The JRS Biodiversity Foundation is an independent grantmaking foundation based in Seattle, Washington with assets of $50 million that awards grants to increase the access to and use of biodiversity information in sub-Saharan Africa.
A world in which biodiversity knowledge substantially contributes to conserving the Earth’s biodiversity for the benefit of society.
To increase access to and use of information that will lead to greater biodiversity conservation and more sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa.
To increase the capacity of the institutions and people who collect, manage, and disseminate biodiversity data and information (“biodiversity informatics”) in sub-Saharan Africa and to connect this knowledge to those stakeholders — the policymakers, conservationists, investors, and the public — who make and influence decisions that are crucial to preserving biodiversity.
Meet the People
The JRS Biodiversity Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees of highly committed and creative experts in foundation governance, biodiversity informatics, and conservation.
Our roots reside in both a mission of access to biological information, and in the creative risk-taking of a private U.S. foundation. We honor our legacy by continuing to enhance the knowledge of biodiversity through grantmaking and advocacy.
Facts & Financials
Since grantmaking began in 2007, we have invested greater than $13M in biodiversity informatics projects and plan to commit about $1.7M per year to new grant awards in 2016-2020. We are committed to following the best practices in financial accounting and disclosure for private U.S. foundations.