Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation, Inc.

Inspiring marine conservation

aka Virginia Aquarium   |   Virginia Beach, VA   |  https://www.virginiaaquarium.com/

Mission

The purpose of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation, Inc. is to support the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center's mission to inspire conservation of the marine environment through education, research and sustainable practices.

Over 650,000 people from surrounding communities and around the world visit the Aquarium annually.

Ruling year info

1983

Executive Director

Ms. Cynthia Whitbred-Spanoulis

Main address

717 General Booth Blvd, Ste 10

Virginia Beach, VA 23451 USA

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Formerly known as

Virginia Marine Science Museum

EIN

52-1272309

NTEE code info

Natural History, Natural Science Museums (A56)

Zoo, Zoological Society (D50)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Stranding Response Program

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Stranding Response Program is responsible for rendering aid to all marine mammals and sea turtles that come ashore in Virginia. Whether sick, injured, dead, or entrapped and unable to return to their natural habitats, the Stranding Program works to examine these animals and provide the most humane course of action given the situation.

Since the program's inception, over 20 years ago, the Stranding Response team has responded to thousands of stranded marine mammals and sea turtles.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Sensible Seafood Program promotes ocean-friendly seafood that comes fro​m local and sustainable sources, and identifies best, better, and worst options for consumers. Some species of fish are disappearing quickly from our oceans, and while farming has helped some stocks replenish, an estimated 90% of the world's big fish are gone from the planet, and 70% of the world's fisheries are stretched to their limits. The good news is that you can help. Buy local, carry the Sensible Seafood pocket guide, and support the Sensible Seafood restaurant partners.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Virginia Aquarium Access Aquarium is a financial assistance program for high-need schools that work with under-served clients. Access Aquarium grew out of the concern that under-served children in this region are likely to live in poverty and less likely to be achieving academically as measured by state Standards of Learning tests compared to Virginia as a whole.

The objective is to assist as many qualified schools as possible. Positive science experiences in elementary and middle school can foster a stronger interest in science for the high school years. Sample programs include Life in the Chesapeake Bay and Wetlands & Watersheds.

Schools must submit an application and a letter documenting the need for funds. Once approved, schools receive funds to assist with admission to the Aquarium, on-site school programs, outreach programs, and special experiences for after-school programs. Funds are distributed as schools apply throughout the year, once their applications are approved.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Twice a year, the Virginia Aquarium holds an E-Cycling event where local citizens can recycle old electronics, diverting hundreds of tons of material from local landfills. Since its start in 2009, the Virginia Aquarium has collected 322+ tons of electronics and batteries.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Financials

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Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/4/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Salvatore J. DaBiero

Lionheart Ltd./Burger King

Term: 2021 - 2023

Barbara Ciara

WTKR News 3

Salvatore DaBiero

Lionheart Ltd./Burger King

George Faatz

Virginia Natural Gas

Robert Fort

Community Leader

Chris Graves

PRA Group

Bert "Burr" Henderson

Truist

Troy Lindsey

Dominion Energy

Thomas McNicholas

GEICO

Sherri Miles

J.D. Miles & Sons, Inc.

Scott Miller

Virginia Wesleyan University

Carolyn Robertson

Community Leader

Chris Rusbuldt

Signature Family Wealth Advisors

Bert Schmidt

WHRO

Steve Snyder

Checkered Flag Motor Co.

Andy Vakos

The Oceanfront Inn

Buffy Barefoot

Towne Bank

Holley Darden

The Aspen Institute

Nancy DeFord

Community Leader

Mark Dreyfus

ECPI

William Hearst

Community Leader

Jay Kenslow

Atlantic Union Bank

Suzanne Kern

Community Leader

William Oglesby

KPMG

Daniel Peterson

Truist

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 ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/04/2022

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