Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Awards $4.4 Million for Wildlife Conservation

The New York City-based Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced a two-year, $4.4 million grant to the Wildlife Conservation Society to expand its Wildlife Action Opportunities Fund.

The fund was created in 2006 to support the implementation of projects that address needs identified by the states as priorities in wildlife action plans mandated by Congress. Between 2006 and 2008, it provided more than $3.5 million to forty-two projects in thirty-eight states that have worked to restore natural areas for wildlife and recreation, prevent species from becoming endangered, and address climate change.

"The Wildlife Action Opportunities Fund has played a vital role in recent years, bringing nonprofit conservation organizations and state wildlife agencies together on what are often small but essential projects that address what the states themselves have identified as their top conservation priorities," said DDCF environment program director Dr. Mark Shaffer. "The foundation is pleased to support this fund and, in turn, help the states realize the vision they have put forward in their wildlife action plans."

"$4.4 Million Awarded to Accelerate Implementation of State Wildlife Action Plans." Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Press Release 01/15/2009.