The Bay Institute & Aquarium of the Bay Special Report Including 2011 Financials
Leveraging science to protect and restore the Bay-Delta for 30 Years
Inspiring stewardship and conservation for 15 years
Partners in one mission The Bay Institute and Aquarium of the Bay protect, restore, and inspire conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed, from the Sierra to the sea as a fully merged, single-minded organization with sharply focused programs and a joint mission.
In 2011, your gift to us was felt across the entire Bay-Delta. Our accomplishments included:
2011 accomplishments Marsh restoration project groundbreaking at Cullinan Ranch Passage of AB 376, a state law that bans the sale of shark fins Free marine education programs in San Francisco Public Library branches Expansion of marine education programs for children with special needs Continued protection for delta smelt, Chinook salmon and steelhead Increased flows in the San Joaquin River Thirty-three Bay Area restaurants serving only sustainable seafood
Dear Friends, In 2011 we celebrated a double anniversary: For thirty and fifteen years, respectively, The Bay Institute and Aquarium of the Bay have been powerful forces behind improving the health of San Francisco Bay and its watershed. In this anniversary year—realizing the unparalleled growth potential made possible by our merger—the Board of Directors of both institutions concentrated on combining our strengths and assets into one powerful, united voice for the Bay-Delta. Drawing on our traditional values and innovative vision, the Board’s efforts have led to a true joining together of our organizations, supported by a new leadership structure brimming with vitality. On the financial side, we re-launched our annual fundraising event as the San Francisco Bay Gala, which was held at the beautifully restored Maritime Museum. As evidence of the strengthening of our overall development program, this year’s event was a huge success and sets the pace for years to come.
“The Bay-Delta is a world-class ecological treasure that is critical to our economy, well-being and quality of life.” As we enter this new era, our Board’s commitments are twofold: ongoing strategic leadership towards a lean organization that manages costs without diluting mission-focused operations and raising additional funds to move us to the next level. The Bay-Delta is a world-class ecological treasure that is critical to our economy, well-being and quality of life. We look forward to your continued support in helping us create a positive legacy for this precious resource.
Steven N. Machtinger Chairman of the Board
The Bay Institute Journey through the years
1980 1981: Bill Davoren and fellow activists found The Bay Institute.
1984: The Bay Institute publicizes dead and deformed wildlife at Kesterson Wildlife Refuge caused by seleniumladen runoff from the uncompleted San Luis Drain.
Dear Supporters, The Bay Institute and Aquarium of the Bay are well positioned in our joint role as a catalyst for conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed. For 30 years, The Bay Institute has leveraged its scientific acumen and environmental expertise to inspire California policy makers to do the right thing for the Bay-Delta. And for 15 years, guests to the Aquarium of the Bay take with them a sense of wonder, respect and personal responsibility for making the Bay-Delta a healthier habitat for us all. During the past year, we drew on our strengths, streamlined our operations, invested in new programs, and developed a strategic plan to exponentially increase our positive impact on the Bay’s ecology. That work is already paying off with successes in many areas, including tidal marsh restoration, fresh water flows in the Delta, a state law banning the sale of shark fins, more restaurants joining the sustainable seafood movement, expansion of our education programs, and much more. As we move forward, we must continue to keep our programs aligned with our mission while building new partnerships with leaders from industry, foundations, government and the community—partnerships that will enable us to take the next step in transforming our passion and vision into reality. We hope you will join us in this quest to make a healthy Bay-Delta our legacy to future generations.
John Frawley President & CEO
1985: In partnership with UC Berkeley, The Bay Institute began cosponsoring annual state-of-theart conferences on the problem of selenium and agricultural drainage in the Central Valley.
1986: The Bay Institute convenes Managing Inflows to California’s Bays & Estuaries, a pioneering conference focused on freshwater flow restoration.
1987: The Bay Institute issues the Citizen’s Report on the Diked Historic Baylands of San Francisco Bay to encourage protection of the Bay’s remaining wetlands.
Awardees The Carla Bard Bay Education Award
environmental issues affecting the Bay-Delta Estuary
2011 Awardee: David Loeb, publisher and co-founder
and its tributary waterways. The award is named for
of Bay Nature magazine and Executive Director of
Harold Gilliam, the author of numerous books and
the Bay Nature Institute in Berkeley in recognition of
former columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle.
his leadership role in focusing public attention on the Bay’s beauty and its perils.
