Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF)
CRF is a United States (US) 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit ocean conservation organization. The core mission of CRF is to restore coral reefs, to educate others on the importance of our oceans, and to use science to further coral research and coral reef monitoring techniques.
CRF does not believe that the plight of coral reefs in the 21st century is hopeless. In fact CRF has developed a strategy for coral reef restoration that exists at the intersection of three core CRF programs: (1) restoration, (2) science, and (3) education.
Total CRF contributions and other financial support were approximately $1.0 million in 2014, $1.2 million in 2015, and $1.4 million in 2016. According to CRF’s 2017 operating plan, contributions and other support this year are expected to approximate $2.1 million. This growth in public and private support is proportionately reflected in growing staff activities such as nursery maintenance, coral transplantation, data collection, boat and warehouse operations, contract negotiation and compliance, and other administrative activities. Funding has been a mix of public grants and foundation donations.
In recent years CRF’s contribution to reef restoration have been acknowledged through numerous accolades and consistent media coverage.