The Menorca Preservation Fund is a Spanish Registered Foundation established in November 2017. The Foundation has been co-founded by Ben Goldsmith and Fani Medina with the aim of supporting local environmental initiatives.
The Foundation raises funds locally and internationally from people and businesses that have strong connections to the island. These funds are then distributed to local projects with the aim of protecting and preserving Menorca’s environment, as well as its unique natural beauty.
We strongly believe that supporting local initiatives will have a strong positive impact and help to bring about the long-lasting change that Menorca needs if it is to preserve its precious environment.
HOW WE WORK
Using our scoping report and ongoing research, which covers the different environmental challenges in Menorca, the Menorca Preservation Fund works alongside key organisations focused on environmental projects on the island, in order to identify and support the areas where we can have the most significant and positive long-term preservation impact.
Projects will need to focus on one or more of our five areas of interest and can range from beach cleaning exercises to supporting local farmers with local food production, or even working with marine research organisations to improve the marine conservation efforts on Menorca.
OUR STEERING COMMITTEE (SC) is comprised of Menorcans, international environmentalists and local homeowners, all of whom share a common love for the island.
The SC meets every two months to approve grants and discuss fundraising. The intention is also to establish an Advisory Committee (AC), comprising local expertise to support the coordinator in selecting which grants to present to the SC.
Local Fund Director
Rebecca was brought up and educated in Menorca. She then went to university in the UK, followed by eight years working for NGO’s (Save the Children and Médecins Sans Frontières) as project coordinator and manager around the Globe – South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and Turkey. Rebecca returned to Menorca in 2013 to settle down with her partner and start a family. Rebecca is delighted to be running the MEPF and to have the opportunity to work towards a sustainable Menorca.