Bay Hero Award Celebrating The Bay Institute’s 30th anniversary
The oldest of our three annual awards, The Carla
and Aquarium of the Bay’s 15th anniversary, we re-
Bard Bay Education Award—which was named
launched our annual fundraising event as the San
for the late Carla Bard, a champion of clean water,
Francisco Bay Gala at the newly restored Maritime
wetlands preservation and wild rivers who chaired
Museum, a festive waterfront event that brought
the State Water Resources Control Board and served
together 400 environmental leaders and supporters,
on The Bay Institute’s Board of Directors—was
and raised $250,000 to support our programs.
created in 1992 to honor those who have significantly increased the public’s understanding of and concern
Keeping with the tradition of paying special tribute
for the Bay-Delta.
to community members who have done exemplary work protecting San Francisco Bay and its watershed,
The Harold Gilliam Award for Excellence In Environmental Reporting…from the Sierra to the Sea
we presented three awards to leading Bay Area
2011 Awardee: Carolyn Jones, Environmental
2011 Awardee: Citizens Committee to Complete the
Reporter, with the San Francisco Chronicle in
Refuge, Florence and Philip LaRiviere, Co-Chairs in
recognition for her thought-provoking newspaper
recognition of their efforts to save the Bay’s remaining
articles about the plight of the Bay’s freshwater
wetlands and to foster worldwide education regarding
flows and decimated wetlands.
the value of all wetlands.
The Bay Institute created the Harold Gilliam Award
Newly created in 2011, the Bay Hero Award honors
for Excellence in Environmental Reporting…
those who have taken extraordinary action to protect
from the Sierra to the Sea in 1999 to recognize
the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary.
environmentalists at the 2011 gala.
knowledgeable and skilled reporting on complex
1988: The Bay Institute completes the environmental community’s most extensive case for restoring freshwater flows to the Bay.
1988: In conjunction with The Natural Resources Defense Council and other groups, The Bay Institute sues the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to force releases from the Friant Dam to the dewatered San Joaquin River.
1989: The Bay Institute publishes the first issue of Bay on Trial newsletter.
1990: Discovers selenium in water samples from the California Aqueduct and the Delta-Mendota Canal.
Leadership * The Bay Institute Board of Directors
The Bay Institute Executive Leadership
Steven N. Machtinger, Chair
John Frawley, President & CEO
Nancy Carlson, First Vice Chair
Bobbi Evans, Chief Financial Officer
Nancy Werner, Second Vice Chair
Sheryl Barbic, Development Director
Morgan Tarr, Treasurer
Gary Bobker, Rivers and Delta Program Director
Carol K. Lind, Past Chair
Marc Holmes, Bay Restoration Program Director
Cyril Manning, Marketing & Communications
David Tauscheck, Finance Director
Harrison “Hap” Dunning Robert J. Erickson
Aquarium of the Bay Executive Leadership
John Frawley, President & CEO
Bobbi Evans, Chief Financial Officer
Carrie Chen, Director of Education & Conservation
Chris Connors, Director of Operations
Jennie Leichtling, Director of Development Chris Low, Director of Facilities & Life Support
The Bay Institute Aquarium Foundation Board of Directors
Steven N. Machtinger, Chair Harvey Glasser, MD Carol K. Lind Morgan Tarr
Cyril Manning, Marketing & Communications Christina J. Slager, Director of Animal Care & Aquatic Exhibits Cathy Tolentino, Director of Sales
*As of November 2011
1991: The Bay Institute co-founds Share the Water, a coalition that successfully lobbied for the passage of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, the first environmental reform of federal water projects in the West.
1993: The Bay Institute wins stronger operational protections for the endangered winter-run Chinook salmon.
1993: The Shrimp Project completes its first restoration at the Martin Ranch in Petaluma, and wins the Grand Prize in Anheuser Busch’s national environmental awards program.
