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 $240 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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September 16, 2013

DDCF announces $4.5 million in grants to launch the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at universities across the country.  Click here to read the press release.


July 16, 2012 

DDCF announces funding to launch a new non-profit organization that will work with the City's Department of Parks and Recreation to protect, restore, and manage expansive natural areas already within the city's urban park system.  Click here to read the press release.


September 30, 2011 

The Environment Program completes a comprehensive review and analysis of DDCF's 13 years of grant-making for permanent protection of high-priority wildlife habitat.  Click here to read the Land Capital Grant Assessment.

Staff News

January 5, 2010  

DDCF announces the appointment of Andrew Bowman as Program Director for the Environment:
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