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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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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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Ocean Institute Internship Program
$75,000

Each year the Ocean Institute fully supports and mentors approximately 20 high school interns who spend 8 months working on self-selected research projects at the Ocean Institute. Under the supervision of our talented, early-career staff, the students learn to design their own research study, how to fundraise for research, and how to communicate results. The program culminates in a symposium where the interns present their work and a poster display showcase. Upon completion of the internship, students will have gained invaluable skills and experience that showcases their passion and enhances their transcripts as they apply to college. Sponsors are recognized in annual symposium program. A five-year commitment would be recognized with the title naming opportunity.

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

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Naming Opportunity for the At-Sea: Acquisition and Acclimation Lab
$150,000

The At-Sea Acquisition and Acclimation lab is the first stop for any organism joining our living collection. Here, incoming organisms are monitored and carefully treated by our husbandry team for any potential medical conditions or health concerns to ensure a safe transition into our display tanks. The lab is equipped with a stand-alone life support system inclusive of chiller units, filters, and pumps.

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

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Naming Opportunity on the sails of the Spirit of Dana Point
$200,000

The Spirit of Dana Point is in need of new sails and this provides a unique naming opportunity as the sponsor’s name and logo will be displayed on one sail of this popular schooner and recognized with a plaque on the mast or the boom.

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

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Naming Opportunity for the Learning Lab inside the Packard At-Sea Center
$750,000

This gift will fund general operations. (It can be given over two years if needed). This large teaching space in the Packard At-Sea Center provides visiting schools with the science lab that they never had! Equipped with high-powered microscopes, cameras, dissection equipment, artifacts, and all the resources needed to dive into science, this Learning Lab supports in-depth, hands-on learning experiences for 50,000 visitors each year.

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

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Naming Opportunity for the Living Collections Lab in the Packard At-Sea Center
$750,000

This gift will fund general operations. The Living Collections Lab gives students a unique opportunity to get “up close and personal” with a sampling of our coast’s local biodiversity. Serving as the scientists, students can observe and compare adaptations and defense strategies employed by organisms that live within the kelp forest, benthic zone, rocky reefs, and pelagic ocean habitats.

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.

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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 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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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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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 Your Vehicle to Us!

Donate Your Vehicle to Us!
CARS Vehicle Donation Program

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!