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 Emma Gilchrist, editor-in-chief of DeSmog Canada, a 2018 recipient of Wilburforce Foundation’s Conservation Leadership Award!

Read more about Emma 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

May 17th, 12:26 pm

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We're at MadCon18! Over 300 scientists, advocates, landowners, and citizens from Mexico and the United States are meeting this week in Tucson to share knowledge, research, strategies, and stories about the transboundary Sky Islands Ecoregion at the 2018 Madrean Conference. Collaborations fostered here are increasingly necessary to ensure both relationships and wildlife easily cross the border in this globally important biodiversity hotspot. It is deep, meaningful work we are honored to support.

Sky Island Alliance
Wildlands Network
Conservation Science Partners
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May 16th, 7:32 pm

Wilburforce Foundation

Delighted to have Wilburforce grantees Laurel Angell of the Montana Engagement Partnership and Emma Gilchrest of The Narwhal (formerly DeSmog) sharing their expertise at the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network conference on “Transformative Strategies for Disruptive Times.” The panel described how their work in an evolving media market is engaging new audiences. ... See MoreSee Less

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