WAVE FOUNDATION INC

aka WAVE   |   Newport, KY   |  www.wavefoundation.org

Mission

WAVE Foundation is an independent, educational foundation at Newport Aquarium and is designated as a 501(c)(3) non profit organization. WAVE serves to excite, engage and educate our community about the wonders of aquatic life and the importance of conservation. WAVE provides unique education curriculum and experiences for students of all ages; supports and provides leadership in local, national and global conservation efforts; and has a vibrant volunteer program with over 350 dedicated volunteers. Each of WAVE’s programs is designed to increase awareness, curiosity and respect of aquatic animals and their environments.   The WAVE acronym stands for:   Welfare of Aquatic Animals and Natural Resources   Advocate for Conservation   Volunteer Pursuits   Educational Opportunities

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

Tricia Watts

Main address

One Aquarium Way

Newport, KY 41071 USA

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EIN

61-1325992

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

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Our programs

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Our Education programs include: The Finstitute (a selection of on-site classroom experiences including interactive lessons focusing on aquatic life, chemistry, physics, and the sciences in a fun, hands-on way. Our Summer Camp is a week long day camp for children ages 9-12; Guppy Adventures are fun and interactive programs for infants and toddlers up to 5 years old and their grown-ups; Job Shadowing offers middle and high school age students to spend an evening job-shadowing one of our marine biologists to get a better idea of what the profession involves and to generate excitement about science professions. Conservation programs include: The Ohio Riverbanks Projects, which works to protect and improve the Ohio Riverbank through preservation and clean-up efforts; Sea Turtle Tagging tracks these creatures and investigates the threats they face in order to help save them from extinction; Project Piaba in the Amazon preserves and protects the Amazon Rainforest through its ?Buy a Fish, Save a Tree!? campaign. Our Volunteer Program utilizes over 350 individuals, performing a variety of duties such as underwater divers, exhibit interpreters, rainforest volunteers, office volunteers and more

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Accreditations

American Zoos and Aquariums Association - Accreditation 2008

Financials

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WAVE FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 11/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Tabitha Tolliver

Blue & Co.


Board co-chair

Jeff Weisker

Fund Evaluation Group

Kevin Butt

Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, Inc.

Christopher Lorentz

Thomas More College

Sean Smith

No Affiliation

Pam Gromen

National Coalition for Marine Conservation

Cyndi Etsler

Purdue University Calumet

Joseph Meyer

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, Governor of Kentucky's office

Dudley Taft

Taft Broadcasting Company

Eric Rose

Newport Aquarium

Heidi Jark

Fifth Third Foundation

Mark Evans

Bricker and Eckler LLP, Construction Law Department