(858) FOR-WILD

The Fund for Wild Nature is not a foundation with an endowment. Each year, the Fund’s volunteer Board of Directors raises money to grant to grassroots groups that effectively protect wild nature. Why not give directly to those groups? We hope you do. But if you’ve looked around, there are thousands of worthy causes and hundreds of thousands of organizations; it can get confusing, fast. We can help.

You want to support environmental action. You want your donation to go far, and you want it to make a difference. That’s where the Fund for Wild Nature comes in. We volunteer our time and expertise so you can trust that your funds are reaching the front lines of environmental protection efforts. We keep our overhead to a bare minimum with one part-time staff member who works from home. Our grants go predominantly to low budget, low overhead groups, although we occasionally fund special projects in organizations with budgets up to $250,000. We expect results, and we get them.

Our ability to make grants depends upon the continuing generosity of our individual contributors, so we invite you to join our many donors whose contributions are making a tremendous difference for wild nature. Unless you say otherwise, you won’t receive anything from us but a thank you letter, two annual appeals, and our annual report. We won’t give your name to anyone, including the groups we support.


Please send checks to:
The Fund for Wild Nature
PO Box 2507
Sebastopol, CA 95473
(858) FOR-WILD
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The Fund for Wild Nature is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with Federal Tax ID #87-0386717. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.

Giving and Bequests

You can help ensure the grassroots defense of wild nature continues by including the Fund for Wild Nature in your estate plans. If you would like to receive more information or discuss options for planned giving, please contact us by email, telephone, or snail mail. Please let us know if you have already included the Fund for Wild Nature in your will, so that we may recognize your generous gift.


The Fund for Wild Nature is honored to accept memorials and honorariums in recognition of those who love wild nature. If you would like to pay tribute to a loved one or celebrate a special event, we would be happy to discuss various options with you, such as the creation of a commemorative fund.


Many employers will match charitable donations by their employees, allowing you to do double your gift to the Fund for Wild Nature. If your workplace has a matching gift program, send the form provided by your employer along with your gift to the Fund. If your company does not have a matching program, ask about establishing one. The last wild places are counting on you.


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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