What is not to love about Leonardo DiCaprio? Over the years, he’s proven to be a steadfast champion of animal conservation and sustainability causes. He has donated millions of dollars to environmental protection groups, ocean conservation programs, and organizations who help defend endangered elephants. He has made inspiring speeches to the United Nations about climate change and he also saves tigers in his spare time … you know, the type of thing that your totally average, everyday superhero would do.
Thanks to his fame, DiCaprio has been able to raise awareness for countless environmental causes and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation actively provides grants to make countless animal and environmental conservation initiatives possible. In the past year, the foundation has donated $650,000 to fund clean energy solutions and secured funds to protect forests threatened by palm oil expansion. And now, the foundation has broken a new record.
According to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation’s website, the organization has announced it “largest-ever portfolio of environmental grants, increasing the organization’s total direct financial giving to over $59 million since 1998.” Of this massive sum of money, $”15.6 million in grants have been awarded for wildlife and habitat conservation, to aide in the defense of indigenous rights, and to support innovative grass roots efforts aimed at combating climate change and solving complex environmental issues.”
With the support of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, environmental groups like Our Children’s Trust, the Wildlife Conservation Network, and Utah Dine Bikeyah can effectively carry out their work to protect and defend vital ecosystems, people, and species against rampant environmental destruction.
There are so many incredible organizations and individuals working to improve the planet and we are so pleased to know that they have the help of such a well-known and influential benefactor like Leo DiCaprio. We can only wait to see what positive change is made possible by these grants – but knowing Leo, we imagine it will be pretty epic!