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.
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.
Transitioning to a zero waste future
The biggest economic opportunity in the history of the planet is figuring out how to finance the transition to a zero waste future, according to Terry Tamminen, CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and co-founder of the Planet Pledge Fund.
- 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.
10 million acres of new national parks created in Chile
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, President and CEO of Tompkins Conservation, join forces for the official ceremony to complete what they pledged to do last year: create five new national parks in Chile and expand three others. Tompkins Conservation’s two flagship projects in Chile – Pumalín and Patagonia Parks, are now becoming national parks.
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.
Don’t be complacent: climate change will ravage rich and poor alike
The unstoppable transformation
Former U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres spoke last month about “a transformation that is now unstoppable, irreversible and more than anything else, it is exponential."
How tiny limpets do the heavy lifting of climate resilience
Tiny creatures can have outsized influence in managing their environments.
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.
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