GRANTS FOR WILDLIFE AND WILD PLACES
The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF), founded on Earth Day in 1995, provides financial support for the study of wildlife, the protection of habitats, and the development of community conservation and education programs in critical ecosystems around the world. Every year, DWCF awards grants to U.S. nonprofit organizations and their partners abroad. DWCF's giving philosophy emphasizes a combination of scientific field study, education and awareness, and local community involvement. Priority is given to programs that demonstrate all three components.
In 2010, DWCF granted $1,471,700 to 64 nonprofit organizations working in 33 countries.
DWCF invites guests to support the fund through purchases and special animal experiences in our theme parks and resorts. One hundred percent of every guest dollar donated is directed to nonprofit organizations worldwide. Of the contributions received by DWCF in 2010, guest donations accounted for 33 percent. Guest participation in promotional tours, events and merchandise comprised an additional 34 percent, while Disney contributed 33 percent.
The DWCF Conservation Heroes program recognizes citizens around the world for their tireless efforts at the local level to save wildlife, protect habitats and educate communities. A cash award is shared between the hero and the nominating nonprofit organization. In 2010, DWCF honored six Disney Conservation Heroes for their exceptional service. For example, honoree Rene de Roland manages The Peregrine Fund's Madagascar Project where he rediscovered the Madagascar Pochard, a diving bird previously thought to be extinct.
Rapid Response Fund
DWCF's Rapid Response Fund helps animals and people in times of environmental crisis. In 2010, the Rapid Response Fund provided more than half a million dollars in urgent conservation support to meet the many challenges our planet is facing. A new collaboration with Disney Friends for Change enabled DWCF to expand its reach. Through sales of the songs "Send it On" and "Make a Wave," the Rapid Response Fund was able to expand our relief efforts around the world. For example, in the wake of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti, DWCF provided financial support for veterinary care and vaccinations for animals. DWCF also provided relief funds to the International Fund for Animal Welfare to support rescue efforts after Tropical Storm Ketsana hit the Philippines.
For more information about the different projects funded by Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, please visit the DWCF website.