The mission of the Environment Program is to enable communities to protect and manage wildlife habitat and create efficient built environments.



DDCF’s awareness of climate change as the greatest emerging threat to biodiversity – and the need to aggressively mitigate it without unnecessarily sacrificing wildlife habitat – shapes the Environment Program’s grant-making priorities. 

Grants Awarded

The Environment Program has awarded more than $257 million in grants since 1997 related to the conservation of wildlife in the United States. 

About Doris Duke and Conservation

Doris Duke was a lifelong environmentalist with a keen interest in conservation.  In her will, she expressed her interest in "the preservation of wildlife, both flora and fauna" and in supporting "ecological endeavors."


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Recent News

September 16, 2013
DDCF Announces New Grants to Support Conservation Research Experiences for Undergraduate Students
Press Release (987 KB PDF)

July 16, 2012
DDCF and the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Announce Funding to Launch New Parks Conservancy in New York City
Press Release (25 KB PDF)