The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in New York City has announced grants totaling $15.6 million to nonprofit organizations working in the areas of wildlife and habitat protection, ocean conservation, indigenous rights, sustainable solutions, and climate change.
Grants awarded through the foundation's Wildlife & Habitat Protection portfolio totaled more than $7.6 million, with grants going to the Wildlife Conservation Network, Save the Elephants, and the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Fund, among others. The foundation also awarded more than $2.5 million to Oceans 5, the Global Partnerships for Sharks Fund, and other organizations working to protect key ocean ecosystems and marine wildlife.
In addition, the foundation awarded grants totaling $2.1 million to Utah Dine Bikeyah, the United Tribes of Bristol Bay, the Wishtoyo Foundation, and other organizations through its Indigenous Rights portfolio; $2.1 million to Digital Democracy, the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, the Waterkeeper Alliance, and other organizations through its Innovative Solutions portfolio; and $1.3 million to Our Children's Trust, Desmog Blog, Empowered By Light, and other organizations through its Climate Change portfolio.
The foundation, which is administered under the umbrella of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, also announced the appointment of veteran environmental leader Terry Tamminen as CEO. Tamminen is a Cullman Senior Fellow for climate policy at the New America Foundation and was appointed as an operating advisor to Pegasus Capital Advisors, a private equity fund that provides capital to middle market companies across a variety of industries specializing in resource efficiency and sustainable technologies.
"Leo and his foundation have been an invaluable voice in the environmental movement for many years," said Tamminen. "I am proud to join them in the fight for the defense of our natural world and the protection of every living creature on Earth. I look forward to working with Leo and the LDF team as we expand the impact of the foundation in the years to come."