Leading Through Education & Conservation

Augusta, GA   |
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EIN: 46-2964939


The Sea of Change Foundation initiates and funds conservation and research that directly impacts the natural world we all love to enjoy and explore. Our mission is to create positive change.

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CEO & Board Chair

Mr. Wayne B. Brown

Executive Director

Ms. Samantha Whitcraft

Main address

209 Hudson Trce

Augusta, GA 30907 USA

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Population served info

Children and youth


NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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



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Our programs

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

Coral Reefs: Restoration & Resilience

This program focuses on scientific research, dive industry training, and community outreach to support coral reefs restoration and resilience.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

This program focuses on creating "green fleet" operations in the dive industry through customer education, promoting best environmental practices, and educational outreach around sustainability.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

This program funds U.S. and international projects, primarily at the community level, that address protecting or saving threatened and endangered species, both terrestrial and marine.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work




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

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CEO & Board Chair

Mr. Wayne B. Brown

Wayne Brown grew up near the ocean in Jacksonville, Florida and spent as much time in the water as possible. When his son turned 15, Wayne started looking for a hobby they could share since he knew his son would soon want to spend more and more time with his friends. A Scuba Dive Shop was on the way to Wayne's office, so he asked his son about Scuba Diving. That was 1999 and today, Wayne, his son, his son's wife, his daughter, and her husband all are certified divers. Wayne's wife, Dana, while not a diver, enjoys being on the water spending time with the entire family on the water. Wayne has always looked for industry related charities that his businesses can partner with that will result in long-term, effective benefits to both. With the Sea of Change Foundation, 100% of all money goes directly to marine education and conservation around the world so that families and future generations can enjoy the sea and its wonders.

Executive Director

Samantha Whitcraft

Samantha Whitcraft is Executive Director of the Sea of Change Foundation and Director of Conservation & Outreach for Aggressor Adventures® (AA). Samantha’s work includes developing GREEN THE FLEET® operations for AA and working towards the Foundation’s mission of creating positive change for the natural world we all love to enjoy and explore. Over the past 20 years, Samantha has worked as a marine conservation biologist in the field, lab, and office to protect the oceans’ ecosystems. Researching biodiversity, sustainable fisheries, and the illegal wildlife trade she has worked with National Geographic, NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program, WildAid, and Shark Savers. Samantha graduated Cum Laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor’s in Natural Science and earned her Master’s of Marine Affairs and Policy at the University of Miami-RSMAS. She is recognized as DEMA's (Dive Equipment Manufacturer’s Assoc) 2020 WaveMaker Award for her environmental contributions to the scuba industry.

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Board of directors
as of 07/28/2023
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Board chair

Mr. Wayne Brown

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 ? 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