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Our History

The Fund for Wild Nature was founded in 1983 to support the emerging financial needs of grassroots conservation groups. We are a tax-exempt IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The Fund has an all-volunteer board of committed activists that operates with minimal overhead. The board seeks, reviews, and tracks grant requests, insuring that the most urgent, strategic, and cost effective efforts receive funding. The board collectively raises money, sends bi-annual appeals, and produces an Annual Report. The Fund has no endowment, so our ability to support wild nature defense depends on recent donations. Our success relies upon the success of the groups we fund and the generous donors that invest in the Fund for Wild Nature.

© Doug Bevington
© Doug Bevington
© Stephen Ritchie
© Stephen Ritchie

Our Support

We are pleased to have provided early support to organizations such as Rainforest Action Network and the Center for Biological Diversity, which have gone on to become important players in national and international conservation, but we are equally proud of groups such as the Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project and Los Padres Forest Watch that have spent decades digging in their heels defending wild nature in their local areas. And, of course, a key objective is to identify and fund the critical new projects that are listed as first time grantees in our Annual Reports.

Previous grantees, summaries of projects, and our yearly financial information are available in each of our annual reports. (http://fundwildnature.org/annual-reports.html) Also provided is a list of grantees from 2010 that includes project summaries, grant years, and links to grantees’ websites. (provide link)

If you would like a copy of our most recent IRS Form 990 tax return, please send a request to fwn@fundwildnature.org.


The Fund for Wild Nature (Fund) provides small grants for North American campaigns to save native species and wild ecosystems, with particular emphasis on actions designed to defend threatened wilderness and biological diversity. If your project is not clearly and directly connected to these priorities, please explain the link. WE DO NOT FUND PROJECTS OUTSIDE CANADA, THE U.S.A, OR THEIR FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED TERRITORIES. Funded organizations are required to be tax exempt non-profits under the federal tax laws of Canada or the United States (I.R.S. 501(c)(3) or the Canadian equivalent). If your project is fiscally sponsored, the same requirements apply to your sponsor.

We fund advocacy, litigation, public policy work, development of citizen science, and similar endeavors. We do NOT fund basic scientific research, private land acquisition, for-profit enterprises, individual action or study, conferences, or organizations which receive ANY government funding or support. Although we commend the work of wildlife sanctuaries, wildlife rehabilitation facilities, botanical gardens, learning centers, and habitat restoration, these are beyond the scope of our mission and for that reason we do not fund this type of work. We will only fund media projects that have a clear, significant strategic value to biodiversity and a concrete plan for dissemination of the final product.

(We strongly recommend reading about our grantees' work to find parallels, if any, with your work. View recent grantees and past annual reports for more information.)

The Fund supports biocentric goals that are premised on effective and intelligible strategies. We give special attention to ecological issues not currently receiving sufficient public attention and funding. We seek proposals with visionary and yet realistic goals to create tangible change. All proposals must be highly cost effective.

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