What We Do
​Bald Eagle | Credit: USFWS

The IDEA Edge


NFWF’s expertise in all aspects of the conservation funding process allows us and our partners to maximize the effectiveness of environmental-impact dollars.  We bring to all projects under our management:

  • The confidence of working with a Congressionally-chartered foundation, specifically charged with the administration of monies to “further the conservation and management of fish, wildlife, plants, and other natural resources” of the United States (National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Establishment Act, 16 U.S.C. §3701 et seq.).

  • Tax-free growth of funds invested in IDEA accounts, conferring a substantial financial advantage over taxable vehicles.

  • Financial management expertise, provided by the Foundation’s outside investment advisors and focused on generating optimal investment income within the parameters established by our partners or through governing documents.    

  • Efficiencies gained from the Foundation’s streamlined operations, which have been specifically tuned to the funding of conservation and natural resource projects.     

  • Access to the Foundation’s portfolio of conservation projects and initiatives, allowing easy identification of potentially appropriate funding recipients.

  • Availability of the Foundation’s technical and program management expertise, including in conducting Requests for Proposals and in applicant oversight.

  • Credibility of partnering with a trusted third party.  The Foundation has worked diligently for over a quarter century to establish its proven track record of accountability, efficiency, and effectiveness in the conservation funding arena.


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