​​​​About the Foundation​

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN: 52-1272309), supports the works of the Virginia Aquarium. The Foundation procures and maintains the Aquarium's exhibits, including the animals and habitats. It is also responsible for annual and capital fundraising, administration and funding for the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program, conservation and scientific research efforts, and the Aquarium's mission-related education programs. You can be a part of our mission: make a tax deductible donation to support our incredible programming.

Financial Information

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is a collaboration between the City of Virginia Beach and the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation.

The City of Virginia Beach owns and maintains the Aquarium's buildings and grounds, and provides administrative support for such services as accounting and human resources.

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation procures and maintains the Aquarium's collections, including its fish and animals, habitats, and interactive exhibits. The Foundation is also responsible for annual and capital fundraising, the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program, conservation and scientific research efforts, as well as all of the Aquarium's mission-related education programs.

See the Foundation's audited financial statement, 990 and FY2017​ annual report or make a tax deductible donation to support these important programs (EIN: 52-1272309).


Virginia Aquarium Foundation Board of Trustees July 2017 - June 2018

Chairman of the BoardDelceno Miles
PresidentLee Entsminger
President ElectAndrew W. Vakos, Sr.
Vice PresidentSal DaBiero
SecretaryCraig Grube
TreasurerEllen Keeter
General CounselWilliam M. "Bill" Macali
Interim Executive DirectorCynthia Whitbred-Spanoulis​

Trustees

  • Michael Benedetto
  • David Burton
  • Barbara Ciara
  • Michelle Collins
  • Bryan Cuffee
  • Gary Finkbeiner
  • Chris Graves
  • Bert "Burr" Henderson
  • Katherine Hines
  • Andrew Hodge
  • Shannon L. Kendrick
  • Mollie S. Korte
  • Esi Langston
  • Troy A. Lindsey
  • John Matson
  • Cory Mayo
  • Michael McCabe, Jr.
  • JT McDonald
  • Cheryl McLeskey
  • Tom McNicholas
  • Sherri Miles
  • Kathryn J. O'Hara
  • Daniel R. Peterson
  • Carolyn Robertson
  • Chris Rusbuldt
  • Kim Savage
  • Bert Schmidt
  • John Settle
  • Jean Siebert
  • Michael Standing
  • Ray Toll
  • Cathie France Vick
  • Frank Wagner
  • Michael Wagner
  • Samantha Wetzler
  • Kim Wheeler
  • David Williams
  • Nikki Williams
  • Chas Wright

President's Circle

  • Rendy Adams
  • Macon Brock
  • Thomas C. Broyles
  • Barbara Taylor Creech
  • Nancy A. Creech
  • Robert H. DeFord, Jr.
  • John H. Fain
  • Morris H. Fine
  • Bob Fort
  • Thomas E. Fraim, Sr.
  • Thomas E. Fraim, Jr.
  • Thomas R. Frantz
  • William Hearst
  • Dorcas Helfant-Browning
  • Clancy A. Holland
  • Ann W. Host
  • Wiley F. Mitchell, Jr.
  • Elly D. Mladick
  • Fred Napolitano, II
  • Jane M. Purrington
  • C. Mac Rawls
  • Timothy B. Robertson
  • Martha "Kay" Roland
  • Dan Ryan
  • Michael C. Savvides
  • Edward B. Snyder
  • Ned Williams
  • Ken Wilson, Jr.

Sponsors​