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 Lowe Morrison
Board Chair Affiliation Sabal Trust Company
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 2016
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 2014, Mote conducted hundreds of studies on issues critical to ocean health that also supported Southwest Florida’s economy.

· Research Results: Mote scientists published numerous papers in leading peer-reviewed journals; published books  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 and other partnerships within Southwest Florida.

· Science Education: 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 hosted a record 209 high school and college interns. The Aquarium at Mote welcomed nearly 350,000 visitors and we opened our third temporary exhibit called Oh Baby! showcasing animal life cycles and husbandry research at Mote.

· Economic Impact: Our organization and its operations have an economic impact of $69.5 million to our area, supporting key elements like the technology sector and ecotourism. Mote’s sturgeon and caviar operations were commercialized by Healthy Earth Sarasota in November of 2014.

· Community Engagement: Approximately 1,685 Mote volunteers worked 210,000 hours. Their help amounted to millions of dollars worth of in-kind support to the organization.

2015 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.

· Conduct exceptional research of sound quality with the potential to make significant differences for our environment, economy, worldwide collaboration and animal and human health.

· Continue our mission to create an educated, empowered society by expanding learning opportunities for students and adults.


Needs Statement


This year, Mote Marine Laboratory announced it’s first-ever, multi-year, comprehensive fundraising effort - Oceans of Opportunity: the Campaign for Mote Marine Laboratory.  This campaign, which commenced in 2015 on Mote’s 60th anniversary, will raise $50 million in order to fulfill the goals of our 2020 Vision and Strategic Plan and ensure Mote Marine Laboratory’s long-term sustainability for future generations. 

As an independent, nonprofit, marine science organization, Mote must rely on the generosity from 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 its greatest strengths allowing for its ability to define its own agenda for research based on our communities’ needs and our scientists’ expertise. Oceans of Opportunity will help provide the financial foundation it needs to continue this work for many years to come.  

The organization’s many accomplishments would not have been possible without this support.  Philanthropy has built the foundation for Mote and continues to provide it with the edge that keeps the organization competitive and able to achieve significant results with authority and flexibility.


Background Statement


Mote was founded as a one-room laboratory by a remarkable pioneer, Dr. Eugenie Clark 60 years ago.  From these humble beginnings, 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, Boca Grande and Summerland Key in the Florida Keys.


Originally focused 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 is a leader in marine science and conservation around the world. Our staff recognizes the importance of creating and supporting an educated public. To that end, Mote conducts extensive public outreach with an entire Education Department that reaches tens of thousands of people annually and operates a public aquarium that serves nearly 400,000 visitors each year. Mote is one of the few organizations in the world that combines marine research with public outreach through its 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 generous philanthropic investments of individual donors and foundations. Despite Mote’s many accomplishments over the last 60 years, we know there is much more to be done.  Our researchers, aquarists, and educators are committed to an ambitious agenda to understand, protect and conservation our most precious natural resources.


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

I am both humbled and honored to serve as President & CEO of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, a 60-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 2014, we added three 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 continue to celebrate our 60th Anniversary, 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. I look forward to another 60 years and thank everyone that has joined us in our mission.


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 $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.

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 Yes
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 Lowe Morrison
Company Affiliation Sabal Trust Company
Board Term Apr 2015 to Apr 2017
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
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
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 28
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 22
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 76
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.
Campaign Goal $50,000,000.00
Campaign Dates 0 to Dec 2015
Amount Raised To Date 33200000 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 Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$3,591,480$7,464,608$4,216,380
Individual Contributions$2,863,407$2,534,104$5,179,547
Investment Income, Net of Losses$704,773$2,613$754,954
Membership Dues$888,032$901,028$838,570
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$718,725$248,843$454,138
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$17,504,132$18,038,751$17,444,395
Administration Expense$2,153,545$1,848,121$2,100,825
Fundraising Expense$1,618,797$1,652,346$1,600,770
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.951.130.91
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%84%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue25%12%17%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$50,103,916$48,638,047$47,100,926
Current Assets$9,366,603$9,168,949$4,488,375
Long-Term Liabilities$8,595,375$5,899,263$5,157,744
Current Liabilities$9,205,625$9,346,166$10,234,009
Total Net Assets$32,302,916$33,392,618$30,464,763
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountAdmission Fees $3,211,437Government Grants - Unspecified $3,854,530Contributions, gifts, grants $5,179,547
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $2,863,407Admission Fees $3,119,433Admission Fees $2,890,633
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - State $2,344,106Contributions, gifts, grants $2,534,104Government Grants - Federal $2,447,627
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $200,001 - Plus
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.020.980.44
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets17%12%11%
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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