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Education : Youth Education Programs and Services

Ocean Discovery Institute

Young lives transformed through science

three stars

81.79

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 81.79 three stars
  Financial 74.25 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Ocean Discovery Institute uses ocean science to empower young people from underserved urban communities of color to transform their lives, their community, and our world as science and conservation leaders. Working in the San Diego community of City Heights, we provide continuous science opportunities paired with mentoring and the tools to overcome challenges so that young people unlock their potential. Our programs are provided at no cost to our students. Our students believe that a scientist is someone they can be. They achieve because of it. They lead by entering high-paying STEM fields and making a difference.

Ocean Discovery Institute uses ocean science to empower young people from underserved urban communities of color to transform their lives, their community, and our world as science and conservation leaders. Working in the San Diego community of City Heights, we provide continuous science opportunities paired with mentoring and the tools to overcome challenges so that young people unlock their potential. Our programs are provided at no cost to our students. Our students believe that a scientist is someone they can be. They achieve because of it. They lead by entering high-paying STEM fields and making a difference.

Financial

two stars

74.25

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
68.6%
  Administrative Expenses 16.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.02
  Program Expenses Growth 2.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 63.5%
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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Ocean Discovery Institute (CA) 81.79 three stars
Wilderness Inquiry (MN) 97.30 four stars
Pro Kids Golf Academy (CA) 88.40 three stars
Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center (TIOBEC) (MA) 90.56 four stars
Sea Education Association (MA) 87.47 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,958,812
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $448,050
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,406,862
   Program Service Revenue $295,000
Total Primary Revenue $2,701,862
   Other Revenue $-23,865
TOTAL REVENUE $2,677,997
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,549,218
   Administrative Expenses $365,257
   Fundraising Expenses $437,557
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,352,032
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $325,965
   
Net Assets $6,570,832

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
2019-12 05/01/2021 81.79 three stars
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
$119,251 5.07% Shara Fisler Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Ocean Discovery Institute (CA) 81.79 three stars
Sea Education Association (MA) 87.47 three stars
Pro Kids Golf Academy (CA) 88.40 three stars
Shake-A-Leg Miami (FL) 86.19 three stars
Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center (TIOBEC) (MA) 90.56 four 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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