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
Board Chair Gene Beckstein
Board Chair Affiliation retired
General Info
Organization DBA
Supported Organization
Former Names
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 2015
State Registration 0
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $21,000,000.00
Projected Expenses $21,000,000.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement

In 2013, Mote conducted hundreds of studies on issues critical to ocean health that also supported Southwest Florida’s economy.
·  Research Results: Mote scientists published 63 papers in leading peer-reviewed journals; published books and book chapters related to their research topics and were featured in thousands of stories in popular media.
·  Partnerships: We expanded international efforts through the International Marine Conservation Consortium and the Mote-Israel Cooperative Marine Research Program and other partnerships. We also expanded partnerships within Southwest Florida.
·  Ocean Literacy: Mote programs reached nearly 30,000 children and adults; our Mote Mobile and other traveling exhibits reached more than 1 million people nationally and internationally. We expanded our programs in Charlotte County, reaching more than 6,000 participants. We hosted 30 high school interns and a record 180 college interns. The Aquarium at Mote welcomed 345,000 visitors and we hosted our second-limited engagement exhibit with the goal of offering new reasons for return guests to continue to learn about our ocean environment.
·  Community Engagement: 1,325 Mote volunteers worked 251,769 hours, sharing their time and expertise as Aquarium docents, behind-the-scenes contributors and laboratory research assistants. Their help amounted to $5.5 million worth of in-kind support to the organization!

2014 Goals
·  Increase Mote’s ability to have a positive worldwide impact on ocean health and the sustainability of our natural resources through expansion of international partnerships and raising additional funds through grants and donations to our annual fund and endowment.
·  Continue to attract and retain the best and brightest scientific minds to our community through focused training and recruitment, including the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program created in 2012.
·  Continue our mission to create an ocean-literate society by expanding learning opportunities for students and adults.
Needs Statement

Mote’s long history of success has been empowered by strong support from the local community. Throughout Mote’s history, generous donors have played a major role in providing much-needed support, especially for infrastructure. We are now facing the significant — but not uncommon — challenge faced by all successful research institutions: succession planning for the next generation of scientists to continue and expand upon a highly productive and respected research enterprise.

As an independent, nonprofit, mission-based organization, Mote’s greatest strength has been its ability to define its own agenda and research based on our communities’ needs and our scientists’ expertise. A main challenge is the necessity to raise funds for even basic operations. In a university or governmental setting, such funds would be available through legislative appropriations or educational revenue.

For Mote to remain a strong and independent nonprofit organization able to fulfill its mission, it is imperative to build a robust endowment of at least $30 million by 2020. Mote must also secure philanthropic funding for targeted programs, research and capital initiatives and aggressively pursue donations and grants from individuals, foundations and corporations.

Background Statement

From its humble beginnings in tiny shed in a small Florida town, Mote Marine Laboratory has expanded to include a 10.5-acre campus in Sarasota, Fla., with field stations and public exhibits in Key West and eastern Sarasota County, Charlotte Harbor and Summerland Key in the Florida Keys. 

Florida's extensive coastline and marine and estuarine environments have enabled Mote scientists to build a platform of marine research conducted in the nearshore environment. From the original focus on sharks, Mote research has expanded and today includes studies of aquaculture and fisheries, dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, coral reefs, coastal ecology and the study of natural and man-made environmental toxins.

Mote recognizes the importance of creating and supporting an ocean-literate public. To that end, Mote conducts extensive public outreach and operates a public aquarium that serves nearly 400,000 visitors a year. Mote is one of the few organizations in the world that combines marine research with public outreach through a full-fledged aquarium.

Mote Marine Laboratory is also one of the world’s few remaining independent marine research laboratories and, as a nonprofit organization, is funded through federal, state and local grants and through the generosity of individual donors and foundations. Over the last five decades, the world has learned many things about its oceans. One lesson has remained constant: There is still much to discover.

Mote is committed to today’s research for tomorrow’s oceans.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Charlotte
FL- Sarasota
FL- Hardee
FL- Manatee
FL- DeSoto
FL- Hillsborough
FL- Lee
State Wide
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Environment
Secondary Org Type Animal Related
Tertiary Org Type Science & Technology
Mote Marine, aquarium, marine science, environment, laboratory, research, cancer, early childhood education, education, aquaculture, coral reef, sustainable seafood, fish, dolphin, manatee, red tide, human health, sharks, biomedical, caviar
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

When wild marine mammals and sea turtles get sick or hurt, Mote is there to help. We provide 24-hour first-responder services to these threatened and endangered species. Our Stranding team responds to more than 300 calls a year.

