We’re delighted to announce that SavingSpecies has been given a vital helping hand from the prestigious Chicago-based Libra Foundation. The Foundation has awarded SavingSpecies a $25,000 capacity building grant. It will support essential costs to help SavingSpecies expand its reach and impact around the world.
We’re especially pleased at the recognition of our success since the Libra Foundation focuses on “supporting innovative and effective work” which furthers its goals of fostering human rights and sustainability.
SavingSpecies founder and president Dr. Stuart Pimm commented on the award: “I am just thrilled that SavingSpecies has been awarded this generous grant. We are honored to have received the Libra Foundation’s confidence in our cutting edge and fiscally efficient approach to highly targeted conservation.”
Dr. Pimm emphasized that all donations go to conservation projects, unless otherwise specified by the donor. “As I take personal pride in ensuring that every dime SavingSpecies raises for our projects goes directly toward land purchases and restoration, this grant is particularly helpful in furthering our reach and impact,” he said.
The grant will help SavingSpecies develop its website, social media, grant writing, public outreach and research. Through grassroots word of mouth and online engagement, SavingSpecies has raised public awareness—and hundreds of thousands of dollars—to fund restoration of critically at-risk habitats. The Libra Foundation’s grant recognizes the value of our approach to connect and restore patches of fragmented, degraded tropical forests in Brazil, Madagascar, and Colombia. Most recently we’re applying this approach to the cloud forests of the Western Andes of Colombia, inhabited by hundreds of threatened species, many of which are unique to the area. These cloud forests are also home to the olinguito, a charismatic raccoon-like arboreal mammal first described in August 2013.
“Without the help of our supporters, sponsors and thoughtful foundations like the Libra Foundation, we could not do our important work of healing the planet to give species a chance to survive and thereby prevent extinctions,” added Dr. Pimm.
Read more details about the award in our press release.