Georgia Aquarium Inc

Inspiring awareness and preservation of our ocean and aquatic animals worldwide.

Atlanta, GA   |  www.georgiaaquarium.org

Mission

Georgia Aquarium is a nonprofit committed to inspiring awareness and preservation of our ocean and aquatic animals worldwide.

Ruling year info

2001

President and CEO

Dr Brian Davis

Main address

225 Baker Str NW

Atlanta, GA 30313 USA

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EIN

58-2574918

NTEE code info

Zoo, Zoological Society (D50)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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Environmental Education

In service of our mission, we conduct STEM/STEAM education programs for K-12 students as well as professional development training for teachers. The Aquarium is COGNIA STEM CERTIFIED and offers comprehensive in-person and virtual education programs that are aligned to both Georgia State Education Standards and US Federal education standards. Through our Sponsored Education Admissions (SEA) program, students and classes from Title 1 schools are afforded free entry for self-guided and instructor-led programs

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Georgia Aquarium's team of scientists and conservationists works with academic, government and local partners to study and protect the flagship species and ecosystems represented in the Georgia Aquarium collection. In particular, Georgia Aquarium staff are leading authorities on the biology of whale sharks and manta rays. We build capacity in local communities where these amazing animals live, by sharing our unique experiences derived from taking care of them at the aquarium. We advocate for species conservation and marine protected areas, using traditional and social media and through participation in various public policy arenas. Increasingly, we are focusing on breeding aquarium populations to be self-sustaining and with enough surplus to plan wild releases of imperiled species.

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Georgia Aquarium honors all those who serve the nation in the different branches of the military. The Military Monday program provides free and reduced entry for veterans, our Gold Star program provides benefits to the families of veterans, and through our Veterans Immersion Program (VIP), retuned service people get to experience the therapeutic benefits of swimming and diving in the Ocean Voyager exhibit.

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Where we work

Accreditations

Association of Zoos and Aquariums 2006

American Humane 2016

Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums 2019

International Marine Animal Trainers Association 2006

Awards

Global Conservation Award 2020

World Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Zoos and Aquariums 2006

World Association of Zoos and Aquariums 2010

Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums 2006

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Members of the public, K-12 education community, Current and former military service people

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Georgia Aquarium Inc

Board of directors
as of 3/31/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Steve Koonin

State Farm Arena / Atlanta Hawks

Term: 2019 -

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Billie Marcus

Sheila Allen

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Steve Koonin

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Derek Smith

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Kathy Walters

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Organizational demographics

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