Mote Marine Laboratory
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota FL 34236

The advancement of marine and environmental sciences through scientific research, education and public outreach, leading to new discoveries, revitalization and sustainability of our oceans and greater public understanding of our marine resources.


CEO/Executive Director Dr. Michael P. Crosby PhD, FLS
Board Chair Robert E. Essner
Board Chair Affiliation Retired
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1977
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes July 2018
State Registration 0
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $16,000,000.00
Projected Expenses $15,951,404.00
IRS Letter of Determination
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Other Documents
Annual ReportView
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Impact Statement

With the goal of promoting responsible marine conservation and sustainable use, Mote has helped millions of people of all ages learn more about the marine environment through its vast education and outreach programs. Mote research, which includes more than 20 distinct programs, has conducted hundreds of studies that have advanced marine science and that have informed public policy on issues critical to ocean health and the economy of Southwest Florida. Some examples of the impact of Mote’s efforts in 2017 include:

· Coral Reef Research & Restoration: Mote scaled up its work with the goal to restore 25% of the coral in the Florida Keys within the next decade, planting more than 40,000 corals in a pilot effort to help restore Florida's reef.

· Science Education: Mote programs reached over 35,000 children and adults, including 10,000 underserved and underrepresented children and youth who participated through Strategic Partnerships, a community-based, STEM learning program with partner organizations in our community.

· Rescue and Rehabilitation of Marine Animals: Mote responded to hundreds of alerts to help sick, injured and deceased sea turtles, dolphins and small whales on our beaches and in our local waterways.

2017-18 Goals

· Significantly increase Mote's ability to conduct world-class research with an emphasis on conservation, sustainable use and environmental health of marine and coastal biodiversity, habitats and resources.

· Ensure long-term prosperity of research enterprise through focused staff recruitment and nurturing programs.

· Translate and transfer science and technology development to positively impact human society and the marine environment.

· Provide continued public service to our communities.


Needs Statement

As an independent, nonprofit, marine science organization, Mote must rely on the generosity of its supporters to accomplish its mission. In a university or governmental setting, guaranteed support would be available through routine legislative budgets or tuition revenue.  Mote’s independence however is one of the organization's greatest strengths allowing Mote the flexibility to define its own research activities based on our communities’ needs and our scientists’ expertise. Supporting Mote helps provide the financial foundation needed to continue this work for many years to come. The organization’s many accomplishments to date would not have been possible without this support.  


Background Statement

Mote Marine Laboratory (Mote) is an internationally-recognized marine research organization dedicated to the advancement of marine and environmental sciences through scientific research, education and public outreach leading to new discoveries, revitalization and sustainability of our oceans and greater public understanding of marine resources.

Founded by Dr. Eugenie Clark in 1955, Mote has grown significantly from its original one-room laboratory to a 10.5 acre campus in Sarasota, FL, with field stations in eastern Sarasota County, Charlotte Harbor and the Florida Keys. Mote is home to more than 200 staff, including more than 30 PhD scientists, and over 20 research programs focused on conservation and sustainable use of our oceans. Mote research areas include:

  • Understanding the effects of climate change and ocean acidification on coral reefs and developing successful methods for restoration
  • Discovering compounds from the marine environment to fight human cancers and infections
  • Developing sustainable aquaculture systems for food production and restocking of fisheries
  • Improving water quality and implementing potential control and mitigation efforts for harmful algal blooms
  • Adding to understanding and conservation of marine animals, including manatees, sharks, dolphins, rays and turtles
  • Rescuing and rehabilitating dolphins, small whales and sea turtles

Mote also presents a variety of structured and informal science education programs, and Mote Aquarium builds ocean literacy and environmental awareness. Together, Mote research, education, Aquarium and hospital programs address environmental issues of international concern, adding to scientific knowledge of the oceans on a global scale.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
FL- Charlotte
FL- DeSoto
FL- Hardee
FL- Hillsborough
FL- Lee
State Wide
Areas Served Comments

Mote's contribution to the economic well-being of our local, regional and state economies is estimated to be $86.8 million. In addition to providing research, education and outreach that helps our local communities from understanding red tide to restoring diminishing corals Mote’s research also has global impacts. One of Mote’s four strategic goals is to translate and transfer science and technology development to positively impact human society and the marine environment around the world. 

