Ways to Give

Monthly giving

When you join our life-saving team of monthly donors, you join a committed group of people who care deeply about the health and well-being of our ocean and Great Lakes. Your support helps us sustain critical efforts throughout the year that benefit sanctuaries and monuments, as well as the communities and species that depend on them. Here are examples of how your support can make a difference:

$5/month= Pays for two kayak bilge pumps to support Team Ocean – trained, knowledgeable volunteers on the water in kayaks promote respectful wildlife viewing and protect sensitive species from disturbance, including harbor seals, sea otters, sea lions and birds.

$10/month= Sponsors the training and supplies needed to outfit a volunteer docent. Docents at visitors centers and out in the community educate thousands of visitors each year on the remarkable aspects of our sanctuaries and monuments and inspire conservation.

$25/month= Offsets the cost of tools and materials for a student watershed project as part of the Ocean Guardian Schools program.

$50/month= Helps defray the costs of a boat trip to remove traps, derelict gear, and other debris that have settled on the ocean floor and are causing damage to delicate coral reef ecosystems.

$100/month= Covers the cost of a new grappling hook for use by whale disentanglement team members, allowing them to safely free whales and other animals caught up in dangerous debris and fishing line.

$500/month= Covers 1 Watsonville school program field trip, including transportation, curriculum, and staffing.

Honor someone special

A Tribute Gift recognizes someone dear to you, whether memorializing the passing of an individual or celebrating a special occasion.

When you make a Tribute Gift to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, you may select to notify the person you are honoring about your gift with a personalized card. Please have mailing information available, and allow three business days for mailing. Your gift on their behalf allows us to help protect the Monterey Bay!

Give at work

Make a donation conveniently through workplace giving, or increase your impact with employer matching gifts.

The Foundation is a proud participant of the Combined Federal Campaign, the world’s largest annual workplace charity campaign. Use charity #10762 to designate your gift to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.

If you would like a Foundation representative to present or host a table at your upcoming charity fair, please email event details to development@marinesanctuary.org

Did you know many companies offer a matching gift program to encourage philanthropy among their employees?  And that some companies will even match to gifts made by spouses, retirees, and for volunteer hours?


By simply completing a matching gift form (online or paper), you may be able to double, or even triple, the impact of your gift. Contributions of any amount help us protect, conserve, and create more of these special places.


Follow this link to see if your employer participates in a matching gift program:

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Create a legacy

Including the Foundation in your will or trust is a meaningful way to conserve our protected waters for generations to come.

Ways You Can Give Through a Will or Trust:

1. Leave a specific dollar amount or asset to the Foundation.

2. Designate a percentage of your estate to be given through your will or living trust.

3. Give the remainder, or residue, of your estate, or that which remains after bequests to loved ones have been made.

The following is an example of suggested language to include in your will/trust:


“I give and bequeath to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, a non-profit corporation (EIN #94-3370994), with principal offices currently located at 8601 Georgia Avenue, Suite 510, Silver Spring, MD 20910, <the sum of $xxx , or xx% of my estate>, to be used for the accomplishment of its general purpose <or for a specific purpose as indicated>”.

Help keep the world you love healthy for future generations by making a gift through your will or retirement account. For more information, or to pledge a gift and join our Legacy Society, please call Carol King, Director of Development, at 301.608.3040 extension 316 or email carol@marinesanctuary.org

If you already included the Foundation in a bequest or other planned gift, we hope you will let us know. Your willingness to be listed as a member of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Legacy Society encourages others to follow your example. We acknowledge and respect those who wish to remain anonymous, but we urge you to let us know of your plans on a confidential basis.

Gifts of stock

A gift of stock to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation allows us to support sanctuaries and marine monuments in their goal to protect essential U.S. waters and to ensure a healthy ocean and Great Lakes. Gifts of stock allow donors to bypass capital gains taxes and receive a charitable tax deduction. Please consult with a tax professional as to the amount that may be tax deductible for you.

It is the Foundation’s policy to sell the stock or security upon receipt. Per the IRS, the Foundation establishes the value of the stock by calculating the mean average price on the date ownership is transferred.

Before making such a gift, it is important to discuss your planned contribution with your financial advisor. Contact Carol King, Director of Development, at carol@marinesanctuary.org for questions and information on making a transfer. Please notify the Foundation in advance of any transfer so that you will be properly credited for your gift.

Donor advised funds

Manage your charitable giving simply and efficiently with a donor advised fund (DAF).

With a DAF, charitably inclined individuals, families, and businesses make an irrevocable gift to a public charity that sponsors a donor-advised fund program, and may take an immediate tax deduction. Donors can then recommend grants over time to IRS-qualified 501(c)(3) public charities. DAFs also allow donors to approach their charitable giving thoughtfully by involving other family members or colleagues in their philanthropic decisions. Most DAFs accept donations of long-term appreciated securities and other assets, and donors can advise how the funds are invested, which could potentially allow tax-free growth.

Please consider recommending the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation as an organization to support through your donor advised fund. If you have a Donor Advised Fund at Fidelity Charitable, Schwab Charitable, or BNY Mellon, recommending a grant for the Foundation is now easier than ever.  Follow the below link to quickly recommend a grant while straight from this website. Neither you nor the Foundation will incur transaction fees. If you have questions, please contact us at development@marinesanctuary.org or 301.608.3040 extension 310.

Host or sponsor a fundraiser to benefit marine sanctuaries and monuments

Host an event or promotion to benefit the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Find out about the benefits of promoting your company while protecting our ocean through collecting donations or donating a percentage of sales to support ocean health. Please fill out the Foundation Fundraising Event Inquiry Form to begin the event planning process. Once we receive your completed form we will contact you with next steps.



Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW) is the nation’s premier annual conference examining current marine, coastal, and Great Lakes policy issues. Convened by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation every June, CHOW brings together national and global stakeholders to address pressing science, conservation, and management issues facing our ocean and Great Lakes. For information on becoming a Capitol Hill Ocean Week sponsor, Click Here.