When we think about what it really means to sustain all life on Earth, the very concept can be overwhelming. With so many potential directions, how is it possible to choose the right ones? The most common advice these days is that people think globally and act locally.
However, there are people who can think on a larger scale, like self-made entrepreneur Brian Shet. This philanthropist created the Sheth Sangreal Foundation with his wife Adria to protect biodiversity and build a cleaner future for many generations to come. We take a look at his efforts and how he managed to make such an impact on the world around him.
A look at Re:wild
Re:wild, formerly known as Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC), is a group Brian Sheth has been donating to for years now. In 2017, he really caused a stir by increasing his matching donation from $10 million to $15 million. Part of him was motivated by a recent discovery of Re:wild. The group managed to find a species that had not been seen for some time. Known as the Jackson’s climbing salamander and living in the Finca San Isidro reserve in the Cuchumatanes mountain range in Guatemala, the organization was thrilled to have the extra funds to devote to its salvation. In addition to Salamander, Re:wild was able to hire popular author and advocate Russ Mittermeier into its management team.
Re:wild specifically targets some of the most depleted lands on the planet. Whether through poaching or reforestation, we lose precious resources every day, which end up threatening much more than local populations. The loss of biodiversity in the world is actually a loss of what makes this planet habitable. Brian Sheth and his family are committed to changing the path we have been on for far too long. By collaborating with groups like Re:wild, we all have a better chance of fixing a planet that desperately needs attention.
The Earth Alliance
The Earth Alliance is well known for its high profile founders. This environmental powerhouse has people like Leonardo DiCaprio and Laurence Powell Jobs at the helm. Brian Sheth played a major role in its development because his core values are a perfect match with his. The Earth Alliance works to secure the rights of indigenous peoples, provide grants for endangered areas and fund campaigns for the greater good. Sheth doesn’t believe that lasting harmony is a pipe dream. If he can intervene at a crucial turning point, one that is on the brink of life or death, he undertakes to do what he can to right the ship.
Philanthropy and the Sheth Sangreal Foundation
A foundation is more than its board of directors and funder. The reality is that charities have a lot of work to do if they are to effectively achieve their goals. With so many environmental causes, Sheth has to be picky about what he does and why.
In fact, when it comes to his charitable endeavors, he is most often associated with his work in Austin. Having donated $1 million to groups during the pandemic and supporting much of Children’s Hospital, he has become legendary for his generosity. He also stepped in during one of the worst winters of the year, providing everything from food to shelter to those who were going through really hard times. His spirit has been seen and felt around the city, and it is not lost on the families and individuals he directly supports. Helping his neighbors isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s also a way for him to uplift his hometown so it’s a brighter place for everyone.
Determine how to extend this same philosophy to the global community may be trickier, but the philosophy is still the same. Brian Sheth and his wife Adria not only look at what an organization is trying to do, but how they go about doing it. They choose organizations that will try new strategies if they don’t work and are open to recommendations and advice from those around them. It’s not easy, but the end result is happier people and healthier environments. These types of benefits are always worth digging into.
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