Guy Harvey Foundation

It is our collective responsibility to preserve our marine environment and maintain the biodiversity of this planet.

aka Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation   |   Fort Lauderdalae, FL   |
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Guy Harvey Foundation

EIN: 26-1710999


The Guy Harvey Foundation collaborates with local and international organizations to conduct scientific research and host educational programs aimed at better understanding and conserving the ocean environment.

Ruling year info



Jessica Harvey

Main address

757 SE 17th St Suite 217

Fort Lauderdalae, FL 33316 USA

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Subject area info

Elementary and secondary education


Marine science

Sustainable fishing

Population served info

Children and youth




NTEE code info

Marine Science and Oceanography (U21)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Guy Harvey Foundation conducts scientific research and hosts educational programs aimed at conserving the marine environment. The GHF will help ensure that future generations can enjoy and benefit from a naturally balanced ocean ecosystem.

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?

Satellite Tagging

The GHF and GHRI conduct long-term studies to determine critical habitat, migration patterns, behavioral differences between sexes and ages, and monitor fishing pressure to aid their population recovery. This information is fundamental to effecitive fisheries management.

Understanding the migration patters and habitat utilization of a species if fundamental to effectively conserving a species. Tracking these movements becomes increasingly difficult when working with large pelagic fish that travel where humans are unable to follow.

Technological advances have enabled researchers to track fish and other marine animals with unprecedented detail and accuracy.

Species the GHF, GHRI at NSU Florida, and our partners have tracked include:

Blue Marlin
Black Marlin
Tiger Sharks
Shortfin Mako Sharks
Oceanic Whitetip Sharks
Silky Sharks
Blue Sharks
Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks
Whale Sharks
Bluefin Tuna

Population(s) Served

Education outreach and community engagement is a very important component of the Guy Harvey Foundation. We created an innovative, blended-learning model, which includes online and in-person, hands-on content for use worldwide. We offer opportunities for professional development through teacher training workshops. Teachers and science supervisors can become Certified Guy Harvey Education Ambassadors and continue to offer professional development in their schools and districts.

Expedition Notebook Series follows Guy Harvey and his daughter Jessica as they travel the world to study and document the largest predators and most exotic wildlife on land and in the sea.

It is our concerted effort to share our curriculum as far as we can, and inspire educators to go beyond traditional learning with award-winning digital content. Accessible, meaningful and experiential marine science and conservation education impact current and future generations.

Population(s) Served

In partnership with the Guy Harvey Research Institute at NSU Florida and the Caymans Islands Department of the Environment, the Guy Harvey Foundation has conducted bi-annual surveys of the stingray population at Stingray City and Sandbar in the Cayman Islands. This unique aggregation of wild stingrays provides a unique opportunity for the public to interact with wild stingrays in clear, shallow water and is a major economic driver for the Cayman Islands economy. The survey counts the number of rays at the site, measures the growth rate of individual rays, and monitors for pregnancy among female rays.

Surveying the stingray aggregation twice per year helps monitor fluctuations in the population and the overall health of the animals.

Rays tagged in the survey have been found in captivity, which helped identify illegal poaching from the aggregation.

Stingrays, skates, and sharks are fully protected in the waters of the Cayman Islands

Population(s) Served

With their brilliant colors, tough fight, and lean, white meat, dolphinfish are the favorite fish of many offshore anglers and are also valued by commercial fishermen. The GHF partners with the Dolphinfish Research Program (DRP) to study the movements of this open-ocean species and engage recreational anglers in conducting this valuable research.

The DRP aims to integrate the public in an international tagging program to collect data on dolphinfish life history, movements and population dynamics. The DRP also advances the conservation of this incredibly important sport and food fish by requesting anglers to release juvenile fish, allowing them time to reproduce and replenish the stock.

Due to their incredibly rapid growth rates, dolphinfish were once considered to be immune to overfishing. However, anecdotal evidence and angler observations indicate that populations of dolphinfish may be in decline. This program aims to provide data necessary to properly manage this fish.

Population(s) Served

Elasmobranchs are a very successful group of animals that have been on Earth for more than 450 million years. Genomes are the fundamental building blocks of any living thing and studying the elasmobranch genome helps researchers better understand what has made them so successful as species.

The Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova Southeastern University (GHRI) is a worldwide leader in studying elasmobranch (sharks and rays) genetics and genomics. The GHRI and partners have or are currently working on decoding the white shark, shortfin mako shark, and great hammerhead genomes.

The GHRI has provided: the first quantitative estimate of the fishing mortality for sharks due to the international fin trade, determining that upwards of 73 million sharks per year; DNA analysis to identify seafood fraud in restaurants around the country.

The GHRI led a team of researchers to successfully decode the white shark genome for the first time. This information helps determine

Population(s) Served

The Guy Harvey Foundation, Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI) at NSU Florida, and Tropic Star Lodge have partnered to sponsor a long-term research program focused on studying the ecology and movement patterns of major game fishes and sharks using state-of-the-art satellite and acoustic tracking in the waters surrounding the Tropic Star Lodge and extending throughout the ETPS. The goal is to generate scientific information to guide best management and conservation practices for these species, their fisheries and their ecosystems.

