Ocean Discovery Institute’s programs are provided tuition-free and we rely on support from individuals, corporations, government agencies, and foundations to keep them going. We are grateful to the many contributors who support Ocean Discovery Institute. The strong social “return on investment” generated by our programs pays dividends.
A wide range of organizations and institutions invest in Ocean Discovery Institute’s work, providing a vital base of funding. By developing a highly diversified donor base, made up of national and local foundations, government agencies at all levels, corporations, and deeply committed individual donors, Ocean Discovery Institute is able to ensure the continued sustainability and future expansion of programming.
Names listed in blue signify membership in our Visionary Community of monthly donors.
Impact Circle ($250,000+)
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration,
Innovation Circle ($100,000 -$249,999)
Aqualia Foundation Ltd., J.W. Sefton Foundation, Price Philanthropies, Sidney E. Frank Foundation, The San Diego Foundation, Unified Port of San Diego.
Discovery Circle ($25,000-$99,999)
AT&T Foundation, California Coastal Conservancy, David C. Copley Foundation, Fidelity Charitable, Hologic Charitable Fund, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, New Direction Trust Company, Parker Foundation, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP, Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund, San Diego Gas & Electric, Scott Grimes, Walter J. & Betty C. Zable Foundation, 11th Hour, and City of San Diego (Ocean Discovery’s Living Lab and programming have been supported in part with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to the City of San Diego).
Empowerment Circle ($10,000 – $24,999)
Arlene Harris and Martin Cooper, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Benevity Community Impact Fund, Bravo Foundation, County of San Diego, Cushman Foundation, Cynthia and Adam Pacal, Drew Auker and Arlon Staggs, Elizabeth Keadle, Farrell Family Foundation, Gary and Denise David, George Lai, Hervey Family Fund at The San Diego Foundation, John Hooks, Kurt Gering and Nick Wagman, Lily Lai Foundation, Linda and Joel Fisler, Lisa and Scott Schalon, Lynn Gorguze and U.S. Congressman Scott Peters, Laura & Chris Maloney, ResMed Foundation, Reuben H. Fleet Foundation Fund at The San Diego Foundation, San Diego Unified School District, Schwab Charitable, Shafer-Tuuk Family Foundation, Stephen McIntee and Bob Meinzer, The Chris and Melody Malachowsky Family Foundation, The Rice Family Foundation, Thomas C. Ackerman Foundation, Union Bank, University of California, US Bank, San Diego (UCSD), Verizon, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Foundation, Yvette Diuri.
Opportunity Circle ($5,000 -$9,999)
Beverly Gepfer and Kirk Martens, Boeing, Charlotte and Jim Mashburn, Clif Bar Family Foundation, Dr. Helen Stacy, Duane Roth Legacy Fund, El Dorado Foundation, Elizabeth Carnes, Emily and Stewart Halpern, Garrett Pappas, Gregory Simoneand Eric Dube, Hattie Ettinger Conservation Fund at The San Diego Foundation, Jeff and Patricia Leach, Karen Mercaldo, Kim and Mark Carter, Linda and Mel Katz, Margaret and Tom Lupfer, Dick Siegel, Nordson Corporation Foundation, NRG Energy Inc., Otilia Mata, Southwest Airlines, The Campbell Foundation, The Lauer Fund at The San Diego Foundation, University of San Diego.
Dream Circle ($1,000 -$4,999)
