DiCaprio Foundation Merges With New Environmental Organization

DiCaprio Foundation Merges With New Environmental Organization

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF), Emerson Collective, and Global Wildlife Conservation have announced the launch of a new organization that will work to address urgent threats to the planet's ecosystems.

Co-founded by DiCaprio, Emerson Collective founder Laurene Powell Jobs, and Global Wildlife Conservation board chair Brian Sheth in response to the growing climate crisis and mounting biodiversity loss, Earth Alliance will work to protect ecosystems and wildlife, ensure climate justice, support renewable energy, and secure indigenous rights to the benefit of all life on the planet. The staff and operations of LDF — which has awarded grants totaling more than $100 million in support of projects across all five oceans and seven continents since 1998 — will be folded into Earth Alliance. Co-chaired by DiCaprio, Powell Jobs, and Sheth and led by an independent management team of scientists and conservationists, the alliance will combine the talents, resources, and expertise of the three organizations to accelerate and scale shared programs and priorities.

Among other things, the organization will make grants and provide educational opportunities, engage indigenous and local communities, and work with individuals and grassroots organizations in the places most affected by biodiversity loss and climate change. The organization also will fund large-scale environmental campaigns, documentary films, independent third-party reporting, and public speaking opportunities aimed at raising awareness of and mobilizing action around threats to the climate and the planet's biodiversity.

Founded by Sheth, co-founder and president of Vista Equity Partners, the Sheth Sangreal Foundation will fund the new organization's operational and administrative costs, enabling 100 percent of any additional funding to support the organization's programs, grantmaking, and campaigns.

"I am incredibly proud of the impact my foundation has had over the last twenty years by supporting nearly two hundred projects from a hundred and thirty-two different organizations across climate science, marine and land conservation, critical species preservation, and indigenous rights," said DiCaprio. "Today marks the next step in the evolution of LDF as it fully merges under the new Earth Alliance management and grantmaking framework. Laurene and Brian are incredible civic leaders who share my passion and understanding of the urgency and scale of the challenges we face. I am proud to partner with them to form this new larger, nimble platform that shares resources and expertise while identifying the best programs to drive real change around the planet."

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