1993: The Bay Institute wins stronger protections for the delta smelt from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Bay Restoration Program
One Battle Won, More to Come Thanks in part to a report published 24 years ago by
of decision makers, construction will be completed
The Bay Institute, San Pablo Bay National Wildlife
next year, enabling the ancient marshes to gradually
Refuge broke ground last year to restore 1,500
acres of tidal marshes at Cullinan Ranch, one of the first tidal marshes in the Napa River estuary to
The Bay Institute began this restoration battle with
be drained for farmland in the 19th century. In line
its Citizens Report on the Diked Historic Baylands
with our continuous efforts to keep this issue in front
of San Francisco, sounding the alarm for Cullinan
1993: The Bay Institute issues Death in the Ponds, the first major report on the Tulare pond contamination.
1994: The Bay Institute negotiates and signs the Bay-Delta Accord, a statefederal agreement on the first new water quality standards in 17 years.
1995 1995: The Bay Institute wins the San Francisco Foundationâ€™s Helen Crocker Russell Award.
1995: The Bay Institute helps negotiate an agreement between the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and westside growers to dramatically reduce discharges of selenium-tainted drainwater.
Marc Holmes Director Bay Restoration Program
For the past 25 years, Marc Holmes Ranch and other restorable wetland sites threatened by
has worked to promote restoration
development. Along with other environmental organizations,
of San Francisco Bay wetlands. One
we encouraged then Congresswoman Barbara Boxer to add
of the Bayâ€™s leading champions of
Cullinan Ranch to the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife
wetlands restoration, Marc actively
Refuge, an unprecedented request that would require almost
works to educate policymakers
$8 million from Congress to buy out the property owner.
about the key issues, including how
Although the purchase was completed in 1990, it took an
marsh restoration will provide a
additional 21 years of concerted efforts before ground was
green infrastructure to ward off the
impacts of sea level rise.
Other large sites in the North and South Bay have also been
Before joining The Bay Institute
acquired for restoration projects, and The Bay Institute is
13 years ago, Mark served as
redoubling our efforts to reach the goal of restoring 100,000
California State Senate appointee
acres of wetlands. A recent focus of our work is educating
to the CalFed Bay-Delta Authority,
government decision-makers about wetlands restoration as
was a United States delegate to the
the most cost-effective way to protect valuable shoreline
Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
structures from accelerated sea level rise caused by global
of International Importance, and
warming. Creating this green infrastructure will not only
represented the U.S. Information
restore habitat at the sites for fish, migratory waterfowl and
Agency as part of a cultural
shorebirds, but will literally and metaphorically help turn the
tide on sea level rise
wetland protection in Brazil.
1995: The Bay Institute devotes resources arguing most extensive case for an innovative and aggressive approach to environmental protection and planning.
1996: Helps draft and win passage of Proposition 204, which includes $543 million for Bay-Delta ecosystem restorations.
1996: The Bay Institute helps negotiate the San Joaquin River Agreement.
1996: Aquarium of the Bay opens as Underwater World.
Rivers and Delta Program
Headwaters of the San Joaquin River
Shaping the Future of the Bay-Delta Our Rivers and Delta Program focuses on returning
a dramatic increase in flows from the San Joaquin
fresh water to our rivers and streams, improving
River basin to the Delta before the State Water
water policies and protecting endangered species.
Resources Control Boardâ€”which is in the first phase
Undaunted by special interest groups that invest vast
of updating the current set of Bay-Delta standards.
resources in maintaining the status quo, our policy experts and advocates continue to make the case for
While we won the initial battle to get the San Joaquin
sensible, science-based solutions.
River flowing again, ensuring those agreements are kept and improving the way that California manages
One of our most important efforts in the past year
our stateâ€™s water remain an uphill battle. To defend
has been making the scientific and policy case for
recent gains, we worked with our litigation team
1997: The Bay Institute and other groups successfully sue the California Fish and Game Commission to list the spring run Chinook salmon as an endangered species.
1998: The Bay Institute publishes From the Sierra to the Sea: The Ecological History of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Watershed.
1998: The Bay Institute and 18 other conservation groups issue the Blueprint for an Environmentally and Economically Sound CALFED Water Supply Reliability Program.
1998: The Bay Institute launches STRAW (Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed) Project.
and negotiation partners to defend federal Endangered Species Act protections for delta smelt, Chinook salmon and steelhead from legal attacks by Delta export contractors. We were also active in repelling efforts by anti-environmental extremists in Congress to roll back laws that protect the BayDelta ecosystem, to repeal our historic agreement to restore the San Joaquin River, and to override state environmental requirements.
