Projects We Support

Net Impact


Securing Chilean Waters for Sharks

Supported by Oceana, major progress was made towards securing 400,000 km of no-take marine protected areas near the Juan Fernándaz and Desaventuradas Islands off the coast of Chile, dramatically increase protected waters from 0.03% to more than 15%.

No Oil Drilling in the American Arctic

Oceana is working to obtain deferrals for 10,000 square miles of important ecological areas in the Arctic Ocean. Last year, Oceana and its allies prevented oil companies from drilling off the north coast of Alaska, setting a critical conservation precedent.

Urban Forestry Initiative, Los Angeles

TreePeople’s Urban Forestry Initiative focuses on increasing LA’s overall tree canopy and building climate resiliency through tree planting, water catchment, and conservation mapping working with volunteers at the community level.

SOS Children’s Village Mozambique

SOS Children's Villages operates six villages and 5 youth homes in Mozambique, caring for more than 835 orphaned or abandoned children. The village in Maputo was damaged by severe flooding and this grant will help rebuild and expand the program in the region.

The Growing Justice Institute

The Growing Justice Institute, a project of People's Grocery, supports local entrepreneurs in the development of their own micro-food enterprises, providing opportunities to learn job skills within the context of gardens, farms and markets.

Urban Gardens of People’s Grocery

People’s Grocery operates urban gardens in West Oakland that allow people to work together as community, growing a variety of organic vegetables and fruits while teaching youth about how to cultivate and cook their own food.

Supporting Consensus-building for Indigenous Leaders

Indigena supports community-initiated projects that translate and connect ancient wisdom with current ways of life to provide connective threads of consensus, healing, agreement, and vision for indigenous communities working to protect the Earth.

IFAW Animal Action Education

IFAW’s Animal Action Education program engages more than 5M students and educators in dozens of countries each year with educational materials to educate, inspire and empower young people to respect and protect animals and the environment.

Solar Micro Grid Powers Rural School in Mugurameno, Zambia

Mugurameno Basic, one of the most rural schools in Zambia, currently has no running water or electricity. Through this grant the school will receive a clean, renewable source of electricity from the Empowered by Light.

EarthEcho Environmental Education

EarthEcho International is a leading environmental education organization dedicated to activating a new generation of youth to solve the most critical conservation problems facing the world.

Empowering Communities through Technology

Digital Democracy believes that technology must be used to promote civic engagement. This project supports communities in Peru, Guyana, Ecuador and Mexico in utilizing robust tools for conservation of bio-diverse hot-spots climate change adaptation.

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

CELDF brings together public interest law and grassroots organizing into a unique legal and organizing strategy – partnering with communities, civil society, and governments to drive a new paradigm for environmental protection based on rights.

The Biomimicry Institute

The Biomimicry Institute's AskNature project brings biology to the design table by inspiring and enabling innovators around the world to emulate nature’s time-tested forms, processes, and systems as they solve this century’s greatest challenges.

Revolution From the Heart of Nature

Bioneers convenes leading social and scientific thinkers advancing the most important ideas to make the planet more sustainable. The grant supports the Resilient Communities Network conferences and initiatives as well as public leadership training programs.

‘Dark Snow’ Arctic Research

The Dark Snow Project gathers hard numbers to quantify human-caused industrial and wildfire black carbon soot, mineral dust; and microbes on the melting of sea ice and snow in Greenland, and their impacts on climate change.

The Solutions Project: 100% campaign

The Solutions Project accelerates the transition to 100% clean, renewable energy by mid-century. Leveraging the latest science and analysis on available wind, solar, hydro and geothermal energy resources, this campaign engages both the public and policymakers.

Campaign to Stop Coal Financing in Europe

This grant supports Goldman Prize winner Heffa Schucking in a campaign targeting Europe's top ten financiers to “stop bankrolling climate change” by focusing on institutional customers of these banks, such as foundations, churches, and businesses.

Evaluating Ivory Trade Policies

Led by implementing partner NRDC, this project provides an in-depth review of China’s ivory trade policies and domestic ivory market, providing guidance to the CITES Management Authority of China and the country’s State Forestry Administration.

Sniffer Dog Program Analysis for Africa

Commissioned by Elephant Crisis Fund, this project with Working Dogs for Conservation investigates how best to use sniffer dogs in detecting both poachers and ivory as it is trafficked from Africa to foreign markets.

Surveying the Chinese Ivory Trade

This project funds an investigation by experts commissioned by Wildlife Conservation Network to determine why average retail prices for raw ivory in China have tripled in the last four years, reaching $2,100 per kilo by May.

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Grantee spotlight: National Park Service

LDF has partnered with the National Park Service on their GPS collar tracking study to conserve and protect the threatened mountain lion population in the greater Los Angeles area.  

Global Fishing Watch

Global Fishing Watch, a project of Google, SkyTruth, and LDF grantee Oceana, is tapping into GPS and satellite technology to combat IUU fishing occurring throughout the world. The goal: to increase transparency and stop illegal fishing by informing governments, consumers, and businesses of harmful and dangerous industry practices.

Peru commits to publish vessel tracking data through Global Fishing Watch

Oceana applauds the efforts of Peru and Indonesia to promote fishing transparency.

Grantee spotlight: Conservation Land Trust newsletter

Check out the latest newsletter from LDF grantee the Conservation Land Trust (CLT) and learn about their bold work to rewild the Ibera wetlands in northeastern Argentina. LDF has been supporting CLT and their Ibera Rewilding Program in order to reintroduce the critically endangered jaguar as well as many other species, such as the Pampas Deer and Giant Anteater,… View Article

Leonardo DiCaprio continues efforts to protect endangered vaquita

  Mexico Commits to Protecting Critically-Endangered Marine Ecosystems Effort Supported by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and the Carlos Slim Foundation MEXICO CITY – JUNE 7, 2017 – Today, during a meeting between President Enrique Peña Nieto, Leonardo DiCaprio, Carlos Slim, and senior government officials at the Official Residence of Los Pinos, a Memorandum of Understanding… View Article