Philanthropy’s Part in a Flurry of Global Ocean Protection Commitments

Philanthropy’s Part in a Flurry of Global Ocean Protection Commitments
The annual Our Ocean conference has, in just three years, become both a catalyst and a showcase for hundreds of global marine protection efforts, and philanthropy is more involved than ever. We round up the highlights.
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The Waltons’ Flood of Funds to the Colorado River

Since around 2005, the Walton Family Foundation has been pouring funds into environmental issues, with one of its main interests being the Colorado River. As part of the foundation’s freshwater conservation initiative, the funder gave $16.6 million to the cause just last year. Here's where it went.

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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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Walton Foundation to Organize Gulf Restoration

The Walton Family Foundation recently launched a campaign to focus business support for restoration projects around the Gulf of Mexico. In line with the rest of the foundation’s philanthropy, the Gulf campaign will hinge on “conservationomics” and is focused on educating and empowering local communities to ensure federal restoration dollars are spent appropriately.
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Maybe We Shouldn't Eat Sea Life to Extinction: Walton Family Foundation Supports Sustainable Seafood

Marine conservation and Walmart – these are not common word associations for most people. The Walton Family Foundation, however, grants millions of dollars to ocean conservation programs each year, including programs that protect threatened fish populations. Further, Walmart now requires all of its wild-caught seafood to be certified by the Marine Sustainability Council.
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