Giving Tuesday: Encouraging Support of Leaders in Conservation

The Moore Charitable Foundation (MCF) was founded in 1992 by lifelong conservationist Louis Bacon to preserve and protect natural resources for future generations. MCF is proud to support visionary non-profits that truly champion land, wildlife, habitat, and water. We are honored to partner with passionate individuals and teams – scientists, explorers, activists, educators, thought-leaders, patrons, artists, litigators, lobbyists, politicians, students, historians – who dedicate their lives to making the world a better place.

In the spirit of the holiday season, and as we approach #GivingTuesday, we take this opportunity to highlight a few of our many incredible partners, all of which are worthy of attention and support.

Bahamas National Trust
The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) champions conservation and the sustainable use of the Bahamas’ natural resources through initiatives that range from fishing regulations to marine litter education. Conchservation, their national effort to ensure a sustainable Queen Conch population, raises awareness about the dangers of harvesting juvenile conchs from the water before they have had the opportunities to reproduce. The campaign has been broadly disseminated through Public Service Announcements (PSA) and children’s education. Learn more about BNT’s Conchservation.

Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF)
A partner for more than 15 years, BREEF works to conserve the Bahamas marine environment through research, environmental education and advocacy. BREEF is currently focused on protecting the endangered Nassau grouper population from overfishing around the Caribbean. BREEF’s body of research and ongoing advocacy directly contributed to a game-changing win: the legislature of a closed fishing season. This is a major milestone in marine conservation. Learn more about BREEF.

Colorado Open Lands
Colorado Open Lands​ works to preserve the unparalleled natural beauty and open spaces of Colorado through private and public partnerships, innovative land conservation techniques and strategic leaderships. COL primarily partners with private landowners to place conservation easements on their property, protecting their land in perpetuity. COL has permanently protected more than 378,000 acres throughout the state, defending landscapes, wildlife, farmers, ranchers, and sportsmen from the threats of development and the loss of open spaces. Currently, COL is employing an innovative technique by using conservation easements and other tools to protect acequia water rights, a system that treats water as a community resource that irrigators have a shared right to use, manage, and protect. Learn more about COL here.

Everytown for Gun Safety
Everytown for Gun Safety is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities. More than 3 million mayors, moms, cops, teachers, survivors, gun owners, and everyday Americans have come together to fight for the changes that will save lives. Researching a range of vital issues surrounding gun violence, Everytown develops data-driven solutions, and works with lawmakers and civilians to pass common-sense laws and policies that save lives. Read more about Everytown For Gun Safety here.

Group for the East End (GFEE)
GFEE acts as a watchdog and community advocate dedicated to protecting the natural beauty and tranquility of Eastern Long Island. GFEE pushes local governments to rethink development proposals, overhaul local zoning codes, and adopt new open space preservation laws. Of recent concern is the imminent sale and development of Plum Island, which houses an Animal Disease Center that Homeland Security is set to close by 2023. GFEE is working strategically with all layers of government to turn a majority of the island into a National Wildlife Refuge, and thus protect osprey, bank swallow and painted turtle habitat and populations. Learn more about GFEE’s vision here.

Land Trust Alliance
The Land Trust Alliance advocates for the policies and incentives we need to permanently protect millions of acres of land across the country every year. At once the go-to source for conservation training, the trusted advisor for land trusts; and a networking body for connecting people to the land, LTA addresses the pace, quality and permanence of conservation. LTA is focsed on making making the Enhanced Easement Incentive Act permanent in order to ensure that landowners who donate a conservation easement on their land can claim a valuable federal income tax deduction. Across the country, land trusts have been building strong bipartisan support for this powerful and cost-effective incentive. Learn more about LTA’s work here.

MarViva focuses on protecting coastal and marine ecosystems in Costa Rica, Colombia and Panama. A project that is of particular importance to MCF, MarViva is currently focused on a three-year plan to promote marine conservation in the Gulf of Chiriquí, Panama, a timely project that will contribute to the preservation of marine resources and poverty reduction in eight relevant communities. Read more about MarViva’s Panamanian initiatives here.

North Carolina Coastal Federation
Through education, advocacy and habitat restoration, N.C. Coastal Federation helps coastal residents and visitors to protect the water quality and critically important natural habitats of the Atlantic seaboard. The Orton Foundation, The Moore Charitable Foundation’s regional affiliate supports NCCF’s efforts to preventing the proposed Titan Cement, a heavy-polluting coal-fired cement manufacturing plant that would threaten the air and water of southeastern NC, from being built on the banks of the Cape Fear River. Learn more about NCCF.

Oceana is the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world’s oceans, largely through science-based and policy-focused campaigns . Since 2001, Oceana has protected over 1.2 million square miles of ocean as well as innumerable sea turtles, sharks, dolphins and other marine creatures. MCF supports Oceana’s campaign to prevent offshore drilling and seismic airgun blasting along the East coast, including the sensitive coastal regions of North Carolina. Read more about Oceana’s Stop the Drill campaign here.

Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC)
A powerful and mobilized litigating body, SELC  focuses on many of our top priority issues concerns in the Cape Fear River Area: fighting Titan’s plans for a cement plant; coal ash clean up, the environmental and social devastation caused by Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation waste; and the threat of offshore drilling and seismic blasting off the coast of North Carolina. Learn more about the fearless work of the SELC here.

Waterkeeper Alliance
As champions for clean water worldwide, Waterkeeper Alliance unites more than 250 local Waterkeepers on critical issues impacting the basic right to clean water. In North Carolina WKA has been fighting for more than 16 years to regulate waste pollution from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) – swine, poultry, and dairy facilities, that are devastating communities, rivers, lakes and estuaries across the state. The Pure Farms Pure Waters campaign aims to raise awareness about CAFOs; encourage the public to question the provenance of their meat; and urge communities to defend their rights to swimmable, fishable, drinkable water. Learn more about Pure Farms Pure Waters here.

The organizations here listed are not exhaustive of The Moore Charitable Foundation portfolio of partnerships; but as a whole they do span the breath of our focus. We encourage you to learn more about each of these incredible organizations, and hope you will consider one that resonates personally for your charitable giving this year.

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