Giving Opportunities & Ways to Support

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Ways to Give

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Pilgrim Fund
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Pilgrim Fund
Ocean Institute
24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr. 
Dana Point, CA 92629
(Please include your name, address, e-mail, and phone)

Since 1981, the Ocean Institute has showcased Pilgrim as a unique and effective floating educational platform for learners of all ages.  Over 300,000 K-12 students from all walks of life have had the opportunity to step back in time and live the life of a sailor in the 1830s. Students spend the night on Pilgrim participating in a powerful, hands-on program where they master crucial leadership, critical-thinking, and teamwork skills and experience history well beyond the four walls of any on-land classroom.

Today, Pilgrim and her life-changing programs need your help. Her hull is nearly 75 years old and is in peril.  This spectacular vessel is truly showing her age.  In an effort to sustain the ship’s unmatched impact on education as the most unique classroom in California, we must get her out of the water for experts to assess what next steps are critically needed to save her life.

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Artifact Donation Guidelines at the Ocean Institute

The Ocean Institute is a 501c(3) organization committed to expanding awareness and understanding of marine environments of the guests who visit. Using labs, aquaria, off-shore experiences, and artifacts, the Ocean Institute works to inspire actions of learning, sustainability, and conservation. Our collections are reflective of these ideas and support the educational opportunities we provide for schools and the community.

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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.

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Sea of Stars
Your generous commitment will educate 100,000 students and families each year for the next five years

The Sea of Stars is a prominent area where individual donors are recognized with a custom Star for a $10,000 contribution per year for five years.

Donors may wish to reserve a Star for a family member or share a short message with the thousands of students who walk across the Sea of Stars

Learn more about Sea of Stars here.

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LegaSea Society

Give the gift of education for years to come.

The LegaSea Society celebrates those who have included Ocean Institute in their estate plans with a future gift through a bequest, an alternative planned gift, or an outright gift to Ocean Institute’s Endowment Fund.

LegaSea Society Fall 2019 Newsletter
LegaSea Society Information

LegaSea Society donors are recognized prominently at Ocean Institute and at an annual reception in their honor. 

Estate planning professionals are available to assist in meeting your financial needs and desires. 

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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.

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Sand Dollar Guild

The Sand Dollar Guild is a group of dedicated volunteers who help raise funds for the Ocean Institute. The guild was founded in 1988 and have raised more than $1.4 million for the Ocean Institute.

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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