Sheth Sangreal Foundation Donates $15 Million to World Wildlife Conservation
Wildlife protection is more important than ever. Approximately 240 acres of wildlife habitat are destroyed every hour.
We have already talked about the measures that are taken to protect wildlife. There was a meeting in London that we talked about a few years ago to stop wildlife trafficking.
The Sheth Sangreal Foundation increased its donation to Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC) from $10 million to $15 million in November 2017. The donation is the result of a matching campaign the Foundation launched earlier this year there to support GWC’s mission to preserve the Earth’s biodiversity.
The campaign matched all other contributions dollar for dollar, doubling the total contributions to the GWC. In particular, it allowed GWC to expand its leadership by adding Russ Mittermeier, a world-renowned conservation biologist. Mittermeier’s role in GWC will be to accelerate critical habitat conservation initiatives around the world. It may be similar to other organizations featured by the World Bank in the Global Wildlife Partnership.
Brian Sheth, Founder of the Sheth Sangreal Foundation, expressed his joy at increasing the matching grant to GWC. He added, “We are thrilled with the addition of Russ Mittermeier to the GWC leadership team and want to inspire others to invest in an organization dedicated to the future of our planet. Businesses and individuals can make contributions to the grant, which are tax deductible.
Wes Sechrest, CEO and Chief Scientist of GWC, welcomed the donation saying, “This extremely generous support from Brian Sheth and his Sheth Sangreal Foundation positions GWC to continue to lead the way in saving endangered species around the world and protecting the health of our planet.” He also expressed his confidence that the campaign would increase support for GWC’s mission during the rest of the year. Sechrest concluded his remarks by emphasizing the importance of preserving the diversity of the life on Earth.
Donations made to GWC’s #GivingTuesday campaign are eligible for the Foundation’s Matching Challenge. This campaign is raising funds to increase the size of the Finca San Isidro reserve, located in the Cuchumatanes mountains of Guatemala, where conservationists recently rediscovered the Jackson’s climbing salamander. The Lost Species Search lists this species as one of its 25 “most wanted” lost species.
Sheth Sangreal Foundation
Sheth is a businessman who became a self-made billionaire before the age of 40. He worked in the corporate world as an equity investor from 2000 to 2020, when he began to focus on his charitable activities. He and his wife Adria founded the Sheth Sangreal Foundation in 2011 to manage his philanthropic efforts, which primarily address global wildlife conservation and homelessness in his hometown of Austin, Texas. Conservationists honored his contributions to our planet’s biodiversity in 2016 by naming a newly discovered species of lemur in Madagascar after him. This species is scientifically known as Cheirogaleus shethi, which means “Sheth’s lemur”.
The Foundation offers much more to its clients than just financial support. Sheth uses the same strategies for his charities as he does to bring in billions of dollars for his investment partners. His leadership and financial resources drive operational excellence in these programs that support the well-being of all life on Earth. Sheth also builds strong partnerships with other business leaders and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to ensure everyone has a voice in protecting biodiversity.
The Foundation uses a systematic approach to decide which causes it will support. The first step is to identify and prioritize the problems in its area of impact. After that, the Foundation selects the partners best positioned to address the underlying issues, assuming it has the necessary resources. Transforming a pilot program into a full-scale project is a common challenge for the Foundation, which typically involves securing additional funding and connecting partners with world-class experts, leaders and government agencies.
The Foundation also strives to break down the logistical barriers that affect day-to-day operations, allowing its partners to focus on delivering measurable results while adhering to their principles. Collaboration is a key part of this process, which includes sharing best practices and lessons learned with other partners. This approach ensures that the Foundation can leverage its information across its program portfolio.
GWC was rebranded Re:wild in 2021 to combine the conservation impact of GWC and Leonardo DiCaprio, including subject matter experts, partners and platforms. Sheth remains the Chairman Emeritus of Re:wild, which now has partners in more than 80 countries. The aim of this organization is to save endangered species from extinction, protect wild lands and support local guardians of these areas. Wildlife guardians include rangers, scholars, resource managers, and indigenous peoples who dedicate their lives to safeguarding the planet’s biodiversity.
Re:wild has significantly expanded its impact in the year leading up to its official launch by increasing its portfolio of sites and species. It has also expanded its relationships with partners dedicated to wildlife conservation. This organization has worked to conserve over 45 million acres and save 835 endangered species in 2020 alone. For example, one of Re:wild’s biggest projects is protecting the Amazon. , which includes Earth’s largest river system and half of its tropical rainforests. The Amazon is a habitat for millions of species, many of which have yet to be discovered. Re:wild works with indigenous communities, which include over 20 million people who depend on natural ecosystems for their livelihood.
Another major Re:wild project involves restoring Tasmanian devils to Australia, which has not been their natural habitat for over 3,000 years. This project was a partnership with Aussie Ark and WildArk that resulted in the release of 11 Tasmanian Devils to a wildlife sanctuary on Barrington Tops. These wildlife reintroduction projects are particularly important in Australia, which has the world’s highest extinction rate for mammals. Actors Elsa Pataky and Chris Hemsworth helped free some of the animals to their new home.