After an inspiring nature trip to TNC’s Kenya program site in 2011, the China board collectively decided to initiate a fund, China Global Conservation Fund (CGCF), focusing on addressing global environmental challenges beyond the Chinese borders, attracting philanthropists and contributions from China and other countries that are concerned about these shared nature conservation issues.
A key board member, Zeng Fanzhi, renowned contemporary artist, donated the proceedings from the auction of his painting Leopard, and thus secured the seed fund to CGCF. The Fund was officially announced (insert link to features—video of Jack speaking at the summit) by Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group and TNC’s global board member, in Washing DC. at the global volunteer leader summit. As a champion of this initiative, Jack also announced his 5M USD pledge (insert link to features of Nature of Our Future Video) to support CGCF, and inviting non-Chinese philanthropists to join this giving platform.
The first grant was given to support the building of Hirola sanctuary in Kenya; and in the past five years (2011-2015), CGCF has supported 21 projects covering Conservancy’s five regions. From forest to oceans, from wildlife conservation to sustainable community development, the Fund has greatly advanced TNC’s global conservation agenda.
What does CGCF try to achieve?
The Fund is a TNC internally administered fund with two major conservation objectives:
1) Produce tangible conservation outcomes in the water and on the ground in critical landscapes, watersheds and seascapes; and,
2) Catalyze changes in public policy and corporate practices that protect nature and incorporate natural solutions to solve pressing development problems.
What is CGCF’s funding scale?
From 2011- 2015, CGCF has pledged and delivered $17.2 million (including $5.2 million leveraged from non-Chinese donors) to support the Conservancy’s high priority projects across the globe.
In the new phase of CGCF (2016-2020) , the Fund aims to capitalize another 15M USD, consisting 5M pledged by the CGCF Core Committee, 5M pledged by China board members, and the third 5M from overseas philanthropic contributions.