The Ocean Foundation’s mission is to support, strengthen, and promote those organizations dedicated to reversing the trend of destruction of ocean environments around the world.

We carry out this mission in three ways:
1. Expert education and advice for donors
2. Philanthropic tools
3. Financial support and mentoring of groups working in the field

Drawing from the top experts, research, and thinking in the field, our donors benefit from high level counsel in improving the effectiveness and impact of their grantmaking decisions. In short, we provide the vital philanthropic portal and services necessary for more effective investment in promoting the health of our oceans. With simple yet sophisticated investment options, we match all those with an affinity for the oceans with the most efficient and effective way to invest in their particular causes. We make the world of ocean conservation more comprehensible and accessible to donors through our website, newsletters, events, and special trip and research reports.

TOF is a 501c3 independent, international community foundation working to provide intensive, high-end philanthropic advisory services that are customized to meet the specific needs of all of our donors. We model our philanthropy on that of a traditional community foundation: Providing practical services to support philanthropic activity, and adding our unique expertise on where marine conservation can best be advanced.

Our geographic community is the 70% of the earth’s surface covered by ocean. Our human community includes the donors and grantees that are engaged in ocean conservation anywhere in the world.

As a community foundation, TOF raises funds as though it were a charity. However, like a private foundation, TOF re-grants those funds with the advice of individual donors and ocean conservation experts to other non-profits. This structure provides all the tax advantages of giving to a public charity while retaining the personal quality of a private foundation.