Adam Dao, Adrienne and Tom Klopack, Aileen and Benson Lam, Alison and Michael Winters, Amy Wallen and Eber Lambert, Andrew Greenhalgh, Anthea and John Wang, Arlene and Keith Fink, Barbara and Rick Cohen, Barbara Ilizaliturri and Exequiel Ezcurra, Barbara Tennent and Steve Barkan, Becky and Richard Turk, Becky Petitt, Bernard Puckett, Brandon Katzer, California Community Foundation, California Sea Grant College (UCSD), Carlos Ortega and Ed Parsley, Carol Goodwin, Carolyn and Herb Schaer, Carolyn Muhlstein and Will Turner, Cheryl and Tyrone Scott, Claudia Rodriguez, CYMER, David MacCormack, DoGoodery LLC, Don Weiss, Donna Thal, Elizabeth Ball and Jim Kralovec, Halpern, Erika and Michael Swimmer, Erin and Christian Boddaert, Facebook, Garry and Maria Ridge, General Atomics Science Education Foundation, Genomatica, Grant Wilson, Harrah’s Casino, Heather and Neil Bentley and Neil Bentley, Ileana Ovalle, International Seafood Sustainability Foundation, Isaac Family Institute of Charity, James Parker, Jennifer Sporl and Jackie Crosbie, Jessica Mathews, Kaiser Permanente, Kapi Residences, Kathleen Hallahan and Rob Quigley, Kathy Woodworth, Kenda Pollio and Ross Anderson, KP Environmental, Inc., Laura and Barry Snyder, Laura and David Melbourne, Lawrence S. Friedman Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Leslie and Damon Getman, Lidia and Ted Martinez, Linda Alexander and Keith Walton, Margaret Carrera and Phil Joffe,Marie- Jose Kaasenbrood,, Mary Coakley Munk, Melissa Gross, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Michael Cavin, Michael Lucas, Michelle Whelan, Network For Good,Noelle Norton anf Erwin Willis, Peggy Arnone, Perla and Jeff Myers, Rory Centanni and Steve Rojas, Rudy Vargas, Samuel I. and John Henry Fox Foundation, San Diego County Fish and Wildlife Advisory Commission, San Dieguito Equine Group, Sarichia Cacciatore, Sean Caddell and Guenter Seidel, Shara Fisler and Brian Duncan, Sharon and Ben Masek, Shelly and Ted Griswold, Stanley/Stearns Fund at The San Diego Foundation, Starbucks Coffee Company, Steve Dobbins, Sue and Mark Denny, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, The Alpert Family Fund at the San Diego Foundation, The Petitt Sandoval Tarula Fund at The San Diego Foundation, Tina Caldwell and Melissa Mason, Tina Mertel and Daniel McClellan, Tombi and Roberto Arjona, Vincy Dunmire, Wheatley Family Foundation Fund at The San Diego Foundation, Yonat Swimmer and Paul Glenney, Zensar Technologies.
Inspiration Circle ($1 -$999)
Adam Boettner, Adina Batnitzky and Avi Spiegel, Adrian Alvarez, AECOM, Aesthetica Med Spa of San Diego and Wellness Clinic, Ahiram Rodriguez, Alex Hempton and Daniel Sullivan, Alicia Forsman, Allison Carvalho, Amalia Di Lucca, Amanuel Weldemariam, Amazon Smile Foundation, Amy and Erik Carstensen, Amy Forrest, Anai Novoa and Angel Rosales Ayala, Andra Greene, Andrew Spurlock and John Richardson, Andrew Zingale, Ann Notthoff, Anne Craig, Anne Ginch and Barry Ginch, Anne McEnany and David Younkman,, Anne-Marie Parker, Anonymous, Atalani Jackson, Becky and Kevin Modesto, Ben Cooper, Better World Group Advisors, Betty Hua, Bianca and Jason Waiton, Blackhawk Environmental Inc., Blanka Lederer, Blue Economy Strategies, Brandie Friedline, Bright Funds, Britta and Richard Armstrong, Brooke Anderson, Brooke Pinnix, Buffalo Exchange, Carey Tinsley, Carl Nettleton, Carla and Juan Camacho, Carla Scheidlinger, Carol Kemnitz and Brad Bebeau,Carolina Barraza, Carolyn Meyer, Carolyn Murchison, Chic and Libby Dohoney, Chris and Jillian Rocco, Chris Castillo, Chris Shaw and Doug Snyder, Christina Fahy, Christine Unruh, Christine Whitcraft, Christopher Smith, Christos Michalopoulos, Cindy and Fred Lawley, Cindy and Kevin Le, Cindy and Mike Breider, Cliff Schneider, Cody Hooven, Councilmember Scott Sherman, Craig Hooker and Carlos Nelson, Cynthia Smith, Dan Kansteiner, Dan Shoemaker, Dana Gitnick, Dana Sather, Daniel Muñoz, Rebecca Rigdon and David Blake, David MacCormack, Dan Shoemaker, Dana Sather, Daniel Munoz, David Sandstrom, Dawn and Dan Cosio, Dawn Lawson, Debora Williams, Deborah Rego, Deborah Stout, Demetrius and Dwight Lewis, Derek Pecson, Dina and John Johns, Douglas Levin, Edward Bauer, Elizabeth Besom, Elizabeth Hall, Elizabeth Horpedahl, Elvia Meza and Jordan Snodgrass, Erick Ruiz, Erin Lupfer, Estolano Lesar Advisors, Evan Klein, Felicia