Azimuth World Foundation partners with the Charles Darwin Foundation to promote a sign-up and donation matching campaign

Scalesia Penduculata forest on Santa Cruz island.

From June 15 to June 30, Azimuth World Foundation (AWF), a US charitable organization dedicated to supporting meaningful solutions in Public Health, access to Safe Water and balance between Humankind and Nature, is launching a fundraising campaign with the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF).

Dedicated to one of AWF's pillars, Humankind and Nature, this fundraising campaign will support the CDF's Scalesia Restoration Project, which aims to protect this unique habitat in the Galapagos.


The Scalesia forest is an endemic giant daisy-tree forest housing many native species (including Darwin's finches) now in dramatic decline because of invasive species, particularly the blackberry. CDF has developed successful and sustainable techniques to control the blackberry. With the necessary funds, we can employ methods to encourage the regeneration of Scalesia Pedunculata at larger scales.

The campaign will run from June 15 to June 30 as follows: AWF will appeal to subscriptions on its website; for each subscription, AWF will donate $1 to CDF.

Additionally, AWF will encourage donations to CDF and match every donation, dollar for dollar, up to a maximum of $10 000 in subscriptions and matching gifts from June 15 to June 30. At the end of the campaign, regardless of the amount raised, AWF will deliver $2,500 to CDF to support the Scalesia Restoration Project in the Galapagos.

“On behalf of the Charles Darwin Foundation, I would like to thank the Azimuth World Foundation for their support of our Scalesia project. It is fantastic to have Azimuth supporting us with this really important initiative!”
- Dr. Rakan Zahawi, Executive Director of the Charles Darwin Foundation

"This project is incredibly important, since losing the Scalesia forest would dramatically decrease the biodiversity of the archipelago because it provides the habitat for many other species, including the iconic Darwin's finches. Thanks to the Azimuth World Foundation and other supporters of this project, we are able to continue our endeavour of helping to conserve this endemic forest."
- Renée Monroe, Chief Development Officer of the Charles Darwin Foundation

Azimuth World Foundation was founded by Mariana Marques and Terry Rockstad, two world citizens who stand out because of their interest and long-term involvement in humanitarian and environmental issues. This foundation partners with quality organizations worldwide and carefully selects local, international, and global projects to support.

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The “Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands”, in French “Fondation Charles Darwin pour les îles Galapagos”, Association International sans but lucratif (“AISBL”), has its registered office located at Chaussée de la Hulpe 177 Bte 20 (rez) - 1170, Brussels, and is registered under the trade registry of Brussels under the number 0409.359.103.

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