Gary Bobker Director, Rivers and Delta Program Leveraging
We led efforts to shape state and federal efforts to develop the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, a proposed long-term
Bay Institute’s cutting edge science to convince state decision makers to take action to protect the Bay-Delta, Gary
solution for the environmental and water supply problems
Bobker is one of California’s most
of the Delta. The Bay Institute’s work was instrumental in
influential experts on environmental
exposing the flawed analysis behind the draft Plan’s proposed
protections and water use.
increases in Delta water exports—findings that helped mobilized agency and public reaction to the draft plan, and were confirmed by numerous independent scientific reviews. Our input was also a key component in identifying how flow,
Since joining The Bay Institute in 1992, Gary Bobker has helped negotiate many landmark environmental agreements, from the Bay-Delta Accord to the San
habitat improvements, and conservation programs focused
Joaquin River restoration settlement.
on reducing reliance on the Delta can form the basis of a
He previously worked as West Coast
more enduring solution.
staff director for the National Toxics Campaign, Northern California staff
The Bay Institute played a major role in producing the first State of the Bay Report, a comprehensive review of the Bay’s ecological health and management status sponsored
director for the California Natural Resources Federation, and pollution prevention research analyst for the Citizen Action Coalition. He has chaired
by a consortium of state, federal and local agencies. This
new report, inspired by and based in large part on our
pioneering Ecological Scorecard Project, recognized progress
Coordinator for the Environmental
in restoring tidal wetland habitat and reversing water quality
Water Caucus, and has been a member
degradation. It also confirmed that half of the runoff in the Bay’s watershed is diverted before it reaches the Bay
1998: The Bay Institute and other groups win the biggest citizen-suit pollution cleanup settlement in the Bay’s history when Exxon and Unocal agree to pay $4.8 million to restore fisheries, habitat and water quality.
2000: The Bay Institute’s technical and policy work wins strong ecosystem restoration and water use efficiency programs in the CALFED final decision.
of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Estuary Institute.
2000: The Bay Institute, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and California State Coastal Conservancy debut the San Pablo Bay Watershed Restoration Program.
Saving the bay for future generations
Raising the Bar for Marine Conservation Situated right on San Francisco Bay and home to more than 20,000 local marine animals—including
Our Conservation Efforts By The Numbers
20 species that are threatened with extinction— Aquarium of the Bay holds an unrivaled position as a catalyst for conservation of the Bay and its watershed. The Aquarium offers visitors powerful personal
105 lbs messages supporting CA shark fin ban AB 376
pounds of invasive kelp removed from the bay
local restaurants pledging to serve only sustainable seafood
experiences that strongly connect them with the Bay, influencing them to take responsibility for the Bay as
finning legislation. As part of our exhibit No Fins, No
a resource of global significance. Moreover, with 75
Future, we inspired 14,099 Aquarium visitors to sign
cents of every dollar of revenue directly supporting
postcards supporting this monumental legislation.
environmental endeavors of The Bay Institute and Aquarium, the Aquarium provides a strong source of
Another indication of our influence can be seen in
funding necessary for achieving our mission.
the Bay Area restaurant community. As a founding member of the San Francisco Seafood Watch
Perhaps one of the greatest testimonies to our
Alliance, we provide local support for Monterey
positive impact on visitors is the passing of AB 376,
Bay Aquarium’s efforts to influence restaurateurs to
a state law that bans the possession, sale, trade and
serve only sustainable seafood. To date, more than
distribution of shark fins in California. As many as 73
30 restaurants across the Bay Area take part in this
million sharks are killed annually, primarily for their
program. We also offer visitor programs and cards
fins, which are used to make shark fin soup. Once
providing information on how to take personal
the fins are cut off, the still-living shark is thrown
action to support the sustainable seafood movement.
back into the ocean to die. Population declines of up to 90 percent have been documented in many shark
As a leader in the local environmental movement,
species. Already recognized as a research advocate
we partner with other organizations on marine
for local sevengill and angel sharks, Aquarium of
conservation projects. In January 2011, our Animal
the Bay was an active proponent of the anti-shark
Care department began working with the Smithsonian
2001: STRAW receives the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for outstanding contribution in Children’s Environmental Education.
2001: Underwater World is re-opened at Aquarium of the Bay.
