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NJ Audubon awarded grant by the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund

The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) announced its 2012 Annual Grants, awarding more than $1.8 million to conservation projects across the globe. This year marks the Fund’s $20 million milestone in conservation giving. Since its founding on Earth Day in 1995, DWCF has supported more than 315 nonprofit organizations with 800 projects in 112 countries on six continents.

The DWCF is a key pillar in Disney’s efforts to protect the planet for future generations and help kids develop lifelong conservation values. This grants program 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.  

The recipient organizations are selected for their efforts to protect wildlife, preserve habitats, engage communities through education, and ensure that future generations can enjoy wildlife and wild places.

Seventy-five conservation organizations received cash awards in 2012.  NJ Audubon received a cash award of $24,950 to continue working to implement a comprehensive conservation plan for the Semipalmated Sandpiper (SESA) to ensure the long-term health of this bird and other rapidly declining migratory shorebirds. The award, along with grants from other funders such as US Fish and Wildlife Service, supports our ongoing cross-cultural bird monitoring and education programs between the United States and French Guiana, Suriname and Brazil.   We are extremely proud to be included among such an international group of nonprofit organizations.

In January, 2013, NJ Audubon's VP of Research Dr. David Mizrahi will lead an international research team to the northern coast of Brazil to continue work initiated a year ago on identifying important shorebird wintering grounds.  In April, 2013, Dr. Mizrahi will travel to Suriname to meet with international partners and local conservation groups to continue work on established education programs promoting conservation of shorebird wintering grounds and protection of shorebirds against hunting practices.  

Click here for more information about NJ Audubon's shorebird research.  
Click here to donate to NJ Audubon's shorebird research program.

DWCF is supported by guest contribution opportunities at merchandise and select Disney Resort locations including Disney Cruise Line.  Other funding comes from merchandise initiatives like reusable bags, and from special guest programs at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. 

100 percent of every dollar goes directly to the projects. The Walt Disney Company additionally matches all guest contributions to the DWCF and covers all overhead costs associated with the Fund. 

Click here for more information about DWCF, or to see the entire list of 2012 grant recipients.