Affinity Group

Oceans 5

Oceans 5 includes new and experienced philanthropists with a common inspiration for collaborative, results-oriented grantmaking.   We share a desire to secure tangible improvements in global ocean health, while also strengthening ocean conservation philanthropy.

Our Work: Oceans 5 makes direct grants, leverages matching grants, provides in-kind services and shares strategic guidance – all to support our grantees. We focus on projects and campaigns to constrain overfishing and to establish marine reserves. We are inspired by projects that are significant and strategic, particularly if they provide tangible and lasting benefits to the world’s oceans. We prefer projects that engage multiple organizations working toward common objectives over discrete periods of time. We welcome the opportunity to work with potential grantees to help develop ideas and strategies.

Our Structure: Oceans 5 is an international funders collaborative comprised of Partners and Members who help identify, assess and approve projects for investment. They also remain engaged in project oversight and implementation. The collaborative is a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that manages more than $280 million in charitable giving. RPA provides staff support and financial management services for a small fee.

Oceans 5 Partners commit $1 million annually for a minimum of 3 years. Members provide significant support for individual projects, typically over $200,000 annually. Partners serve on the Board of Directors and maintain primary responsibility for guiding projects through the design and approval process. Members participate in all discussions and meetings. As appropriate, Oceans 5 also provides guidance to other philanthropies interested in marine conservation.