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Ocean Institute

 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
 Dana Point, CA 92629
[P] (949) 496-2274
[F] (949) 248-5557
http://www.ocean-institute.org
[email protected]
Emma Opie
FOUNDED: 1977
INCORPORATED: 1977
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Organization DBA --
Former Names Orange County Marine Institute (1977)
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 33-0203488 00000

Summary



Mission StatementMORE »

Using the ocean as the classroom, Ocean Institute inspires students to learn.

Mission Statement

Using the ocean as the classroom, Ocean Institute inspires students to learn.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $7,000,000.00
Projected Revenue $7,000,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Educational Field Trips
  • Adopt A Class

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Overview


Mission Statement

Using the ocean as the classroom, Ocean Institute inspires students to learn.


Background Statement

Ocean Institute's campus is ideally located at the edge of the Pacific Ocean, adjacent to a Marine Conservation Area as well as a natural headland.   Over 100,000 K-12 students and 6,000 teachers annually participate in the Institute's award-winning field programs.
 
The Institute immerses students in the ocean environment.  To learn maritime history and literature, students spend an entire night aboard the tall ships Pilgrim or Spirit of Dana Point- each student hauling lines, hoisting sails, and standing night watch.  To learn oceanography, students voyage onto the ocean to feel and taste the salty sea spray, sort through live specimens, observe migrating whales and collect scientific data.

Impact Statement

Accomplishments:

  • Maddie James Seaside Learning Center:  Opened in 2013, this floating classroom with multiple learning stations adds important capacity directly over the water to our existing facilities. The structure includes a 300’ Ocean Science Landing, replacing an existing 1970’s vintage dock, and a 100’ Historic Maritime Pier. The MJSLC provides marine science lab and historic maritime pier space for our instructors who enhance STEM and maritime elements of our student curriculum.
  • Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards: Ocean Institute programs help teachers meet required standards with their students.
  • Volunteer Support: In 2017, over 400 volunteers donated 29,316 hours to the Ocean Institute.
  • Educational Programs:  We educate over 100,000 students annually through our award-winning marine science, maritime history and outdoor education programs. 
  • Adopt-A-Class-  10,000 Title I and underserved students participate in Ocean Institute programs for no charge annually thanks to generous donor support of the Adopt-A-Class program.

Needs Statement

Program and General Operating Support:  In order to make our educational programs accessible to all, program fees are low and we offer Adopt-A-Class sponsorship to interested teachers in Title I schools.  We raise annual funding from individuals and foundations to cover the actual cost of providing programs.

Building an Endowment: A secure and sufficient endowment fund would ease the annual fundraising burden and allow us to focus our efforts on continuing to develop and provide truly exceptional educational experiences.
 
Adopt-A-Class: Funding from local businesses, foundations, and individuals enables us to bring underserved students from Title I schools for life-changing, hands-on STEM education. Without the Adopt-A-Class program, these students would not have the opportunity to take their learning beyond the classroom.

CEO Statement

With our new strategic and operations plans, the Ocean Institute is moving forward to become recognized around the globe as a leading resource building awareness of ocean literacy.  We invite you to join us as a volunteer, ocean advocate, friend, donor, or environmental steward.

Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

There are many ways to support the Ocean Institute:Volunteer - Your contribution of time and talent will further our outreach. With over 400 volunteers and ten different teams, we are sure to have an area of interest and schedule just right for you. Sand Dollar Guild - Help further the educational goals of Ocean Institute through fundraising and community service by joining this fun and active support group. Board Membership - Board members contribute leadership, expertise and are our ambassadors in the community. In-Kind Donations - Ocean Institute appreciates in-kind donations in the form of auction items for our fundraising events. Be an Ambassador - We want everyone to know about us!  You can help by spreading the word and inviting someone to visit Ocean Institute for one of our many public events and programs. Financial Support - Ocean Institute combines earned revenue with fundraising to make educational programs possible.  Donations of any amount make a difference. Adopt-A-Class - Sponsor students from Title I schools to eliminate the financial barriers they face and enable them to visit Ocean Institute for hands-on STEM education.

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County

We educate and inspire K-12 students from schools in Southern California, half from Orange County.  Located in the seaside town of Dana Point at the southern end of Orange County, our public programs attract visitors from around the globe.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Educational Services
  2. Environment - Environmental Education
  3. Science & Technology - Marine Science and Oceanography

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Programs


Educational Field Trips

Ocean Institute programs take advantage of people's natural fascination with the ocean and the environment to teach science, history and inspire a love of the natural world.  We have over 60 award-winning, immersion style programs that educate 100,000 students annually from pre-K-12. 
 