Shaw, Francisco Munoz, Gail and Eric Pinczower, Gail Benda, Genette and Michael McGowan, George Rigby, Gerardo Rivas, Glen Schmidt, Gloria and Tom Taylor, Good Today, Grace Frantz, Greg Altman, Greg Prieto, Heather Mathews, Heidi and Stuart Krantz, Holly and Matt Whitehead, Homeira and Brett Coffelt, Illumin X Inc., Irene Kelly, Jacquie and Steve Gering, Jaime Olmos, James Roche, James Walker, Jane Correia and Ravi Iyer, Janel Briones, Janet Harris and Michael Newman, Janet Wilson and Nigel Hook,, Jasmin John, Jason Tucker, Jean Dunow, Jennifer and Eric Cathcart, Jennifer and Robert MacAller,, Jennifer Kaminsky, Jennifer Shelton, Jessica Hoyos, Jewish Community Foundation, Jill O’Beirne, Jo Dube, Joan Cardellino, Joanne Dramko, Jody Ebsen, John Park, Jonathan Joaquin, Joni and Mel Weiser, Jorge Rivera, Judie and Jeff Lincer, Judith Swink, Julia Mason, Julia Varnergardner, Kai Elua Outrigger Canoe Club, Karen and Robert Lyons, Karen Lafferty, Karin Zeh, Kate Naughten, Kate Parberry and Cordell Geison, Kate Yamasaki, Katherine Curtis, Katheryn and Randy Stambaugh, Kathreen Thome, Kathy and Doug Dunmire, Kelly and David Barkan, Kelly Sieckman, Ken Ghalambor, Kenda Newbury, Kenneth Schaff, Kevin Bowen, Kevin Gaw, Khanhchi Dam, Kim and Jerry Yacobucci, Kim and Peter Tomsovic, Kim Cupini, Kimberly Becker, Kristen and Casey Goodwin, Kristen Eveland, Kristen Goodrich, Kristin and Lee Dulgeroff, Ladybug Music, Lance Criley, Lanette Greco Perryman, Lars Torstensson, LaTresa and Scott Pearson, Laura and Chris Maloney, Lauren and Ken Wilson, Lauren Mackenzie and Stefan Krieg Cowden, Laurie Ellsworth, Lawrence Lum, LeAnna Zevely, Lin Valera, Lincoln Financial Foundation, Linda and Mario Sierra, Lindsay Goodwin, Lizbeth Pastenes, Lori Mendez, Louie Nunez, Lourdes Contreras, Lucy Anderson, Luke Cocalis, Lynn Shauger, MacKenzie and Joe Sandy, Macy Maid, Maria and Rod Lagace, Mariah Mills, Marilyn and Charlie Dashe Marilyn and Charlie Dashe, Mark Daitch, Marlem and Jared Ocampo, Mary Ann and Robert Sporl, Mary Kay and Gene Dunmire, Mary Penetrante, Mary Slattery Johnson and Blake Johnson, Mary Wrighton, Matthew Montemayor, Maura and Frank Pavlot, Maya Murphy, Megan and Christophe Schilling, Megan and Peter Cooper, Megan Foxley, Melissa Nichols, Michael Johnson, Michele and David Geving, Michelle and Kevin Reilly, Mike and Cindy Breider Charitable Foundation, Mike Little and Todd Johnson, Mindy Dominek, Miriam Fuhrman, Morgan Justice-Black, Michael Weaver, Ami Hooker, Nancy Arguelles, Narendra Reddy, Natalie and Matt Kansteiner, Nicole La Grage and Robert Lawson, Obiageli Onyeacholem, Patagonia, Patti Knight, Paula Buckley, Paulette and RB Brown, Pete Shannon, Peter Dobert, Pfizer Foundation, Philip Barker and Garry Williams, Rachel and Christopher Lawson, Rae and Michael Anderson, Ranielle Cunanan, Raymond James Charitable, Rebecca Smith, Rhonda and Lex Cash, Richard Alvarez, Rick Sayen, Roger Lewis, Rosary Stephen, Ross Anderson and Kenda Pollio, Ryan Goerl, Sacha Mackels and Sebastian Loubert, Sally Holloway, Sandra and Arthur Flippin, Sandra Talbird, Santos Sillas, Sarah Gray, Sarah Schoedinger, Sempra Employee Giving, Shaan Akhtar, Shannon Foglia, Shawn Bachan, Sigmund Bobczynski, Sonya Vargas, Spurlock Landscape Architects, Stephanie and Dominic Lassalle, Stephanie Nehasil and Joel Barkan, Stuart McIntee, Sue Lowery, Sue Thompson, Susan Shaler, Teresa Vautier, The Kevin and Sarah Mathy Family Fund at The San Diego Foundation, Thella Bowens, Theresa and Drew Talley, Theresa Fenner and Trace Funderburk, Thomas Potter, Tia Quinn, Tien Tran, Todd Gloria, Tom Narr, Tram and Sebastian Bock, Christi Hill and Travis Kemnitz, United Way of San Diego County, Valerie Michelotti and Paul Wozniak, Vanessa Sandoval, Wattsworks, Wells Fargo Foundation, Wendy Piniak, Wes Culwell, Whitney Fisler, William Courtney, Yajaira Nunez, Yaminah Meza, Yan Wei Lim, Zachary Thompson, Zoe Yin.