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+)
California Department of Parks and Recreation, California State Coastal Conservancy, David C. Copley Foundation, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Price Philanthropies, Satterberg Foundation, Unified Port of San Diego, and the 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).
Innovation Circle ($100,000 -$249,999)
Gwendolyn Sontheim, J.W. Sefton Foundation, Marie-Jose Kaasenbrood, Michael Lucas and the Lucas Family, Nordson Corporation Foundation, and the Sidney E. Frank Foundation.
Discovery Circle ($25,000-$99,999)
Elizabeth Keadle, Harriet E. Pfleger Foundation, Hologic Charitable Fund, Jennifer and Tony Sweeney, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, National Park Foundation, North American Association for Environmental Education, Price Philanthropies, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP, San Diego Gas & Electric, Schwab Charitable, Shelly and Ted Griswold, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Southwest Airlines, Stephen McIntee and Bob Meinzer, UL, Unified Port of San Diego, and the Zable Foundation.
Empowerment Circle ($10,000 – $24,999)
Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Beverly Gepfer and Kirk Martens, Beverly J. Gepfer Charitable Foundation, Carrera-Joffe Foundation, Chris Malachowsky, Cynthia and Adam Pacal, Denise and Gary David, Dina and John Johns, Duane Roth Legacy Fund, Eli Tannis, Emily and Stewart Halpern, Endangered Habitats Conservancy, Farrell Family Foundation, George Lai, Hervey Family Fund at The San Diego Foundation, Laura and Chris Maloney, Leo Havilan, Lily Lai Foundation, Linda and Joel Fisler, Lynn Gorguze & U.S. Congressman Scott Peters, Margaret Carrera and Phil Joffe, Marie- Jose Kaasenbrood, McCarthy Family Foundation Inc., National Science Foundation, QUALCOMM, ResMed Foundation, Reuben H. Fleet Foundation Fund at The San Diego Foundation, Scott Grimes, The Campbell Foundation, The Rice Family Foundation, The San Diego Foundation, The Schalon Foundation, Union Bank, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Foundation, and Yvette Diuri.
Opportunity Circle ($5,000 -$9,999)
Adams Legacy Foundation, Anthony Robbins Foundation, Arlene Harris and Martin Cooper, Art Pratt Foundation of the Old Mission Rotary Club, Cathay Bank Foundation, Christophe Schilling, Clif Bar Family Foundation, Cliff Schneider, Cox Communications, Cushman Foundation, David Bialis, Drew Auker and Arlon Staggs, El Dorado Foundation, Fidelity Charitable, General Atomics Science Education Foundation, Google, Hattie Ettinger Conservation Fund at The San Diego Foundation, ICF Consulting Group, Inc., International Seafood Sustainability Foundation, Janie DeCelles, Jeff Schneider, Karen and Edward Mercaldo, Kenda Pollio and Ross Anderson, KP Environmental, Inc., Kurt Gering and Nick Wagman, LaTresa and Scott Pearson, Lee Kaminetz, Linda Alexander and Keith Walton, Linda and Mel Katz, Margaret & Tom Lupfer, Miranda Hyldahl, Morgan Stanley Foundation, Noelle Norton and Erwin Willis, NRG Energy, PADI Foundation, Peggy Arnone, Rakuten Aspyrian Inc., Sean Caddell and Guenter Seidel, Stanley/Stearns Fund at The San Diego Foundation, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, The Lauer Fund at The San Diego Foundation, and the U.S. Bank Foundation.
Dream Circle ($1,000 -$4,999)
Adrienne and Tom Klopack, Aileen and Benson Lam, Alex Calero and Brendan Reed, Amy Wallen and Eber Lambert, Andrew Malk, Andrew Spurlock and John Richardson, Anthea and John Wang, Anthony Beauchamp, Arlene Warren, Pratt Memorial Fund, Barbara and Rick Cohen, Barbara Tennent and Steve Barkan, Benevity Community Impact Fund, Bernard Puckett, Bianca and Jason Waiton, Boeing, California Ballet Company, Carder & Associates, Carol and Tom Goodwin, Carol Kemnitz and Brad Bebeau, Charlotte and Jim Mashburn, Clarity Design Inc., Cubic Corporation, Dashe Real Estate, Inc., Dick Siegel, Dru Greenhalgh, Elizabeth Ball and Jim Kralovec, Erica Fishell, Erika and Michael Swimmer, Erin and Christian Boddaert, Felts