The GHRI pioneered the development of an accelerometer tag, capable of measuring a fish’s tailbeat, orientation in the water, and speed dozens of times per second.

Shark tagging efforts in the Galapagos Islands help determine where pelagic fish migrations interact with illegal fishing efforts outside of the protected waters. This information is integral to help target enforcement of illegal commercial fishing.

Population(s) Served

As Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease continues to damage coral reefs in Florida and around the Caribbean, the GHF and partners work to remove unaffected corals from the reefs, breed them in captivity, and then transplant new corals back onto reefs once the disease has passed.

The GHF worked with partners to tag and track lionfish in the Caribbean to study their movements and better understand how this invasive species impacts native reef fish.

The GHF has funded over $200,000 in coral reef restoration work, helping to transplant healthy corals onto reefs affected by Stony Coral Tissue Loss disease.

Tagging and tracking studies of lionfish in the Caribbean have indicated strong site fidelity, meaning that lionfish prefer coverage and tend to stay in one location, as opposed to moving around the reef.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of teachers trained

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Population(s) Served

Adults, Teachers

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Direction of Success


Context Notes

End of 2023 Education Program Check In: School Districts: 25 Teachers Trained: 2,168 Direct Student Outreach: 6,600 Our education program started in 2021

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

The Guy Harvey Foundation believes it is our collective responsibility to preserve our marine environment and maintain biodiversity of this planet. To do this, we provide cutting edge research for ecosystem management that has helped shaped policy, rebuilt fish stocks and learned more about where fish and animals live in order to protect them. We provide educational programs and materials for schools reaching over 1 million students on what makes our oceans so important and why we need to conserve them.

Our goals include the enhancement of the GHF Educational Initiative, Guy Harvey Magazine, GHF research activities, policy & legislation. These goals collectively align with our mission for marine conservation.

In order to achieve these goals we plan to activate a GHF Educational initiative through the following:
- Developing a new STEAM curriculum to enhance learning experiences in the classroom.
- Hosting in person and online teacher workshops.
- Supporting teachers and utilizing the curriculum that GHF is providing at no cost .
- Giving teachers hands on experience to get them excited about teaching marine science and STEAM subject matters.
- Offer the material they need to conduct the hands on activities with classrooms.

The Guy Harvey Foundation counts on a dedicated group of individuals


Guy Harvey Foundation
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2021 2021 990 2020 Guy Harvey Ocean Fund Inc.
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 90.53 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 9.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Guy Harvey Foundation

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Guy Harvey Foundation

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Guy Harvey Foundation’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $251,051 -$25,905 -$224,907 -$1,053,195 -$973,700
As % of expenses 25.1% -1.7% -16.4% -42.0% -32.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $251,051 -$25,905 -$224,907 -$1,053,195 -$973,700
As % of expenses 25.1% -1.7% -16.4% -42.0% -32.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,259,459 $1,467,285 $1,130,322 $4,598,327 $2,436,061
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 16.5% -23.0% 306.8% -47.0%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.9% 1.7% 0.4% 0.4%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 22.7% 46.2%
All other grants and contributions 15.3% 18.6% 23.0% 69.0% 42.5%
Other revenue 84.6% 80.5% 75.3% 7.8% 10.9%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $998,800 $1,506,952 $1,373,529 $2,505,738 $3,015,242
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 50.9% -8.9% 82.4% 20.3%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 16.5% 33.9%
Professional fees 31.0% 16.4% 32.9% 21.7% 16.4%
Occupancy 0.0% 1.1% 0.8% 0.4% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 61.5% 58.3% 39.4% 9.2% 10.4%
All other expenses 7.5% 24.2% 26.9% 52.2% 39.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $998,800 $1,506,952 $1,373,529 $2,505,738 $3,015,242
One month of savings $83,233 $125,579 $114,461 $208,812 $251,270
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,082,033 $1,632,531 $1,487,990 $2,714,550 $3,266,512

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 21.2 11.2 9.5 11.4 8.6
Months of cash and investments 22.5 12.2 10.8 11.4 8.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 23.0 15.0 14.5 2.9 -1.5
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $1,764,172 $1,402,740 $1,084,546 $2,390,447 $2,166,788
Investments $111,313 $129,594 $146,891 $0 $0
Receivables $50,000 $359,016 $391,500 $1,278,859 $240,466
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.8% 0.3% 4.8% 80.3% 98.7%
Unrestricted net assets $1,912,105 $1,886,200 $1,661,293 $608,098 -$365,602
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $170,000 $399,466
Total net assets $1,912,105 $1,886,200 $1,661,293 $778,098 $33,864

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

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Jessica Harvey

Jessica Harvey was born and raised in the Caribbean. Her love of the wildlife and the outdoors was inspired by her parents and led her into her career as an environmental conservationist. Now as the new Co-Chair of the Foundation, Jessica will work with her team to expand the STEAM driven marine educational resources provided by the foundation and it’s partners to move our global community towards a greener economy and healthier environment – one country at a time. Her role lies predominantly with education. Partnering with local NGOs, Government departments, corporations and private citizens, Jessica and her team plan creative ways to engage the community and bring awareness to the importance of a balanced and healthy marine ecosystem.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Guy Harvey Foundation

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 03/04/2024
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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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/31/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/14/2022

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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 have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • 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.