New York — Leonardo DiCaprio is upping the ante in his environmental philanthropy: His foundation has announced $15.6m in grants for conservation efforts.
It's the largest series of donations by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation . It boasts donations of more than $59m since it was founded in 1998.
Proud of the incredible work we’ve accomplished at #LDFoundation. https://t.co/1TuROCrPGT— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) July 13, 2016
Proud of the incredible work we’ve accomplished at #LDFoundation. https://t.co/1TuROCrPGT
DiCaprio has lobbied world leaders about climate change, protecting wildlife and more. In a statement released on Wednesday, the Oscar-winning actor said he was increasing the level of grants "to help solve some of the world's most pressing environmental challenges."
He also appointed Terry Tamminen as the foundation's CEO. He was once secretary of California's Environmental Protection Agency.
Thrilled for @TerryTamminen to join #LDFoundation as CEO, bringing his passion & experience to broaden the impact of our work.— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) July 13, 2016
Thrilled for @TerryTamminen to join #LDFoundation as CEO, bringing his passion & experience to broaden the impact of our work.
Beneficiaries of the grants include the Elephant Crisis Fund, the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Fund, organisations devoted to fighting climate change and groups dedicated to protecting the rights and cultures of indigenous people.
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