WHO ARE WE?
The Lao Elephant Initiative (LEI) was founded in January 2018 as a nonprofit, nonreligious, nonpolitical organization. Recognized as a State and Federal tax-exempt, publicly supported 501(c)(3) charitable organization, LEI maintains an office in Denver, CO, and currently supports elephant conservation projects in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
We are working to ignite positive change for wild and captive Asian elephants.
The mission of Lao Elephant Initiative (LEI) is to promote the wellbeing of both captive and wild Asian elephants through education, community partnerships, and innovative conservation strategies.
MAKING THIS HAPPEN
Our work involves a range of conservation and environmental initiatives, including our captive elephant welfare project, and our intent to support wild elephant populations in a National Biodiversity Conservation Area (NBCA). LEI conducts projects and programs internally and also provides grants to organizations that are doing work compatible with our mission.
TAKING ACTION FOR ELEPHANTS
LEI is focused on raising public awareness of the plight of elephants in Laos, working to build a new common understanding of what constitutes ethical and humane treatment and helping make this the new reality.
Learn about LEI's efforts to improve conditions for elephants in Laos.
FEED THE ELEPHANTS PROGRAM
As a result of the crisis caused by COVID-19, the closing of borders and thus the lack of tourists and income, some elephant camps in and around Luang Prabang are struggling to feed and care for their elephants.
Learn about how LEI is helping "Feed the Elephant's" during these difficult times.
Fee Structure for Restricted Donations, Grants and Gifts
Donations, grants and gifts in excess of $250 that are designated by the donor as restricted for a specific purpose may be subject to appropriate organizational withholds.
Based on the complexity and longevity of specific donor requests in between seven and a half percent (7.5%) and twelve and a half percent (12.5%) of the donation, grant or gift will be directed to support current LEI elephant-centric activities and two and a half percent (2.5%) will be set aside for the administration of the donation.
Such fees shall be capped on donations, grants and gifts in excess of $100,000.
DONATE BY MAIL
If you would like to donate by check, please make it payable to Lao Elephant Initiative.
Send donations to:
Lao Elephant Initiative
P.O. Box 2067
Denver, CO 80201
If you have a specific project to which you'd like to direct or restrict your donation, please indicate this in the memo section.
If you intend to send a check each month as a recurring donation, please include a note letting us know when to expect it.
We value the safety and security of our donors. For this reason, we advise that you do not send credit card information through the mail.
We regret that we are unable to accept cash donations at this time.