The Conservation Collective is a network of local philanthropic funds focussed on protecting, preserving and restoring the natural environment.
Last year we launched three new funds, bringing the total to nine. Total funds raised stands at over €3,000,000. We plan to grow the network significantly in the years to come. The funds secure annual commitments from people and businesses that have a strong local connection, for distribution to the best local environmental initiatives across the following broad themes: landscape and biodiversity protection, local food, marine conservation, the sustainable management of resources (water, waste and energy), responsible tourism.
A local Executive Director manages each organisation on the ground: identifying and developing grants and raising funds. They are the direct link with the local communities, often providing ad hoc advice and support throughout a project’s lifetime, driving the environmental agenda forwards, and building capacity. Their local presence and knowledge, field experience, and passion to protect to their home environment is a key part of our model’s success.
Each fund has a small board or steering committee, which comprises donors who wish to be actively involved in guiding the strategy. These groups meet regularly (mostly on conference calls) to discuss and approve grants, and provide fund raising support by leveraging their own personal networks. There is a Chair, who spearheads this group, and acts as a mentor to the local ED. We have access on local, national and global levels, to networks of scientific, thematic and technical experts, who advise us in our grant making strategy.
Each fund is apolitical, independent, not for profit, and privately funded.
Chairman/FounderBen is the Chief Executive Officer of Menhaden, a London-listed investment trust which seeks to generate long-term shareholder returns by investing in businesses and opportunities which are delivering or benefiting from the more efficient use of energy and other resources.As well as chairing the Conservation a Collective, Ben is a Trustee of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), the world’s largest climate change focused philanthropic fund, and chairs the Goldsmith family’s JMG Foundation, which focuses on environmental issues. Ben sits on the Board of the UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and is also Chair of the Conservative Environment Network.
Jade is the Director of the Conservation Collective. Working at a group level across all of the environmental funds, her role is to share best practice and maximise opportunities for collaboration across the group; as well as supporting the Executive Directors in running their organisations efficiently. Always on the lookout for new places where the Conservation Collective model can be rolled out or grown, you will find Jade hunting down exciting partnership opportunities somewhere between London and Hampshire. Her background is in marketing and investor relations, in the environmental investment sector.
To connect those who love and rely on a place, with those who are working to protect, preserve and restore that place.
To involve, empower and strengthen local communities through a bottom-up integrated approach aimed at creating long lasting change, bolstering civil society and building capacity.
To support local initiatives and identify the framework and skills needed to tackle specific local environmental problems.
To build a global network with access to piloted and proven solutions.
To mobilise funding by encouraging those individuals who aren’t always the ‘usual suspects’ to get involved and support their local environment.
To leverage co-funding opportunities with larger foundations, national or international organisations.
To convert a place into a model for best practice for sustainable management.
To provide a proven and transparent channel for donors to support their local environment.