The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is wasting no time in making good use of last year's massive fundraising.
Back in May of 2013, the 39-year-old actor hosted a record-breaking charity art auction at Christie's that brought in an astounding $38.8M. In November, the first gift from that evening's festivities was bestowed upon the World Wildlife Fund - a $3M donation to fund tiger conservation programs. Last week, DiCaprio's foundation doled out another $3M - this time to the ocean conservation group Oceana.
“Protecting our planet’s oceans and the marine species that call it home is one of the most pressing sustainability crises facing humanity today and a moral imperative that we must acknowledge," said DiCaprio in a statement.
Spread over three years, the donation will allow Oceana to fund habitat protection for marine life - as well as pursue an end to California's gillnet industry.
Added Oceana CEO Andy Sharpless: "The net impact will be a much more abundant and biodiverse ocean that has many millions more sharks and critical and amazing marine animals, wilder and more pristine ocean habitats and oceans that can feed over a billion people – many of them hungry – a healthy seafood meal each day."
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