Protecting the country’s freshwater supply is a huge environmental issue with increasing urgency, but it’s just getting started as a philanthropic cause. Here’s a crash course in the major players.
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.
Island seabirds face disproportionately high rates of extinction. The Packard Foundation has given millions to one conservation group’s work on the issue, including some serious pest control.
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.
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.