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 $3 million donation to fund tiger conservation programs. DiCaprio’s foundation doled out another $3 million in February – 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.