Family Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation, Francisco Muñoz, Garry and Maria Ridge, Genomatica, Haley & Aldrich, Inc., Harper Studio of Interior Design, Harrah’s Casino, Herb Schaer, Hope and Christoph Mirendil, ICF SoCal, Ileana Ovalle, Jacquie and Steve Gering, Jason Tucker, Jen Sporl and Jackie Crosbie, Jewish Community Foundation, John Spruill, Jonathan Huang, Jorge Rivera, Julie and Michael Watts, Kaiser Permanente, Kim and Mark Carter, Kit Duncan, Kiwanis Club La Jolla, KP Environmental, Kristin and Richard Markell, Laura and Barry Snyder, Leslie and Damon Getman, Lidia and Ted Martinez, Lindsay Goodwin, Liz Carnes, Lynne and Bob Copeland, MacKenzie and Joe Sandy, Malk Partners, Marcie Rothman, Marilyn and Charlie Dashe, Mark Huber, MaryAnne and Ted Pintar, Mehdi Miremadi, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Michele and David Geving, Michele and Domenico D’Ambrosio, Mindy Dominek, MIT Club of San Diego, Natalie and Matt Kansteiner, Network For Good, New Belgium Brewing Company, Nicole La Grange and Robert Lawson, Nina Zingale and Jerry Meyer, One San Diego, Otilia Mata, Pacific Western Bank, Patricia Jean Minor, Paul Stone, Penny and Andy Nathan, Perla and Jeff Myers, Phil Dunmire, Philip Barker and Garry Williams, Rath Miller LLC, Rene Anderson, Robert Copeland, Rory Centanni and Steve Rojas, Salvatore Ferragamo, Samuel I. and John Henry Fox Foundation, San Diego County Fish and Wildlife Advisory Commission, San Dieguito Equine Group, Sandra and Art Flippin, Scott Boczkiewicz, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Sempra Employee Giving, Seth Reimers, Shara Fisler and Brian Duncan, Sharon and Ben Masek, Suzanne Franklin, Swimmer Family Foundation, The Clive Cussler Foundation, Theresa and Drew Talley, Tia Quinn, Tina Caldwell and Melissa Mason, Tina Mertel & Daniel McClellan, T-Mobile USA, Inc., Tombi and Roberto Arjona, University of California,San Diego (UCSD), University of San Diego, Verizon Foundation, Vessel Bags, Victoria and Moises Baron, Vincy Dunmire, Wells Fargo Foundation, Whitney Fisler, Yonat Swimmer and Paul Glenney, Zensar Technologies.
Inspiration Circle ($1 -$999)
Adam Larkin, Adrian Alvarez, Ajay Agarwal, Alberto Medina and Guillermo Ladron, Alex Hempton and Daniel Sullivan, Amalia Di Lucca, Amanuel Weldemariam, Amazon Smile Foundation, Amec Foster Wheeler, American Red Cross, Amy and Erik Carstensen, Amy Forrest, Ana Carder, Anai Novoa and Angel Rosales Ayala, Anastasia Orth, Andra Greene, Andrew Zingale, Anh Nguyen, Anil Mohin and John Scholz, Ann Notthoff, Anne and Barry Ginch, Anne McEnany and David Younkman, Anonymous (5), Antonio Figueroa, Ariel Wesler, Arlene and Keith Fink, Arroyo Vistas Service Group, Ashmine John, Bahija Humphrey, Barbara Ilizaliturri and Exequiel Ezcurra, Barbra Calantas and Walter Hernandez, Becky and Richard Turk, Betty Hua, Brooke Pinnix, Bryan Farres, Cara Gizzi, Carey Tinsley, Carla and Juan Camacho, Carla Scheidlinger, Carloz Bilbao, Carol Lory, Carolina Barraza, Carolyn Kurle, Carolyn Meyer, Carolyn Muhlstein and Will Turner, Carolyn Murchison, Celeste Parry, Cheryl Meinzer, Cheryl Scott, Chic and Libby Dohoney, Chris Chau, Chris Shaw and Doug Snyder, Chris Vanos, Christiana Salles, Christi Hill and Travis Kemnitz, Christina Fahy, Christina Vassos, Christine Kuglen, Christine Whitcraft, Christopher Grice, Christopher Smith, Christos Michalopoulos, Clark Vautier, Claudia Rodriguez, Cody Hooven, Congetta Gregg, Coronado Playhouse, Councilmember Georgette Gómez, Craig Hooker and Carlos Nelson, Cristina Jordan, Curt Wittenberg, Cygnet Theatre, Cynthia Cantley, Dan Kansteiner, Dan Shoemaker, Dana Gitnick, Dana Sather, Daniel Muñoz, David Blake and Rebecca Rigdon, David Sandstrom, Dawn and Dan Cosio, Dean Dwyer, Debbie Williams, Deborah Rego, Debra Gutzmer, Demetrius Lewis, Dennis Culver, Dennis Wood and Jody Carey, Diana Dawn Martin, Diana Lazo, Diane Stricklin, Don Parker and Marti Manser, Donna Thal, Dorothy Schmidt, Douglas Levin, Dylan Edwards, Ed Ware, El Ranchito Equine, Inc, Elizabeth Marg, Ellen Correia, Ellen Keane, Elspeth Burnard, Elvia Meza and Jordan Snodgrass, Eric