Liz Claiborne Art Ortenberg Foundation

The Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation is dedicated to the survival of wildlife and wildlands and to the vitality of human communities with which they are inextricably linked.

The Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation is a private body devoted to the conservation of nature and the amelioration of human distress. The Foundation seeks to redress the breakdown in the processes linking nature and humanity. It concerns itself particularly with matters of species extinction, habitat destruction and fragmentation, resource depletion and resource waste. It favors solutions that directly benefit local communities and serve as exemplars for saving species and wildlands. It recognizes the imperative to reconcile nature preservation with human needs and aspirations.

The Foundation devotes a substantial portion of its funding to developing countries, and is also actively involved in conservation in the United States, particularly in Montana and those Western states historically dependent upon extractive industries and agriculture. It encourages local initiatives addressing the problems of diminishing natural resources. It emphasizes conservation through collaboration, cooperation, persuasion and the development of sustainable economic alternatives to resource degradation and depletion.


In February 1987, Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg made their first trip to Africa, chaperoned by Jim Murtaugh, then Curator of the Central Park Zoo. Jim introduced them to renowned landscape ecologist David Western. The Foundation was formed one night over dinner during their trip.


The Foundation is also actively involved in conservation in the United States, particularly Montana and those Western states historically dependent upon extractive industries and agriculture. It encourages local initiatives addressing the problems of diminishing natural resources, technological change and job loss. It emphasizes conservation through cooperation, persuasion and the development of sustainable economic alternatives to resource depletion.

FOUNDATION TRUSTEES:

Victor Kovner
Alison Richard

FOUNDATION ADVISORY BOARD:

Douglas Chadwick
William Conway
William deBuys
Ullas Karanth
Grant Parker
George Schaller
David Western, Chairperson

PROGRAM DIRECTOR:

Jim Murtaugh

PROGRAM COORDINATOR:

Lori Cohen


CONTACT:

650 Fifth Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, NY  10019
(212) 333.2536
lcaof@lcaof.org

 

*Please note that at this time the foundation is not accepting unsolicited proposals.