2002: Aquarium of the Bay becomes accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA).
2003: The Bay Institute and other groups secure the first releases of water from Friant Dam near Fresno in more than half a century.
Christina J. Slager Director of Animal Care & Aquatic Exhibits Christina Moon Jellies
authority on the care of local marine life and an influential voice
Environmental Research Center, NOAA and UC Davis
for protecting their habitat. She
to detect and control the invasive Asian Kelp (Undaria
has more than 25 years experience
pinnatifida), an aggressive species that can drastically affect
the local ecosystem. Committed to eradicating Undaria, our
including fieldwork in Patagonia
divers collect this invasive kelp dockside and while snorkeling,
and Antarctica, coordinating the
weigh the collected kelp, and gather data that will assist with
evacuation of penguins and sea
eradicating this invasive species. We also distribute kelp
otters from the Aquarium of the
information cards to educate interested passersby about the
Americas after Hurricane Katrina,
With San Francisco hosting the 2013 America’s Cup, The
white shark capture program, and
Bay Institute and Aquarium of the Bay President and CEO
directing Aquarium of the Bay’s
John Frawley has accepted the role as Chairman of the
sevengill shark tracking program.
Local Advisory Board for the America’s Cup Healthy Ocean Project, one of our newest marine conservation partnerships.
Previously, Christina worked at the
The Aquarium will be providing education and outreach
California Academy of Sciences,
to inspire our guests to take action on three core issues to
the Audubon Aquarium of the
improve ocean health: Marine Protected Areas, sustainable
Americas, Monterey Bay Aquarium
seafood, and marine debris/plastics. Activities include
and Mystic Aquarium.
partnering together to produce a film and lecture series at the Aquarium’s new Bay Theater
2003: The Bay Institute and other groups issue Drainage without a Drain report.
2003: The Bay Institute co-sponsors John Hart and David Sanger’s San Francisco Bay: Portrait of an Estuary.
2003: The Bay Institute releases the San Francisco Bay Index of comprehensive ecological indicators.
2003: Releases the first Year in Water report.
Continuing our legacy of learning
Expanding our Educational Outreach Building on Aquarium of the Bay’s successful 15-year
educate children ages 6-10 about the sharks that
track record in providing free onsite, science-based
live in San Francisco Bay, each 45-minute program
education programs to more than 100,000 Bay Area
explains how shark’s unique adaptations help them
public school students, teachers and chaperones, our
find food and survive. Participants learn about the
education department is now taking a three-point
importance of sharks in marine environments, the
approach to extending our reach: onsite programs,
threats they face, and what Aquarium of the Bay is
programs outside on the Bay, and community
doing to help protect them. Our traveling classroom
reached hundreds of children at 10 public library branches in summer 2011, and we expect to educate
Our Special Needs initiative is continuing to grow
an even larger audience with this free program in
with two new grants from Union Bank and Safeway.
With funding in hand and a road map in place, we’ve expanded our Special Needs Advisory Committee and
Available as a “floating classroom” experience
collaborated with Support for Families of Children
throughout most of the school year, our Discover
with Disabilities, San Francisco Children’s Council
the Bay Hybrid Ferry program continues to grow
and San Francisco Parks & Recreation Department
in popularity. This collaboration with Alcatraz
to hold several successful events at the Aquarium that
Cruises provides an immersive learning experience
served over 320 attendees. Of particular note was a
that combines an education-rich trip aboard the
Saturday morning open house event for Support for
nation’s first hybrid ferry with a hands-on visit
Families of Children with Disabilities that included
to the Aquarium exhibits. Unlike all our other
free admission to the Aquarium, special activities,
free education programs, there is a charge for this
photo souvenirs and snacks.
learning experience, which is partially offset by the availability of some scholarship funds. In 2011, ten
New in 2011, Fintastic! is a free summer program
classes received scholarships thanks to donors like
that brings Aquarium of the Bay naturalists to San
Francisco Public Library branches. Designed to
2004: The Bay Institute conducts a public education campaign to relocate casino project.
2004: The Bay Institute and other groups secure a landmark court decision requiring Friant Dam operators to make releases to maintain downstream fisheries.
2004: The Bay Institute serves on the Citizens Advisory Committee, helping to oversee the restoration of the former South Bay Cargill salt ponds.
