Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Awards $15.6 Million in Grants

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Awards $15.6 Million in Grants

The in New York City has announced grants totaling $15.6 million to nonprofit organizations working in the areas of wildlife and habitat protection, ocean conservation, indigenous rights, sustainable solutions, and climate change.

Grants awarded through the foundation's Wildlife & Habitat Protection portfolio totaled more than $7.6 million, with grants going to the , , and the , among others. The foundation also awarded more than $2.5 million to , the Global Partnerships for Sharks Fund, and other organizations working to protect key ocean ecosystems and marine wildlife.

In addition, the foundation awarded grants totaling $2.1 million to , the , the , and other organizations through its Indigenous Rights portfolio; $2.1 million to , the , the , and other organizations through its Innovative Solutions portfolio; and $1.3 million to , , , and other organizations through its Climate Change portfolio.

The foundation, which is administered under the umbrella of , also announced the appointment of veteran environmental leader Terry Tamminen as CEO. Tamminen is a Cullman Senior Fellow for climate policy at the and was appointed as an operating advisor to , a private equity fund that provides capital to middle market companies across a variety of industries specializing in resource efficiency and sustainable technologies.

"Leo and his foundation have been an invaluable voice in the environmental movement for many years," said Tamminen. "I am proud to join them in the fight for the defense of our natural world and the protection of every living creature on Earth. I look forward to working with Leo and the LDF team as we expand the impact of the foundation in the years to come."

"." Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Press Release 07/14/2016.