Our Story

Conservation Collective is a global network of local environment foundations rooted in their communities working to protect the environment, restore nature and safeguard against climate change. 

Conservation Collective’s model was born in 2008 when lifelong nature lover, Ben Goldsmith, and a group of friends launched IbizaPreservation (IP). This group shared a common love for the island, as well as a deep concern about the unsustainable growth patterns it was experiencing.

They created a club of donors, each agreeing to make an annual donation and to channel funding to dedicated local groups working – often on a shoestring budget – to protect what nature was left, and to restore what had been lost.

Following the success of IbizaPreservation, the new model was replicated in a host of other locations around the world, providing world-class oversight, management, and support to new local foundations so that they could fund grassroots projects and deliver real impact.

In 2020, Conservation Collective established itself as a charity in the UK, consolidating its role as the central hub for a new global conservation movement. Conservation Collective’s mission is to increase the funding available for the most effective front-line nature restoration initiatives. Guided by a conviction that people care deeply about the places they know and love, Conservation Collective channels support to the people closest to the problems and, therefore, best suited to provide the solutions. Conservation Collective has a nimble and non-bureaucratic approach; focussed on getting stuff done.’

We believe that even small amounts of funding can catalyse significant environmental change.

Conservation Collective is more than our story; it is a collective effort by communities worldwide, united by a shared purpose to safeguard the planet for future generations.

Our People


Global Advisory Panel