Field trips to the Ocean Institute provide students with unique learning opportunities that are not possible in traditional classrooms. Whether students are conducting fish dissections or spending the night aboard a tallship, they are inspired to learn about and protect the ocean environment. The educational programs are standards-based, thus helping teachers meet required state content standards with their students.
 
We focus on three subject areas:
  • Marine Science
  • Maritime History
  • Environmental Education
Budget  $7,000,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 
Out short-term goals are to:
  • Increase student interest in learning, particularly in science
  • Support teachers in meeting state standards and improving test scores
 
Program Long-Term Success 

Our long-term goals are three-fold:

  • Education: To improve educational outcomes and encourage learning so students are interested in and able to excel in school.  The Ocean Institute inspires students to pursue science as they continue in their education and as a potential career path. With the ocean as the teaching platform, learning difficult concepts becomes fun.
  • Inspiration: Our country has an urgent need for more youth, especially underserved, to enter the science pipeline. The Ocean Institute uses a natural fascination with the ocean to spark an interest in science. 
  • Stewardship: Our oceans are under threat.  Ocean Institute programs increase students' knowledge of our dependence on the natural environment and how daily decisions and activities impact the fragile marine habitat - for worse and for better.
Program Success Monitored By 
Success for Ocean Institute programs means motivated and engaged students who retain science knowledge. Our education professionals solicit feedback as formative and summative evaluation from the teachers to make sure we are addressing their needs for relevant science content and to measure the programs' impact on students. As a result of their experience at the Ocean Institute, we expect students to be significantly more engaged classroom learners, more interested in science, and testing better in the science content they experienced in a hands-on way at the Ocean Institute.
 
By the programs' end, students have met required State Standards in Science, History/ Social Science, Mathematics including Measurement and Geometry, Statistics, Data Analysis, and Probability, English/Language Arts, Writing, Listening and Speaking, Written and Oral English Language. 
 
Informally, we assess the outcomes through the teachers who provide feedback in letters that praise the programs' impact on their students both in and out of their classrooms.
Examples of Program Success 

Below are some direct quotes from teachers:

 

“As a fifth grade teacher, I know how difficult it is to have 100 percent engagement of a class of ten year olds. Watershed engages all students and sparks a fire for science in students who never considered science a “fun” subject. The field trips make a deep impression."
 

“Thank you for the phenomenal science program you provided. I cannot begin to put into words what an invaluable experience this is for all our fifth graders. And, this is one program that all the younger students look forward to. I hope to be thanking you for years to come.”

 

“Science is not something to be taught in isolation within classroom walls; it is something to be experienced with every one of the senses. This is what makes science come alive and become meaningful to children. Your program is filled with opportunities for children to see first-hand how what they have read about in their science textbooks applies to the world they live in. This is how scholars are born!”


Adopt A Class

In 2001, the Ocean Institute created the Adopt A Class program based on the belief that no child should be denied the opportunity to learn at the Ocean Institute. The program funds educational field trips for underrepresented and underserved students in the Southern California region. Through Adopt A Class, teachers are able to apply for funding to cover program and transportation costs. Our goal is to inspire the next generation of scholars by making sure students from all walks of life have the opportunity for potentially life-changing educational experiences with us.
Budget  $250,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Minorities
Program Short-Term Success 
Our short-term goals for all our educational field trips are to:
  • Increase student interest in learning, particularly in science
  • Support teachers in meeting state standards and improving test scores
In addition, through Adopt A Class we aim to:
  • Bring at least 6,000 underserved students to the Ocean Institute each school year.
 
Program Long-Term Success 

Our long-term goals are three-fold:

  • Education:To improve educational outcomes and encourage learning so students are interested in and able to excel in school.  The Ocean Institute inspires students to pursue science as they continue in their education and as a potential career path. With the ocean as the teaching platform, learning difficult concepts becomes fun.
  • Inspiration:Our country has an urgent need for more youth, especially underserved, to enter the science pipeline. The Ocean Institute uses a natural fascination with the ocean to spark an interest in science. 
  • Stewardship:Our oceans are under threat.  Ocean Institute programs increase students' knowledge of our dependence on the natural environment and how daily decisions and activities impact the fragile marine habitat - for worse and for better.
Program Success Monitored By 
Success for Ocean Institute programs means motivated and engaged students who retain science knowledge. Our education professionals solicit feedback as formative and summative evaluation from the teachers to make sure we are addressing their needs for relevant science content and to measure the programs' impact on students. As a result of their experience at the Ocean Institute, we expect students to be significantly more engaged classroom learners, more interested in science, and testing better in the science content they experienced in a hands-on way at the Ocean Institute.
By the programs' end, students have met required State Standards in Science, History/ Social Science, Mathematics including Measurement and Geometry, Statistics, Data Analysis, and Probability, English/Language Arts, Writing, Listening and Speaking, Written and Oral English Language. 
 
