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    The Aquarium of the Bay is an aquarium located on the historic San Francisco waterfront at Pier 39.

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    CCDFI provided $1MM in financing through its COVID-19 Emergency Loan Fund for the Aquarium of the Bay to meet its working capital needs.

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    20,000+ marine animals & a focus on educating and inspiring climate resilience & global ocean conservation

Aquarium of the Bay

The Aquarium of the Bay is a public aquarium located on the historic San Francisco waterfront at Pier 39. It features more than 20,000 marine animals and focuses on educating and inspiring climate resilience and global ocean conservation. A Smithsonian Affiliate, the aquarium has existed for 30 years and serves millions.

Effective midnight on March 17th, the aquarium—along with other businesses and organizations in San Francisco—was closed to the public as a necessary response to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Faced with this unprecedented situation, the Aquarium of the Bay approached Clearinghouse CDFI.

Clearinghouse CDFI provided $1 million in financing through its COVID-19 Emergency Loan Fund for the Aquarium of the Bay to meet its working capital needs. The aquarium will use these funds to maintain facility operations, including animal care, payroll, maintenance, and to purchase feed and supplies.

Download the PDF: Just Funded – Aquarium of the Bay

“Clearinghouse CDFI deserves our gratitude for having made this possible in an incredibly short period of time. Your timely intervention amid the COVID-19 crisis allowed us to care for the 24,000 animals in our 750,000-gallon salt-water tanks. On behalf of all my staff and volunteers who serve at this wonderful institution, as well as our Board Treasurer, Steve Machtinger—thank you for supporting our mission to protect, conserve, and preserve the San Francisco Bay and its fragile ecosystems.”
- George Jacob, President and CEO of the Aquarium of the Bay
Financing Provided:
$1 Million
Location:
San Francisco, CA
Impact:
The aquarium will use these funds to meet working capital needs: animal care, payroll, maintenance, & to purchase feed / supplies.
Purpose:
$1 Million in COVID-19 Emergency Financing to Aquarium of the Bay
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