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the Jane Goodall Institute

Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Environment
  • International


1595 Spring Hill Rd., Suite 550Vienna, VA 22182 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Jane Goodall Institute promotes understanding and protection of great apes and their habitat and builds on the legacy of Dr. Jane Goodall, our founder, to inspire individual action by young people of all ages to help animals, other people and to protect the world we all share.


The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is a global nonprofit focused on inspiring individual action to improve the understanding, welfare and conservation of great apes and to safeguard the planet we all share. Our mission is based in Dr. Jane Goodall’s belief that the well-being of our world relies on people taking an active interest in all living things.

Each of us has the power to make a difference, and it is the mission of JGI to inspire action. JGI supports community-centered conservation throughout Africa’s Congo Basin, engaging with individual stakeholders to garner long-term conservation impact; additionally, we support young people in more than 130 countries across the globe as they work make positive change in their own communities. Our cutting-edge use of technology ties our high-impact conservation work in Africa to our citizen-science projects led by youth groups across the globe.


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