Lyda Hill’s long-standing appreciation of nature drives this area of philanthropic focus. Our investments span a broad continuum – from projects and teams that focus on systemic changes in protecting and managing our environmental resources to research projects making meaningful change “on the ground.”
We believe that the long-term success of our economy, health, and communities is tied directly to the health of our planet. We seek to fund projects that drive public awareness and appreciation for our natural world and resources. We fund organizations that educate and advocate for sustainable conservation of our most precious natural resources and spaces.
We aim to fund projects that think “big” about making game-changing advances in the large scale/global protection of our natural resources and spaces.
We fund “on the ground” research projects, parks, and work to improve our environment. We strongly encourage involvement of the local communities in which we work as a way to encourage sustainable change.
“Do your givin’ while you’re livin’… then you’ll be knowin’ where it’s goin’.”
— Ann Landers
“The best philanthropy is constantly in search of the finalities
– a search for a cause, an attempt to cure evils at their source.”
— John D. Rockefeller
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”
— Robert Louis Stevenson
“The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more for the betterment of life.”
— Henry Ford
“The proper aim of giving is to put the recipients in a state where they no longer need our gifts.”
— C.S. Lewis
“Philanthropy is the practice of applying assets of knowledge, passion and wealth to bring about constructive change.”
— Peter Goldmark
“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”
— Nelson Henderson
“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”
— William James
“Philanthropy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind.”
— Henry David Thoreau
“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.”
— Albert Pike
“A man’s true wealth is the good he does in this world.”
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
— Margaret Mead
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
— Anne Frank
“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”
— Winston Churchill
“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”
— Walt Disney
On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded 40 miles off the coast of Louisiana, spilling more than 200 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. As a direct result of the spill, more than $3 billion is available for Gulf restoration, with billions more expected to flow to the Gulf in coming years through the RESTORE act.
The Nature Conservancy’s Gulf of Mexico Restoration Project will help to ensure that the money is not just spent, but invested wisely to make the Gulf of Mexico stronger and more vibrant environmentally, economically, and socially. Lyda Hill’s contribution to the project, supports a long-term solution, providing a foundation for the lasting environmental and economic health of the entire Gulf region. Leveraging available oil spill funding will create jobs, make coastal communities safer, and protect the most productive fish and wildlife resource in the lower 48 states.
Global Ocean Legacy, a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts and its partners, is working with local communities, governments, and scientists around the world to protect and conserve some of our most important and unspoiled ocean environments.
Pew and its partners, including Lyda Hill, are establishing the world’s first generation of great marine parks by securing the designation of large, fully protected reserves. To date, combined efforts have helped to double the amount of safeguarded ocean habitat worldwide.
Garden of the Gods Park is a registered National Natural Landmark, consisting of 300′ towering sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of snowcapped Pikes Peak and brilliant blue skies. The Garden of the God’s Park was rated #1 city park in the U.S. in 2014.
As one of the most visited attractions in the Pikes Peak Region, the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center offers free maps, park information, guided nature walks, and free interpretive presentations daily. Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center has been voted Best of Colorado Springs for Recreation Services numerous times in recent years. It is currently undergoing a complete renovation of the Visitor Center to provide a modern experience for the millions of visitors who visit the park.
Lyda Hill has had a long-standing interest in the Visitor Center and has supported a wide variety of projects to support its mission.
This is a list of representative beneficiaries and should not be considered all inclusive.
Pew Charitable Trust
Palmer Land Trust
Garden of the Gods Foundation
The Nature Conservancy
Library of Congress
Friends of South Georgia Island (FOSGI)