Service Categories
Primary Org Type Environment
Secondary Org Type Animal Related
Tertiary Org Type Science & Technology
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

I am both humbled and honored to serve as President & CEO of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, a 61-year old institution with some of the brightest and most innovative minds in science and education that are committed to ensuring the world’s oceans thrive for future generations.

With the Oceans of Opportunity Campaign underway to provide much needed support, we are working to achieve the goals outlined in our 2020 Vision and Strategic Plan, the guiding roadmap for our continued and future success. These goals are for Mote to:

· Increase our ability to conduct world-class research with an emphasis on marine conservation and sustainable use;

· Ensure the long-term prosperity of our research enterprise through focused next-generation staff recruitment and professional development;

· Translate and transfer our science and technology for the betterment of society and the marine environment;

· Provide continued public service to our communities.

Through the years, Mote has distinguished itself through the seamless integration of its diverse research enterprise with education, public outreach and public policy programs. In 2015 and 2016, we added several doctorate-level researchers to our research team through the Mote Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. These young researchers bring with them a new and energetic scientific spark. We look forward to one day helping them to take their places as leaders in marine research.

Our 35 PhD-level scientists conduct hundreds of studies on a wide range of issues critical to ocean, human health, conservation, endangered marine life, and our economy. Our efforts result in dozens of peer-reviewed publications and thousands of stories about our research in popular media; we have also made efforts to expand our international partnerships with researchers in Japan, Israel, Jordan, China, Saudi Arabia and other nations.

As we celebrate our 61st year, we are receiving support from the community near and far as we conduct our mission to lead the world in promoting science-based marine resource conservation and in translating and transferring our science and technology to serve society. Such support has been a hallmark here since Dr. Eugenie Clark founded the lab in 1955 with the support of Anne and William Vanderbilt and the community rallied around their efforts. Later, Bill Mote helped the Lab grow and expand into the world-class organization it has become.

I am truly grateful for the support we have received at the half-way point of our Oceans of Opportunity campaign. Yet we still have much more to do. The dedication of our supporters is what energizes us and will continue to give us the ability to look ahead toward the future — to seek new opportunities, to make new discoveries and to make a difference in our world. Thank you to everyone that has joined us in our mission.


Michael P. Crosby, Ph.D., FLS

President & CEO


When wild marine mammals and sea turtles get sick or injured, Mote is there to help providing 24-hour first responder services to threatened and endangered species. Our Stranding team responds to nearly 500 calls annually on average.

Live animals that need life-saving medical care are brought to our specialty hospitals for immediate treatment and sometimes long-term care so we can return them to the wild. For those that cannot be released, Mote cares for their every need including medication, training, special therapeutic activities and much more.

Our work supports wild populations in Southwest Florida and beyond. What makes us unique is how we couple or rehabilitation and care programs with research that can be used to adapt better strategies to save species, rehabilitate and care for wounded and sick animals, protect habitats, solve ocean-related problems and educate millions.


Budget $275,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Marine Animals Preservation & Protection
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served US& International General/Unspecified US& International
Short Term Success

Since our Stranding program was established in 1985, Mote has responded to 667 dolphin and whale strandings. Between 2003 and 2012, Mote responded to and recovered more than 900 injured, sick or deceased sea turtles.

Our hospitals have treated:

  • More than 400 sea turtles since 1995, including 107 turtles affected by papilloma tumors. Mote is one of only three facilities in the state able to treat these patients.
  • More than 70 dolphins and whales since 1992. Care for these patients can cost thousands of dollars.

These animals are protected, threatened or endangered. Upon release, some animals are outfitted with satellite tags that allow us to follow their progress in the wild so that we can determine the success of treatment and gather information about species that has not been previously documented. Donations are crucial to help support the cost of satellite tags and of the medications and facilities used to treat these animals.

Long Term Success

Long-term success is measured in the knowledge gained and the conservation and protection of these populations in the wild. Our work helps:

  • Improve knowledge of diseases, including prognosis, diagnosis and treatment.
  • Increase opportunities to discover emerging threats, including diseases and issues related to human activities — and the potential that this early knowledge provides for intervention.
  • Support better management policies at the local, state, federal and international levels.
  • Provide increased public literacy about these species and the threats they face in the wild as part of a broader Mote mission of public outreach and education.
As part of our long-term data gathering, Mote also houses the Ruth DeLynn Cetacean Osteological Collection of bones of more than 460 cetaceans of 20 species collected over 25 years. This data set has led to the discovery of new information about congenital bone deformities and was most recently used to verify a hybrid dolphin species.
Program Success Monitoring

Hospital records are kept on our patients similar to human medical records. Our Cetacean Collection is also certified by the American Society of Mammalogists, which called the collection’s scientific value “unsurpassed.” The accreditation is the highest seal of approval that such collections can receive and marks the quality and scientific value of the collection

We also measure success by:

  • Number of animals that are successfully treated and returned to the wild.
  • New findings shared formally and informally with other organizations and through publication in peer review journals and through professional societies.
Program Success Examples

A group of Mote Sea Turtle Patrol volunteers were checking on turtle nests on Longboat Key when they came upon a stranded bottlenose dolphin. The 3-year-old female was underweight and suffering from pneumonia, gastritis and other medical problems. Mote’s Stranding Investigations Program responded to rescue the dolphin and bring her to our animal hospital. "Edna" received around-the-clock care from staff and volunteers. By early August, Edna’s was ready to go home and she was released offshore. To this day, members of the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program — the world's longest-running study of a wild dolphin population, which is a partnership between Mote and the Chicago Zoological Society — sees her during their regular dolphin surveys.

Because few public dollars are available to pay for the veterinary care and medicines needed to help these protected and endangered species, Mote relies on support from the community to care for animals like Edna.


Florida is ranked the number one fishing destination in the U.S. Saltwater sport fishing in Florida generates approximately $7.15 billion and supports nearly 70,000 jobs.

In order to ensure we can support recreational fishing for years to come, Mote is working to improve current populations. We are developing new sustainable methods that will allow us to raise fish for restocking and food to relieve pressure on wild populations.

The U.S. imports 91% of its seafood. For our food security and economy, we need to produce more seafood here. Mote’s aquaculture and fisheries research have developed better environmentally sustainable land-based aquaculture systems that focus on the reuse of water; other studies are finding the best methods to restore wild stocks for important seafood and game fish. The need to solve the critical roadblocks to grow marine fish production in Florida has never been greater than it is today and Mote is helping to lead the charge to solve these problems.

Budget $1,500,000
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Sustainable Agriculture
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served US& International US
Short Term Success

Mote’s aquaculture and fisheries research is able to produce sea vegetables as part of its recirculating system, which are now for sale at the Sarasota Farmers Market.  The program has shown success in restocking fish populations and in food production.


Long Term Success

The aquaculture and fisheries programs are using environmentally-sound fish farming that re-circulates water with very little waste.  Researchers have been able to close the life cycle of snook by raising the species to maturity and having them spawn in a laboratory setting.  This breakthrough is a critical success but further research to improve the survival of snook larval is needed in order to translate this success to a large scale hatchery for the state of Florida.  This research has the potential to result in the enhancement of valuable sportfish species and restoration of habitats on the East and West Coasts of Florida.  It also allows wild sturgeon populations the opportunity to repopulate.  This model is a wonderful example or raising sustainable fish in a land-based system that recycles water that can be used around the world and help solve problems of limited seafood supply.


Program Success Monitoring

Mote’s aquaculture and fisheries research success is monitored through quantity and quality of fish production, novel techniques developed, and measured stock enhancement efforts.  Publication of scientists work in peer-review scientific research journals is another critical measure of success.

Program Success Examples

Mote's sturgeon and caviar operations were sold to a for-profit entity in November 2014.  This represents the first example of Mote research that has been translated into commercial application an important success indicator.  Researchers are now restocking the local waters with marine fish that have been grown in the laboratory setting. The director of the program has also received numerous awards and is the Past President of the World Aquaculture Society.



When most people think of Mote, what they may not think of is finding a cure for cancer or better treatments for antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections or severe wounds. But in fact, Mote has extensive biomedical programs that are working on these exact issues. 

Our goal is to use our discoveries about the biomedical processes that allow sharks and rays to avoid disease and heal quickly from injuries and translate them into applications that will benefit human and other populations.

In recent years, the biomedical research with shark immune cells has led them to the groundbreaking discovery of proteins that inhibit the growth of 15 types of human cancer cell lines while leaving healthy cells largely unaffected.  Mote is hopeful to translate this stunning finding into treatments with better patient outcomes.

Budget $500,000
Category Science & Technology, General/Other Biological & Life Sciences
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served US& International International
Short Term Success

Continued understanding and knowledge generated by study of pathways in sharks, skates and ray along with the improved translation of how those related to human health and medicine.

