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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Revitalizing Forests and Keeping Communities Safe with Prescribed Fire

The Moore Charitable Foundation promotes the use of prescribed burning to restore forests, maintain clean water and lower the risk of wildfire. Prescribed burning is the practice of deliberately setting and carefully managing fires under strict conditions approved and monitored by firefighting professionals. A centuries-old tradition, today the practice is used to protect and refresh forests by removing the dense vegetation build-up in a forest’s understory that fuels large wildfires. This also allows for indigenous plants and wildlife to thrive, restoring a more natural and diverse ecosystem.

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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

The steeple of the historic Reaves Chapel in Navassa, North Carolina, has been restored and returned to the roof. The chapel was built in the mid-nineteenth century by people who were formerly enslaved, and is one of the oldest African-American buildings in southeastern North Carolina. The Coastal Land Trust purchased Reaves

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At the 2022 Our Ocean Conference, the Shark Conservation Fund (SCF) announced a new, $25 million commitment to global shark and ray conservation over five years. This investment comes after the sweeping success of SCF’s 2017 $8 million commitment to support ocean health and biodiversity. The new effort will focus on expanding marine protected areas, protecting more species, working to

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Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport, North Carolina, received a $16,000 grant from The Orton Foundation—the North Carolina affiliate of The Moore Charitable Foundation—to purchase a LUCAS Chest Compression System. “We are extremely grateful to The Orton Foundation for their commitment to local healthcare and for contributing to equipment upgrades

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