2005: The Bay Institute helps to spearhead a fundraising campaign to preserve Tolay Lake Ranch.
Carrie Chen Director of Education and Conservation
As science provides new findings on climate change, we are staying ahead of the curve with an ever-evolving education program that explains why climate change is occuring and how we must each take personal action to slow its impact on our planet. As leaders in climate change communication, we are providing our staff with cutting-edge learning opportunities, such as the National Network for Climate Change Interpretation study circle, a “train the trainer” program that prepared our supervisory staff to train our interpretation staff on the most up-to-date techniques in successful climate change communication. We recently partnered with California Academy of Sciences to provide a special training on climate change communication, and have updated our climate change public programs to showcase new best practices
2005: The Bay Institute releases the second San Francisco Bay Index.
2005: The Bay Institute and other groups negotiate flow and habitat protections to preserve the Yuba River’s fallrun Chinook salmon and other anadromous fish populations.
Carrie Chen is the driving force behind the phenomenal growth of the Aquarium’s education program. With more than 14 years of experience with marine science education organizations around the country, she chairs the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ (AZA) Conservation Education Committee and leads AZA’s professional development course for Conservation Education Effective Program Design. Prior to joining Aquarium of the Bay in 2004, Carrie developed her skills and passion in marine science education at organizations in the Florida Keys, Catalina Island and Hawaii. Her previous experience in the Bay Area includes developing and leading public education programs on marine science at the Marine Science Institute and Lawrence Hall of Science.
2005: Aquarium of the Bay is named a Green Business by the San Francisco Green Business Program.
2006: The Bay Institute and other groups file an emergency petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to change the listing of delta smelt from threatened to endangered.
Expanding Our Outreach
Creating Community to Support the Bay When The Bay Institute and Aquarium of the Bay
movie theater for films or a forum for lectures, the
first joined forces, we had a vision: in collaboration
Bay Theater is an asset that is opening new doors for
with our scientific, educational, government and
private rentals, expanded education programs and
environmental partners, the Aquarium would become
community activities alike. Special events held at the
a public resource for bringing together thought leaders with the Bay Area community in an inspiring dialogue that set plans and dreams into action. In the three short years since our merger, Aquarium of the Bay has already become that community forum for the Bay, on the Bay.
Bay Theater in 2011/2012 included ...we had a vision...the Aquarium would become a public resource for bringing together thought leaders with the Bay Area community in an inspiring dialogue that set plans and dreams into action.
One of the most exciting changes to
The San Francisco Ocean Film Festival, An Evening of Surfing Films hosted by Grant Washburn, and our first concert, the Best of West Coast Roots Music. As demand for the Aquarium as a community resource grows, we will hone in on public events, visitor programs and educational outreach
occur in 2011 was the opening of the Bay Theater,
opportunities. We will continue to integrate the
a 270-seat theater adjacent to the Aquariumâ€™s
knowledge, activities and values of The Bay Institute
entrance that is driving new revenue streams and
and the Aquarium. And together, we will protect,
allowing us to expand our programs and events.
restore and inspire conservation of San Francisco Bay
Equipped to serve as an auditorium for concerts, a
and its watershed
Some of our community partners:
2006: The Bay Institute and other groups reach a historic settlement with the federal government and the Friant Water Users Authority to release flows to restore Chinook salmon to the San Joaquin River.
2006: Aquarium of the Bay, Sierra Club and San Francisco Department of the Environment form FutureSeaLevel.org as an art project to draw attention to climate change.
2006: The Bay Institute launches a major fundraising campaign to acquire Aquarium of the Bay.
Water flowing down from the Sierra feeds the San Francisco Bay and its watershed.
The Bay Institute and The Bay Institute Aquarium Foundation Consolidated Statement of Financial Position for December 31, 2011 2011
$4,007,172 $146,134 $276,986 $8,487,752
Accounts receivable Prepaid expense and other current assets Property and equipment, net Total Assets
Liabilities And Net Assets
Liabilities Accounts payable and accrued expenses Long-term Liabilities Deferred income Total Assets
$605,613 $9200,978 $107,322 $9,913,913
Net Assets Unrestricted Temporarily restricted Total Net Assets
$1,842,229 $1,161,902 $3,004,131
Total Liabilities And Net Assets
2007: The Bay Institute and other groups file petitions to list the longfin smelt under the state and federal Endangered Species Acts.
