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OCEAN CONSERVANCY INC

aka OCEAN CONSERVANCY, INC.   |   Washington, DC   |  www.oceanconservancy.org

Mission

From the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico to the halls of Congress, Ocean Conservancy educates and empowers people to take action on behalf of the ocean. We make ocean issues accessible and engaging, bringing science, political action and communications together to condition the social climate for change and protect the ocean for future generations.

Ruling year info

1972

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Janis Searles Jones

Main address

1300 19th Street, NW 8th Floor

Washington, DC 20036 USA

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EIN

23-7245152

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Fisheries (D33)

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Ocean Conservancy is working to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges like the onslaught of ocean plastic and trash, overfishing and ocean acidification. We work with our members, supporters, academic institutions, businesses and companies, governments, other NGOs and communities, to create science-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Ocean Conservancy Program

The ocean is a deeply complex system that
performs essential functions for our planet,
and consequently, for us as a species. For
over 40 years, Ocean Conservancy has
fought relentlessly to protect the ocean,
driving forward progress built on science,
policy, advocacy and citizen engagement.
We have made tangible progress on a range
of issues including ocean plastic pollution,
Smart Ocean Planning, sustainable fisheries,
ocean acidification and sea turtle protection.
Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, the
largest annual volunteer effort globally on
behalf of the ocean, has activated more than
12 million volunteers to pick up 228 million
pounds of trash from about 350,000 miles of
shoreline in all 50 states and over 150
countries. We have helped defend and
restore iconic geographies including the Gulf
of Mexico, the Arctic and the California
Current. And, we have built a formidable
presence in Washington, DC and around the
world, so that we have a network of
influential champions poised to demand
ocean protections. The ocean is the great
global common, and we keep that sentiment
front and center for key policymakers in the
U.S. and abroad.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Ocean Conservancy wants to see a healthy ocean, abundant wildlife and thriving coastal communities.

Ocean Conservancy addresses some of the most challenging ocean issues and advocates for science-based solutions. Our program strategies include:
• Tackling the threat of ocean plastic pollution by focusing on improving waste management and collection where the need is greatest, and helping people realize that every one of us has a role to play in keeping our beaches clean.
• Tackling ocean acidification with global leaders by sharing knowledge and supporting businesses impacted by a changing ocean.
• Protecting the Arctic in the face of climate change and high-risk activities like offshore oil and gas development, commercial fishing and increased vessel traffic.
• Securing sustainable U.S. fisheries through fair, common sense management and engaged fishing communities.
• Championing ecosystem-based management plans for all U.S. waters to ensure our ocean resources are used sustainably.

Ocean Conservancy has scientists, policy analysts, attorneys and communicators as part of a diverse staff. Our program teams work closely with staff in our development, finance and administration teams who help secure funding through generous donations from individuals and corporations as well as through foundation, government and multi-lateral grants. We are on the ground and invested in states from Alaska to Florida, Washington state to Washington DC. Our team is adept at working across academia, industry, governments, other NGOs and communities. We are bipartisan and fiercely loyal to our mission.

Since we were founded in 1972, Ocean Conservancy has accomplished many incredible wins for our ocean, thanks to our volunteers, activists, ocean champions, dedicated staff and visionary leadership:
• Introduced a dolphin-safe tuna labeling program
• Introduced new fishing gear to prevent the drowning of sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico
• Created the International Coastal Cleanup, which is active in 112 countries and since its inception, more than 13 million volunteers have kept more than 250 million pounds of trash out of our ocean
• Secured a state-wide network of marine protected areas in California covering nearly 1,000 square miles of coastal waters
• Strengthened sustainable fisheries through the Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act
• Championed legislation that banned the use of microbeads (small plastic particles) in the U.S.
• Secured important protections in the Bering Sea and Strait from the dangers of increased shipping
• Supported creation of the fir

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
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  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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OCEAN CONSERVANCY INC

Board of directors
as of 11/30/2023
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Board chair

Dr. Suzanne Woolsey

Dr. Suzanne Woolsey

Ms. Claire Bernard

Mrs. Erin Browne

Ms. Bonnie Crabtree

Mr. Bowman Cutter

Ms. Steve Gibbs

Ms. Denise Godreau

Mr. Colin le Duc

Generation Investment Management LLP

Dr. Stephen Palumbi

Mr. Sanjay Pingle

John Sargent

Macmillan

Lawrence Wagenberg

Silvertech Ventures

Mr. Troy Templeton

Ms. Janis Searles Jones

Ocean Conservancy

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/5/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/01/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.