iNaturalist receives $10 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Expanding our capacity to address the biodiversity crisis in a new phase of growth and impact to 2030

We’re excited to announce a generous $10 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. On the heels of our spin-off as an independent nonprofit in July, this grant will enable iNaturalist to embark on a new phase of growth and impact through 2030.

Donations Matched 2x or 3x

As part of the grant, we’re eager to share that donations through December 31, 2023 will be doubled and recurring donations will be tripled. This turns a $10 one-time donation into $20 and $10 per month into $30 per month.

Challenge and Opportunity

This grant—the largest in iNaturalist’s history—is a testament to everything the iNaturalist community has accomplished to date and an investment in iNaturalist’s capacity to address the biodiversity crisis by scaling our conservation impact.

The biodiversity crisis is becoming more acute every day. Human-induced climate change and land use alterations are now causing species extinctions at a rate a thousand times faster than any time in history. iNaturalist already has millions of participants engaged in documenting biodiversity with the click of a camera, but we need millions more people involved to address the growing threats to biodiversity.

These are big challenges for iNaturalist: expanding our community, increasing engagement, and exploring new ways to translate biodiversity data into conservation impact. The generous grant from the Moore Foundation is a major first step to address those challenges. We’ll need a lot more support to reach these ambitious goals, but every person can make a positive difference for iNaturalist.

Many, Many Thanks

We can't say thank you enough to everyone who generously contributes their time, energy, knowledge, and resources to support iNaturalist. This grant and matching donations will go toward ensuring your contributions will have a lasting impact. Thank you for everything that you have already done, and everything that you will do, in support of iNaturalist.

Together, through iNaturalist’s unique global community working to understand, document, and protect nature, we can make a profound difference in safeguarding our planet's precious biodiversity.



Will you be hiring?
Yes, we anticipate advertising for new positions in the next few months.

How can I learn more about the Moore Foundation?
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has been a supporter of iNaturalist since 2017. Gordon and Betty Moore established the foundation to create positive outcomes for future generations. Visit or follow @MooreFound on Twitter to learn more.

Why do you still need donations?
As a nonprofit, donations of all sizes are essential to a long and sustainable future for iNaturalist. We truly appreciate every donor and gifts of any size, and we can't maximize the Moore grant without matchable donations from the community.

Do I need to do anything special to get my donations matched by the Moore Foundation?

I donated last month. Was my donation matched?
Yes! All donations we receive from July 1 through December 31, 2023 are matched.

Will you match workplace giving?
Yes! Employer matches, payroll donations, and volunteer hours will also be matched. This is the best time to take advantage of workplace giving programs. Your initial gift could ultimately be matched 3:1, 4:1, or even 5:1! You can search to see if your employer has a program.

Will you match donations from stock, IRAs, or Donor Advised Funds?
Yes! You can find more details on our other ways to give page about how to direct them appropriately.

What counts as a "recurring donation"?
Monthly, Quarterly, or Annual donations are considered "recurring".

Posted on September 13, 2023 11:40 AM by carrieseltzer carrieseltzer


Holy moly -- this is HUGE!!! What an exciting time for iNaturalist and the whole iNaturalist community. Way to go!

Also, I'm super proud to be a donor to iNaturalist -- I recognize that my monthly support may seem vastly dissimilar or insignificant to other donations, but I get so much enjoyment out of iNaturalist -- it makes me feel more and more like part of the community. It makes me feel good!

This is such great news -- super excited, all around!!!!!

Posted by sambiology 3 months ago

iNaturalist is one of the best things ever produced for the mobile phone and a singular excuse for the omniscience of the technology. It is a world class tool that anyone can access to help them learn and connect with the astonishingly complex world that we inhabit with the rest of our fellow beings. I love this new grant, and I sincerely hope that it's the first of many, many grants to follow. . .

Posted by ben56 3 months ago

Great news! Congratulations - I can't imagine a more worthy cause/organization.

Posted by vita-sativum 3 months ago

This is great! I hope that it helps iNat become even better.

Posted by mbwildlife 3 months ago

WOOHOO! Thank you Moore Foundation!! What a fantastic investment in a public biodiversity good!!

Posted by muir 3 months ago

This is awesome, yay!

Posted by charlie 3 months ago

I tested up a little - what great news! So generous of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Thrilled my donation will be matched 3x! This news has made my day.

