Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation: Grants for Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation supports programs that encourage local communities to address the depletion of natural resources and wildlife habitats.

IP TAKE: This funder dedicates a good portion of its grantmaking to the interior west region of the United States.

PROFILE: Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg established their foundation in 1987 during a trip to Africa. The Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation (LCAOF) is “a private body devoted to the conservation of nature and amelioration of human distress.” The foundation’s grantmaking supports groups that address species extinction, habitat destruction, and resource depletion.

In the conservation space, this funder “favors solutions that directly benefit local communities and serve as exemplars for saving species and wildlands.”

LCAOF dedicates a large portion of its funding to developing countries. However, it continues to commit funding to conservation causes in the United States and pays particular attention to states historically reliant on agriculture and extractive industries. In this regard, the foundation supports local organizations that address issues related to diminishing natural resources and emphasize conservation though collaborative efforts.

Grants generally range between $15,000 and $100,000. In the past, the foundation awarded grants to the National Wildlife Federation’s Grazing Allotment program and Round River Conservation Studies’ wolverine research project. LCAOF awards grants for project support as well as general operating support.

To learn more about the types of organizations the foundation supports, explore the recent grants list.

The foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications and requests for funding throughout the year. Grantseekers should send their submissions to the following address:

Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation

1385 Broadway 23rd Floor

New York, New York 10018


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