SUFB 132: The Donor Ocean Conservationist

Speak Up For Blue Podcast

Oh hi reader, thanks for stopping by! On today’s episode, we ditch the Species Tuesday tradition and focus on the ancient practice of asking for money. Specifically, we wanted to focus on communicating to all of you just how vital donations are for many ocean conservation organizations. A lot of us aren’t necessarily swimming in the paper, and with a lot of scientific agencies facing budget cuts the pool from which we can draw money is becoming more and more of a sad little puddle. Now, I humbly believe that I’m an amazing writer. If I wanted to dedicate a blog post to asking our generous readers for some spare change, I’m confident that by tomorrow morning we’d have a revenue stream larger than the GDP of most small nations. My parents, however, sat me down at an early age and told me to use my powers for good. So, I’ve put together a list below of just a handful* of the many wonderful organizations out there that have made it their mission to protect and conserve our oceans. If you’re feeling generous with your tax return, your winnings from the monthly octopus fights, or your Saint Patrick’s Day bonus, all you have to do is click on the org’s name and it will link you directly to their contribution page. Please be generous, these organizations are staffed with hardworking, dedicated folks who are incredibly underpaid.

  • 5 Gyres works to empower citizens to become leaders in combating the global health crisis of plastic pollution
  • The American Cetacean Society works to protect whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their habitats through public education, research grants, and conservation actions
  • The Blue Frontier Campaign builds the solution-oriented citizen engagement needed to protect our ocean, coasts and the communities, both human and wild that depend on them
  • The Blue Ocean Society works to protect marine life in the Gulf of Maine through research, education, and inspiring action
  • Blue Voice works to is to protect dolphins, whales, and other marine mammals and to raise popular awareness about the plight of the oceans
  • The Coral Restoration Foundation is dedicated to creating offshore nurseries and restoration programs for threatened coral species
  • The The Cousteau Society works to educate people to understand, to love and to protect the water systems of the planet, marine and fresh water, for the well-being of future generations
  • The Eco-Warrior Foundation works to educate, activate, and motivate individuals & communities to keep our beaches & oceans clean and pollution free. Check out our interview with James Pribram here!
  • The Gulf of Mexico Alliance works to enhance the ecological and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico through increased regional collaboration
  • The Gulf of Mexico Foundation works to promote and facilitate conservation of the health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico and its resources through education, public awareness, research and leadership programs
  • The Leatherback Trust works to promote the conservation of leatherbacks and other turtles at risk of extinction. Check out our interview with Nathan Robinson here!
  • Mission Blue works to ignite public support for the protection of Hope Spots—special places that are vital to the health of the ocean, the blue heart of our planet
  • The Ocean Conservancy works to create science-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it
  • Ocean Elders is an independent group of global leaders who have joined together to serve as a catalyst in the conservation and protection of the ocean and its wildlife
  • Oceana seeks to make our oceans more biodiverse and abundant by winning policy victories in the countries that govern much of the world’s marine life
  • The Oceanic Preservation Society works to expose complex, global environmental issues and promote advocacy through the use of film, photography, social media, and collaboration
  • The Ocean Project advances ocean conservation in partnership with zoos, aquariums, and museums (ZAMs) around the world.
  • The Ocean Research and Conservation Organization (Team ORCA) envisions a totally new approach to ocean conservation – one that works “in-the-water” to directly protect these fragile habitats from the myriad of unseen water pollutants, toxic algae blooms and destructive invasive species
  • One World One Ocean is a multi-platform campaign using the power of film, television and new media to inspire, educate and connect millions of people worldwide in a common purpose: protect and restore the health of the ocean
  • The Project AWARE Foundation works to support an unprecedented global movement of divers acting in their own communities to protect the ocean and implement lasting change
  • Reef Check is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to empower people to save our reefs and oceans
  • The Safina Center works to help keep the living world alive by inspiring people to engage in real-world change. Check out our interview with Carl Safina here!
  • Sailors for the Sea engages, educates, inspires and activates the sailing and boating community toward healing the ocean
  • SeaWeb works to transform knowledge into action by shining a spotlight on workable, science-based solutions to the most serious threats facing the ocean, such as climate change, pollution and depletion of marine life
  • Southern Fried Science is a blog that tackles the greatest threats facing our ocean and our planet as well as the latest scientific discoveries and the most frightening, fascinating, and bizarre creatures that call the ocean home. Check out our interview with Andrew David Thaler here!
  • Speak up For Blue is a blog and podcast where three incredibly attractive people work together to communicate ocean conservation issues and help you protect the ocean
  • The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves, and beaches through a powerful activist network
  • The Tangaroa Blue Foundation is an Australian-wide not-for-profit organization dedicated to the removal and prevention of marine debris, one of the major environmental issues worldwide. Check out our interview with Heidi Taylor here!
  • The Black Fish is an international organization that works to end illegal overfishing
  • The Sea Turtle Conservancy works to ensure the survival of sea turtles within the Caribbean, Atlantic and Pacific through research, education, training, advocacy and protection of the natural habitats upon which they depend

*This list certainly isn’t mean to be an exhaustive one of all the wonderful people and initiatives there are out there. If you don’t see your company’s name on here, please get in touch with Andrew or myself. We’re always looking to share new stories of folks working for the future of the oceans.  

Enjoy the Podcast!

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  • Nancy Morgan says:

    I just listened to your ‘Donor’ podcast. Thought provoking as we are ‘donors’ living in landlocked Colorado. Passions very widespread and we give to too many organizations. As I was listening to your podcast and hearing about the boards you are on, it is similar – in a big sense- to the way that we choose to give:
    1: Wildlife charity that rescues individual animals : 3-4 sites . Make me feel good to see lives given back to individual animals.
    2. Large organizations with those big names who are effective and seem to make progress. Waaay to many!
    3: Smaller, ( I call them Boots on the Ground) organizations that do real dirty work. The champions and activists who sometimes risk their lives in their cause. The ones that I secretly wish to belong to. Think Sea Shepard…..and supplying support to rangers who protect elephants. Don’t want a tax deduction for these, but I have a hard time finding the ones that are most effective.

    I wish there could be a site dedicated to the best of all three although I realize everyone has their own passion.

    Thanks for speaking out for the Oceans- need to expand beyond ‘Preaching to the Choir’ but I have no idea how to do that. Thanks for what you do!

  • Andrew Lewin says:

    Thanks for this breakdown Nancy! I think it’s a great idea to divide it up in this way. It’s crazy to think the number of different organizations out there don’t get together to work together to raise the same pot of money and collaborate.

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