OVERVIEW: The Turing Foundation supports organizations focused on the sustainable development, conservation and protection of the nurseries of the seas.
IP TAKE: This funder awards its marine conservation grants to organizations working in developing and least developed countries around the world.
PROFILE: Established in 20016, the Turing Foundation honors the memory of British scientist Alan Turing; however, it was founded by Pieter and Françoise Geelen. Pieter Geleen and a partner founded the Turing Machine Company in 1991. The company would later be renamed TomTom and become a publicly traded company. When TomTom’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) launched, Pieter and Françoise Geelen donated €100 million from the sale to the Turing Foundation. Based in Amsterdam, Netherlands the Turing Foundation focuses its grantmaking on nature, education, art, and leprosy.
Turing’s nature program aims to “[p]romote and encourage a sustainable and respectful relationship with nature.” It limits its grantmaking to protecting the nurseries of the sea and sustainable land use in Africa.
The Turing Foundation’s grants often range from €50,000 to €350,000. Marine conservation organizations receiving support from Turing in the past include Blue Ventures, which was awarded a grant for its work collaborating with local communities to discover ways to protect marine biodiversity; and the World Wildlife Federation Netherlands, which received support for its conservation work of the Asmat Coastal Wetland in Papua, Indonesia.
To learn more about the types of marine conservation organizations Turing supports and at what level, explore its recent projects page.
The Turing Foundation does not currently accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding for its nature program.
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