Dedicated to protecting Earth’s last wild places and fostering a harmonious relationship between humanity
and the natural world

Since 1998, the Foundation has been working on pressing environmental and humanitarian issues through grant-making, campaigning and media projects. Areas of focus include; wildlife and habitat preservation, healthy oceans, water access, climate change and disaster relief. The Foundation’s strategic approach to philanthropy for a better planet relies upon active collaboration with effective organizations as well as with other funders who share our goals and can magnify our impact.

Philanthropy providing grants to innovative, results-driven conservation projects, collaborative initiatives, and trusted nonprofits.

Recent philanthropic efforts include:

  • Protecting Tigers from Extinction: a conservation effort in Nepal to protect critical tiger habitat led by WWF in collaboration with local communities and the Nepali government
  • Saving the Last Rainforests: a collaborative effort with WWF, Frankfort Zoological Society, the Australian Orangutan Project, Kehati and Eyes on the Forest to save the largest remaining block of rainforest in Sumatra, home to wild tigers, orangutans, elephants and two indigenous tribes
  • Protecting Our Oceans: an international funders collaborative called "Oceans 5" dedicated to stopping over-fishing and establishing marine reserves, the two highest ecological priorities identified by scientists
  • Saving Sharks: a successful effort of six organizations from five different countries to secure international trade restrictions for five species of threatened sharks at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)
  • Protecting Antarctica: a grant for the Antarctic Ocean Alliance, a coalition of over a dozen organizations working on five continents to secure the largest network of marine reserves on the planet
  • Providing Access to Clean Water: a grant to Concern Worldwide, providing 430,000 people in Tanzania, Mozambique, Sierra Leone and Darfur with sustainable access to clean water

In tandem with LDF’s philanthropic efforts, the foundation uses digital media and Leonardo’s website and social media channels with more than 8 million followers, to inform and rally the public on specific calls-to-action. LDF also works behind the scenes to encourage collaboration between organizations, other celebrities and decision-makers.

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The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is a component fund of the Califorina Community Foundation.
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