Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people's lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and the prevention of child abuse, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke's properties.
For much of its history, the Foundation's Environment Program has sought to accelerate wildlife habitat conservation in the U.S. by challenging the conservation field to adopt and act on shared land protection priorities. The Environment Program will continue its focus on strategic habitat conservation while placing an increased emphasis on the emerging threat of climate change and how to help wildlife adapt to its detrimental impacts (for instance, by protecting large expanses of intact habitat as well as facilitating ecosystem connectivity and wildlife movement).
The Environment Program has awarded more than $225 million in grants since 1997 related to the conservation of wildlife in the United States. With funding provided by the Foundation and managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the WCS Climate Adaptation Fund has provided millions of dollars in competitive grants. Awards have been made to nonprofit conservation organizations for applied, on-the-ground projects focused on implementing priority conservation actions for climate adaptation at a landscape scale.
Phone: (212) 974-7000