Who We Are
We are dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and the natural world. We believe respect for diversity among peoples and in nature is essential to a positive future for our planet and all its inhabitants.
Helping Bornean Communities Spare the Forest Habitat of Remaining Orangutans
Empowering local forest-dwelling communities to manage their natural resources and protect wildlife is the focus of grants in Arcus’ fall 2015 Great Apes Program portfolio.
Building the Power of Local LGBT Advocacy Groups
Strengthening the local organizations and activists that promote LGBT human rights and social justice is the aim of several multiyear grants in Arcus’ fall 2015 portfolio.
Pledges by Big Industry Give Indonesian Forests, Endangered Orangutans, a Chance to Thrive
In spring 2015, McDonald’s became the latest corporation to announce that it would source paper and palm-oil products only from companies committed to stopping forest clearance, one goal of a long-fought campaign to protect rich and fragile terrain that provides habitat for endangered species, including great apes.
Captive U.S. Chimpanzees Get New Status as Endangered Species
Chimpanzees held by private and government entities across the U.S. are to receive stronger legal protections against abuse and exploitation following the decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to lift their status from “threatened” to “endangered.”
“I Had No Place to Go” – How Gay Teen Dee Balliet Got Off The Streets and Into School
“My story mattered; someone actually cared enough to say that a young guy has faced housing instability and homelessness and he’s bounced back from it.”
African Activists Fight Homophobia, Seek Protection from Violence
Activists are welcoming recent landmark legal victories for LGBT organizations in Kenya and Botswana as heralding greater recognition of the existence and human rights of LGBT populations more widely across Africa.