Christine Innamorato
Production Manager
Foundation Center
communications@foundationcenter.org

New York, NY — April 3, 2017. Foundation Center announces the launch of FundingTheOcean.org, a dynamic knowledge hub designed to track, inform, and inspire ocean conservation philanthropy around the world. It is a free resource aiming to level the playing field for everyone interested in saving our ocean.

Many livelihoods and communities depend on the health of the ocean, not to mention the numerous marine species that call it their home, yet its health suffers from severe threats such as overfishing, pollution, and climate change. Despite a growing ocean conservation movement, garnering attention and support from governments, philanthropists, and activists around the world, many continue to work in isolation. FundingTheOcean.org aims to break down knowledge barriers and democratize access to critical information needed to drive conservation philanthropy worldwide.

While exploring the free site, users will find:

  • the most current and complete interactive funding map of global ocean conservation efforts including philanthropic, U.S. Government, and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's Development Assistance Committee funding data — all in one convenient location;
  • a searchable library of curated reports, case studies, and other relevant resources on ocean conservation; and
  • an online community for sharing knowledge and building relationships created by Marine Watch International.

"This is a critical moment for the ocean," said Bradford K. Smith, President of Foundation Center. "The decisions we make now will shape the ocean's future, and the future of the lives and livelihoods of those that depend on it. FundingTheOcean.org was designed to help donors and doers make the best decisions possible."

Join Foundation Center on April 18th at 12pm ET, for a public webinar with more information on how to use the site. Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2160144905409785347

FundingTheOcean.org was made possible through the generous support of The Campbell Foundation, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, Oak Foundation, The David & Lucile Packard Foundation, SunLight Time Foundation, and The Tiffany & Co. Foundation.

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About Foundation Center

Established in 1956, Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people visit Foundation Center's website each day and are served in its five regional library/learning centers and its network of more than 450 funding information centers located in public libraries, community foundations, and educational institutions nationwide and around the world. For more information, please visit foundationcenter.org or call (212) 620-4230, or tweet us at @fdncenter.