SAN DIEGO — Ocean Discovery Institute’s $15 million campaign to bring the Living Lab, a transformative educational facility, into the heart of City Heights is now just $150,000 shy of completion.
Since January, Ocean Discovery Institute has secured $2.3 million in commitments through a remarkable collaboration among private funders. The Living Lab will open in 2017 and serve 20,000 students each year. The generous donations were made by the Walter J. & Betty C. Zable Foundation, the David C. Copley Foundation, the J.W. Sefton Foundation, Price Philanthropies, Cox Communications and The Cox Cares Foundation.
“We are so energized by this game-changing collaboration,” said Shara Fisler, Executive Director of Ocean Discovery Institute. “A year ago, we were struggling to gain traction with this campaign. It took one courageous funder to step forward, opening the floodgates for so many others. Now our donors can help us reach the finish line with $150,000.”
The string of recently-secured private donations all started with Walter J. & Betty C. Zable Foundation’s $1 million challenge grant back in the spring. That challenge sparked the support of other major donors.
- First was the David C. Copley Foundation, which committed to a $750,000 grant – $250,000 of which was set up as a challenge grant
- Three weeks ago, two extraordinary donors, the J.W. Sefton Foundation and Price Philanthropies responded to the David C. Copley Foundation’s challenge. Price Philanthropies generously committed to an additional $250,000 on top of their previously committed $200,000 to the Living Lab. The J.W. Sefton Foundation also committed to $250,000.
- Two weeks ago Cox Communications and the Cox Cares Foundation committed $50,000 to the Living Lab, becoming the campaign’s first corporate investor and setting the stage for Ocean Discovery to attract other corporate supporters
As a result of this collective generosity, significant funds will be set aside for program development to ensure Ocean Discovery Institute is ready to serve the entire community when the doors to the Living Lab open.
About the Living Lab
Designed by renowned architect Rob Wellington Quigley, the Living Lab will be a 12,000 square foot, LEED-platinum, cutting-edge facility, strategically located in City Heights within walking distance for thousands of students. The Living Lab will be more than just a building. It will be a place where…
- Students and teachers explore the fields of science during and after school
- Youth define their college and career aspirations
- Families engage in science and conservation activities relevant to their daily lives
- Scientists from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and other partners conduct research alongside students
- An entire community is transformed through science and conservation
A unique aspect of the project is the joint venture agreement between Ocean Discovery Institute and San Diego Unified. The partnership with San Diego Unified School District will provide San Diego Unified students with more than 70,000 hours per year of standards-based, curriculum-aligned science education during the school day and hands-on experience at all hours.
About Ocean Discovery Institute
Ocean Discovery Institute uses science to engage young people from urban and underserved backgrounds and empowers them to transform their lives, their community and ultimately our world as scientific and environmental leaders.