Seth MacFarlane Gives $1 Million to Rainforest Trust to Stop Deforestation

Calls on others to support Rainforest Trust’s global work protecting tropical habitat

WASHINGTON--()--Seth MacFarlane has given $1,000,000 to Rainforest Trust to further the international conservation organization’s work to protect rainforests and tropical habitat.

“The science is clear on the connection between preventing deforestation and addressing the climate crisis. Rainforest Trust’s commitment to protecting habitat and its inherent biodiversity is fundamentally important. I wanted to support Rainforest Trust’s direct-action approach, and I hope others will join me in supporting this crucial work,” said Mr. MacFarlane.

The Seth MacFarlane Foundation made the gift to Rainforest Trust’s Conservation Action Fund to support the work of establishing protected areas that prevent deforestation and protect habitat, work that is vital for the health, and the future, of the planet.

“Protecting intact forests is the best way to help species and our global ecosystem. Saving rainforests and tropical habitat has been our mission for more than 30 years. We are thrilled that Seth is adding his voice in support of our work. His trust in our ability and the positive impact we make is incredibly meaningful and motivating,” said Rainforest Trust Acting CEO Mark Gruin.

Rainforest Trust’s successful model builds partnerships with local conservation partners to facilitate conservation from the ground up. This year, Rainforest Trust has protected rainforests across the tropics including:

  • Peru – more than 100,000 acres of indigenous lands protected through land titling in the Peruvian Amazon
  • Ecuador – more than 2,000 acres of rainforest safeguarded in both the Ecuadorean Amazon and Chocó (Western slope of the Andes)
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo – more than 117,000 acres in community reserves in the Congo Basin, a vast rainforest with little formal protection

Seth MacFarlane’s talents encompass every aspect of the entertainment industry. As a writer, director, producer, animator, actor, comedian and singer of some of today’s most popular content, he has garnered five Emmy Awards, six Grammy Award nominations and an Academy Award nomination for his work in television, music and film while also expanding his career in the worlds of music and philanthropy. Through the Seth MacFarlane Foundation, he continues to be an avid supporter of science communication, the climate crisis, cancer research and equal rights for all.

MacFarlane is perhaps best known for creating the hugely successful television shows FAMILY GUY, which is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, and the fan-favorite series AMERICAN DAD!, now airing its 14th season. MacFarlane created and currently executive produces and stars in Hulu's live-action, one-hour space adventure series, THE ORVILLE. He is also executive producing COSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS, which is the next installment to the Emmy-winning COSMOS: A SPACE TIME ODYSSEY that he also executive produced and was seen by more than 135 million people worldwide.

On the film side, he wrote, directed and produced the commercially successful comedies TED, TED 2 and A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST, which have collectively grossed more than $800 million at the worldwide box office. As a singer, he has released five successful studio albums with his first, Music is Better Than Words, debuting at No. 1 on the iTunes Jazz chart and receiving four Grammy nominations. His most recent album, Once in a While, debuted at No. 1 on the Apple Music and iTunes New Release Jazz Pages and the iTunes Top Albums Jazz Page. He most recently recorded a sixth album at the infamous Abbey Road Studios and is gearing up to record his seventh and eighth albums.


Shawn Flaherty, 703-554-3609

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Seth MacFarlane has given $1M to Rainforest Trust to further the conservation organization’s work to protect rainforests and tropical habitat.


Shawn Flaherty, 703-554-3609