Long Term Success

Long-term the goal of this program is to develop novel treatments or preventive measures for some of the most difficult to treat cancers, improved wound-healing measures and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. 

Program Success Monitoring

Program success is measured by the new discoveries made, scientific publications produced and new knowledge generated for the benefit of understanding biomedical pathways under study.

Program Success Examples

Mote scientists made the groundbreaking discovery of proteins that inhibit the growth of 15 types of human cancer cell lines while leaving healthy cells largely unaffected.


Coral reefs provide protection for our shorelines during hurricanes and generate billions for our economy through food production, jobs and tourism. Our reefs — once expansive in their diversity — have drastically declined because of man-made impacts in our ocean conditions. Mote is working on studies that will allow us to understand how reefs are changing so that we may protect and restore them.

Our studies are designed to uncover which species will best survive in future ocean conditions. By carefully selecting genetic strains that will be more adaptable to expected changes in climate, environmental stress, and disease, growing them in our nursery and using them to restore depleted reefs, we believe we are poised to rebuild damaged and depleted reefs in our lifetimes. While ambitious, this goal is truly achievable with Mote-developed technology. Mote is also partnering with a number of institutions on this research including many that are based internationally.

Budget $1,000,000
Category Environment, General/Other Marine Conservation
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served US& International US
Short Term Success

The program looks to continue understanding coral disease, adaptions for the changing ocean environments and the ocean ecosystem.  Improved understanding of these elements will help to ensure restoration programs and larger ecosystem changes in an effort to better protect our ocean environment.

Long Term Success

The program has replanted numerous coral fragments and has restored large portions of deplete reefs. The continued success will be measured by the large restoration of corals and the knowledge shared of ecosystem effects.

Program Success Monitoring

The program is measured by the new information generated about coral and its health and how it affects the larger ecosystem as well as the amount of coral reefs that are able to be restored.

Program Success Examples

Mote has successfully replanted brain coral in the wild, which would have taken decades to grow to the size it did in Mote's lab in less than a year.


Since Mote opened its doors, we have invited and supported, thousands of young researchers’ investigation of the marine world, exciting their passions for the oceans for the betterment of us all. Annually, hundreds of thousands of children and adults visit The Aquarium at Mote and attend special programs. Recognizing that education and conservation goes hand-in-hand, we share research with our community both local and globally in the hopes that our society will be the best advocates for our marine world and the essential resources it houses.

In addition Mote is dedicated to fostering the careers of young scientists interested in marine research. In 2011, we created the Mote Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program, which provides each fellow funding and mentorship for two years so that they may begin to develop their own scientific paths. 

Budget $300,000
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults Females
Short Term Success

Implementation of programs that help to foster science education among the public, including students in underserved communities is a key success for Mote.

Long Term Success

Making decisions that ensure ocean resources are managed and used in a sustainable manner is critical — not just for our coastal Southwest Florida communities but for the world. Yet many do not have basic knowledge and understanding of our ocean systems and the crucial role they play for a healthy planet. Mote’s goal is to help increase the public’s understanding of these systems.

Program Success Monitoring

Our education staff continuously monitors programs by numbers of students served as well as the level of knowledge gained through surveys done post-program participation.

Program Success Examples

Mote has undertaken a partnership with Girls Inc. of Sarasota. This innovative program is designed to reach pre-teen girls to encourage their interest and participation in STEM fields. The program is structured to allow girls to engage in the scientific process by working closely with Mote educators and scientists. Through these explorations, girls are building self-confidence and are empowered to pursue science in high school and beyond.

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Michael P. Crosby PhD, FLS
CEO Term Start May 2013
CEO/Executive Director Email

