Initiative

The Splash Fund’s mission is to promote and encourage passion about aquatic life and participation in the conservation of fresh and salt water habitats through sustainable human practices.

The Splash Fund empowers the Greater Cleveland Aquarium (a mission-driven, for-profit business) to meet internal and community expectations such as providing educational opportunities for underserved audiences, protecting the environment, and conserving animal species.

The Splash Fund provides schools with demonstrated need access to life science-based educational programs. Through a partnership with Ohio Lottery the Splash Fund has provided more than $45,000 to fund experiential education for more than 10,000 students from schools with demonstrated need since 2012. Grants for specific projects with Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) have been provided by the White, Abington, and Martha Holden Jennings Foundations.

Raising awareness of issues that impact the natural world, the Splash Fund is a partner with Drink Local. Drink Tap.’s water resources education efforts. The Splash Fund supports the City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office of Sustainability on its “Skip the Straw” campaign and sponsors Alliance for the Great Lakes Beach Cleanups, galvanizing the community to remove hundreds of pounds of trash each year.

Finally, the Splash Fund is one of more than a dozen partners dedicated to the Saving and Protecting Ohio Turtle Diversity (SPOTD) program working to boost the native but threatened spotted turtle population in Northeast Ohio.

Every minute of time that Greater Cleveland Aquarium leadership provides to the Splash Fund to accomplish these programs is donated.

Board

Deborah Altman

Deborah Altman

President

Board member since 2016

Investment and consumer banking

Bruce Akers

Bruce Akers

Treasurer

Board member since 2012

Mayor (retired) City of Pepper Pike

Stephanie-White

Stephanie White

Ex Officio

Board member since 2019

Director, Splash Fund General Manager, Greater Cleveland Aquarium

Richard Dorman

Richard (Rick) Dorman

Secretary

Board member since 2012

Marketing and Business Consulting

Scot Rourke

Scot Rourke

Board Member

Board member since 2012

Chief Transformation Officer & Chief Information Officer, Cuyahoga County

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Trevor Gile

Board Member

Board member since 2018

General Manager, Motorcars Honda Cleveland Heights