Frequently Asked Questions

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes! The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a non-governmental not-for-profit organization. Our 501(C)(3) IRS determination number is 93-0877807. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

May I spread my pledge payments over months or years?

You may pledge for up to three years for the campaign, and make annual or monthly recurring payments using our secure online donation site. You may also complete and mail in this pledge form with your donation, and be billed by mail annually if you prefer.

Is it possible my gift could leverage a match?

Many businesses support charities that are important to their employees by matching contributions and volunteer hours. Here is a partial list of businesses that do. Ask your employer if they have a Matching Gift Program. Sample language to include in your pledge: Currently, ______________ (Foundation/Donor) has posed a challenge to match up to a total of $___________ for campaign pledges made between __________ and ________ date.

Are there opportunities to name something in memory of a loved one?

Naming opportunities are available for cash contributions that meet or exceed 50% of the estimated project cost. These include exhibits of various sizes throughout the Aquarium, new galleries, labs/surgical/diagnostic rooms in the marine rehabilitation center and artwork throughout the grounds. Contact to discuss options that are tailored to you.

May I designate where my campaign pledge funds will be used?

Yes! However, undesignated campaign pledges allow the Aquarium to complete projects in priority phases.

Will donations be used for anything other than the proposed plans?

Not unless a donor specifically designates their gift be used for another purpose.

What impact will the new building have on operational costs?

Improvements to the Entry Building, Nature Play Area, and Three Indoor Gallery projects outlined in this proposal will not increase operating costs, but are expected to increase admissions, event rentals and café sales. Operating expenses for the Marine Rehabilitation Center will increase operating costs, but also afford an opportunity for new income streams from special tours, veterinary practicum fees, and grants.

Can pledges be given in assets other than cash?

Yes! Here are a few options:

  • IRA-Rollovers (tax benefits for seniors age 70.5+).
  • Stock Transfer.
  • In-Kind donations of products used in programs .
  • Property, Art, or Antiquities (Subject to review and approval by the Aquarium Board of Directors. Valuation/appraisals are the donor’s responsibility.)
  • Life insurance policies naming the Aquarium as beneficiary.

Learn more about alternate options with our Planned Giving program.

Will a bequest in my estate plans count for a campaign pledge?

It depends. A bequest made through a will or trust must be irrevocable. Donors can create a charitable lead trust that pays income to the Aquarium; you receive a tax benefit during your lifetime from the trust’s earnings, but the principal goes to your beneficiaries. Here is more information about other Planned Gifts. Email to start the conversation.

Can I volunteer in support of the effort?

Absolutely! Volunteers (age 15+) are the lifeblood of the Aquarium. Some employers even match the value of volunteer hours contributed. Email to explore an opportunity that fits your interest, talents and schedule.


2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd
Newport, OR 97365


The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in Newport, on the beautiful Oregon Coast. The Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.