The Overbrook Foundation recognizes the value of protecting endangered biodiversity and the vital environmental and social benefits it provides. The Biodiversity Conservation program area supports programs in Latin America, with a specific focus on Mesoamerica, where globally important species and ecosystems face a wide range of threats. The Foundation seeks out projects that create practical solutions to these threats, particularly those that promote sustainable livelihoods and engage local communities in conservation efforts.

Below are the Foundation’s 2018 grantees through its Biodiversity Conservation portfolio.

Amazon Conservation Team  

General Operating Support - $30,000 (first payment in a three-year grant)

The Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting South American rainforests through the empowerment of indigenous peoples and other local communities. Through its work in Colombia, Suriname and Brazil, ACT hopes to create an Amazon region of thriving biological and cultural diversity, conserved in perpetuity by local peoples able to utilize the best of traditional and western knowledge to protect their ancestral lands.

Root Capital

Helping Smallholder Farmers Adapt to Climate Change -  $50,000 (first payment in a two-year grant)

Root Capital, based in Massachusetts, is a nonprofit social investment fund that grows rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places by lending capital, delivering financial training, and strengthening market connections for small and growing businesses. The project that Overbrook supports will promote the resilience of over 12,000 smallholder coffee families by providing loans and management training to 15 farmer cooperatives in the Guatemalan Highlands. Working capital loans will give cooperatives the liquidity they need to pay farmers higher incomes, and enable them to make long-term investments in climate adaptation.

Toledo Institute for Development and Environment

 Enhancing Community Engagement in the Sustainable Management of Marine Resources that they Depend on for their Livelihoods in the Payne’s Creek National Park, Belize Central America -  $35,000

The Toledo Institute of Development and Environment (TIDE) is a leading conservation organization with 18 employees in the Toledo District of Southern Belize. TIDE manages a portfolio of national and private protected areas and aims to manage these natural resources sustainably. TIDE works in three program areas: natural resource management, environmental education and sustainable development, and financial sustainability. This project focuses on natural resource management, environmental education, and communications and has the ultimate goal of conserving biodiversity in Port Honduras and Payne’s Creek National Park.

Ya’axché Conservation Trust

Strengthening Protected Areas Management through Innovative Technology and Community Participation for Long-Term Conservation within the Maya Mountain North Forest Reserve, Belize - $40,000

Ya’axché Conservation Trust is a Belizean conservation organization whose mission is to maintain a healthy environment and empowered communities. Ya’axché works to foster sustainable livelihoods, protected area management, biodiversity conservation, and environmental education within the Maya Golden Landscape in southern Belize.

Ya'axché's Protected Area Management program focuses on ensuring effective and efficient management of three protected areas by utilizing high quality scientific data to increase organizational, local, and national cooperation.

Grantees by Year:   2017  |  2016  |  2015