History

The Rainforest Foundation was founded in 1989 by Sting and Trudie Styler after they saw first-hand the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, and the devastating impact it had on the lives of the indigenous peoples who lived there.

The Foundation's first major initiative was to help the Kayapo protect their lands in the Brazilian Amazon. This resulted in 1993 in the legal recognition and demarcation of an area of more than 6.7 million acres.

Over the last 24 years the Rainforest Foundation has expanded and diversified into a small network of four independent organizations who share a common mission. The Rainforest Foundation US, along with the Rainforest Foundation UK and Rainforest Foundation Norway, work directly with local indigenous groups and local nonprofit organizations in rainforest countries. The Rainforest Fund financially supports field based projects through the three Rainforest Foundations and other like-minded NGOs, using the proceeds of biennial benefit concerts that it produces in New York City.

Collectively we now work in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Central America and South America. We have helped local communities protect over 28 million acres of forest – some of the most biodiverse lands on the planet.

Click here for a 3 minute video of rainforest issues and the Rainforest Foundation’s work over the past 20 years.