Hatch announces $1-million investment in Canadian Museum of Nature’s newly announced Nature Foundation

Hatch Minerals Sciences Discovery Fund to support scientific training and fieldwork

October 7, 2020

Ottawa, Canada — Hatch is pleased to announce a $1-million investment in the Canadian Museum of Nature’s newly announced Nature Foundation. The Hatch Mineral Sciences Discovery Fund is an investment in scientific training and fieldwork for the next generation of collections-based scientists at the museum, focused on earth sciences.

The Canadian Museum of Nature, Canada’s national museum of natural history and natural sciences, today launched the Nature Foundation. This independent charitable entity will accelerate the impact of the museum’s world-class scientific collections, research activities, and education efforts through philanthropic investments.

Backed by initial support of close to $4 million in total gifts, the Nature Foundation will empower the museum to continue its critical work sharing knowledge with a network of global collaborators and partners that guide science-based decisions on environmental change (especially in the Arctic), species diversity, and conservation.

The Foundation’s support will help train early-career scientists and collections experts, and foster deeper understanding and appreciation of nature among Canadians—all as the planet faces increasingly urgent threats as recently reported by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.

“Hatch and the Canadian Museum of Nature share a mutual interest in creating positive change and a vibrant future for our natural world. We’re proud to support hands-on training and fieldwork for emerging scientists who are passionate about mineral discovery,” said John Bianchini, Hatch’s Chairman & CEO.
“We are grateful to the Nature Foundation’s founding supporters and partners. Historically a tiny fraction of philanthropy has gone to nature and this must change. Nature is central to our future—the connections between healthy people and a healthy planet become more obvious every day,” said Meg Beckel, the Canadian Museum of Nature’s President and CEO. “We all need to get behind nature now, and the Nature Foundation promises the transformative investments required to support the museum’s rich legacy of discovery, research, and education. These investments will help drive our shared vision of a sustainable natural future.”

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For more information about the Nature Foundation, visit foundation.nature.ca.

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About the Nature Foundation

An independent charitable entity supporting the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Nature Foundation inspires philanthropic investments in nature for discovery, research and education to foster solutions for our future. The Foundation and its partners advance fact-based science through vital funding that empowers the museum’s research, collections, and educational initiatives. Support for the Foundation enables the museum to train the next generation of collections-based researchers in Canada, undertake fieldwork for new discoveries, share the knowledge associated with its collections and advance dynamic educational programming that fosters a love of nature among all ages. The Foundation’s Board comprises business professionals and changemakers who share a commitment to inspiring investment in nature.

About the Canadian Museum of Nature

Saving the world through evidence, knowledge and inspiration! The Canadian Museum of Nature provides evidence-based insights, inspiring experiences and meaningful engagement with nature's past, present and future. It achieves this through scientific research, curation of a 14.6 million specimen reference collection, education programs, signature and travelling exhibitions, and a dynamic web site, nature.ca. Among recent additions to the museum’s scientific capacity is the National Biodiversity Cryobank of Canada, which opened in 2018 following a philanthropic gift by the Ross Beaty Family.