Championing land, water, oceans, and the people protecting natural resources for future generations

Driving tangible results in environmental conservation

The Moore Charitable Foundation is committed to effective environmental conservation and community stewardship through strong partnerships. With our partners, we are preserving open land and healthy forests, ensuring clean water, advancing marine area and species protections, and fostering future generations of conservation and community stewards.

Healthy Oceans

Formal protections cover just five percent of oceans, lagging well behind similar protections for land, leaving marine areas vulnerable to rampant development, overfishing, pollution, and climate change. The Moore Charitable Foundation partners with organizations mitigating these threats by advancing conservation outcomes for species, habitats, and communities, including protected and sustainable marine zoning and policy, augmented fishing protections, and effective enforcement.

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Advocating for Clean Water and Air Near North Carolina’s Hog Farms

Despite promises made two decades ago to develop cleaner and more sustainable animal waste systems, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) throughout North Carolina still use the antiquated lagoon and sprayfield method to dispose of waste. Newer methods for waste management—such as directed biogas projects—cause even greater harm to North Carolina’s waterways, land, wildlife, and communities. The Moore Charitable Foundation partners with champions who take polluters head-on through research, advocacy, community mobilization, and, if necessary, litigation.

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Protecting scenic, historic and natural landscapes to help wildlife and surrounding communities

Faced with population growth, development pressure, energy infrastructure, extreme weather, and a changing climate, The Moore Charitable Foundation is committed to strategic partnerships that conserve open spaces and advance forest health to safeguard our natural environment and to ensure diverse species and abundant ecosystems for future generations.

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Fulfilling a Pledge to Rebuild the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian​

Following Hurricane Dorian's devastating strike to the Bahamas in September 2019, conservation philanthropist Louis Bacon, chairman of The Moore Charitable Foundation, pledged $1 million to relief and recovery efforts. After supporting emergency relief in the days after Dorian, MCF’s Bahamas affiliate, Moore Bahamas Foundation, conducted an assessment to identify longer-term projects that would advance strategic, sustainable recovery in partnership with relief and conservation organizations, government agencies, and Bahamian communities.

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29

Years

Number of years The Moore Charitable Foundation has been driving conservation impact

199

Grantees

Number of grantees in land, water, marine, and community initiatives The Moore Charitable Foundation is proud to have supported last year

234

Square Kilometers

Size of marine reserve around British Overseas Territory Ascension Island, secured with partners and our support

  • 29

    Years

    Number of years The Moore Charitable Foundation has been driving conservation impact

  • 199

    Grantees

    Number of grantees in land, water, marine, and community initiatives The Moore Charitable Foundation is proud to have supported last year

  • 234

    Square Kilometers

    Size of marine reserve around British Overseas Territory Ascension Island, secured with partners and our support

“We are grateful to The Moore Charitable Foundation for partnering with us to defend our state’s precious natural riches.” — Derb Carter, Director, Southern Environmental Law Center, North Carolina

Latest News

As world leaders and climate activists gathered in the United Kingdom for COP26, they should have been studying the U.K.’s heavy reliance on the biomass industry that has cost the United States more than one million acres of forests. Studies have found that burning wood pellets produces more carbon dioxide

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October 15, 2021: In an op-ed for The Fayetteville Observer, “Venus flytrap part of what makes Fayetteville, Wilmington special and is worth preserving,” Moore Charitable Executive Director Ann Colley and Julie Moore, coordinator of the Venus Flytrap Champions Program and an officer with Southern Conservation Partners, explain how prescribed

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A new outdoor interpretive museum opened at the John N. Smith cemetery to honor nearly 2,000 African-Americans who were essential in establishing the Cape Fear River basin’s rich culture and history. Funding for the project in Southport, North Carolina—provided by the Orton Foundation—also included renovations made to the cemetery.

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