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.

Center For Effective Philanthropy surveyed our grantees earlier this year. We’re grateful to our grantees for their feedback.

Their Grantee Perception Report is now available 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

March 11th, 4:21 pm

Wilburforce Foundation

Congratulations to our founder and President, Rose Letwin, who received Woodland Park Zoo's Outstanding Philanthropic Leadership Award during a celebration thanking its Thrive 2019 Wildlife Heroes.

Robert Long, PhD, the Zoo's Senior Conservation Scientist and a Wilburforce Conservation Science Fellow, presented the award to honor Rose for providing seed funding for the Zoo's wildlife conservation program, and for supporting research on regional carnivores with the goal of informing best practices around how humans and carnivores can coexist peacefully in the state’s shared landscapes.

She was celebrated as a pioneering environmental philanthropist who embodies the spirit of generosity and the power of philanthropy to improve lives for all species.

We're grateful for the work Woodland Park Zoo does, and delighted that they chose to honor Rose for her commitment to conservation and science.
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