Investment Area: Activation
Over 75 years the Richard King Mellon Foundation has committed approximately $1 billion to conserve and restore critical habitats in Pennsylvania and nationally, to promote sustainable economic development, and to create livable communities. In the process, the Foundation has protected more than four million acres of precious lands across the country and has helped to make Pittsburgh an internationally recognized center for sustainability. The new strategic plan builds on and extends this history of thoughtful environmental stewardship, while also supporting efforts to activate those conserved lands to promote sustainable rural economic development.
The Foundation supports sustainable economic development in rural communities where it has made historic investments in habitat conservation. It encourages the use of innovative conservation finance that attracts new funding to conservation. It also supports data-driven efforts to increase the numbers of outdoor enthusiasts, so that a broader group of people can enjoy nature.