Posted by lisa_bennett 3 months ago

Congratulations! This is great news - good to know iNaturalist has some solid support.

Posted by annkatrinrose 3 months ago

This is fantastic news! I'm excited to see iNaturalist grow!

Posted by rinaturalist 3 months ago

Wow! Huge thanks to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for this donation!
Inat can only keep growing.

Posted by yayemaster 3 months ago

Wow! Huge thanks to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for this donation!
Inat can only keep growing.

Posted by yayemaster 3 months ago

Wow great news!

Posted by upupa-epops 3 months ago

Very exciting news -- this will help iNaturalist in countless ways!

And so happy that the terms of the grant will increase my reoccurring donations!

Posted by susanhewitt 3 months ago

I'm very grateful to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and for the hardworking iNaturalist staff!

Posted by gcwarbler 3 months ago

Great to hear!

Posted by name_name_name 3 months ago

Woah! What are your plans for the future now that this happened? Thank you Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation!

Posted by wildlife13 3 months ago

Fantastic! iNaturalist definitely deserves it, and I hope this is a sign of more to come! Seeing this platform and its community develop has been a joy to behold.

I'll have to keep an eye out for those hiring opportunities, juuust in case ;)

Posted by silversea_starsong 3 months ago

This is so exciting!! iNat is such a wonderful place; it’s great to know that there’s growth on the horizon. Thank you to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation!

Posted by featherenthusiast 3 months ago

Congratulations, so well deserved!

Posted by radrat 3 months ago

Wonderful news. Congratulations!

Posted by jmaughn 3 months ago


Posted by peterjoseph 3 months ago

Incredible! Thanks so much to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for such a generous contribution. I believe that iNaturalist is having a major global impact in enhancing human awareness of the beauty, complexity and diversity of the world around us. Such awareness is the critical first step in assuring that we all work together to conserve and protect the natural world upon which we are all directly dependent.

Posted by deanthompson 3 months ago

Major congrats to iNat team (and community) - so well-deserved and an important investment!

Posted by aporemski 3 months ago

Fantastic! Congratulations, iNat team.

Posted by trinaroberts 3 months ago

Super! Congratulations for all your hard work. What a great tool for learning you provide.

Posted by crseaquist 3 months ago


Posted by diegoalmendras 3 months ago

Felicidades! Well deserved!

Posted by itsmelucy 3 months ago

Wonderful news! Thank you to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for supporting this most amazing non-profit organization and its worldwide community. Congratulations iNat team!

Posted by catherine_g 3 months ago

Congratulations, this is really great news! I'm excited to see iNat use this investment to expand public understanding of biodiversity.

Posted by rupertclayton 3 months ago


Posted by oiledolives 3 months ago

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, thanks a lot!!! That's really great that you grant iNaturalist, a thing which is changing our understanding of biodiversity. We'll do all our best to produce more data and to invite more naturalists

Posted by apseregin 3 months ago

Smashing news!

Posted by conifera 3 months ago

Congratulations, iNaturalist, and thank you so much to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation! iNaturalist is a major influence toward public awareness of biodiversity. iNaturalist brings together scientists and the public in productive, respectful ways. iNaturalist provides a fascinating and educational safe space for the marginalized. And iNaturalist has provided me personally with a rich resource, a community, and a sense of mission that is a daily reward. I'm delighted to have my recurring donation multiplied.

Posted by janetwright 3 months ago

Wonderful! Congratulations! Will more information be made public about what iNat work the Moore Foundation is funding? Or are these funds of the general-fund no-strings-attached variety?

Posted by dlevitis 3 months ago

This is fantastic news! Congratulations, and I know iNaturalist will be putting this towards imperative work

Posted by yetikat 3 months ago

How do I change my current recurring donation?

Posted by leslie_flint 3 months ago


Posted by ecologistchris 3 months ago

Thank you to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for your amazingly generous grant to iNaturalist.

Posted by flutterbyflutterby 3 months ago

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is a TERRIFIC organization. (They support a lot of innovative health -related initiatives too.). Congratulations !!! iNat has changed my life in so many ways , of course, for the better 🐸

Posted by metsa 3 months ago

Fantastic!...Now how do I apply for my dream job with iNat??

Posted by christopherbonis 3 months ago

This is super exciting!!! Sending all my thanks to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation!!!

Posted by bugsgirlgirl 3 months ago

Awesome! Time to majorly improve the iNat mobile apps AND the organization's outreach by the same account

Posted by frontyardscientist 3 months ago

Excellent news....!

