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

“Coral Survival” XPRIZE Created as a Result of Coral Vita’s Efforts

Coral Vita was part of the team that won XPRIZE Visioneering, a competition that convenes a select group of leaders and experts to evaluate, prioritize and fund competition designs. As a result of their efforts, there will be a “Coral Survival” XPRIZE that calls for innovations that can scale coral survival 1,000 fold to help replenish our coral reefs. Read more at XPRIZE’s website.

Coral Vita to Construct World’s First Land-Based Commercial Coral Farm

Cora Vita will soon begin constructing the world’s first land-based coral farm in the Bahamas. In these farms, they intend to not only grow coral faster than it grows in the ocean – but to help make the coral more resilient. Read the whole article on Fast Company.

Kaplan-Funded Studies To Solve The Problem of Crowding In Lower Manhattan Cited In The New York Times

Kaplan-funded studies to solve the problem of crowding in Lower Manhattan cited in The New York Times. Read the full article here: Downside of Lower Manhattan’s Boom It’s Just Too Crowded

“The Irreversible Momentum of Clean Energy” – Click Here to Read More

Click here to read Barack Obama’s Policy Abstract: ‘The irreversible momentum of clean energy’