We champion the protection of threatened natural resources, and work to reduce the global impacts of climate change.

The Fund is proud of its efforts to support large-scale, bio-regional initiatives such as protecting Southwestern grasslands, safeguarding marine life, and conserving critical natural resources in the arctic.  The Fund has sought to expand scientific knowledge of these ecosystems, establish protective policy, build public awareness, and generate additional philanthropic support through funding collaboratives like the High Seas Alliance and the Arctic Funders Network.

Today, the Fund focuses on the following four areas of environmental grant making:

To protect the deep ocean, particularly hydrothermal sea vents threatened by deep-sea mining, the Fund identifies large, ecologically important, and representative areas of the world’s deep seabed to be excluded from destructive mining activities, while working to limit such areas from mining and minimize the adverse impacts of mining where it does occur.

The Fund aims to preserve Chile’s Patagonian forests by strengthening government oversight and legal protections; identifying and safeguarding areas that currently lack conservation status; and creating protective corridors that link upland parks and preserves to vital near-shore marine ecosystems.

Seeking to address global climate change through advocacy and awareness-raising, the Fund supports initiatives to lower greenhouse gas emissions, including international partnerships working to reduce the amount of coal-generated electricity in key emitting countries, and efforts to put a price on carbon in the United States.

The impacts of climate change are felt acutely in New York City, especially in the communities that have the least access to housing, employment, and quality open space.  These same communities struggle with high levels of violence, incarceration, and poor health.  To address these interlinked challenges, the Fund is exploring the intersection of climate, health, and safety in New York’s highest-need communities and the city as a whole.                                                              

Please note that we make grants by invitation only and do not accept unsolicited requests.

Recent News

Lisa Levin Receives the Prince Albert I Grand Medal

Lisa Levin, leader of the Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative and biological oceanographer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, received the Prince Albert I Grand Medal, the highest international distinction dedicated to ocean sciences.

CNBC Interviews Blue Forest Conservation

CNBC interviewed and highlighted the Blue Forest Conservation team as an emerging solution to financing forest resiliency and wildfire protection in a recent report.

GasAtacama Chile Authorized to Take Coal Plant Offline

GasAtacama Chile, a unit of energy company Enel, has received authorization to take their 158-MW Tarapaca coal-fired power plant offline and cease operations by December 31, 2019.

Deep Sea Beds and Climate Change a Focus at the ISA

Thanks to the Fund’s support of Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI) scientist Lisa Levin at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, her research on deep sea beds and climate change is now a focus of side discussions at the International Seabed Authority and the U.N.

Montana Added to U.S. Climate Alliance

Montana recently joined the U.S. Climate Alliance, now representing 25 states participating in the initiative. The bipartisan Climate Alliance now represents 55 percent of the U.S. population and 60 percent of national GDP. Read more on their website.