NEW YORK, NY; CAMBRIDGE, UK – The Arcus Foundation, a global foundation promoting respect for diversity among peoples and in nature, is pleased to announce the appointment of Alison White (preferred gender pronouns: she/her) to the Great Apes & Gibbons Program as Research, Learning and Evaluation Program Officer. In her new role, Alison will focus on ensuring that learning from the field and broader society inform the foundation's strategic conservation grantmaking, and that knowledge emerging from Arcus’ field engagement in turn informs the sector and beyond.

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We at the Arcus Foundation join the millions of others around the world who are frustrated and shocked at the killing of George Floyd, who died last week in Minneapolis—cuffed and prone with a policeman’s knee crushing his neck. The fact that voices must again be raised to assert “Black Lives Matter” in the wake of yet another senseless death of a black man is an affront to all humanity.

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Dear friends and partners, We are all facing a global situation that is unprecedented in living memory. But it is not the first time in history that we have come face-to-face with the fact that we humans are part and parcel of nature itself.

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Arcus’ Great Apes & Gibbons Program grantees this funding cycle are focusing on the conservation of non-human apes, and making concerted efforts to integrate the needs of people—particularly vulnerable and forest-dependent communities—into conservation programming so that conservation and economic development are reconciled. Sanctuaries are also working to expand their facilities and increase training and staffing.

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The social justice grantees of Arcus’ spring 2019 funding cycle will continue to be laser-focused on legal and media matters to ensure that members of the LGBTQ community are protected and positively represented. Other partners will continue their work with faith leaders and allies to ensure the acceptance and inclusion of all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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CAMBRIDGE, UK (March 8, 2019) – The Arcus Foundation, a global foundation promoting respect for diversity among peoples and in nature, announced today the appointment of Chris Ransom as Program Officer for Arcus’ Great Apes and Gibbons Program. Prior to Arcus, Ransom spent 12 years at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) where he led their conservation programs in Africa and the Middle East.

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