The Bedari Foundation: Grants for Environmental Conservation

OVERVIEW:  The Bedari Foundation is a private family foundation dedicated to using its experience and resources to enable significant cultural shifts in the fields of mental health and wellness, community displacement, and environmental conservation.

IP TAKE: While the foundation has a website, it does not detail the foundation’s grantmaking process or guidelines.

PROFILE: The Bedari Foundation, formerly the Matthew and Jennifer Harris Family Foundation, was established in 2011. It was founded by businessman Matthew Harris and his wife Jennifer, who worked in public relations. Matthew Harris is a founding partner of Global Infrastructure Partners. The Bedari Foundation is a private family foundation dedicated to using its experience and resources to enable significant cultural shifts in the fields of mental health and wellness, community displacement, and environmental conservation.

Matthew and Jennifer Harris are on the board of World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), an important partner. The Bedari Foundation strives to instill the mindfulness necessary to help solve mental health issues such as addiction, depression and trauma and environmental issues such as depletion of species, global warming and over-consumption. The Foundation explains that it “champions and encourages a philosophy of interconnected well-being and invests in and supports programs that further these ideals through action and education.”

The Bedari Foundation partnered with the Royal Government of Bhutan and the World Wildlife Fund to help build on a 40-year relationship with the Kingdom of Bhutan in the creation of Bhutan for Life, a “transition fund comprising public and private resources that will allow Bhutan to continue to protect its remarkable system of parks forever.” The Bedari Foundation also works with Karingani Game Reserve located in southwestern Mozambique at the junction of the Kruger National Park in South Africa and the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique.

Grants range from $100,000 to 500,000. In a recent fiscal year, the foundation gave away around $800,000. Past grantees have included American Foundation for Research Addiction, Equal Justice Initiative, and Foundation for Santa Barbara High School.

While the foundation has a website, it does not detail the foundation’s grantmaking process. The foundation is open to general inquiries at info@thebedarifoundation.org.

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