Charity of the week
Pollution, overfishing, and habitat degradation all pose unique challenges to the health and wellbeing of the planet’s oceans. To help promote healthy ocean ecosystems, Ocean Conservancy (oceanconservancy.org) funds scientific research, mobilizes citizens to advocate for ocean sustainability, and works to ensure that both fish and the people who work in fishing economies are able to thrive. Founded in 1972, the organization engages coastal communities around the world with their International Coastal Cleanup project; in 2015 alone, nearly 800,000 volunteers collected 18 million pounds of trash along shorelines. The group has also worked to establish marine protected areas in Hawaii and Florida, and helped pass the landmark Marine Life Protection Act in California, which aims to conserve and rebuild marine ecosystems.
Each charity we feature has earned a four-star overall rating from Charity Navigator, which rates not-for-profit organizations on the strength of their finances, their governance practices, and the transparency of their operations. Four stars is the group’s highest rating.