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Sea Forward Fund

Sea Forward Fund supports projects that create a healthy, sustainable ocean and environment. We provide resources to raise public awareness and inspire action to improve the health of our planet's life support system. The areas of ocean science and education as well as nature-based and climate change solutions are our focus. We do this through grants to ocean and climate friendly non-profit organizations, companies, and funds. It will take a vibrant, collaborative, and diverse global network of conservation-minded stakeholders to create positive change.
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Who We Are

Laura Francis has been a marine biologist and educator for the past 30 years and has dedicated her professional career to ocean conservation. She worked at NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary for 27 years in education and outreach. More recently, she has focused on how to make a deeper impact through philanthropy and impact investing in the ocean. She joined Toniic, a global action community for impact investors, and started a donor advised fund called Sea Forward Fund. She is currently working on setting up a collaborative donor advised fund with a focus on ocean health at Impact Assets. She leads an ocean working group at Toniic and another one within Rachel’s Network. She is on the board of Community Environmental Council and Sustainable Change Alliance.

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Impact Investment

Sea Forward is dedicated to guiding investments to companies, organizations, and funds with the intention of generating measurable, beneficial social and/or environmental impacts to the ocean.

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Our grants support ocean science, education, and development of ocean technology. We strive for ocean-focused solutions, climate action, and ecosystem protection.

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Our Core Beliefs

  • We are inextricably connected with the natural world. Our own health relies on a healthy environment and ocean

  • By understanding how natural systems work, we can learn to do a better job of taking care of our planet’s life support system

  • Having a sense of wonder, hope and purpose are essential for making the changes we want to see in the world

  • Being an early adopter, putting yourself out there as an example, even if it is uncomfortable, is almost always worth the risk

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Ocean Health

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"What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make."


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