Skip to content

Marine Conservation Institute is a Classy Awards Finalist, one of the 100 most innovative nonprofits and social enterprises of 2016! This is the largest social impact awards ceremony of its kind and we couldn’t be more excited to share the Global Ocean Refuge System initiative with the global community as an innovative tool to safeguard our oceans. We’re honored by this recognition and unique opportunity to spread awareness of our mission: saving wild ocean places, for us and future generations!

“The Classy Awards team spends a year extensively researching social innovations from around the world. We’ve been fortunate to discover some incredible organizations over the past few years, but this year’s pool of nominees is one of the strongest we’ve ever seen! We’re honored to play a role in convening leaders throughout the sector to recognize their efforts.” – Pat Walsh, Co-Founder and CIO of

So what’s next? Becoming a Classy Awards Finalist means we’ll be traveling to Boston this June 14-16 for the Collaborative + Classy Awards, the largest social innovation event of the year! We’ll have the opportunity to meet and mingle with some amazing folks, like leaders from the United Nations Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Echoing Green, charity: water and many more. The event ends with the Classy Awards, where the 10 Winners are announced live on stage in a surprise celebration.

To find out more about the Global Ocean Refuge System.