2007: The Bay Institute efforts invalidate inadequate protections for Delta smelt.
2007: Aquarium of the Bay receives a $200,000 grant from Pacific Gas and Electric Company for the development of a climate change-focused exhibit.
2008: The Bay Institute challenge invalidates inadequate protections for endangered Chinook salmon and steelhead from water project operations.
Consolidated Statement of Financial Activities for December 31, 2011 Revenue 2011
$8,266,888 2% Watershed Education $171,773
.1% Interest and other $4,862
2% Bay Restoration $178,058
3.3% Events $276,942
6% Rivers and Delta $493,241
4.3% Donations & Grants $366,758 8.2% Merchandising $697,269
of every dollar directly supports our programs. 58% Aquarium Programs $4,555,336
84.1% Admissions $7,125,310
7% Marketing $557,899
11% Guest Services $867,845 3% Development $282,320 11% General Administative $920,006
2008: Aquarium of the Bay launches a Sevengill research program in consortium with University of California at Davis.
2008: Aquarium of the Bay is operating profitably with 600,000 visitors annually.
2009: Aquarium of the Bay debut “City of the Shark,” a documentary focused on shark species of the San Francisco Bay.
2009: Aquarium of the Bay, the California Academy of Sciences and San Francisco Zoo launch the San Francisco Seafood Watch® Alliance.
Thank You To Our Donors $10,000 and Above
Napa County Wildlife Conservation Commission
Alcatraz Cruises, a Hornblower Company
North Bay Watershed Association
America’s Cup Healthy Ocean Project
San Francisco Maritime National Park Association
California Wildlife Foundation
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Center for Ecosystem Management and Restoration
Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee
Nancy and Christian Werner
Robert J. Erickson
Benjamin and Ruth Hammett Deirdre H. Henderson
$2,500 - $4,999
Steven and Susan Machtinger
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
The Ocean Project
Marcia and Norm Brockbank
Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Helen D. Buchanan
Port of San Francisco
Resources Legacy Fund
Ethel and Eugene Daly
Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund
The San Francisco Foundation
Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District
Union Bank Foundation
Fred Gellert Family Foundation
Golden Gate Salmon Association The Griepp & Lesko Families
$5,000 - $9,999
Association of Bay Area Governments
Recology Golden Gate
Blue and Gold Fleet
Nancy and Andrew Carlson
Super Sightseeing Tours
The Schmitz-Fromherz Family Fund
Harrison “Hap” C. Dunning
The Spider, Inc.
Fog Harbor Fish House
Thomas and Eva Fong Foundation
Global Gourmet Catering
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen D. Watkins
Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation
Sonoma Ecology Center
2009: President Obama signs legislation for San Joaquin River Restoration settlement; first flows are released from Friant Dam on October 1st.
2009: The Bay Institute acquires Aquarium of the Bay.
2009: A Simple Question: The Story of STRAW premiers in San Francisco.
2009: Marin Board of Supervisors recognizes STRAW for completing 100,000 linear feet of restoration on local creeks and streams.
$1,000 - $2,499
Carol Lind and James English
Mrs. Brent M. Abel
Map West, Inc.
Association of Zoos and Aquariums
Marin Independent Journal
Barney & Barney LLC
McBain & Trush, Inc.
Carolyn Beckedorff and S. Anthony DiGangi
Melange Productions, Inc.
Norm and Marty Buckhart
California Rice Commission
Natural Resources Defense Council
W. Hardy Callcott, Esq.
Sergio and Larry Nibbi
Hal Candee and Eliza Brown
Northpoint Shopping Center
Sam and Mandy Parke
Chicago Zoological Society
Purple Lady/Barbara J. Meislin Fund
Coach America/Gray Line San Francisco
Resource Renewal Institute
Ray and Anna Sargoni
Dibble & Dibble
Jill Spangenberg and Jerome Barakos
The Stanford Inn
Joseph W. Donner, III
East Bay Regional Park District
Morgan and Bill Tarr
Catherine Egelhoff and Randall Block
John and Anita Frawley
Wacky Jacky Sportfishing
Richard A. and Luisiana Gale
Walsh Carter and Associates
Captain Stephen and Linda Ware
Hard Rock Café
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Harvey and Gail Glasser
Nick and Amanda Wilcox
Arlene Wong and Ken Chow
Theodora and Kenneth Gray
Worldwide Facilities, Inc.
