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“When we launched the Pristine Seas initiative in 2008, our goal was to protect 20 of the ocean’s wildest places. Thanks to generous support from Oracle and our other donors, we were able to achieve this goal two years ahead of schedule and expand our conservation efforts to other endangered ecosystems.”

—Enric Sala, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence
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Causes We Support

Restoring Ocean Health
Photo by Enric Sala/National Geographic Pristine Seas

Restoring Ocean Health

A healthy ocean is essential to sustaining life on this planet. Oracle is a longtime supporter of Pristine Seas, a National Geographic initiative that identifies, surveys, protects, and restores the last wild places in the ocean. Pristine Seas has carried out expeditions in 26 locations, 19 of which have since been protected, covering a total area of nearly 5 million square kilometers. We also support marine wildlife education and protection through The Marine Mammal Center and the Marine Science Institute.

Developing the Next Generation of Stewards

Developing the Next Generation of Stewards

We support nonprofit organizations that provide environmental education and immersive outdoor experiences to students, inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards and citizen scientists who will understand, care about, and protect the natural world. Our grantees include Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, NatureBridge, and Save The Redwoods League.

Helping to Plant a Billion Trees
Photo courtesy of The Nature Conservancy/ ©Adriano Gambarini

Helping to Plant a Billion Trees

In 2015, Oracle awarded The Nature Conservancy a US$1 million grant over four years in support of the Plant a Billion Trees campaign. This grant established a philanthropic legacy for Oracle OpenWorld—our flagship technology conference in San Francisco, California, with more than 60,000 attendees—by complementing the event’s sustainability goals, including carbon neutrality.

Supporting Gorilla Conservation for Decades

Oracle has been a major funder of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI) and its protection of gorillas in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1990. In 2014, we entered into a technology partnership, awarding a renewable grant of Oracle Cloud services. We host all DFGFI data—the world’s largest, most comprehensive longitudinal database of wild great ape population, plus media files—for free. Data is globally accessible to scientists at no cost and is leveraged in the Oracle Education Foundation’s data visualization workshops.

Working Toward a Zero-Waste Future
Photo courtesy of Wecyclers

Working Toward a Zero-Waste Future

Proper waste management is essential to the health of all living systems. Our grantees include Wecyclers, a social enterprise in Lagos, Nigeria, that incentivizes waste recycling in densely populated urban neighborhoods, and the WEEE Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, which promotes public awareness of the environmental and health hazards of ewaste and educates the public about reuse, recycling, and safe disposal. Oracle is also a founding sponsor of California Coastal Cleanup Day, which has removed hundreds of thousands of pounds of trash from California waterways each year since 1995.

Featured Environment Grants

California State Parks Foundation logo

California, United States


California State Parks Foundation

Protecting, enhancing, and advocating for California’s state parks.

Centre for Science and Environment logo

New Delhi, India


Centre for Science and Environment

Providing teachers with resources and practical activities to reduce water consumption, optimize energy efficiency, minimize waste generation, and collect and recycle water in schools.

Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) Japan logo

Tokyo, Japan


Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) Japan

Promoting sustainable development through environmental education.

The Marine Mammal Center logo

California, United States


The Marine Mammal Center

Providing marine science education to the public, rescuing and treating stranded marine mammals, investigating disease, and disseminating data and knowledge globally.

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