National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation
of natural resources -- fish, wildlife and plants. Among
its goals are species habitat protection, environmental
education, public policy development, natural resource
management, habitat and ecosystem rehabilitation and
restoration, and leadership training for conservation
professionals. It meets these goals by forging partnerships
between the public and private sectors and by supporting
conservation activities that pinpoint and solve the
root causes of environmental problems.
in Washington, D.C., NFWF was established by Congress
in 1984. The Foundation invests in the best possible
solutions to those problems by awarding challenge grants
using its federally appropriated funds to match private
sector funds. These combined resources fuel effective
conservation projects; however, federal appropriations
may not be used for NFWF's operating expenses. The Foundation
has awarded 997 grants that has leveraged more than
$123 million for conservation projects. NFWF's work
is local, regional, national and international in scope.
To date, project locations include the 50 states, Puerto
Rico and 17 countries.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation works by:
innovative partnerships between the public and private
projects that examine and provide solutions for root
causes of environmental problems.
grants for conservation -- 997 grants totaling over
$123 million have been distributed.
-- for every $1 in federal matching funds, NFWF and
its conservation partners provide more than $2 in
direct non-federal contributions for a total of $3
minimal fundraising and administrative overhead --
less than 5 percent of total budget.
distributing grants -- 399 grantees including federal,
state and provincial agencies, colleges, universities,
private corporations and both domestic and international
in a national and international scope -- project locations
include 50 states, the Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Costa
Rica, Dominican Republic, Greenland, Guatemala, Haiti,
Honduras, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico,
Russia, Tanzania and the United Kingdom.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has six priority
Conservation through the North American Waterfowl
Management Plan and the North American Wetlands Partnership,
cooperative undertakings between the United States,
Canada and Mexico to protect and restore wetland habitat
both in public and private ownership. 232 projects
totaling $49.8 million have been undertaken; $31.8
million was raised by NFWF and its partners to match
$18 million in federal funds.
Education programs for the public and Leadership
Training for natural resource professionals, corporate
leaders, key policy and political projects totaling
$15.4 million have been undertaken; $10.9 million
was raised by NFWF and its partners to match $4.5
million in federal funds.
national Fisheries Initiative addresses marine,
estuarine and inland fish resource and habitat depletion
issues by funding projects that address high priority
conservation challenges and improve federal and state
policy, funding and management practices. 153 projects
totaling $21.1 million have been undertaken; $12.7
million was raised by NFWF and its partners to match
$8.4 million in federal funds.
Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Program
brings public and private partners together in efforts
to conserve migratory songbirds. 184 projects totaling
$14.5 million have been undertaken; $8.9 million was
raised by NFWF and its partners to match $5.7 million
in federal funds.
Fisheries and Wildlife Assessment study is
the policy arm of NFWF. The Assessment is published
annually for Congressional representatives and staff,
the Executive branch and conservation organizations.
It provides the only non-government, comprehensive,
line-by-line budget analysis of the major federal
agencies that have significant natural resource management
and stewardship responsibilities. Over the years this
study has become an influential guide for Congressional
appropriations to these agencies.
also has a Wildlife and Habitat initiative
that encompasses NFWF's broad interests in fish, wildlife
and plant conservation, including bio-diveristy preservation,
threatened and endangered species recovery and big
game management. 227 projects totaling $21.4 million
have been undertaken; $15.6 million was raised by
NFWF and its partners to match $5.8 million in federal
Contributions for general operating support are raised
from individuals, corporations and foundations. The
1994 operating budget is $2.8 million. Fund raising
and administration costs average 4 percent of the Foundation's
total program costs. Private support for operations
is used to identify conservation priorities, develop
project and management solutions, administer grants,
forge partnerships, conduct project evaluations, publish
and distribute the annual Fish and Wildlife Assessment
documents, and fund the day-to-day operations of this
Congressional appropriations are used exclusively for
project support. These appropriations must be matched
on at least a one-to-one basis by private non-federal
contributions raised by NFWF and its project partners.
The Foundation has successfully met or exceeded the
statutory 1:1 match for eight successive years and has
achieved an average of better than $2 for every federal