Disney's Commitment to Conservation Expands with $500,000 Donation to Florida Organizations

On Tuesday, Jan. 31, Dr. Mark Penning (Vice President of Animals, Science and Environment at Disney Parks) announced a $500,000 donation to five local conservation organizations in Central Florida as Disney continues to help make a happier, healthier planet possible for all.

This most recent donation brings Disney's total given to nonprofit organizations across Florida since the start of the 50th Anniversary celebration to more than $6 million. It is one of the many ways the company is taking action to protect the planet as it remains committed to reducing its environmental footprint, caring for wildlife and their habitats, sharing stories that inspire action, and supporting programs that make a world of difference in the local community.

The exciting news was shared with Cast Members first – many of whom dedicate their own time investing in the wonders of our world through our Disney VoluntEARS program – followed by grant recipients: Conservation Florida, Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, Trout Lake Nature Center and Wekiva Wilderness Trust.

With each organization receiving $100,000, these grants will help make a number of projects possible – from expanding land protection initiatives, to ensuring healthy tree canopy coverage in underserved communities, finding solutions to clean drinking water for those in need and funding educational opportunities for youth in our community. Since 1995, Disney has directed more than $120 million and the expertise of our dedicated teams to wildlife conservation efforts like these, resulting in meaningful and measurable impacts.

We all have the power to make a difference in our communities. Whether volunteering with a local organization or taking action in your own backyard – it all comes together and can lead to big change.
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