About JRS

The JRS Biodiversity Foundation is an independent grantmaking foundation based in the United States with an endowment that awards grants to increase the access to and use of biodiversity information in sub-Saharan Africa.


Our Vision

JRS’ Vision is that biodiversity knowledge substantially contributes to conserving the Earth’s biodiversity for the benefit of society and healthy ecosystems.


Our Mission

JRS’ Mission is to increase access and use of information that will lead to greater biodiversity conservation and more sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa.

Our Theory of Change

JRS’ theory of change: through targeted funding of biodiversity informatics, leveraging strategic partnerships, and increasing use of biodiversity information, JRS will contribute to improvements in biodiversity conservation outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa.

Why does Biodiversity information Matter?

Biodiversity is the foundation of life on Earth and includes the diversity of species, populations, and ecosystems. The food we eat and water we drink, the medicines that improve and lengthen our lives, the beautiful places we enjoy, the air we breathe — all of these depend on biodiversity.

An estimated 50,000 species disappear from our planet every year.

While scientists have identified 1.9 million species to date, they believe there are millions more that have yet to be discovered. Thus the loss is magnitudes greater that we likely even know. Population growth and economic development are the primary drivers biodiversity loss. Yet, despite a growing awareness of the problem, we continue to consume resources and degrade habitats and place our livelihoods and very existence at risk. When we lose species forever, we lose their potential for helping us sustain our lives and we reduce the resilience of nature and society to adapt to future changes in our environment.

At JRS, we believe

that when decision-makers understand the essential need for biodiversity and its state of decline, they will take action to preserve it. But often they don’t have the data and information that they need to make these decisions. We aim to change this.

Facts & Financials

Since grantmaking began in 2007, we have invested greater than $26M in biodiversity informatics projects. We are committed to following the best practices in financial accounting and disclosure for private U.S. foundations.



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