Oceana : In Their Own Words

What They Tell You About:


Funding According to IRS filings found in the Guidestar Non Profit Database, Oceana is supported by its founding organizations, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Oak Foundation. Over their first five years, the Pew Charitable Trusts had granted over $26 million to Oceana. The Oak Foundation has sponsored $6,338,464 in grants from 2003 to 2005. The Rockefeller Brothers have given $550,000 while the Rockefeller Family Fund has given another $450,000 over a similar time span. The Alaska Conservation Foundation, on which David Rockefeller Jr. serves, had given $343,083 by 2005.


What They're Not Telling You

Oceana paints itself as a devoted conservation organization draped in the latest ocean research, while bristling at being called a "lobbying organization."

But a review of its 2006 annual report shows it spent roughly more than eight times the money in support of communications, fundraising and general and administrative costs (about $3.2 million) than it did for actual marine science (about $367,000).

The Tough Questions:
Why is there such a significant disconnect between Oceana's stated mission and the manner in which it devotes its resources?