The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation (DISLF) supports the Dauphin Island Sea Lab in its mission, “to provide wise stewardship of the marine environment through education and research”. The foundation provides funds to sustain the activities of the Sea Lab and promotes awareness of the Sea Lab and its environmental issues. The Foundation is also continuing to build the George C. Crozier Endowment as well as the DISLF Endowment for the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.
The Foundation, established in 2004, is overseen by a governing board, which currently has 29 members. An advisory board to the governing board was established in 2011 and consists of 28 non-voting members. Executive Director, Helene Hassell, has served as director since 2010. The Foundation raises funds and promotes the Sea Lab through various means.