Our foundation was born in december of 2021. Initially with a small personal donation from Natacha. Our goal was to fund ongoing scientific research in the field of taxonomy. Specifically our first grants were dedicating to increasing scientist budgets to augment their audio visual capture capacity. Our preference being “charismatic cryptic species”. Our main criteria for selecting grantees was simple: can this create more Koalas?” meaning, can we help these researchers create amazing imagery of cryptic species that can contribute to mainstream love and admiration for species that up until now have been under appreciated.
Our first grants went to taxonomists specialising in among others, cave species, carnivorous plant glands, micro wasps and seeds.
When the Russian invasion of Ukraine began our donors began asking for more… they wanted us to help the Ukrainian people. Public foundations can, at any time, shift their focus to urgent humanitarian causes. And so that is what we did. We focused on saving lives. As it happens, environmental pursuits often must take a back seat while humans are saved. Our humanitarian efforts in ukraine surpassed our wildest ambitions: withing months we enables over 10 000 evacuations, and provided life saving heavy machinery (baby incubators, rescue vehicles, mobile hospitals..). Today, after a year of supporting Ukraine, we are active in rebuilding, with a focus on providing Ukrainians whatever they need to help them continue to be the bread basket of the world. This entails de-mining equipejment, tractors for agriculture, and citizen science initiatives to begin to reconstruct seed bank and crucial global food ressource related science on the ground.
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