Coke and James Hallowell Anne Halsted
$500 - $999
Jared Robert Nodelman Foundation Fund
Jerry J. Wilson Memorial Foundation
Sheryl Barbic and Alirio de Carvalho Greg Bard
2009: The Bay Institute works with other environmental organizations and state legislators to develop and pass the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Reform Act.
2010: Aquarium of the Bay opens poster exhibit on Salmon in the Bay supported by The Bay Institute’s updated Salmon Viewing Map.
2010: The Bay Institute publishes Gone with the Flow.
2010: The Bay Institute works with Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congresswoman Jackie Speier to pass bills to fund $100,000 Wetlands restoration project.
$500 - $999 Continued Jenny Bard
Ruth and Alfred Heller Fund Katharine H. Johnson Just Give
Seth LaForge and Ania Mitros
Jack and Patty Bartscher
The Baum Foundation
Cindy Lowney and Gary Rydstrom
Vicki and David Cox
Dean A. and Lilla Morehous
Network for Good
Delta Wetlands Properties Richard Denton and Kristine Houglet Drake Marine, Inc. Ashley Dunning and Ken Sorey Gretchen and Dick Evans
Reggie Regino Marie Reykalin Ride the Ducksâ€”Cable Car Partners, LLC Roaring Camp Railroads Safari West
Chris Exell Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association Victoria Fidel
San Francisco Estuary Partnership Scarborough Insurance Agency Service System Associates
Sandra Fletcher Michael A. Freeman, M.D. and Victoria Stone Alison Fuller
Sonoma Wine Country Trolley Robert Schooler The Winifred and Harry B. Allen Foundation
Daniel M. Gonzalez Alexandra E. and Steven Grover Joell Hallowell
Tower Tours Philip and Ruth Waddington Water Education Foundation Mordechai and Barbara Winter
$250 - $499 Callahan Piano Case + Abst Architects, LLP Chris Acree Kathleen M. Andree-Rissel Star and Margo Babcock Alessandro and Cathy Baccari
2010: The Bay Institute succeeds in helping drive interim restoration flows to the San Joaquin River.
2010: Aquarium of the Bay and The Bay Institute partner with SalmonAid to bring first Salmon Month event to Aquarium of the Bay.
2010: Aquarium of the Bay begins Sea Lion interpretation program.
2010: Aquarium of the Bay launches an initiative to serve Bay Area special needs audiences.
2010: Aquarium of the Bay collaborates with Alcatraz Cruises to create Discover the Bay Hybrid Ferry program.
Richard and Carolyn Beahrs
Roberta and Whit Bradshaw
Dr. and Mrs. James Paddor
Amy and Mark Plevin
Robert Clegg Diversity
Awareness Philanthropic Fund
Douglas and Rosemary Corbin
Frank and Nina Rescino
Andrea Danforth and Hale Moanalani
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Electric Tour Company
Susanne Engleberg and Jeffrey Appleman
Jane Rogers and Michael Fischer Fund
Save the Bay
Friends of Efren Carrillo
Sea World San Diego
Sonoma Country Agricultural and Preservation and
Open Space District
Half Moon Bay Golf Links
Hilton Santa Cruz
Betsy and Tom Twaddell
Paul E. Helliker
Sina Von Reitzenstein
Walt Disney Family Museum
Elliot M. Levin
Nick and Amanda Wilcox
The Marine Mammal Center
Christopher and Barbara Westover
James and Colleen McGrath Carol Misseldine
George and Nancy Montgomery
PG&E Corporation Matching Gifts Program
Microsoft Matching Gifts Program
For more information and updates on our work visit www.bay.org
2011: Aquarium of the Bay opens the Bay Theater.
2011: The Bay Institute works with the San Francisco Estuary Partnership to issue The State of San Francisco Bay 2011.
2011: Aquarium of the Bay shark finning exhibit helps spur passage of bill prohibiting shark fins in California.
2011: Aquarium of the Bay launches free Fintastic educational program at San Francisco Public
2012: The Bay Institute’s 24 years of work to restore Cullinan Ranch culminates in start of restoration project.
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