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 2019 grantees through its Biodiversity Conservation portfolio


Advancing Transforming Conservation - $50,000

Mongabay, a California-based environmental news service received a special grant on behalf of the Transforming Conservation coalition, a group representing nearly 30 international conservation organizations working to improve the practices of global sustainability worldwide.

 Toledo Institute for Development and Environment

General Operating Support - $35,000 (first payment in a two-year grant)

The Toledo Institute of Development and Environment (TIDE) is a leading conservation organization in the Toledo District of Southern Belize.  TIDE manages three protected areas in the southern part of the country that range from ocean and lakes to mangroves and rainforests. The organization’s range of programs include natural resource protection, conservation biology and environmental education.

Ya’axché Conservation Trust

Improving Protected Areas Management Through Innovative Technology For Long Term Biodiversity Conservation Within The Bladen Nature Reserve, Belize - $40,000 (first payment in a two-year grant)

Ya’axché Conservation Trust is a Belizean conservation organization with over eighteen years of experience working in protected area management and biodiversity conservation in Toledo, the most southern state of the country. The organization works with local communities on conservation and agroforestry and is responsible for managing some of this small nation’s most prized protected areas.

Grantees by Year:   2018 | 2017  |  2016  |  2015