Informally, we assess the outcomes through the teachers who provide feedback in letters that praise the programs' impact on their students both in and out of their classrooms.
Examples of Program Success 

Below are some direct quotes from teachers:

 

“As a fifth grade teacher, I know how difficult it is to have 100 percent engagement of a class of ten year olds. Watershed engages all students and sparks a fire for science in students who never considered science a “fun” subject. The field trips make a deep impression."
 

“Thank you for the phenomenal science program you provided. I cannot begin to put into words what an invaluable experience this is for all our fifth graders. And, this is one program that all the younger students look forward to. I hope to be thanking you for years to come.”

 

“Science is not something to be taught in isolation within classroom walls; it is something to be experienced with every one of the senses. This is what makes science come alive and become meaningful to children. Your program is filled with opportunities for children to see first-hand how what they have read about in their science textbooks applies to the world they live in. This is how scholars are born!”


Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr Dan Pingaro
CEO Term Start Apr 2017
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Ms Dori Moorehead Sept 2015 Dec 2016
Daniel Stetson July 2005 --

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Dr. Wendy Marshall VP Education --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
SeaTech National Science Foundation 2009
Sea Floor Science National Science Foundation 2006

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

We are proud to partner with several organizations on educational initiatives, special projects, and fundraising collaboratives.  These include:
 
California State University, Long Beach
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System
Southern California Regional Marine Protected Areas
Orange County Marine Protected Area Council
Algalita Marine Research Institute
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Girls in Ocean Science Teen Conference
Ocean in Motion
Earth's Changing Climate
Wheeler North Reef

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 30
Number of Part Time Staff 92
Number of Volunteers 370
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 50%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: --
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: 100
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: --
Male: --
Not Specified 100

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Mr. Michael Torcaso
Board Chair Company Affiliation Toshiba America
Board Chair Term Apr 2018 - Dec 2019
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Lisa Bartlett Blue Water Realty & Investments Voting
Mel Chambers MLPC Investments, LLC Voting
Steve Harris -- Voting
David Jochim -- --
Maurice Masson Community Volunteer Voting
Susan Paish -- --
Bill Steel Samuels, Green & Steel, LLP Voting
Charlie Steinmetz JCA Associates, Inc. Voting
Jim Swenson Community Volunteer Voting
Michael Torcaso Toshiba Business Solutions, Inc. Voting
Jill Tracy -- --

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 2
Male: 7
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 90%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 10%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

  • Audit
  • Board Governance
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Investment

Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $7,000,000.00
Projected Expenses $7,000,000.00
Form 990s

2017 Form 990

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 990

2013 990

2012 Form 990

Audit Documents

2015 Audit

2014 Audited financials

2013 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $5,702,209 $5,567,582 $6,627,100
Total Expenses $6,496,221 $6,432,433 $7,160,923

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- $839,156 $1,122,955
Government Contributions $0 $422,837 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $422,837 --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- $-27,458
Earned Revenue $3,578,621 $3,520,925 $2,874,765
Investment Income, Net of Losses $22,376 $17,424 $35,297
Membership Dues -- -- $1,126,996
Special Events $91,300 $232,335 $858,344
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- $534,905 $636,201

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $5,483,937 $5,245,670 $5,792,448
Administration Expense $573,573 $525,960 $307,171
Fundraising Expense $438,711 $660,803 $1,061,304
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.88 0.87 0.93
Program Expense/Total Expenses 84% 82% 81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 481% 44% 54%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $15,512,875 $16,111,851 $17,365,067
Current Assets $1,080,113 $924,638 $3,011,231
Long-Term Liabilities $500,000 -- --
Current Liabilities $595,133 $938,120 $1,348,575
Total Net Assets $14,417,742 $15,173,731 $16,016,492

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 1.81 0.99 2.23

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 3% 0% 0%
Endowment Value $155,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) 5%
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the audited financials as well as consultation with the organization.

Documents


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