Connecting WildLands, Wildlife, & People

Skeena River, British Columbia. Photo: Brian Huntington

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.

announcing the 2017 Wilburforce Foundation Fellowship in conservation science

The Wilburforce Foundation Fellowship in Conservation Science is a year-long program that empowers 20 outstanding scientists to further their work through training in leadership and communication.

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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

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September 23 at 4:05pm

RT @AmandaConsSci: One week left to apply for the Wilburforce Fellowship in Conservation Science! #WFellows #scicomm #scipol…

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September 23 at 4:04pm

RT @Aerin_J: Read about 2015 #WFellow experiences here: by @COMPASSonline | #scicomm #conservation…


September 22 at 3:27pm

Got hope? Check out this story about our long-time grantees, the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition, and the diverse set of state agencies, elected officials, school kids, and concerned citizens that are making the first wildlife overpass on I-90’s 3099-mile expanse a reality. @ihearti90wildlife