Leonardo DiCaprio may spend his millions on wining and dining hot models, but he also uses it for good. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, known for its efforts to protect the world’s environment and ecosystems, announced today that they will be spending a whopping $15 million to help implement various environmental projects on a worldwide scale.
The 38-year-old actor, an avid environmentalist, is funding 30 different organizations who are all working to implement “innovative and impactful conservation projects around the globe.” Some of the groups receiving grants include Save the Elephants, the World Wildlife Fund, and Amazon Watch. “I am proud to support these organizations who are working to solve humankind’s greatest challenge,” DiCaprio said in a statement, referring to the challenge of adequately sustaining the planet’s habitability for the future.
This certainly isn’t the first time DiCaprio has used his fame and money to push for environmental change. Last year he enlisted the help of his A-list friends to throw a gala that raised over $25 million, with all proceeds going toward efforts to protect wildlife and regions. Some of the prizes auctioned off at the event included roles as “extras” in one of his upcoming movies, a motorcycle autographed by Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese, and Bono’s own guitar.
In the past, DiCaprio has contributed to causes like post-earthquake relief in Haiti, orphan children in Mozambique, protecting endangered tigers, and even LGBT rights. In 2014, the actor was appointed as a United Nations representative on the issue of climate change.
Guglielmi, J., “Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Donates $15 Million to Environmental Causes,” People web site, July 14, 2015; http://goo.gl/w3eqFC.
“Leonardo DiCaprio,” Wikipedia web site; https://goo.gl/Bpe9ne, last accessed July 14, 2015.