Ocean Conservation Society Inc

We study dolphins, whales and other species in the wild and use our scientific data to bring about policy changes, raise public awareness and protect these animals for future generations to appreciate

Marina Del Rey, CA   |
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Ocean Conservation Society Inc

EIN: 95-4691853


Ocean Conservation Society is a California-based nonprofit organization responsible for conducting long-term marine mammal research and supporting educational projects for the protection of the oceans and their inhabitants.

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Maddalena Bearzi

Main address

PO Box 12860

Marina Del Rey, CA 90295 USA

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Subject area info

Oceans and coastal waters

Aquatic wildlife protection

Endangered species protection

Research on animals

Environmental education

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Population served info





Multiracial people

NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

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Our programs

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Be Whale Aware Campaign

The goal of the OCS Be Whale Aware campaign is to teach everyone how to safely observe marine mammals, and who to contact in case of an encounter with an injured, distressed or harassed animal. By being more aware, we can minimize our impact and be respectful of these protected species while enjoying their presence, now and for generations to come.

Population(s) Served
Multiracial people

The Ocean Conservation Society Be Balloon Aware Campaign aims to raise awareness about plastic pollution – specifically balloons – and their direct effects on the environment and marine mammals we study.
In recent years, more public awareness of single-use plastics such as shopping bags and straws has led to a reduction in their use, on both personal and regional levels. Similarly, educating everyone about the dangers of balloons is a key step toward changing consumer choices and regulations about this often overlooked, deadly threat to marine wildlife.

Population(s) Served

Ocean Conservation Society is working to stop captivity and strongly support The Whale Sanctuary Project’s mission to relocate whales, dolphins and porpoises to a sea sanctuary. We are collaborating with WSP and other organizations offering our expertise as scientific advisors with the hope that captive dolphins and whales can soon experience a place that will finally resemble their natural habitat.

Population(s) Served
Multiracial people
Multiracial people

Where we work

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.

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    We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


Ocean Conservation Society Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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 0.00 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 0 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 10 years

Funding sources info

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Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

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Ocean Conservation Society Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Ocean Conservation Society Inc’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 2010 2011 2012
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $227,569 -$127,597 $634,038
As % of expenses 242.0% -68.9% 198.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $227,569 -$127,597 $634,038
As % of expenses 242.0% -68.9% 198.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $321,604 $57,925 $953,864
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -82.0% 1546.7%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.3% 2.1% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.7% 97.9% 99.8%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $94,035 $185,163 $320,186
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 96.9% 72.9%
Personnel 20.6% 57.5% 45.8%
Professional fees 0.1% 0.4% 0.9%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 6.0%
Interest 30.8% 0.0% 5.3%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 48.4% 42.1% 42.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2010 2011 2012
Total expenses (after depreciation) $94,035 $185,163 $320,186
One month of savings $7,836 $15,430 $26,682
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $6,115 $275,500
Total full costs (estimated) $101,871 $206,708 $622,368

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2010 2011 2012
Months of cash 20.7 1.8 14.5
Months of cash and investments 20.7 1.8 14.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 20.7 1.8 14.5
Balance sheet composition info 2010 2011 2012
Cash $161,936 $28,224 $386,762
Investments $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $17,106 $23,221 $298,721
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.7% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 $0
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $179,042 $51,445 $685,483

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Maddalena Bearzi

Maddalena Bearzi is President and co-founder of the Ocean Conservation Society. She has a Ph.D. in Biology and a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the University of California, Los Angeles. Maddalena has been actively involved in studying the ecology of marine mammals with a strong conservation bias since 1990. Her research work on dolphins, whales, and pinnipeds off Southern California has been ongoing for over two decades. She has published many scientific peer-reviewed papers, she is co-author of the book "Beautiful Minds: The Parallel Lives of Great Apes and Dolphins" (Harvard University Press) and author of "Dolphin Confidential: Confessions of a Field Biologist" (University of Chicago Press). Maddalena has experience as a photo-journalist and television correspondent for Italian TV networks. Her scientific research and books have been covered by CNN, KPCC, PRI, Take Part Live, the L.A. Times, the New Scientist, American Scientist, the National Geographic and The Huffington Post.

Number of employees

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
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Board co-chair

Mr. Charles Saylan

Board co-chair

Dr. Maddalena Bearzi

Paul Berger

Saavsus Information

Daniel T. Blumstein


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? No
  • 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? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/14/2023

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Female, Not transgender
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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/12/2021

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

  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.