The “Wolf of Wall Street” star’s eponymous foundation recently donated $3 million to Oceana, one of the largest nonprofits dedicated to ocean advocacy.
The grant, which will be distributed over three years, will be used to protect threatened habitats and marine species (such as sharks) as well as to advocate for responsible fishing measures, including the effort to ban California drift gillnets.
DiCaprio is a well-known environmentalist (he’s also donated money to help protect tigers and elephants), and his foundation is “dedicated to protecting Earth’s last wild places and fostering a harmonious relationship between humanity and the natural world.”
That’s indeed very philanthropy of Mr. Dicaprio and reminds me of one of the quotes mentioned in The Wolf of Wall Street: Money also makes you a better person. You can give generously to the church or a political party of your choice. Unlike Jordan Belfort or Leonardo Dicaprio, a non-rich person as I am, I can only donate “penny shares”. I’m used to donating in proportion to how much I spend — an awesome online shopping website in Taiwan will accumulate all credits I earn by each purchase there and all credits accumulated can be exchanged to cash return or donation — and there are two non-profit institutions I made most donations to: UNICEF and Eden Social Welfare Foundation. So, regardless of how much money you are able to spare, it can indeed make someone a better person, as long as it is appropriated rightfully.