ISF Gives $1 Million Grant to Jane Goodall Institute

 

 

ISF Gives $1 Million Grant to Jane Goodall Institute

The Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF) and the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) are thrilled to announce a generous $1 Million donation from ISF, founded by actor and activist Ian Somerhalder, which will provide transformative support for JGI’s programs to protect the natural world we share and improve the wellbeing of people, other animals, and essential ecosystems around the world. Dr. Goodall, Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed have a shared understanding that everything is interconnected, and that the most essential relationships we have are with the planet we call home and all the other beings with whom we share it.  

Through this investment, the Jane Goodall Institute has shared they will be able to expand and deepen their programs which innovate through Jane’s visionary approaches to community-led great ape conservation, habitat protection, restoration and regeneration, progressive animal-welfare and sanctuary care, world-changing advocacy and climate action, along with the renowned global youth empowerment program Roots & Shoots. As Ian, Nikki and Jane all live with a conviction to spread compassion for animals and inspire the next generation to make the world a better place, this partnership is a beautiful fit, and demonstrates the power of individuals to make a world of difference and shape a better future for all. 

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, is a global phenomenon celebrating six decades of innovations in science, advocacy in animal welfare, conservation and environmentalism generating positive impacts in Gombe and beyond, for today and for generations to come. Ian Somerhalder, Founder of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation and UN Global Goodwill Ambassador, is a committed conservationist, philanthropist and inspirational leader as a voice for positive planetary change and action and the empowerment and education of young people. Through a generous $1 Million donation from the Ian Somerhalder Foundation to the Jane Goodall Institute, Somerhalder and Jane will be acting upon their shared passion for the natural world and a commitment to empowering the next generation.  Jane will strive to use this opportunity to invest in the things that matter most – protecting our shared planet through innovative science, community-led conservation initiatives, habitat restoration and regeneration, progressive animal-welfare and sanctuary care, world-changing advocacy and climate action and global youth empowerment. As the Ian Somerhalder Foundation has worked to empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures for over a decade, this grant seemed to be a wonderful fit with the mission and work of the Jane Goodall Institute to make a world of difference and shape a better future for all. 

Learn more about the Jane Goodall Institute at https://janegoodall.org/

 

A Message from Ian

WOW, it's been hard for me to hold onto this news!!! Giving this grant means THE WORLD to ISF, Nikki and me and something we have been planning for a very long time. Real change happens through supporting shared missions and action and that is exactly what will happen here.  

I am overjoyed to announce that, in our first beautiful collaboration, the Ian Somerhalder Foundation has given a $1 Million Grant to the esteemed and honorable Dr. Goodall and the Jane Goodall Institute! This money will provide transformative support for @janegoodallinst programs to protect the natural world we share and improve the wellbeing of people, other animals, and essential ecosystems around the world. Through this investment, the Jane Goodall Institute will be able to expand and deepen its programs, which innovate through Jane’s visionary approaches to the renowned global youth empowerment program Roots and Shoots, community-led great ape conservation, habitat protection, restoration and regeneration, progressive animal welfare and sanctuary care, world-changing advocacy and climate action. 

To be able to support at this capacity and this level of reach, especially with JGI, is our dream come true. This goes back to the beginning of ISF and what we spoke about for the future.  A future in which organizations support each other to accomplish the necessary shared actions and missions of good to tackle the greatest problems of our world. We are humbled and grateful for the ability and opportunity to be in a position to help others who do such great work. As a team at @isfofficial, we have worked very hard to raise this kind of money to support others. Empower, Educate and COLLABORATE– that has always been our mission. We've realized that a better and even more powerful approach is empowering others in THEIR missions and programs. To us, the Jane Goodall Institute seemed like the best fit to support and we are thrilled to watch what they will do next.

Jane, you're our hero!!! Everyone watch our video and please please please go follow the work of the @janegoodallinst with us! 

 
Love, Ian 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Written by Jules Trace and Shawn Sweeney
Photo Credits:
1. © the Jane Goodall Institute/By Anna Mosser
2. Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder/By Glass Jar Photography
3. Frame X Frame Films
4. © the Jane Goodall Institute/By Fernando Turmo