Dr. Crosby has more than 30 years of diverse research, teaching, science management and leadership endeavors. He has gained experience and expertise in developing, managing and conducting multi-disciplinary research and overseeing programs through his interactions, involvement and partnerships with numerous universities, national and international science and resource management agencies, programs and committees. Many of these endeavors focused on improving the synthesis, translation and transfer of science and technical information between research, public policy and stakeholder communities. During a great deal of his career, he played an active role in directly leading national and international multi-disciplinary research programs, as well as developing national policy and administrative aspects for our country’s science programs.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Dr. Kumar Mahadevan Oct 1977 - May
Senior Staff
Mr. Dan Bebak Vice President of Education, Aquarium and Public Outreach
Mrs. Erin Kabinoff Chief Development Officer
Mrs. Dena Smith Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Administration
Mr. Derek Templeton P.E.Vice President, Facilities
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 185
Part Time Staff 38
Staff Retention Rate % 85
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 7
Volunteers 1642
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Education Collaboration examples:
AMI Kids
Booker High School
Boys and Girls Club of Manatee and Sarasota Counties
Children First 
Ed Explore SRQ
Florida Marine Science Educators
Girls, Inc. 
Kinnan Elementary School 
Laurel Civic Association After School Program
Salvation Army 
Sarasota Bay Watch 
Science and Environment Council of Sarasota
University of South Florida 
Willis Elementary School 
YMCA Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte Counties
Research Collaboration examples:
Chicago Zoological Society/The Brookfield Zoo
Disney’s Animal Programs, Walt Disney World Resorts
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
Florida Institute of Oceanography
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
The Nature Conservancy
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Sarasota Bay Estuary Program
Scripps Institution of Oceanography 
Solutions To Avoid Red Tide 
Southwest Florida Water Management District 
U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Marine Mammal Commission
University of Florida, Whitney Marine Lab
University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
University of South Florida, College of Marine Science, Center for Ocean Technology
Wildlife Trust 
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 
External Assessments and Accreditations
American Zoos and Aquariums Association - Accreditation2013
American Association of Museums - 10 Year Accreditation
Awards & Recognition
Cultural Organization of the YearThe Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce2013
Pay It Forward AwardThe Patterson Foundation2013
Traveler's Choice AwardTripAdvisor2014
Best in ShowVisitFlorida2015
Pinnacle Award, SeaTrek ProgramCenter for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC)2015
Best Tourist AttractionSarasota Magazine, Best of Sarasota2015
Traveler's Choice AwardTripAdvisor2015
Image AwardFlorida Public Relations Association2016
Fellow of the World Award, Senior Scientist Dr. Kevan MainWorld Aquaculture Society2016
Second Place, Love Your Volunteers Photo ContestGulf Coast Community Foundation2016
Champion of Change for Sustainable Seafood, Senior Scientist Dr. Kevan MainThe White House2016
Parker/Gentry Award, Senior Scientist Dr. David VaughanThe Field Museum2017
Interactive Video Conferencing Professional Learning Network Content Provider Award, SeaTrek ProgramInternational Society for Technology in Education2017
Reader's Choice Award - Best Local Children's AttractionSarasota Herald-Tribune2017
Reader's Choice Award - Runner up for Best Local Tourist AttractionSarasota Herald-Tribune2017
Best Local Children's AttractionSRQ Magazine2017
Nonprofit of the Year, Environment & Animals CategoryTampa Bay Business Journal2017
Pinnacle Award, SeaTrek ProgramCenter for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC)2017
Flagler Award, Best of Show for tourism marketing budgets under $500,000VISIT FLORIDA2015
Judges’ Award, Special Events category for the Tropical Research Laboratory demolition eventFlorida Public Relations Association2016
Best of Category, Oceanic Evening Invitation PackageFlorida Print Awards2016
Pinnacle Award, SeaTrek ProgramCenter for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC)2016
Best Area AttractionSarasotaOUT Awards2017
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Business Income
Commercial General Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Computer Equipment and Software
Crime Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
Employee Benefits Liability
Fiduciary Liability
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Inland Marine and Mobile Equipment
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Property in Transit and Off Premises
Risk Management Provisions
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Water Craft and Aircraft
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 10
Strategic Plan Adopted Dec 2010
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization

Today, we are ready to embark in 2017 on our 62nd year as an organization dedicated to science-based conservation and supporting the sustainable use of our ocean resources. Since its creation, Mote has been dedicated to scientific research for the betterment of society and Mote 

Our vision for the future includes a revitalized research park at our main Sarasota campus as a place where nonprofit, educational and business partnerships focused on innovative science and technology will thrive. This park will promote innovation and economic diversity. At the same time, we remain invested in educating and supporting the next generation of ocean leaders- the next generation scientists and today’s students who will be tomorrow’s decision makers. We have many exciting plans for the coming decades.

In 2017, as we celebrate our 62nd year, we will also be remembering where we have been and honoring those who have helped us get here. Mote was built on three principles — the passion for research held by our founding director, Dr. Eugenie Clark, partnership with the community who joined us in many of our efforts and, importantly, the philanthropic support provided first by Ann and William Vanderbilt and, later, by William R. Mote and so many others over the years.

We hope you share our passion for the future and will join with us as we look ahead to the next six decades.


