Skeena River, British Columbia. Photo: Brian Huntington

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.


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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

About the same number of people have continuously thru-hiked the Grand Canyon as have walked on the moon. We met two of these remarkable individuals yesterday. Grand Canyon Trust brought Kevin Fedarko and Pete McBride to Seattle for three sold-out lectures at Benaroya Hall--filling 2,500 seats each day! Wilburforce board, staff, and guests were transported from our rainsoaked city to this spectacular ecosytem through stories and pictures. It's our privilege to support the GCT and its allies who strive to protect this cherished American landscape. ... See MoreSee Less

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Welcome, Lisa Weinstein! Today was Lisa's first official day as our Science and Capacity Program Officer. We couldn't be happier.

Lisa’s science background, government/policy expertise, grantmaking experience, knowledge of the ecosystems in which we work, and passion for capacity building make her the perfect pick to fill this role. In addition to her relevant skills and experience, she loves dogs and does improv for fun.

She'll be working from Atlanta until she and her family relocate this summer, but will be here in Seattle at least once each month. Read more about her here:
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Spirit Bear on Gribbell Island. Photo by Carol Orr. ... See MoreSee Less

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