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SYLVIA EARLE ALLIANCE MISSION BLUE Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 07/20/2015: SYLVIA EARLE ALLIANCE MISSION BLUE

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SYLVIA EARLE ALLIANCE MISSION BLUE Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 07/20/2015: SYLVIA EARLE ALLIANCE MISSION BLUE

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Physical Address: Malibu, CA 90265 
EIN: 26-1892969
Web URL: www.mission-blue.org 
NTEE Category: U Science and Technology Research Institutes
U21 Marine Science and Oceanography
C Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification
C01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
Ruling Year: 2008 


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Mission Statement

Mission Blue is an initiative of the Sylvia Earle Alliance (S.E.A.) to explore and care for the ocean. We draw inspiration from the vision of our founder, Dr. Sylvia Earle, to ignite public support for the protection of Hope Spots – special places that are vital to the health of the ocean, the blue heart of our planet. By uniting a coalition of partners from around the globe, we are committed to inspiring an upwelling of public awareness, access and support for a worldwide network of marine protected areas ranging from the seamounts of the high seas to shallow sunlit reefs, and to supporting a significant increase in ocean protection from less than three percent today to 20% by the year 2020.

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2013

Total Revenue $492,594
Total Expenses $627,614

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Leadership

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Dr. Sylvia Earle

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Programs

Program: Hope Spot Strategy Phase II (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$120,000
Category:
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Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified
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Program Description:

With the release of the Mission Blue film in 2014 and Sylvia’s tireless conservation work, our 50 Hope Spots have gained visibility. Mission Blue is now seeking sponsorship to scale up to Phase II of the Hope Spot Initiative. With more than 170 official Hope Spot nominations submitted to our website in 2014, a strategy must be implemented for ongoing support of Hope Spot implementation, management and communication. S.E.A.’s “Hope Spot Council” will hold two workshops per year to strategize and review all aspects of the Hope Spots initiative. S.E.A. is in the process of standardizing for Hope Spot designations and creating an online management system that will guide communities and partners (including National Geographic, the National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), etc.) through the process of protection and communication. This goal includes increasing the number of Hope Spots to 100 in the year 2015

Program Long-Term Success:

Designation of Hope Spots currently envisioned will focus on increasing the coverage of Marine Protected Areas globally by a factor of at least 10 times.  Mission Blue has partnered with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and its World Commission on Protected Areas-Marine to fulfill this mission.

Program Short-Term Success:

By the end of 2015, we will have added 50 more Hope Spots to our list of designated areas that are worthy of protection.

Program Success Monitored by:

IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas-Marine.  Total oceanic coverage by Marine Protected Areas, as defined by IUCN.  Currently at 0.77% of oceanic area.  Program goal: 20% by 2020.

Program Success Examples:

www.mission-blue.org/hopespots

Program: Communication & Outreach: Scaling Up Engagement (GuideStar Exchange,
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Program Description:

Now that Mission Blue and the work of Dr. Earle have inspired people across the world, it is critical that we continue to offer the general public high quality, meaningful content to keep them inspired, educated and engaged with Ocean issues and campaigns. Across our social media channels in 2014, we grew to an average of 30 million unique impressions per month and in the first quarter of 2015 we now have over 100 million. Online followers, e-mail newsletter signups and recurring monthly donations have increased exponentially as well. Funding would be utilized to evolve the Hope Spot initiative as well as to scale up our capacity for social media and other communications across Mission Blue channels. From the Great Barrier Reef to the Antarctic and from small villages to the United Nations, we have seen the power of our social media following. Our followers are well versed in Ocean issues, they care, and they are willing to act. Inspiring their actions to impact real change is the goal of Mission Blue’s outreach program. In the current climate of uncertainty and concern about the future, we believe that it’s important for people to know that there are solutions and that this is a unique time when they can be effective by taking action. With your support and Dr. Earle leading the way, we will continue to offer the path forward through hope and inspiration. We will continue to amplify her knowledge, as well as be a scientific but welcoming platform for engaging social content and meaningful actions via our social media, website, newsletters and outreach events.

