The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) was established by Congress in 1984 to support the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) mission to conserve fish, wildlife and plant species. Since that time, NFWF and FWS have worked together to foster innovative partnerships with corporations, foundations, other federal agencies and non-profit organizations to generate new resources for conservation. From 1986 to 2013, NFWF leveraged $197.5 million in FWS appropriated funds into more than $799.1 million to support nearly 4,565 grants to nearly 2,000 conservation partners in all 50 states, the U.S. Territories and targeted international locations.
In FY 2013, NFWF awarded $7.5 million in FWS directly appropriated funds and $2 million through other agreements. These funds are being leveraged by our partners into $36.5 million to support 131 projects benefiting our nation’s fish and wildlife resources. The FWS funds support targeted conservation efforts focusing on at-risk species, habitat enhancement and community-based stewardship. Areas of focus include Southwest grasslands, Northern Great Plains, migratory corridors, sea turtles, native trout, longleaf pine forests, early successional forests, and the Great Lakes watershed. The partnership seeks to increase populations of targeted species by supporting the restoration of landscape-level habitats.