Charity of the week
In 1967, famed primatologist Dian Fossey started a research center in Rwanda to study and protect endangered African mountain gorillas, at a time when almost no scientific research existed on the primates’ life in the wild. Her work and legacy continue today as The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund (gorillafund.org), which now supports the longest-running field study of any primate. The fund’s many trackers also participate in anti-poaching efforts, which have been instrumental in replenishing the populations of once endangered species. Since its founding, the fund has expanded its work to include conserving the jungle and meeting the basic needs of local communities. In Bisate, the organization has expanded a health clinic and ensured the community’s access to clean water.
Each charity we feature has earned a four-star overall rating from Charity Navigator, which rates not-for-profit organizations on the strength of their finances, their governance practices, and the transparency of their operations. Four stars is the group’s highest rating. ■
October 26, 2018 THE WEEK