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Ocean Discovery Institute

Young live transformed through science

four stars

91.88

2211 Pacific Beach Drive Suite A
San Diego, CA 92109
tel: (858) 488-3849   Web Site
EIN: 33-0862531

Board Leadership
Scott Pearson
Chair

CEO
Shara Fisler
Executive Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.88 four stars
  Financial 89.24 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Ocean Discovery Institute empowers urban and diverse young people to protect our ocean and natural environment, improve the health of our communities, and strengthen our quality of life. Founded in 1999, we were created to leverage San Diego's natural environments as a means to engage young people from underserved communities and inspire them to become part of the next generation of scientific and environmental leaders. We spearhead a series of initiatives that incorporate education, scientific research, and environmental stewardship. Currently these initiatives reach 5,000+ low-income students and community members each year. All of our programming is provided tuition-free.

Ocean Discovery Institute empowers urban and diverse young people to protect our ocean and natural environment, improve the health of our communities, and strengthen our quality of life. Founded in 1999, we were created to leverage San Diego's natural environments as a means to engage young people from underserved communities and inspire them to become part of the next generation of scientific and environmental leaders. We spearhead a series of initiatives that incorporate education, scientific research, and environmental stewardship. Currently these initiatives reach 5,000+ low-income students and community members each year. All of our programming is provided tuition-free.

Results Information

Reported Results
Total in 2015
Number of students, from urban and diverse backgrounds, will increase participation in science, conservation, and nature-based activities.
109
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Financial

three stars

89.24

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 03/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
73.6%
  Administrative Expenses 15.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.61
  Program Expenses Growth 18.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.8%
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) 91.88 four stars
Four Corners School of Outdoor Education (UT) 91.67 four stars
NYC Outward Bound Schools (NY) 96.82 four stars
Pro Kids Golf Academy (CA) 88.20 three stars
Walking Mountains Science Center (CO) 96.60 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,912,113
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $349,239
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $493,575
Total Contributions $2,754,927
   Program Service Revenue $14,890
Total Primary Revenue $2,769,817
   Other Revenue $-43,125
TOTAL REVENUE $2,726,692
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,419,869
   Administrative Expenses $302,227
   Fundraising Expenses $241,848
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,963,944
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $762,748
   
Net Assets $4,270,558

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
Ocean Discovery Institute has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

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

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$129,780 6.60% Shara Fisler Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Ocean Discovery Institute (CA) 91.88 four stars
Walking Mountains Science Center (CO) 96.60 four stars
Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center (TIOBEC) (MA) 90.90 four stars
IslandWood (WA) 91.65 four stars
Four Corners School of Outdoor Education (UT) 91.67 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Ocean Discovery Institute
2211 Pacific Beach Drive
Suite A
San Diego, CA 92109
tel: (858) 488-3849
fax: (858) 488-4265
EIN: 33-0862531

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Board Leadership

Scott Pearson
Chair

CEO

Shara Fisler
Executive Director

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