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.

Congratulations to Harvey Locke, a 2018 recipient of Wilburforce Foundation’s Conservation Leadership Award!

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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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October 12th, 3:51 pm

Wilburforce Foundation

Congratulations, Michael Whitfield, the new Kingsbury Browne Fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and winner of the Kingsbury Browne Conservation Leadership Award from the Land Trust Alliance.

Michael, who received Wilburforce's Conservation Leadership Award in 2017, recently retired after a decade as executive director of the Heart of the Rockies Initiative, a partnership of 23 land trusts in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and southern British Columbia and Alberta, Canada.

“Michael Whitfield’s career is a testament to the power of building coalitions, finding common ground, and engaging the public, private, and civic sectors in large landscape conservation efforts,” said Jim Levitt, manager of the Lincoln Institute’s land conservation programs and co-founder of the International Land Conservation Network. “We congratulate Michael on his exemplary leadership in the field and look forward to his continued contributions.”

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