Mikuteit, Erick Ruiz, Estela Soli, Felicia Shaw, Gabriela Velasquez, Genette and Michael McGowan, Genoa Sullaway, Gerald Anderson, Gerald Lieberman, Good Street Inc., Grimes Family Fund at The Sonora Area Foundation, Gudem-Jean Foundation, Heather and Neil Bentley, Heidi and Stuart Krantz, Henry Abarbanel, Holly and Matt Whitehead, Homeira Coffelt, Illumina, Irene Kelly, Jacob Sotsky, Jacqui Grande, Jake Downey, James Ziegler, Jane Correia and Ravi Iyer, Jane Rosenbaum, Janet Harris and Michael Newman, Janet Wilson and Nigel Hook, Jasmin John, Jeannie Fulton, Jeff Brummit, Jeff Dobrinsky, Jeffrey Williams, Jennifer and Eric Cathcart, Robert MacAller, Jennifer Ott and Dick Rol, Jessica Ceballos, Jessica Mier, Jesus Herrera, Joan Cardellino, Joana Borlido, JoAnn Trejo, Jodyne Roseman, Jonathan Ritchison, Joni and Mel Weiser, Joshua Blockstein, Judie & Jeff Lincer, Judith Swink, Julie and Tom Karlo, Kate Parberry and Cordell Geison, Katherine Cosmetics, Katherine Curtis, Katheryn and Randy Stambaugh, Kathrine Woodworth, Kathy and Doug Dunmire, Kathy DiRanna, Kay Fraim, Kelly and David Barkan, Kelly Nytes, Kerstin Mooneyham, Khanhchi Dam, Kim and Peter Tomsovic, Kim Cupini, Kimberly Becker, Kimberly Manhard, Kristen and Casey Goodwin, Kristen Goodrich, Kristin and Lee Dulgeroff, Laura and David Melbourne, Laurel Heatherington, Lauren Gibson, Lauren Wilson, Law Offices of Lori R. Mendez, Lawrence Friedman, LeAnna Zevely, Lee and Kristin Dulgeroff, Lee Ann and Jim Iagmin, Leticia Vazquez, Linda and Terry Paine, Linda Morrow, Linda & Mario Sierra, Lindsey Sheehan, Loretta Ahouse, Louie Linarelli, Lourdes Contreras, Lucas Bols USA, Lydia Pellecer, Lynn Shauger, Macy Maid, Margery Farnsworth, Maria and Rod Lagace, Mariah Mills, Marie Meyers, Marisa Pertierra, Mark Daitch, Mark Etherton, Mark Farabaugh, Mark Jansen, Marlem and Jared Ocampo, Marti Manser and Don Parker, Mary Siegrist, Mary Wrighton, Matthew Montemayor, Maura and Frank Pavlot, Maurice Exner, Maya Murphy, Megan and Peter Cooper, Megan Kates, Melanie Madrid, Melissa Nichols, Melissa Rains, Michael Cavin, Michael J Gilligan, Miche Marx, Michelle Reilly, Mike Gonzales, Monica and Charley Cochrane, Monica Medina, My Nguyen, Narendra Reddy, Nicole Foodman, Nisaavinii Arthur, Noriki Nishiyama, Olivia Gobel, Oscar Ancheta, Paola Guzman, Paula Buckley, Pati Gutierrez, Patricia Fishtein and Roland Roberge, Patti Knight, Pete Shannon, Phillip Lafontaine, Pilar Soria, Pledgeling Foundation, Rachel and Christopher Lawson, Rachel Whelan, Randy Schroeder, Rebecca and Kevin Modesto, Rebecca Reyes-Castelloe, Rene Soto, Rhonda and Lex Cash, Ricardo Moran, Richard Dracott, Richard Effress, Rick Sayen, Robb Dubreuil, Robert Dover, Robert Hinzman, Robert Sporl, Rodrigo Vasquez, Ross & Associates Environmental Consulting, Ltd., Rudy Vargas, Ryan Goerl, Sally Holloway, Samuel Rinaker, San Diego City College Foundation, San Diego Natural History Museum, Sandra Ruiz, Sandra Talbird, Sandy Bertelsen-Putirka, Santos Sillas, Sarah and Brent Santibanez, Sarah Blodgett, Sarah Gray, Sarah Schoedinger, Sasha Cota, Scott Suckow, Sebastian Kennerknecht, Sempra Employee Giving, Shaan Akhtar, Sharon Engel Ruhnau and David Ruhnau, Sharp Health Care, Sky Sailing, Sofia and Jim Salgado, Sonya Vargas, Sriram Hariharan, Stephanie Nehasil and Joel Barkan, Stuart McIntee, Sue Thompson, San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox, Susan Jackson Hewitt, Susan Rinaldi, Susan Shaler, Suzane San, Suzanne Franklin, Tanya Cohn, Tara Munroe, Teen Volunteers In Action, Teresa Vautier, Terrel Paine, The Fish Market, The French Gourmet, The New Children’s Museum, Thella Bowens, Theresa Fenner and Trace Funderburk, Thomas Flicker, Thomas Potter, Tien Tran, Todd Gloria, Tom Karlo, Tom McDonald, Traci Wood, Tram and Sebastian Bock, Treena Loria, UKOGF Foundation, United Way of San Diego County, UTC Aerospace Systems, Valerie Attisha, Valerie Michelotti and Paul Wozniak, Vanessa and Benjamin Ballentine, Vanessa Sandoval, Victor Novik, Wayne Bardwell, Wendy Piniak, Will Turner and Carolyn Muhlstein, Yaminah Meza, Yan Wei Lim, Zhi-Yong Yin.