The Ocean is facing unprecedented challenges, many of which threaten human survival on earth. Ocean Grants validates organizations working on significant Ocean challenges to identify the most effective nonprofits.

"The Ocean is at a tipping point and our actions over the next 10 years will determine the next 10,000 years."

-- Dr. Sylvia Earle


The Ocean is critical to human survival on earth

  • Air Quality. The Ocean produces ½ of the world’s oxygen and absorbs ⅓ of human-caused carbon dioxide

  • Food. More than 3.5 billion people rely on the Ocean as their primary source of food

  • Medicine. Drugs for cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer's & heart disease come from the Ocean

  • Economics. Ocean-based businesses contribute more than $500 billion to the world’s economy

It’s time for all of us to step up and make a difference!




Through fundraising and grant making, we accelerate the good work of existing nonprofits that are solving some of the Ocean's most pressing problems.


We maximize tax benefits and philanthropic planning through our Donor Advised Fund Program and publish Special Reports to ensure donor money is well placed.

Special Reports

Ocean Grants Special Reports are a culmination of our research and recommendation process in which we spotlight our Recommended Organizations. Ocean Grants Recommended Organizations: (i) are leaders in their space; (ii) are transparent and forthcoming with information, including financial information; (iii) are managing donations responsibly; (iv) would be significantly enhanced with additional funding; and (v) have definable metrics of effectiveness, impact and scalability on critical Ocean problems.  Our Special Reports are designed to inform and inspire donors to give to the organizations we have found to be the most exemplary and best able to move the needle toward solving critical Ocean challenges.  Over time we will publish Special Reports covering all geographies and all identified Ocean challenges. The goal of our research and Special Reports is to help donors maximize the impact of their donations. 

If you are working for a non-profit doing work in one of our Ocean challenge focus areas and would like to be considered for recommendation, please apply here.