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Education : Youth Education Programs and Services

Ocean Discovery Institute

Young lives transformed through science

three stars

88.29

4255 Thorn Street San Diego, CA 92105
tel: (619) 795-8365   Web Site
EIN: 33-0862531

Board Leadership
Scott Grimes
Chair

CEO
Shara Fisler
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.29 three stars
  Financial 83.44 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Ocean Discovery Institute uses an ocean science platform to engage young people, from urban underserved backgrounds, and empowers them to transform their lives, their community, and ultimately our world as science and conservation leaders.

We provide programs to the community of City Heights, in central San Diego 100% tuition-free.

Ocean Discovery Institute uses an ocean science platform to engage young people, from urban underserved backgrounds, and empowers them to transform their lives, their community, and ultimately our world as science and conservation leaders.

We provide programs to the community of City Heights, in central San Diego 100% tuition-free.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2018
Number of students, from urban underserved backgrounds, who participate in science experiences, mentoring, and tools for college and career success
3,555
% OF STUDENTS WHO LEARN SCIENCE
76
% OF STUDENTS WHO GO TO COLLEGE
95
% OF STUDENTS ENTER STEM & ENVIRONMENTAL CAREERS
29
# OF STUDENT VOLUNTEER HOURS
3,763
This impact information is current as of March 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

83.44

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
70.8%
  Administrative Expenses 16.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.06
  Program Expenses Growth 15.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 65.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Ocean Discovery Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Ocean Discovery Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Ocean Discovery Institute (CA) 88.29 three stars
Four Corners School of Outdoor Education (UT) 86.82 three stars
Shake-A-Leg Miami (FL) 85.12 three stars
Sea Education Association (MA) 87.47 three stars
IslandWood (WA) 90.83 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,378,948
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $466,175
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $496,102
Total Contributions $3,341,225
   Program Service Revenue $100,133
Total Primary Revenue $3,441,358
   Other Revenue $-19,181
TOTAL REVENUE $3,422,177
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,672,886
   Administrative Expenses $411,551
   Fundraising Expenses $298,180
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,382,617
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,039,560
   
Net Assets $6,244,867

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 06/01/2020 88.29 three stars
2017-12 02/01/2019 90.15 four stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 92.39 four stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 91.88 four stars
2015-12 04/01/2017 90.28 four stars
2014-12 09/01/2016 89.58 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 87.30 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 81.67 three stars
2013-12 08/01/2015 83.78 three stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 82.23 three stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 92.65 four stars
2011-12 05/01/2013 93.90 four stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 33-0862531
Name in IRS Master File OCEAN DISCOVERY INSTITUTE
NTEE Code B12
NTEE Classification Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date January, 2000
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$138,422 5.80% Shara Fisler Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Ocean Discovery Institute (CA) 88.29 three stars
Shake-A-Leg Miami (FL) 85.12 three stars
Wilderness Inquiry (MN) 97.94 four stars
IslandWood (WA) 90.83 four stars
Four Corners School of Outdoor Education (UT) 86.82 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Ocean Discovery Institute
4255 Thorn Street
San Diego, CA 92105
tel: (619) 795-8365
EIN: 33-0862531

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Board Leadership

Scott Grimes
Chair

CEO

Shara Fisler
Executive Director

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