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Lululemon Founder Chip Wilson Donates $100 Million to BC Parks Foundation

Lululemon Athletica Inc. founder and billionaire Chip Wilson is donating $100 million to the BC Parks Foundation to help protect and enhance the province’s natural spaces.

The donation, which was announced Thursday at an event in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, will be made through the Wilson 5 Foundation.

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This commitment is part of the BC Parks Foundation’s launch of 25×25, a multi-year campaign to protect 25% of lands and waters, in partnership with Indigenous peoples.

The donation is immediately put to use in three ecosystems, Falling Creek Sanctuary, Teit’s Sanctuary and Bourguiba Springs.

The announcement comes a day after Patagonia founder and billionaire Yvon Chouinard said he is selling the company to a trust that will use its profits to fight climate change.

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Wilson previously donated $4 million to protect the coastal Douglas fir ecosystem and earlier this year pledged $100 million for medical research into facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy.

The BC Parks Foundation was established in 2018 with the goal of improving and expanding the province’s parks system.

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