LEONARDO WILHELM DICAPRIO IS AN AMERICAN ACTOR, FILM PRODUCER, AND ENVIRONMENTALIST. HE HAS OFTEN PLAYED UNCONVENTIONAL ROLES, PARTICULARLY IN BIOPICS AND PERIOD FILMS. Leonardo is the founder of LEONARDO DICAPRIO FOUNDATION, which is dedicated to the protection and wellbeing of all Earth's inhabitants. His organization support projects around the world that build climate resilience, protect vulnerable wildlife, and restore balance to threatened ecosystems and communities.
They have recently collaborated with the Earth Alliance in a philanthropic partnership dedicated to urgently addressing climate change and environmental threats to life on Earth. In 1998, Leonardo DiCaprio established his foundation with the mission of protecting the world’s last wild places. LDF implements solutions that help restore balance to threatened ecosystems, ensuring the long-term health and well-being of all Earth’s inhabitants. Since that time the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) has worked on some of the most pressing environmental issues of our day. Through grantmaking, public campaigns, and media initiatives, LDF brings attention and needed funding to six program areas — Wildlands Conservation, Oceans Conservation, Climate Change, Indigenous Rights, Transforming California, and Innovative Solutions. Several successful fundraising events have enabled LDF to scale up our grantmaking strategy, driving support for vitally important projects around the globe.
In acknowledgment of LDF’s impactful work over the last two decades, Leonardo was designated as the United Nations Messenger of Peace for Climate Change and received the 2014 Clinton Global Citizen Award. In addition to founding LDF, Leonardo also serves on the board of several environmental organizations, World Wildlife Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, National Geographic’s Pristine Seas, Oceans 5, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare. The Foundation has gradually built a significant grantmaking operation, awarding over $80 million in grants since 2010, funding 200+ high-impact projects in 50 countries across Asia, the Americas, Africa, the Arctic, Antarctica, and all five oceans. Through active collaboration with a broad network of environmental leaders and experts, effective organizations, and committed philanthropists, the foundation is able to find and support the best, results-driven projects in the world’s most wild and threatened ecosystems. Our work is divided into six main program areas – Wildlands Conservation, Oceans Conservation, Climate Change, Indigenous Rights, Transforming California, and Innovative Solutions.