Posted by oridgen10 3 months ago

rad! i’m super thrilled to hear that my monthly donation has been essentially tripled! thanks so much to the Gordon and Betty Moore foundation!

Posted by pirarucu 3 months ago

Spectacular! INaturalist has allowed me to properly organize my natural history observations and keep track of changes in places I most frequent. I am so glad this organization has received this support. I hope to use INat for many decades and sure hope that we can exact changes based on the monitoring that is possible because of this wonderful organization!

Posted by petermmartin 3 months ago

This is great! I have nothing else to say. :)

Posted by stop4snakes 3 months ago

EXCELLENT NEWS. iNaturalist helps a lot in science. b/c pictures speak much.

Posted by gebemeskel 3 months ago

This is a fantastic news! Congratulations !

Posted by shivishinaturalist 3 months ago

I'm very grateful to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and for the hardworking iNaturalist staff!

Posted by devendrabhardwaj 3 months ago

I love inaturalist and hope this news isn't related to the 30x30 agenda proposed by our
government to control 30% of our country's land. If so please let me know.
Penelope Vernet

Posted by pvernet 3 months ago

How wonderful, it should have a great impact.

Posted by blackbear23 3 months ago

Congratulations for a well deserved grant for the noble cause to stop the sixth extinction, save what remains of our ecosystems,species and gene pools in the wild. I hope other wealthy donors too would follow this and invest heavily in the global team work to explore, survey, document , identify and catalogue the planets Biodiversity. Greetings and best wishes from Goa, Republic of India. We endorse the work of i-naturalist and popularize it among the young students, the future custodians of Earth.

Posted by nandkumar 3 months ago

This is GREAT ! Incredibly generous by The Foundation and well deserved by iNat. Hopefully, this will inspire more users to sign-up for recurring contributions.

Posted by michaela 3 months ago

What an awesome and generous gift. iNaturalist is such an amazing site. I have learned so much about plants, bugs, and birds while using this site and I tell everyone I meet while I'm out birding about iNat. I am very thankful for the community of users who verify or correct my identifications. Many offer helpful hints to help identify species. As a teacher (history, art, and music), I love education and I think iNat is one of the most educational sites that exists. Many thanks to the G & B Moore Foundation!!!!

Posted by billpalmer 3 months ago

What great news! Well deserved iNaturalist!

Posted by leejones 3 months ago

super news

Posted by alexanderdubynin 2 months ago

Congratulations! I think this is a matching grant up to 10$mill?
May I request response to my files lost while changing cell phones and trying to set up a web-based account?
I can only find a handful and it make me unwilling to post on my phone, so I ask a friend to post for me on their phone , but then I don't have my record. There were quite a few.. One only wonders the number of accumulated iNatural records at this point. thank you & choose love

Posted by ko- 2 months ago

@ko- please email with details.

Posted by tiwane 2 months ago

Incredible donation! I can't wait to see how much more iNat grows in the future. I'm glad to have been a part of this community for as long as I have been.

Posted by safron 2 months ago

Does this mean the IOS app can be updated to have more functions that are available on Android devices?

Posted by mugiwara_kris 2 months ago

@mugiwara_kris. You may want to read this thread on the iNat Forum:

A new mobile app for both iOS and Android has been in development for about a year and early versions are undergoing testing, but are not yet ready for live data.

Posted by rupertclayton 2 months ago

This is FANTASTIC! Thanks go out to the FOUNDATION. Now let's go out and spread the word while to document the observations about the world we live in TOGETHER!

Posted by joncdixon 2 months ago

THIS IS GREAT!! Congratulations!!!

Posted by antman555 2 months ago

How wonderful! Congratulations iNaturalist! What a wonderful gift!

Posted by walkingstick2 2 months ago

Awesome! A deserving cause for the benefit of biodiversity monitoring!

Hopefully part of the funds can go towards increased outreach for under-surveyed areas, and community events like regional iNat conferences to exchange ideas and contacts?

Posted by yerbasanta 2 months ago


I got an email about the move to independence and the grant that was just received via Carrie Seltzer.

I would like to discuss a large data base that our group has for marine life in the Pacific Northwest (56 years and continuing) and how it might be a useful addition to your programs.

Best Regards, Andy Lamb --

Posted by andylamb about 2 months ago

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