Established in 2000 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the Arcus Foundation is a national, private grant making foundation. The mission of the Arcus Foundation is to achieve social justice that is inclusive of sexual orientation, gender identity and race, and to ensure conservation and respect of the great apes. The Arcus Foundation, through its Great Apes Fund, supports organisations seeking to ensure respect and survival of great apes and their natural habitat around the world. Since 2009, the Arcus Foundation has been the main donor of the PCLG. With funding from the Arcus foundation, the PCLG has introduced a great ape component to its work - by including ape-specific elements within its core networking and information dissemination activities and by focusing its mainstreaming efforts on conservation policies, programmes and locations that are relevant to great ape conservation.