The Nature Conservancy’s One World—Our World Gala was held on June 21, 2018, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City to celebrate our world. The bi-annual event had more than 450 attendees and raised more than $3.2 million. The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends, and funds raised through the Gala will support the Conservancy’s work for people and nature both locally and around the globe.
The world we depend on depends on us. The security of our world is intertwined with the well-being of humanity. Despite the challenges our planet faces, The Conservancy believes that nature and humanity will thrive together. Guided by strong science, we are partnering with people and organizations around the world to put into action the innovations needed to achieve our mission.
The Conservancy’s global staff of more than 3,600–including 600 scientists–working on the ground in 72 countries to find and develop conservation solutions in five major areas: climate, oceans, cities, water, land.
We’ve already seen the positive impact on nature our collaborative efforts have produced. Working in tandem, we can ensure that our future is one of thriving and not just surviving.
In addition to celebrating our world, the 2018 Nature Conservancy Gala recognized global conservation leader, General Atlantic Chairman Steve Denning, and corporate conservation leader, Bank of America. The Nature Conservancy is honored to recognize the extraordinary support and commitment of these conservation leaders.
- Steve Denning has made a tremendous impact on The Nature Conservancy and our work across the country and around the world, including elevating the Conservancy’s focus on climate change, driving new programs like urban conservation, and fostering a new understanding of the business of nature through pioneering programs in impact capital and corporate partnerships. Denning served on the global Board of Trustees for nine years, including a critical year as co-chair.
- Bank of America has been one of the Conservancy’s longest and largest corporate supporters. For more than 30 years, Bank of America has been connected to the Conservancy’s work to improve global conservation and has contributed more than $25 million to work that include the Global Forest Initiative, the Great Rivers Project, and projects involving climate risk and resilience.
Gala attendees included:
- James Attwood, Managing Director and Head of Global Telecommunications and Media of The Carlyle Group, and Leslie Kim Williams, philanthropist
- Keith Banks, Vice Chairman of Global Wealth and Investment Management at Bank of America
- Carlos Brito, CEO of Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV
- Anla Cheng, Founder and CEO of SupChina, and Mark Kingdon, President of Kingdon Capital Management
- Daniel Chung, CEO and CIO of Fred Alger Management, and Alexandra Alger, author
- Steve Denning, Chairman of General Atlantic
- Bill Ford, CEO of General Atlantic, and Marigay McKee, CEO and Founder of MM Luxe Consulting
- Craig McCaw, Chairman and CEO of Eagle River Investments and telecommunications entrepreneur, and Susan McCaw, philanthropist
- John Morgridge, Chair Emeritus of Cisco Systems
- Mark Tercek, CEO of The Nature Conservancy
- Bill Ulfelder, Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy in New York
- Adam Wolfensohn, Co-Managing Partner of Encourage Capital
- Kathryn Wylde, President and CEO, Partnership for New York City
The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.