Michael P. Crosby, Ph.D., FLS

President & CEO 

Other Documents
Board Chair
Board Chair Robert E. Essner
Company Affiliation Retired
Board Term May 2017 to May 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Arthur Armitage Retired
Gene Beckstein Retired
Mickey Callanen Retired
Paul Carreiro Infor
Robert E. Carter Carter
Ronald D. Ciaravella Dolphin Aviation
Scott Collins Fiduciary Wealth Advisors
Dr. Michael P. Crosby Mote Marine Laboratory President
Lt. Gen. Howard G. Crowell Retired
Maurice Cunniffe Retired
John Dart Adams & Reese
Frederick M. Derr P.E.Frederick Derr & Co., Inc.
Richard O. Donegan Retired
Dean Eisner Retired
James D. Ericson Northwest Mutual
Robert Essner Retired
Susan C. Gilmore Community Volunteer
Judy Graham Graham Interiors
Penelope Kingman Community Volunteer
Trudo Letschert Self-Employed
Kirk Malcolm Retired
Elizabeth Moore Community Volunteer
G. Lowe Morrison Sabal Trust Company
Nigel Mould Community Volunteer
Mr. Randall Ridenour Morgan Stanley
Alan Rose Community Volunteer
Howard Sam Seider Jr., M.D.Retired
Jeanie Stevenson Community Volunteer
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 28
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 23
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Governance
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $16,000,000.00
Projected Expenses $15,951,404.00
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $15,000,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose Oceans of Opportunity raised funds to strengthen our annual research operations, grow our endowment and build a new laboratory space in the Florida Keys, the Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research and Restoration (IC2R3).
Campaign Goal $50,000,000.00
Campaign Dates 0 to July 2016
Amount Raised To Date 52000000 as of Apr 2017
Historical Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$5,635,674$4,254,971$3,591,480
Individual Contributions$1,842,388$8,745,779$2,863,407
Investment Income, Net of Losses($606,523)($231,104)$704,773
Membership Dues$702,718$866,191$888,032
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$93,140$931,939$718,725
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$13,512,721$17,507,026$17,504,132
Administration Expense$1,821,042$2,337,905$2,153,545
Fundraising Expense$1,070,392$1,801,359$1,618,797
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.861.190.95
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%81%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue14%14%25%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$51,490,761$52,856,042$50,103,916
Current Assets$12,440,899$14,049,728$9,366,603
Long-Term Liabilities$15,103,303$7,387,017$8,595,375
Current Liabilities$2,249,220$9,108,634$9,205,625
Total Net Assets$34,138,238$36,360,391$32,302,916
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Unspecified $2,936,917Program Service Revenue $11,135,983Admission Fees $3,211,437
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $1,842,388Contributions, gifts, grants $8,745,779Contributions, gifts, grants $2,863,407
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - State $1,776,706Government Grants - State $2,760,388Government Grants - State $2,344,106
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $200,001 - Plus
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.531.541.02
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets29%14%17%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

Throughout its history, Mote has helped to protect and save endangered species and their habitats, solve emerging marine-related challenges, provide expert data and analysis to policy makers, and educate scores of children, youth, and adults.

Mote enjoys robust public and private support derived from local, state and federal agencies (approximately 55-60% of the annual operating budget), private philanthropy (30-35% of budget) and earned revenue (approximately 10% of budget). Overhead costs are kept low, with only 11% of Mote’s budget earmarked for administrative costs and 7% for fundraising. Private philanthropic investment required to support Mote’s general operating budget for FY17 was $2.6M.

While the list of individuals, foundations, corporations and government entities that provide unrestricted and program support to Mote is too long to enumerate here, a few key supporters include the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, Microsoft, Carol and Barney Barnett, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, the National Science Foundation and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. In addition, Mote enjoys 100% Trustee giving including several individual commitments of $1M or more in support of Mote’s recent Oceans of Opportunity campaign, which raised nearly $52 million. A full list of philanthropic funders above $5,000 is included in Mote’s Annual Report.
Financial Comments by Foundation
Reporting period changed from Jan 1 - Dec 31 to Oct 1 - Sep 30.
Financial information was taken from the audited consolidated financial statements for Mote Marine Laboratory, Inc and subsidiaries.  Federal tax returns and audited financial statements reconcile.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.  The value of non-cash contributions were included in revenue.
Nonprofit Mote Marine Laboratory
Address 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone 941 388-4441

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