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.

Our work supports wild populations in Southwest Florida. But we go beyond saving individuals. The information we gain supports species conservation worldwide as we share our veterinary and biologic experience through the management, scientific and animal medical communities.

Mote’s team also recovers deceased animals for detailed post-mortem examination. This is a critical factor to understanding long-term mortality trends, especially as it relates to emerging diseases or human-related activities. Such research data are crucial to the management and conservation of wild species.
Budget $300,000
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.


Almost as soon as Mote opened its doors, people were clamoring to find out what Dr. Eugenie Clark was doing and to join her in her endeavors. Some were already scientists; others were just starting careers. The Lab became an important place to learn their trade. In scientific research, a key career development step is post-doctoral experience. These ‘first jobs’ allow post-doctoral fellows to partner with seasoned researchers who help guide the development professional skills. Post-docs — and the 21st Century vision they bring to science — are critical for true innovation that changes the way we understand and are able to impact the world. 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. In 2012, two fellowships were awarded and in 2013, a third post was awarded. Full implementation of the program will take place in 2014.

Budget $500,000
Category Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified US& International
Short Term Success

In 2012 and 2013, Mote successfully funded and hired its first three Post-Doctoral Fellows. The first Fellows, hired in 2012, have established unique research programs related to coral reefs and the sensory biology of marine animals — both important areas for marine conservation. The third Fellow, who began work at Mote in the latter half of 2013, is planning for research projects that involve food safety improvements.

Long Term Success

Increased funding to support the activities of scientists, researchers, and eminent scholars will translate to new discoveries and breakthroughs in various sectors of marine research, and will ensure the long-term sustainability of Mote’s research enterprise, allowing Mote to improve the health of the oceans, enhance the world’s food supply and bolster the economy around the globe.

Program Success Monitoring

Measuring the success of the Fellows includes in the successful awards of grants related to their work and in the publication of their studies in peer-review scientific research journals.

Program Success Examples

Mote’s Fellows have received numerous grants, including prestigious National Science Foundation funding, and published a host of articles in peer-review journals, as well as written chapters in textbooks. Additionally, the fellows have made numerous presentations at national and international science symposiums and community forums.


Mote’s scientific research has a long-standing history of international reach and impact, beginning in the late 1950’s when Mote founding Director, Dr. Eugenie Clark, received a prestigious grant to take the shark research methods she developed at Mote to the Middle East. Since then, Mote has experienced tremendous growth both locally and internationally. Today, Mote researchers conduct studies on six of the world’s seven continents and the Lab is recognized as an international leader.

The core of Mote’s Strategic Plan is to significantly expand the Lab’s world-class marine science research and continue and expand our ability to deliver results focused on the responsible and sustainable use of our marine research for local, regional, national and international communities. To this end, Mote is seeking to establish the Center for Marine Science Diplomacy.
Budget $300,000
Category Science & Technology, General/Other Biological & Life Sciences
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served International US& International
Short Term Success

Mote has already implemented two multi-national programs. The first is the Red Sea Marine Peace Park Cooperative Research, Monitoring and Management Program, a joint undertaking between the government of Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan that fosters trans-boundary cooperation, leading to greater conservation of the coral reef ecosystems. Mote CEO, Dr. Michael P. Crosby, was instrumental in brokering the agreement between the nations and Mote has an MOU with both countries to assist the Program in achieving its goals. The second is the Tri-National Partnership among the U.S., Mexico and Cuba. Marine species do not recognize international borders and instead swim freely throughout the waters of the Caribbean. The goal of this partnership is to monitor species by collaborating with colleagues across borders to develop uniformity among datasets, thereby improving overall species management.

Long Term Success

The overall goal of the Center for Marine Science Diplomacy is to help improve communication and research programs among scientists from diverse countries — especially those that share ocean resources — to increase outreach and educational programs and facilitate joint data collection in order to improve management decisions. Mote is one of the few marine research organizations in the world focused on international marine science diplomacy. Mote scientists have experience navigating cultural sensitivities and developing innovative, multi-party solutions to some of the most complex and threatening environmental problems. This new Center will create a paradigm shift and forever alter the way marine science is conducted around the world.

Program Success Monitoring

Program success is measured by the improvement in the conservation and sustainable use of shared marine resources for the betterment of all.

