-generation of
stewards of our ocean.
Thank you MantraBand for your incredible support of the Ocean
2019 Family Wave of Impact:
Jim and Sue Swenson
Tribute to Jim Swenson
It is with great sadness but warm and rich memories that the
Ocean Institute honors the passing of Jim Swenson, a wonderful
and caring friend and an enduring example of leadership at its
There is little that the Ocean Institute accomplished over the 29
years of Jim’s remarkable tenure on the Board of Directors that
does not bear his and his wife Sue’s imprint. Over 100,000
people a year, young and old, find inspiration in the waterfront
campus and modern marine science learning centers nurtured by Jim
Their vision and generosity brought the Pilgrim to Dana Point in
the 1980s to create an unparalleled floating maritime classroom
and, not long after, the Spirit of Dana Point, which with the
Pilgrim, forms the nucleus of the campus we know today.
But the Swensons knew that a beautiful educational facility full
of dedicated people was of little value unless children had the
means to use it, and yet again Jim and Sue became the driving
force behind the growth of the Adopt-A-Class program.
Countless children were introduced to marine life such as hermit
crabs, and many of them to their ocean for the first time.
And like a warm southerly breeze over Dana Point Harbor, Jim
would delight us with his surprise visits from time to time
bringing sweet grapefruit from his garden or his best-in-show
peanut brittle. The holiday season will never be the same
without that peanut brittle!
In the words of Mel Chambers, a fellow board member and good
friend, “Those of us who knew Jim, along with the children he
helped us serve, will never be the same again, not because Jim
has left us, but because Jim’s caring presence was such a
constant in the life and success of the Ocean Institute.”
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 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.