Founding Board Member, Re:wild
"Re:wild offers a bold vision to amplify and scale the local solutions being led by Indigenous peoples and local communities, nongovernmental organizations, companies, and government agencies, to help increase their impact around the world. The environmental heroes that the planet needs are already here. Now we all must rise to the challenge and join them.”
LEONARDO DiCAPRIO is an Academy Award® winning actor (and six-time nominee), who has been recognized for his work as an actor, producer, and activist. DiCaprio has been a longtime champion of global environmental issues including climate change, wildlife conservation, access to clean water, protecting biodiversity, marine conservation and supporting Indigenous communities. To date, through his philanthropic efforts, DiCaprio has provided more than $100 million in grants to a variety of programs and projects. Re:wild is the latest undertaking linked to DiCaprio’s environmental activism.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020, DiCaprio helped launch America’s Food Fund alongside Laurene Powell Jobs, Apple, Ford Foundation and Oprah Winfrey, which has since raised nearly $45 million for hunger-relief organizations including Feeding America and World Central Kitchen.
In 2019, DiCaprio and Earth Alliance launched critical funding initiatives including the Amazon Forest Fund to help aid the fires in the Brazilian rainforest, the Australia Wildfire Fund in response to catastrophic fires burning in the region, as well as the Virunga Fund in support of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In September 2014, DiCaprio was designated as a United Nations Messenger of Peace for his longstanding commitment to environmental activism. That same month, DiCaprio was honored with the Clinton Global Citizen Award, participated in history’s largest climate march in New York City, and addressed the UN Summit. In January 2016, DiCaprio was awarded a Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum for his work bringing global attention to the urgent need to address climate change.
In addition to his work with Re:wild, DiCaprio also serves on the boards of Natural Resources Defense Council, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and Earth Alliance where he serves as Co-Chair.
DiCaprio was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and SAG Award for his role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Previously he received the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role in The Revenant. DiCaprio can next be seen this year in Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up, and is currently in production for Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon.