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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​About the Foundation​

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, supports the work of the Virginia Aquarium.

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation is responsible for fundraising, the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program, conservation and scientific research efforts, as well as the Aquarium's curriculum-based education programs. The Foundation funds and maintains the Aquarium's beautiful natural habitats and educational interactive exhibits and provides resources for the exceptional care of all animals, both on and off exhibit.

    City of Virginia Beach & Foundation Partnership

    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.

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    You can be a part of our mission by making 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.

    View our annual report to see a summary of the year's amazing accomplishments.

    See the Foundation's audited financial statement and 990​ or make a tax deductible gift to support these important programs.


    Foundation 2020-2021 Board of Trustees

    Salvatore J. DaBiero - Chair
    Daniel R. Peterson - Treasurer
    Andrew W. Vakos - Chair of Development and Governance Committee
    ​Thomas M. McNicholas III - Chair of Mission and Advocacy Committee
    Robert C. Fort - Officer at Large
    ​Sherri L. Miles - Secretary
    Cynthia W. Spanoulis - Executive Director
    William A. Hearst - Past Officer

    Buffy Barefoot

    President TowneBank Virginia Beach, VA

    ​Barbara Ciara

    Managing Editor WTKR News 3 Norfolk, VA

    Salvatore J. DaBiero

    Owner Lionheart Ltd./Burger King Virginia Beach, VA

    Holly Darden

    Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations The Aspen Institute Washington, DC

    Nancy T. DeFord

    Community Leader Virginia Beach, VA

    ​Mark Dreyfus

    President and Founder ECPI Virginia Beach, VA

    ​George A. Faatz

    Director, Growth & Strategic Planning Virginia Natural Gas Virginia Beach, VA

    Robert C. Fort

    Retired, Vice President Norfolk Southern Corporation Virginia Beach, VA

    Chris Graves

    Executive VP, Global Investment Analytics Officer PRA Group, Inc. Virginia Beach, VA

    William A. Hearst

    Community Leader Virginia Beach, VA

    ​Bert “Burr” Henderson IV

    Senior VP, Private Financial Advisor SunTrust Investment Services Norfolk, VA

    Jay G. Kenslow

    Atlantic Union Bank SVP Commercial Lending Norfolk, VA

    Suzanne Kern

    Community Leader City of Virginia Beach Virginia Beach, VA

    ​Troy Lindsey

    External Affairs Manager Dominion Energy Norfolk, VA

    ​Thomas M. McNicholas III

    RV General Manager GEICO Virginia Beach, VA

    ​Sherri L. Miles

    Co-Owner Miles Roofing, Inc. J.D. Miles & Sons, Inc. Chesapeake, VA

    ​Dr. Scott D. Miller

    President Virginia Wesleyan University Virginia Beach, VA

    William C. (Trey) Oglesby III

    Partner, Audit KPMG Virginia Beach, VA

    Daniel R. Peterson

    Market President BB&T Norfolk, VA

    Carolyn Robertson

    Community Leader Fairfax, VA

    Christopher W. Rusbuldt

    Signature Family Wealth Advisors Client Portfolio Manager Richmond, VA

    ​Bert Schmidt

    President and Chief Executive Officer WHRO Norfolk, VA

    Stephen M. Snyder

    President Checkered Flag Motor Co. Virginia Beach, VA

    Cynthia W. Spanoulis

    President and Chief Executive Officer Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Virginia Beach, VA

    Andrew W. Vakos

    Owner The Oceanfront Inn Virginia Beach, VA