For last 20 years, Leonardo DiCaprio’s foundation raised $100 million to fight climate change

Jan 3, 2019

When he first appeared as Sir Dave Attenborough, Leonardo DiCaprio had always managed to stay in, or near, the spotlight with his various amazing performances across countless films. Recently, however, Leo’s taking a much bigger stage as his foundation attempts to grapple with climate change.

Of course, he graciously accepted his position with that humble swagger we know and love when he gave his spot on the raft to Rose (Kate Winslet) despite there clearly being room for him to squeeze on.

Shortly after the mega-blockbuster success of “Titanic,” Leonardo turned his focus onto humanitarian efforts, where he decided to start the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF). Of course, over the last 20 years, the ever talented man can add one more accomplishment to his already overflowing resume, because during that time, he and his foundation funded over 200 projects.

While he still retains a vast majority of the boyish charm that captivated hearts and minds around the world, Leo, now 44, spoke at the LDF’s most recent event.

There, at the LDF’s 20th recent anniversary—with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Madonna, Tobey Maguire, and Ellen DeGeneres in attendance—Leo announced that $11 million worth of new funding to the Wildlands Conservation, Oceans Conservation, Climate Change, Indigenous Rights, Transforming California, and Innovative Solutions. As a result of this charitable donation, the LDF’s total contribution amounted to over $100 million, which is an incredible amount of money.

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In a statement from the LDF’s website, DiCaprio, who became a United Nations Messenger of Peace in 2014, said:

When I founded LDF 20 years ago, I did so based on the simple idea that we could make a real difference by directly funding some of the most effective environmental projects – whether it be individuals, grassroots movements or major nonprofits, we wanted to focus on getting critical funding to those who could have the greatest impact.

We are extremely proud to celebrate 20 years of this model. Since 1998, we have supported over 200 projects on every continent and in every ocean from habitat and species conservation, renewable energy, climate change, indigenous rights, and more.

I am pleased to announce $11 million in new grants across our six program areas, bringing the total financial impact of LDF to over $100 million.

The glitzy event also featured a special performance by Coldplay frontman and resident tree-hugger, Chris Martin, who performed a number of tunes, including ‘My Heart Will Go On’, ‘Viva La Vida’, and ‘Something Just Like This.’

 

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