DISNEY CONSERVATION

PROTECTING THE MAGIC OF NATURE TOGETHER

Disney Conservation is committed to saving wildlife and building a global community inspired to protect the magic of nature together. Since 1995, the Disney Conservation Fund has directed $100 million to support nonprofit organizations working with communities to save wildlife, inspire action and protect the planet. Disney Conservation Team Wildlife leads best-in-class scientific programs to conserve wildlife in Disney’s backyard and beyond, connects people to build a network for nature, and cares for the planet through everyday actions.

View the Disney Conservation Fund Coffee Table Book

Explore an Interactive Map of DCF-Supported Projects

 

DISNEY CONSERVATION FUND

$100M+

to save wildlife

1,000

species protected

53M+

kids connected to nature

315M

acres protected

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF IMPACT

1995

Recognizing the urgency to protect rapidly vanishing wildlife and habitats, the Disney Conservation Fund is created and hits the ground running. Grants are awarded to 39 projects, providing support to respected conservation organizations already at the forefront of critical conservation efforts.

1998

Disney’s Animal Kingdom opens, where guests can join Disney in supporting conservation by adding a contribution to their purchase at shops.

2004

Our first Conservation Heroes are honored for their passion and dedication to supporting the success of conservation projects in their communities around the world.

2006

$10 million in support or wildlife and wild places reached! To commemorate this milestone, Disney’s Bob Iger honored John Cleese, Dr. Iain Douglas Hamilton, Dame Dr. Jane Goodall, Wangari Maathai and Isabella Rossellini for their commitment to conservation.

2009

Disneynature releases its first film, Earth, launching a commitment to contribute to conservation through the Disney Conservation Fund in honor of each person that watches the film in the first week of its release. Earth funds the planting of 3 million trees in Brazil through The Nature Conservancy, and the commitment is carried on to all future Disneynature films.

2012

The first Kids and Nature Summit is held at Walt Disney World to launch a new initiative to increase the time kids spend in nature.

2019

During the release of The Lion King, Disney collaborates with the Lion Recovery Fund to inspire audiences to help double the population of lions by 2050.

2020

The Disney Conservation Fund will celebrate its 25th anniversary!

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SAVING WILDLIFE

The Disney Conservation Fund is focused on saving wildlife for future generations through grants to leading conservation organizations working together to stabilize and increase the populations of at-risk animals including apes, butterflies, coral reefs, cranes, elephants, monkeys, rhinos, sea turtles, sharks & rays, and tigers. A Disney conservationist works with each organization to identify where Disney expertise can also play a role in reversing the decline of these animals and their habitats.

INSPIRING ACTION

Working with nonprofit organizations and communities on comprehensive conservation solutions and celebrating the heroes dedicated to saving wildlife and wild places.

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GRANTS

The Disney Conservation Fund awards grants to nonprofit organizations leading comprehensive community conservation efforts and initiatives that protect species and habitats, and inspire kids and families to take action for wildlife and the planet.

Conservation Funding Opportunities and Resources

Inspiring Action: Annual Conservation Grants

Organizations interested in applying for an Inspiring Action Grant should review eligibility criteria and submit an inquiry form by the deadline (an invitation code is not required for this step). Projects that are a strong fit for DCF criteria will be provided with additional details to submit a full application.

Submit an Inquiry

The inquiry deadline for the current grant cycle has passed. Please look for updates about the next grant cycle in September 2020.

Requests to modify a current grant (request an extension or budget reallocation) should be submitted here.

Request a Grant Modification

Inspiring Action: Conservation Hero Awards

Each year, the Disney Conservation Fund recognizes passionate individuals and teams who are working to save animals and engage their communities in conservation solutions. Nominations are considered once per year, and any organization that has previously received a Disney Conservation Fund grant, is eligible to nominate a Disney Conservation Hero. For more information or to be added to an invitation list to receive instructions to nominate a Hero during the next cycle, contact Corp.Conservation@Disney.com.

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EMPOWERING YOUTH TO TAKE ACTION FOR NATURE

The Disney Conservation Fund supports opportunities for kids and families to connect with and take action to benefit nature. Learn more about the programs we’re supporting:

Association of Zoos and Aquariums
World Association of Zoos and Aquariums

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TEAMING UP FOR WILDLIFE

Disney is committed to sharing the expertise, talent and dedication of its Cast Members and employees to protect the magic of nature. Disney Conservation Team Wildlife works to inspire conservation actions and collaborates globally to share expertise and drive programs to positively impact wildlife and habitats.

PROTECTING THE PLANET

The Disney Conservation Fund carries forward a commitment to sustainability through focused grants that leverage innovation, collaboration and storytelling to protect and restore natural resources and habitats in areas important to our business.

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ANIMAL DISASTER RESPONSE

The Disney Conservation Fund is proud to support the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to help carry forward its commitment to helping communities and animals when they need it the most. To review criteria and apply for an IFAW Disaster Response Grant, please visit the IFAW website.

Disneynature

Disneynature shares real conservation impact stories to spark inspirational family discussions around wildlife and habitat protection. Disneynature develops innovative and impactful conservation programs together with leading NGOs and the Disney Conservation Fund

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