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OCEAN FIRST INSTITUTE

Ocean Conservation Through Research and Education

Boulder, CO

Mission

Ocean First Institute helps future generations put the ocean first by exposing them to its wonders and igniting their passion for impactful, hands-on marine conservation. We serve students in Colorado with our in school and after school programs, and summer camps. We reach students nationally and internationally with our virtual outreach programs.

Ruling Year

2015

Executive Director

Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza

Director of Outreach

Lauren Riegler

Main Address

3015 Bluff Street

Boulder, CO 80301 USA

Keywords

research, education, conservation

EIN

47-1716881

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Marine Science and Oceanography (U21)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Most students do not learn about the important role the ocean plays in our every day lives and existence. It is a missing element in K-12 education. We are changing that by providing In School marine science education programming.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Youth Outreach

In School Programs

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of website sessions

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

Youth Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

We educated students through SKYPE in the Classroom and ZOOM platforms in one hour educational sessions.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

Youth Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

We provide 1 hour in school environmental education programs in Boulder County and Denver Metro K-12 schools.

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

We are trying to educate and inspire people to take action to better the health of the ocean and ultimately themselves.

We conduct research on imperiled species in the ocean and we bring these stories back to the classrooms to inspire youth to take action.

We have staff scientists, educators and filmmakers all working towards the goal of reaching thousands of people with our message of action.

We are reaching numbers of people that we did not predict. We are doing better than we thought we would. We just need help creating the materials to reach even more people.

We have reached over 110,000 people with our message. We need to create materials that help people take small directed steps to make the changes in their lives than will improve the health of the ocean.

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Financials

OCEAN FIRST INSTITUTE

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Operations

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

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

No

ETHICS & 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

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender Identity
Female
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability Status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

No data

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