Weeden Foundation Mission Statement

Prior to his death in 1984, Frank Weeden, the Foundation's founder and chief benefactor, asked that the resources of the Weeden Foundation be used to address the adverse impact of growing human populations and overuse of natural resources on the biological fabric of the planet. From its inception in 1963, the Foundation embraced the protection of biodiversity as its main priority. Population growth, and over-consumption have also evolved into major program interests in order to more fully address the key factors driving biological impoverishment and rising greenhouse gas emissions. The Foundation recognizes the dire threat of anthropogenic climate change to ecosystems and biodiversity, and directly addresses this threat through global efforts to counter deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions by forest industries, and efforts to expand protection of large intact forests that help to stabilize the climate.