£1million raised for conservation
Last year, we began our 25th anniversary year by setting an ambitious target to raise £1million in additional funding for conservation. We are thrilled to announce that we have just reached this milestone! A sincere thank you to all of our donors who have made this possible, including Gala Partner the Corcoran Foundation.
These funds will go to our 25th Anniversary Fund, created to allow our winners to dream big and facilitate the development of strategic partnerships with other Whitley Award alumni to deliver largescale, collaborative conservation initiatives.
In November 2018, we held a fundraising Hope Gala at the Natural History Museum to help us reach this target. Joined by our Trustee Sir David Attenborough, and compered by our Ambassador Kate Humble, the Gala brought together 13 of our 200 Whitley Award alumni – leading conservationists who are working to turn the tide for wildlife, habitats, and communities around the world. The Hope Gala took our 25th Anniversary Fund to a total of £850,000, with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation making the first pledge.
Since November, a number of generous donors have contributed to the Fund, enabling us to close the gap and hit our target as we entered 2019. We could not be more grateful for this strong show of support.
As the demand for funding from our winners continues to grow, this game-changing fund will enable us to provide sustained support to our Winner Network as they carry out high impact conservation work around the world.