What We Do

‚ÄčAbout NFWF

Who We Are

  • One of the nation's largest non-profit funders for fish and wildlife conservation
  • Chartered by Congress in 1984 as an independent 501(c)(3)
  • Governed by a 30-member Board of Directors approved by the Secretary of Interior, including the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Director and NOAA Administrator
  • Transparent and accountable to Congress, federal agencies, and the public

What We Do

  • Protect, restore and enhance our nation's natural heritage
  • Engineer creative solutions to address conservation challenges for fish, wildlife, plants and habitats
  • Create common ground between public and private sectors

How We Do It

  • Provide grants to conservation organizations and agencies to implement science-based conservation plans
  • Leverage public funding with private contributions (average 3:1) to achieve shared conservation outcomes.
  • Manage and disburse funds that originate from court orders, settlements of legal cases, regulatory permits, licenses, and restoration and mitigation plans under IDEA (Impact Directed Environmental Accounts) program as a neutral, third-party fiduciary

Our Success

  • Since 1984, NFWF has awarded more than 12,100 grants to over 4,000 organizations and leveraged $618 million in federal funds into over $2.1 billion for conservation
  • In FY 2012, NFWF leveraged $42.6 million in federal funds for a total conservation investment of $192 million
  • NFWF currently works with 14 federal partners and more than 50 corporate and foundation partners
  • NFWF's IDEA (Impact Directed Environmental Accounts) program manages more than $350 million in mitigation funds to accomplish positive conservation outcomes

Our Conservation Focus

  • Restoring and protecting imperiled species
  • Promoting healthy oceans and estuaries
  • Improving working landscapes for wildlife
  • Advancing sustainable fisheries
  • Conserving water for wildlife and people

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