Doris Duke Charitable Foundation: Grants for Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) funds conservation work involving climate change, land conservation, wildlife, energy development, and environmental stewardship. The foundation also supports efforts to transition into a more sustainable renewable energy focus. Conservation grants are awarded out of DDCFs Environment program, but unsolicited proposals are not accepted. Note, however, that unsolicited letters of inquiry are accepted.

IP TAKE: Finding a climate change angle to your conservation project may help when pitching DDCF. Climate change issues of focus don't have to be limited to mitigating greenhouse gases, and can involve a number of issues, including the adaptation of wildlife to climate change and preserving biodiversity via land trusts.

PROFILE: Doris Duke was a very generous conservationist throughout her long life. When she passed away in 1993, she willed most of her estate to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, which was established in 1996. DDCFs Environmental Program has granted hundreds of millions in funds since its inception. The stated goal of the program is to enable communities nationwide not only to manage and protect wildlife habitats, but also to create built environments that are energy efficient and environmentally sustainable. 

DDCF has a history of investing in conservation programs and initiatives that protect ecosystem biodiversity that help fight the effects of climate change. In the past, the Foundation has supported groups that engage in habitat conservation planning, in which they identify sites that should be conserved in their natural state to benefit wildlife. DDCF also looks to support programs that engage in permanent land protection, which usually means acquiring conservation easements or fee title to secure high priority sites. The foundation has also lent its support to organizations that actively manage lands that has already been placed into protected status, to prevent destruction of ecosystems through over-development.

The foundation's grant making in the field of conservation is prolific. To view its grantees, click here.

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