Arcus believes that respect for diversity among peoples and in nature is essential to a positive future for the planet and all its inhabitants. The foundation works with experts and advocates for change to ensure that LGBT people and our fellow apes thrive in a world where social and environmental justice are a reality.
The Arcus Foundation Board of Directors and staff are a diverse group, reflecting the diversity inherent in the world the work is shaping. Based in New York, US and Cambridge, UK, it works globally to support its partners in their pursuit of lasting change. Its mission is driven by the vision of our founder, and by the shared commitment to the emergent global human rights and conservation movements. Together, Arcus Foundation learns from each other and take bold risks on groundbreaking ideas that drive progress toward a future of respect and dignity for all.
Arcus Foundation respects the worth and dignity of all life. It seeks to create and sustain environments where life can grow and thrive, from the Arcus workplace to the communities of our partners and stakeholders to the habitats of animal life. It values freedom—liberty, justice, and full citizenship for all people worldwide—and diversity of thought, people, and ideas, because solutions need to be rooted in cultural, economic, social, and ecological realities, and different perspectives can help our work achieve greater impact. With respect for justice, inclusiveness, and humane consideration for all life, it believes that apes should be able to live safely in their natural environments, free from anthropogenic threats.
With integrity and humility, we strive to live the Arcus values, holding each other accountable for implementing the Arcus mission. Arcus Fouondation practices shared leadership, recognizing, celebrating, and taking collective ownership of Arcus’ success. Because a strong work ethic and responsible decision-making should exist at all levels of leadership, we apply fact-based decision-making and encourage all staff to proactively ‘course-correct,’ to efficiently manage resources so that those Arcus serves will benefit.