Giving Opportunities

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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 chaging for these students, as many have never seen the ocean, or been on a boat before.

Together, we can make a difference!

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Annual Fund

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You have entrusted us with ocean education in this region for the past 40 years, we have created more than 60 educational programs and engage over 250,000 visitors annually.  We need your support to help shape the next 40 years. 


An Evening on Broadway
Presented by the Sand Dollar Guild

Enjoy dinner and your favorite Broadway hits performed by Broadway stars Ivan Rutherford, Shannon Brennan, and Robert Meffe.

This special concert is in the cabaret setting, Saturday, September 9th, 5:00-8:00pm at Mission Viejo Country Club.  Doors open 5pm. Tickets are $75 in advance. A special menu and full no-host bar are available. There will be a silent auction and opportunity drawing for a fabulous grand prize.

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Planned Gifts

Planned gifts are an effective way to make a contribution to the Ocean Institute while maximizing your personal financial goals and estate planning needs. There are a number of planned giving opportunities to meet your various needs.

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Sand Dollar Guild

The Sand Dollar Guild is a fund raising organization benefiting the Ocean Institute.  For over 25 years this guild has provided major support to numerous programs and facilities at the Ocean Institute.

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LegaSea Society

Give the gift of education for years to come. Outright gifts to the endowment and planned gifts qualify you as a member of this donor society. 

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Make a gift that provides permanent recognition.

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Matching Gifts

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

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Ocean Institute Financials

Audited financial statement 2015:Download PDF

Ocean Institute 2015 Form 990: Download PDF

Audited financial statement for 2014: Download PDF

Ocean Institute 2014 Form 990: Download PDF