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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Environmental Education, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

Mission: Founded in 1985, Heal the Bay is making southern California coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay safe, healthy and clean. Through our science, education, community action and advocacy, efforts, Heal the Bay is now one of the largest nonprofit environmental organizations in Los Angeles County with more than 12,000 members and more than 25,000 volunteers.

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles County

Programs: Mission educationheal the bay is dedicated to educating the public about making southern california coastal waters and watersheds, including santa monica bay, safe, healthy and clean. Heal the bay receives grants and contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government units to offset the expenses of this program.

science and policyheal the bay's unique approach of expert research combined with volunteer action and public education programs has been tremendously successful in working with local and federal government, industry and the public to clean up santa monica bay and southern california coastal waters. There is a clear track record of scientific evidence that the overall health of the bay has improved due to heal the bay's actions. Heal the bay receives grants and contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government units to offset the expenses of this program.

santa monica pier aquarium located beach level at the east end of the santa monica pier, the santa monica pier aquarium provides a unique, hands-on way to interact with local marine life in a safe and educational environment. Managed by heal the bay, the aquarium features live exhibits, including a shark tank, eels and tide-pool touch tanks, while promoting the conservation and protection of california coastal habitats. The heal the bay aquarium attracts over 20,000 school children and 60,000 public visitors each year. Heal the bay receives grants and contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government units to offset the expenses of this program.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A note about the star rating of Heal the Bay: Charity Navigator currently rates non-profit organizations on two criteria, finance and accountability/transparency. Heal the Bay still maintains four stars on accountability and transparency, but is rated much lower on finance. Charity Navigator's finance rating is based on year over year numbers, and ranks groups that are growing in revenue and program expense at a higher level. Last year, due to a number of factors, Heal The Bay did have a revenue decrease in comparison to the previous year. Therefore, Charity Navigator dropped our rating. The efficiency of our programs, education, and advocacy are still top notch and fueled by our mission. We are working diligently to increase our contributions and donations this year so that we can continue our important work.

Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments!
Signed: Danielle Portnoy, Advancement Director for Heal the Bay
Dportnoy@HealtheBay.org

Review from CharityNavigator

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Heal the Bay's ED and now Acting ED conduct unethical and unprofessional activities. They also mislead supporters and actually lie to the hard working employees and volunteers. They spread false rumors about those working with it and will throw anyone under the bus at anytime. Change at the top is needed to begin healing Heal the Bay. In the meantime, STAY AWAY!

Review from Guidestar