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February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

I have collaborated with the Alaska SeaLife Center on a variety of projects involving ocean science and environmental measurements. The Center staff are competent and motivated to advancement of marine science in Seward and in Alaska. The Center's managers are forward-thinking and willing to branch out from the core mission. I'm proud to have worked with the Alaska SeaLife Center and hope to continue to do so.

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grant proposal preparation, grant administration, field measurements, public education

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand its connections with University of Alaska Anchorage

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

The Alaska SeaLife Center is a top-notch research and education institution. We are so fortunate to have such a world class center in Alaska. They have cultivated stellar partnerships with many others working in Alaska on marine issues.

The Alaska SeaLife Center is located in Seward
which is approximately 3 hours by car from Anchorage. This provides an ideal getaway for locals as well as an informative, enjoyable, and beautiful attraction for our out of state visitors.

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The Director and all of the staff have taken great strides to be exemplary models of how an institution can effectively become integrated in various societal sectors. They are leaders in expanding their research into critical issues confronting our oceans and marine life, such as climate change and ocean acidification.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more people exposed to the facilities and their work.

February 13, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 13, 2011

The Alaska SeaLife Center is a remarkable institution for communicating marine science to Alaskans and visitors. The list of projects identified for this 5k giveaway would increase the capacity of ASLC to spread key scientific messages to an interested public and provide the opportunity for career development for a summer intern. I have visited many if not most of the preeminent aquariums and marine research institutions across the US in my career and strongly feel the ASLC does the best job I have seen for the budget they have to work with. I strongly encourage your support in this and future fundraising endeavors.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

-Delighting visitors from all over the world. -Providing research opportunities for faculty and graduate students -Empowering emerging scientists as interns and docents -Excellent diversity of fundraising efforts -Dedication to the research community and an interest in national and international marine issues -A knowledgeable, dedicated and hardworking staff.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to see what ASLC could do with an increased budget, both in the communication and practice of marine conservation.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

They are the only institution of their kind in the State of Alaska, which is a key resource for the US and focus point in climate change. If ASLC does not thrive, I see no alternative institution to take on their mission of educating Alaskans and visitors on ocean science in this magnificent state.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 12, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 12, 2011

The Alaska SeaLife Center plays an important and unique role in the state. Its education program, which reaches school groups and teachers, as well as the general public, stresses the urgent need for understanding and conserving Alaska's marine resources, which are vital for the long term health and sustainability of its beautiful environments as well as for the Alaskan economy.
As the only animal rehabilitation center in this vast state, it has become a focal point because of its expertise in animal husbandry and animal rehabilitation. Thus, it is poised to respond to various kinds of environmental emergencies as no other institution can.

Last, and centainly not least, its role and importance as a research institution is vital to the state and to the nation . The work that has been done on animal populations in the Gulf of Alaska, the Bering Sea and other areas is critical to the sustainability of its animal populations and of the Alaskan economy. Because of its geographic location, it can easily address important research questions about such things as variation in the productivity of the artic waters. In addition, as a public place that houses research scientists and exhibits the animals used in their research projects, it is positioned to give its visitors insights into the ongoing process of research itself.

Clearly this unique institution is worthy of support.

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realizing how important it is to the state. Alaska's coastline is vast and largely unmonitored. Its animal populations, which are intertwined in complex food webs, are the key to the Alaskan economy. The contributions made by their educators and scientists are raising the awareness of Alaskan citizens and the legislature to the importance of the SeaLife Center's current and potential contributions to the state.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Urge them to focus on coastal monitoring projects done by a consoprtium of organizations in Kodiak, Homer, Valdez, Cordova and Juneau.

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

Through my affiliation with the US Arctic Research Commission, I have come to appreciate the great work done by the Alaska SeaLife Center. They are first rate, and a real asset to the scientific research community, as well as an educational gem. Their marine mammal rehabilitation program is among the best in the world.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Site visits, and interaction with staff

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Work harder to find ways to increase financial support to the Center

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

I have dealt with the Alaska SeaLife Center as the Science Liaison for the US Coast Guard for the Pacific, and for the CG Icebreakers. I have given a talk at ASLC to coordinate efforts between CG-supported science and ASLC activities, and to coordinate educational outreach opportunities between CG icebreakers making port calls in Seward, Alaska, and ALSC tours, talks, etc.
I have found the ASLC to be extremely well managed, and to have a strong leadership impact within the State and local communities in leading public discussion and thought on important ocean issues, of which Alaska has many.

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Providing educational outreach of CG arctic activities to a broader public and complementing ASLC education efforts, as well as efforts to conserve endangered marine mammal and seabird species on Alaska, and educate the public on pollution and climate issues affecting Alaska's seas.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I have already informed them that a greater native outreach and display participation would strengthen the reach and scope of their activities: most marine facilities do not have the benefit of native populations with strong ocean traditions, something they could take advantage of in displays and periodic special programs.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

Strong leadership, and strong local connections

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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