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Program Success Examples:

Program: Dr. Sylvia Earle - Global Ocean Ambassador (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$250,000
Category:
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Population Served:
None
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Program Description:

Dr. Earle travels over 300 days each year across the globe giving lectures, attending seminars, meeting with scientists, policy makers, world leaders, corporate decision makers and NGO partners, always raising awareness about the pressing issues facing our Ocean and our Planet. She also serves on the boards and scientific advisory councils of numerous large and small Ocean organizations. She is in a one-of-a-kind position to influence the channeling of resources towards important Ocean and climate projects, based on her many decades of knowledge and experience. Simply put, there is only one Sylvia Earle, and we need to use all means available to amplify and illuminate her message and leave a legacy for generations to come. It is vital that Dr. Earle’s voice be shared now in order to demonstrate to world leaders and the general public that the critical window of opportunity to save the Ocean is now, today. As Dr. Earle has said, “The next ten years is likely to influence the next 10,000 years.”

Program Long-Term Success:

Program Short-Term Success:

2015 Targets for Dr. Earle’s Role as Ocean Ambassador: • Scientific exploration through expeditions and research • 200+ public appearances that are shared across MB channels reaching 30 million people per month. • Seize new opportunities to influence world leaders and government officials • Ongoing engagement to maximize media via interviews and content creations • Articles, opt-ins and letters to further influence and educate the public • Support 300+ Ocean partner organizations (including the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Conservation International and National Geographic) for a variety of needs including meetings, endorsements, fundraisers, high-level opportunities, forwards, quotes, etc.

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Program Success Examples:

Dr. Earle was acknowledged for her lifetime achievements throughout 2014, receiving the 2014 Walter Cronkite Award, a UN Champions of the Earth Award, a Wildlife Conservation Film Festival Lifetime Award and recognition as a Glamour Woman of the Year, among others. Her more than 100 national and international honors include the 2013 National Geographic Hubbard Medal, 2011 Royal Geographical Society Gold Medal, 2011 Medal of Honor from the Dominican Republic, 2009 TED Prize, Netherlands Order of the Golden Ark, Australia’s International Banksia Award, Italy’s Artiglio Award, the International Seakeepers Award, the International Women’s Forum, the National Women’s Hall of Fame, UNEP Champion of the Earth, Academy of Achievement, Los Angeles Times Woman of the Year, UN Global 500, and medals from the Explorers Club, the Philadelphia Academy of Sciences, Lindbergh Foundation, National Wildlife Federation, Sigma Xi, Barnard College, and the Society of Women Geographers.

Program: Mission Blue Expeditions (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$250,000
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Population Served:
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Program Description:

Mission Blue Expeditions are short duration trips, typically two weeks or less, that vary in size and scope. They are designed to create awareness, foster partnerships, and build public support for the creation of Hope Spots and Ocean protection across the globe.

Program Long-Term Success:

Long-term goals of Mission Blue Expeditions include: Highlight areas that need attention, or need to be saved before it’s too late • Highlight areas that can serve as a beacon of hope • Increase knowledge of current and potential Hope Spots • Scientific research • Deliver a strong, strategic “Call to Action” that directly supports protection • Collaborate with global partners to bring change • Create multimedia materials for social media networks • Strengthen the Mission Blue brand • Raise funds for programs and partners

Program Short-Term Success:

Selected 2015-16 Mission Blue Expeditions: • Mission Blue II Expedition to the South Pacific in partnership with TED (September 2015) • Arctic Summit in partnership with National Geographic and Ocean Elders (Summer 2016)

Program Success Monitored by:

Program Success Examples:

Completed expeditions to this date: Cocos Island Expedition in partnership with Fusion and Univision Media – Targeted at raising awareness among Millennials (March 2015) • Gulf of California Expedition in partnership with Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (FMCN) and Angel Foundation (June 2015) • Ascension Island Expedition in partnership with The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and IUCN (February 2015)
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