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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Oceana

Protecting the world's oceans

four stars

94.29

1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (877) 762-3262   Web Site
EIN: 51-0401308

Board Leadership
Sam Waterston
Chair

CEO
Andrew Sharpless
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.29 four stars
  Financial 91.93 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 2001, Oceana is the largest international group focused solely on ocean conservation. Our offices in North America, South America and Europe, work together on a limited number of strategic, directed campaigns to achieve measurable outcomes that will help return our oceans to former levels of abundance. We believe in the importance of science in identifying problems and solutions. Our scientists lead our team of economists, lawyers, and advocates focused on achieving tangible results for the oceans. Saving the oceans may take decades, but in each of our campaigns we aim to accomplish an important milestone in that effort within two to five years.

Founded in 2001, Oceana is the largest international group focused solely on ocean conservation. Our offices in North America, South America and Europe, work together on a limited number of strategic, directed campaigns to achieve measurable outcomes that will help return our oceans to former levels of abundance. We believe in the importance of science in identifying problems and solutions. Our scientists lead our team of economists, lawyers, and advocates focused on achieving tangible results for the oceans. Saving the oceans may take decades, but in each of our campaigns we aim to accomplish an important milestone in that effort within two to five years.

Financial

four stars

91.93

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 04/01/2021 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)
74.4%
  Administrative Expenses 17.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.44
  Program Expenses Growth 10.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 10.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Oceana on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Oceana on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Oceana (DC) 94.29 four stars
Coral Restoration Foundation (FL) 95.58 four stars
Orange County Coastkeeper (CA) 94.15 four stars
Chesapeake Bay Trust (MD) 94.80 four stars
Marine Conservation Institute (WA) 87.07 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $34,591,000
   Federated Campaigns $73,072
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $3,895,663
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $12
Total Contributions $38,559,747
   Program Service Revenue $17,312
Total Primary Revenue $38,577,059
   Other Revenue $55,416
TOTAL REVENUE $38,632,475
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $27,184,691
   Administrative Expenses $5,705,300
   Fundraising Expenses $3,115,208
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $36,005,199
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,627,276
   
Net Assets $54,093,524

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.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Ban on Gillnets in Belize $13,163,420 48.4%
Science-Based Policy Campaigns $9,785,524 36.0%
Legal Department $1,774,510 6.5%

Ratings History
Oceana has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 04/01/2021 94.29 four stars
2018-12 12/01/2019 95.92 four stars
2017-12 12/21/2018 94.11 four stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 88.47 three stars
2015-12 11/01/2017 93.71 four stars
2015-12 09/01/2017 93.10 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 87.12 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 81.86 three stars
2013-12 03/01/2015 89.27 three stars
2012-12 07/01/2014 87.18 three stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 87.01 three stars
2011-12 10/01/2013 94.88 four stars
2011-12 03/01/2013 94.46 four stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 94.06 four stars
2009-12 11/01/2011 93.77 four stars
2009-12 10/01/2011 92.33 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 90.81 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 05/01/2011 90.44 four stars
2008-12 06/01/2010 94.33 four stars
2007-12 05/01/2009 97.93 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 51-0401308
Name in IRS Master File OCEANA INC
NTEE Code C01
NTEE Classification Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$429,918 1.19% Andrew F. Sharpless CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Oceana (DC) 94.29 four stars
Heal the Bay (CA) 85.50 three stars
San Diego Coastkeeper (CA) 94.02 four stars
WILDCOAST (CA) 94.77 four stars
Marine Conservation Institute (WA) 87.07 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Oceana
1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (877) 762-3262
fax: (202) 833-2070
EIN: 51-0401308

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Board Leadership

Sam Waterston
Chair

CEO

Andrew Sharpless
Chief Executive Officer

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