To solve the critical problems that threaten the survival of America’s wildlife and their habitats, the nation needs every possible resource. That’s why NFWF’s signature approach – bringing the public and private sectors together to maximize conservation impact – has proven successful.
NFWF uses federal funding as a springboard to leverage additional contributions from private sources, averaging a three-to-one return on investment. The Foundation's operations are structured to be as lean as possible, with just six percent of our budget going to administrative costs.
Since NFWF's founding in 1984, the Foundation has surpassed more than $3.8 billion in total conservation impact. NFWF's reputation for effectiveness is well-known among our partners, including 15 federal agencies and dozens of the nation’s leading corporations and foundations. Working
together, NFWF and its partners support science-based projects and community-driven
solutions that protect and restore our precious natural heritage.