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Donate Your Vehicle to Us!
CARS Vehicle Donation Program

Donate Your Vehicle to Us!

Do you have a vehicle you longer need? You can donate your car to Ocean Institute and receive a tax deduction for the value of your vehicle! 

View the CARS Brochure

Your donation of a car, truck, or boat will raise awareness and appreciation for our ocean environment to over 100,000 students and visitors annually.

Making a Donation is EASY!

Click HERE to begin the process of donating your old vehicle to Ocean Institute!

 

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Annual Fund – 2019 Goal: $100,000

 

DONATE to our 2019 Annual Appeal Today!

Ocean Institute welcomes tax-deductible contributions throughout the year to:

(1) Deliver proven ocean-based educational programs to underserved students from Title I schools, 

(2) Maintain and upgrade its historic tall ships, research vessel and onshore science labs, and

(3) Recruit, train and reward a professional, dedicated team of educators to ensure that children receive a life-changing experience at Ocean Institute.

The cause for protecting our oceans through meaningful education, here in our community, needs you.  We hope you will consider helping us with your continued support.  With your help, the Ocean Institute is uniquely poised to shape and inspire the next generation of innovators and environmental advocates and we hope you will consider making a gift.

 

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Donate Stock

If you wish to donate stock/investments, please route to:

Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. 
DTC Clearing 0164, Code 40 
For the account of: Ocean Institute 
 

Account # 8125-9993 

Please email Lane Avery with the transaction and settlement date: lavery@oceaninstitute.org

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Adopt-A-Class
Sponsor a Trip of a Lifetime

Adopt-A-Class

Our Adopt-A-Class program enables underserved students from Title I schools across California, to visit the Ocean Institute for hands-on STEM education. The Adopt-A-Class program is crucial to give these students the opportunity to take their learning beyond the classroom. The program is truly life changing for these students, as many have never seen the ocean, or been on a boat before.

With your generosity, underserved students from Title I Schools in San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles Counties will have an opportunity to learn marine science, maritime history and study the ocean environment while having fun! The cost of $2,500 funds program fees for up to 45 underserved students plus bus transportation. 

Any amount contributed makes a difference!

Learn more about Adopt-A-Class here

Click here to make a donation to the Ocean Institute’s Adopt-A-Class Program.

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Matching Gifts

Did you know that there are numerous companies that match dollar-for-dollar what their employees donate to charity?

Double or even triple your personal gift simply by completing a form at your company.

Please see the list below of companies that offer gift matching.

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Sea of Stars
$50,000

This provides general operating support to be recognized with a named “star” in the Sea of Stars pathway in the main courtyard.  This opportunity is available for 5-year pledges of $50,000 ($10,000 per year); however, one-time gifts or two-year pledges would have more immediate impact.

Learn more about Sea of Stars here.

For more information, contact Selina Anderson, Development Associate at sanderson@oceaninstitute.org

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Adopt-A-Class
$25,000

Brings underserved Title I students to the ocean for the first time.  The grant would provide ten, day programs or five, two-day programs using the learning labs, Surf Deck, and the research vessel.  Adopt-A-Class funding covers the cost of bringing students to the Ocean Institute and provides essential general support for the teaching staff.  This grant would be recognized with a prominently placed plaque on the donor wall in the Ocean Institute’s main lobby.

For more information, contact Selina Anderson, Development Associate at sanderson@oceaninstitute.org

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Naming Opportunity for the Spirit of Dana Point’s Deck
$1,000,000

This gift will fund the urgently needed new deck on the Spirit of Dana Point. The Spirit of Dana Point is a truly unique teaching platform where students experience authentic life at sea as it has been for hundreds of years.  The 118-ft. schooner is used throughout the year for living history and at-sea maritime programs that build 21st Century skills of teamwork, critical thinking, communication, and leadership. The sponsor will be recognized with a plaque on the “King Plank” and signage on the Maritime Wharf seen by thousands along the harbor’s public walkway.

For more information, contact Dr. Wendy Marshall, President of Education and Operations, at wmarshall@oceaninstitute.org.

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Naming Opportunity for the Surf Science Learning Center
$1,000,000

This gift will fund general operations (can occur over two years if needed). The Surf Science Learning Center engages students in investigations related to the science on surf, sand study, underwater robotics, and watershed science. The sponsor’s name will be prominently placed on the building outside of this indoor/outdoor lab area.

For more information, contact Dr. Wendy Marshall, President of Education and Operations, at wmarshall@oceaninstitute.org.

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Naming Opportunity for the Surf Deck Center
$1,000,000

This gift will fund general operations and be recognized with a surf-themed plaque on the Surf Deck. The gift can occur over two years if needed. This multi-use space is the most impressive location on the campus with its unobstructed view of the Pacific. In addition to serving as the home to 8,000 students annually during day and overnight programs, the Surf Deck hosts events including distinguished speakers, educational conferences, collaborative partner thinktanks, VIP and corporate receptions, and community gatherings. It is the jewel of the organization.

For more information, contact Dr. Wendy Marshall, President of Education and Operations, at wmarshall@oceaninstitute.org.