Program Success Examples

Mote has hosted and participated in various collaborative meetings with colleagues in the Caribbean nations and in the Middle East.

Description Mote has had a long relationship with Isreali scientists beginning with Mote’s Founding Director, famous “Shark Lady” Dr. Eugenie Clark. She conducted early research with colleagues in the Red Sea in the 1950s. Mote’s current President and CEO, Dr. Michael P. Crosby, has led U.S., Israeli and Jordanian partners in the Red Sea Marine Peace Park Cooperative Research, Monitoring and Management Program, an effort to protect the corals that support thousands of species in the Gulf of Aqaba. In 2011, Mote formalized our Israeli research partnerships through the Mote-Israel Cooperative Marine Research Program, which focuses on issues that affect our environment here and in Israel — including ocean acidification and the need to rebuild depleted wild fish populations.
Budget $300,000
Category Environment, General/Other Marine Conservation
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served US& International US
Short Term Success

In 2012, six scientists from Mote Marine Laboratory traveled to Israel and one scientist from Israel traveled to Sarasota to lay the foundation for research collaborations related to coral reefs and fisheries enhancement (fish stocking and aquaculture programs). By the end of 2013, Mote scientists had traveled several times to Israel and Israeli scientists joined us to conduct research from our Florida Keys Tropical Marine Research Laboratory.

Long Term Success

This program began in 2012. Long-term success will be measured as ongoing and robust scientific research that provides new knowledge critical to our marine habitats and animals and improved conservation of these environments in the U.S. and abroad — in Israel and beyond.

Program Success Monitoring

The number of successful meetings/collaborations between Mote and Israeli scientists and, ultimately, funded scientific research programs that lead to long-term improvements in marine conservation.

Program Success Examples

In 2012, we laid the groundwork for new and exciting research partnerships and by the end of 2013, Mote had co-hosted the 1st International Workshop on Impacts of Ocean Acidification and Climate Change on Corals and Coral Reefs with the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences (IUI) in Eilat, Israel. Taking place in Eilat, the workshop brought together participants from Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, the U.K. and the U.S. to focus on threats facing coral reefs.

During the workshop, in a first-of-its-kind study, participants conducted lab and field experiments with corals and associated life forms from the Red Sea to study how ocean acidification and climate change affect them.

Description 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 that help them discover the beauty of the underwater world and the importance of conserving our aquatic treasures. Mote encourages life-long learning by using the methods and findings of Mote’s world-class, cutting-edge research programs to increase science and ocean literacy in our audiences, and to inspire global marine and environmental stewardship through informed personal choices.
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

We will implement programs that help to foster ocean literacy among the public, including students in underserved communities. Programs will include specific measures for success.

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 is in the midst of a pilot program undertaken through 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.

Program Comments by Organization
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Michael P. Crosby
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. Dena Smith Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Administration
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 159
Part Time Staff 32
Staff Retention Rate % 85
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 7
Volunteers 1325
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Education Collaboration examples:
University of South Florida
Ed Explore SRQ
Booker High School
Willis Elementary School
Kinnan Elementary School
Boys and Girls Club of Manatee and Sarasota counties
Girls, Inc.
Florida Marine Science Educators
Science and Environment Council of Sarasota
Sarasota Bay Watch
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
Florida Sea Grant
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution
Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute
The Nature Conservancy’s Florida Keys and Marine Conservation
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Center for Coastal
Fisheries/Habitat Research (Beaufort, NC)
Sarasota Bay Estuary Program
Scripps Institution of Oceanography (La Jolla, CA)
Solutions To Avoid Red Tide (Longboat Key, FL)
Southwest Florida Water Management District (Brooksville, FL)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (Washington, DC)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Washington, DC)
U.S. Marine Mammal Commission (Bethesda, MD)
University of Florida, Whitney Marine Lab (St. Augustine, FL)
University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric
Sciences (RSMAS) (Miami, FL)
University of South Florida (Tampa, FL)
University of South Florida, College of Marine Science, Center for
Ocean Technology
Wildlife Trust (Palisades, NY; Prospect Park, PA; Sarasota, FL)
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Woods Hole, MA)
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
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 10
Strategic Plan Adopted Dec 2010
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Management Comments by Organization

Spurred by the economic recession, Sarasota County’s Economic Development Corporation in 2009 developed a strategic plan to help guide the county in the development of a more robust and agile economy.

