Flathead River Valley. British Columbia. Photo: Harvey Locke

Connecting Wildlands, Wildlife, & People

Wilburforce Foundation empowers conservation leaders to protect the irreplaceable lands, waters, and wildlife of western North America.

We support and connect organizations and individuals that are committed to protecting wild places and the wildlife that depend on them. We invest in science-based solutions, advocate for responsible policies, and strengthen our grantees’capacities to achieve lasting outcomes.

Wilburforce Foundation founder Rose Letwin honored by Alaska Wilderness League and Defenders of Wildlife

Rose Letwin, founder and president of Wilburforce Foundation, was recently honored by the Alaska Wilderness League with their Voice of the Wild Award and by Defenders of Wildlife with their Spirit of Defenders Citizen Advocacy Award.

Read more about the awards here.

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Where we work

We work within specific areas of western North America. We use conservation science to identify priority regions that correspond with our focus on wildlands and habitat connections that allow wildlife to thrive.

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What we fund

We exist to preserve western North America’s irreplaceable biological diversity and ecological integrity. We work with our partners to defend and use environmental policies that safeguard wildlife and wild places.

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Who we support

We support a diversity of organizations and collaborative efforts throughout our priority regions. We make sustained investments in our partners over time and build their capacity to achieve higher levels of effectiveness.

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news & information


December 07 at 12:11am

Our Executive Director Tim Greyhavens is retiring at the end of this month after 25 years with Wilburforce Foundation. In his final message to our grantees, friends, and colleagues he talks about the most memorable aspects of his two dozen+ years in conservation philanthropy. http://bit.ly/2g7vUvp


November 30 at 11:20pm

Wilburforce is featured in a recent revised publication from Grantmakers for Effective Organizations that describes effective approaches to capacity building: o Make it contextual o Make it continuous o Make it collective We couldn’t agree more! Delighted to be included in this report. http://bit.ly/2fN5kmp


November 23 at 5:39pm

Congratulations to great forest advocate and Wilburforce Foundation Conservation Leadership Award recipient Valerie Langer for winning the Eugene Rogers Environmental Award from The Wilderness Committee.