Oceans 5 is an international funders’ collaborative comprised of new and experienced philanthropists dedicated to protecting the world’s five oceans. We focus our investments and support on large, opportunistic projects and campaigns to establish marine reserves and constrain overfishing.

Our Projects

Oceans 5 supports results-oriented conservation projects throughout the world.

We prefer time-bound efforts involving multiple organizations working toward common policy objectives. Our work focuses on projects to stop overfishing and to establish marine reserves, the two highest ecological priorities identified by marine scientists. We are inspired by opportunities, particularly ones that can bring lasting benefits to coastal communities.

Our Work

Oceans 5 makes direct grants, leverages matching grants, provides in-kind services and shares strategic guidance – all to support our grantees.

We analyze opportunities, solicit proposals and, sometimes, help co-create projects. We also engage and assist members of our own collaborative to help projects succeed and to strengthen ocean conservation philanthropy.

Our Structure

Our Partners and Members direct our work.

Partners contribute $1 million annually, while Members provide significant project-specific financial support. We are a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc., with highly qualified staff and exceptionally low overhead.