Shark Week, Philanthropy Edition: Who's Protecting the World's Most Feared Fish?

Whether Shark Week infuriates or inspires you, we thought it would be a good time to highlight some foundations and their grantees out there working to protect the threatened, awe-inspiring creatures, year-round. 

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What Did Julie Packard Say at the World Ocean Summit?

When Julie Packard shares big thoughts on ocean sustainability, it's worth paying attention. She's the member of the Packard family most deeply involved in these issues. Despite its image as a long established professional grantmaking operation, the Packard Foundation -- a major player on marine conservation -- is still very much controlled by family members.

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How a Seafood Business Competition Attracted Major Sponsors

Sometimes the best way to inspire innovation is to encourage a little competition. This was the idea behind Fish 2.0, a business competition aimed at connecting fishing and aquaculture businesses to investors eager to support the seafood industry. The competition was funded by a variety of foundations including heavy hitters like Packard, Rockefeller, the Walton Family, and Gordon and Betty Moore.
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What Packard’s New Strategy in the West Pacific Means For You

The Packard Foundation’s Western Pacific sub-program has been around since 1999, but as of 2014 the foundation will be looking for new qualities in its grant making. According to Packard, it is no longer enough to merely create marine reserves in the Western Pacific – the new strategy focuses on how to combine marine reserves and fisheries management while highlighting several new principles.
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Packard Foundation to Island Rats: DROP DEAD

Rats have made themselves at home on numerous islands around the world - and in the most unpleasant way. These rats are now driving native seabirds towards extinction. The Packard Foundation, which is committed to seabird conservation, has supported several projects to remove island rats over the years and looks set to continue doing so in the future.
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Where Are Marine Foundations Spending? New Report Is a Directory for Grantseekers

Organizations applying for marine conservation grants can gain insight into how foundations think and structure their strategies by reading the report: Investing In Our Oceans: Insights for Building Lasting Marine Conservation Funding Initiatives. This 2013 executive summaryis the glossy version of a much longer study conducted for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in 2010.

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How Packard Foundation's Squawkathon Is Saving Seabirds

Free food, beer, and a cash prize – these were recently promised by the Packard Foundation in order to lure scientists, designers, developers, and project managers to the first ever ‘Squawkathon’. Held on September 13th 2013 in Portland Oregon, the purpose of the event was to bring together creative, tech-savvy types in order to design a way to better identify and track global seabird bycatch.
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Why the Packard Foundation Is the Biggest Funder of Marine Bird Conservation

The David and Lucille Packard Foundation is one of the largest foundations in the country, yet it still finds time for the birds. Their Marine Bird Initiative funded $22.4 million in projects between 2006 and 2012, while the 2013 Five Year Evaluation of the subprogram found the Packard Foundation to be a “leader of marine bird conservation.”
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