Dedicated to the long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth’s inhabitants
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is dedicated to the long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth’s inhabitants. Through collaborative partnerships, we support innovative projects that protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction, while restoring balance to threatened ecosystems and communities. LDF's grantmaking program encompasses six focus areas:
- year founded
- projects funded
- grants awarded
- organizations supported
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Before The Flood
Watch Leonardo's documentary on climate change and learn how you can make a difference.
Leonardo speaks at Postcode Lottery Gala in Amsterdam and celebrates new partnership with LDF
Leonardo DiCaprio spoke as special guest at the Postcode Lottery charity gala in Amsterdam on behalf of LDF. After addressing the audience, he was surprised to be presented with a check for €900,000 for his Foundation to support their efforts to address climate change and protect biodiversity.
Metropolitan water shortages: lessons learned the hard way
In an era of climate uncertainty, one thing we can be sure of is the next drought is coming. Some Californians have learned that planning for scarcity is critical.
Victory in the fight to keep the Puelo flowing free
On 29 December 2017 the Supreme Court of Chile confirmed the lower Court’s rejection of the developer’s environmental and indigenous rights review for a hydropower project on the Puelo River. This is likely the nail in the coffin for a project that threatened to destroy the traditional way of life for native peoples on the Puelo.
- Project • Marine Life & Oceans
Founded and led by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Enric Sala, Pristine Seas is an exploration, research, and media project aimed at supporting the United Nations’ target of 10 percent of the ocean protected by 2020.
Finding a refuge for corals amid decimated reefs in the Galápagos
Our new global reef survey "Reefscape" begins in the Galápagos Islands.
Flying laboratory reveals crucial tropical forest conservation targets in Borneo
About 40% of northern Malaysian Borneo's carbon stocks exist in forests that are not designated for maximum protections, according to new remote sensing and satellite mapping from Carnegie's Greg Asner and his colleagues.
Keeping the world below 1.5C with 100% renewable energy
A global warming target of 1.5˚C is in reach without the need for BECCS or other forms of geoengineering.
No more blackouts anywhere in the world with 100% wind, water, and sunlight
The biggest question facing the transition by countries, states, and cities to 100% clean, renewable energy is whether variable energy sources, such as wind and solar, can be combined with storage and transmission to meet variable demand, or whether blackouts will occur.
LDF partners with LACMA to convert Chris Burden’s Urban Light to LED lighting
In honor of the 10th anniversary of Chris Burden’s Urban Light at the Los Angeles County Museums of Art (LACMA), LDF is proud to announce our support of the exhibit’s replacement of all 309 incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs. This retrofit will result in approximately 90% in power savings for LACMA while also reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and other harmful pollutants.
How global security is connected to climate change
The Dakota Access Pipeline and the Arab Spring are just two of many major conflicts influenced by misuse of natural resources and environmental stress.
With no sharks to fear, fish forgo defensive gear
Shark fishing on a coral reef drives evolutionary changes in fish.
Through collaborative partnerships, we support innovative projects that protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction, while restoring balance to threatened ecosystems and communities. Our work is divided into six main program areas – Wildlands Conservation, Oceans Conservation, Climate Change, Indigenous Rights, Transforming California, and Innovative Solutions.Explore Our Programs