At the same time, Mote Marine Laboratory was also looking forward and considering our own research, education and outreach programs and making decisions about the future. We developed a 2020 Vision & Strategic Plan to guide our future growth for the coming decade and undertook several feasibility studies to help us determine a course for the highest possible degree of success in achieving our goals. This planning process took into account more than just the future of our organization; it also considered how best to increase the current $70 million positive impact we have on our community and beyond.

The Mote Strategic Plan we began implementing in 2011 articulated key priorities and milestones for the organization, including the need to increase the world-class research conducted at Mote; develop the next generation of scientific leaders; translate and transfer our technology for the betterment of society and continue our public service locally, statewide, nationally and internationally.

Today, we are ready to embark in 2015 on our historic 60th 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 scientists conduct research on each of the world’s seven continents. Yet if we are to maintain this dedication, we must grow — both our scientific staff and the facilities needed to support their research.

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 2015, as we celebrate our 60th 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 60 years.



Michael P. Crosby, Ph.D., FLS

President & CEO


Management Comments by Foundation
Board Chair
Board Chair Gene Beckstein
Company Affiliation retired
Board Term Apr 2013 to Apr 2015
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Arthur Armitage Retired
Gene Beckstein Retired
Mickey Callanen Retired
Paul Carreiro Infor
Robert E. Carter Of Council Philanthropy
Ronald D. Ciaravella Dolphin Aviation
Dr. Eugenie Clark Mote Marine Laboratory
Scott Collins Fiduciary Wealth Advisors
Dr. Michael P. Crosby Mote Marine Laboratory President
Lt. Gen. Howard G. Crowell Retired
John Dart Adams & Reese
Frederick M. Derr P.E.Frederick Derr & Co., Inc.
Richard O. Donegan Retired
Dr. Sylvia Earle National Geographic
Dean Eisner Retired
James D. Ericson Northwest Mutual
Robert Essner Pfizer
Susan C. Gilmore Community Volunteer
Judy Graham Graham Interiors
Edward H. Jennings Retired
Mary Lou Johnson Community Volunteer
Penelope Kingman Community Volunteer
Trudo Letschert Self-Employed
Kirk Malcolm Retired
G. Lowe Morrison Sabal Trust Company
Nigel Mould Community Volunteer
Alan Rose Community Volunteer
Howard Sam Seider Jr., M.D.Retired
Jeanie Stevenson Community Volunteer
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 26
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 20
Female 7
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 77
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions
Constituency Includes Client Representation
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Governance
Governance Comments by Organization
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2015
Fiscal Year Ends 2015
Projected Revenue $21,000,000.00
Projected Expenses $21,000,000.00
Endowment Value $15,000,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Policy %
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign Yes
Campaign Purpose Oceans of Opportunity, the Campaign for Mote Marine Laboratory will raise funds to strengthen our annual research operations, grow our endowment and build a new laboratory space in the Florida Keys. The campaign's overarching goals are to expand and grow our research programs, attract and retain the best and brightest minds in marine science and expand Mote's local and global impact.
Campaign Goal $50,000,000.00
Campaign Dates 0 to Dec 2015
Amount Raised To Date 32000000 as of Feb 2015
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
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 Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$7,464,608$4,216,380$5,244,431
Individual Contributions$2,534,104$5,179,547$1,858,075
Investment Income, Net of Losses$2,613$754,954$10,476
Membership Dues$901,028$838,570$704,851
Special Events$0$0$1,079,397
Revenue In-Kind$248,843$454,138$741,357
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$18,038,751$17,444,395$19,015,977
Administration Expense$1,848,121$2,100,825$1,809,285
Fundraising Expense$1,652,346$1,600,770$1,173,792
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.130.911.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%82%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue12%17%10%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$48,638,047$47,100,926$48,263,318
Current Assets$9,168,949$4,488,375$7,641,604
Long-Term Liabilities$5,899,263$5,157,744$13,225,304
Current Liabilities$9,346,166$10,234,009$1,403,700
Total Net Assets$33,392,618$30,464,763$33,634,314
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Unspecified $3,854,530Contributions, gifts, grants $5,179,547Research $8,543,100
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAdmission Fees $3,119,433Admission Fees $2,890,633Aquarium $3,830,021
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $2,534,104Government Grants - Federal $2,447,627Government Grants - Federal $3,492,213
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $200,001 - Plus
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.980.445.44
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets12%11%27%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Financial Comments by Foundation 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
Primary Phone 941 388-4441

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