We strongly support our grantees’ capacity to achieve higher levels of effectiveness.
We invest in natural and social sciences to advance conservation solutions.
We work with our grantees to defend and use policies that protect lands, waters, and wildlife.
Our Theory of Change is a guiding document that defines the outcomes we are striving towards and helps us ensure that our programs focus on those results.
Rose Letwin is the founder, president, and sole funder of Wilburforce Foundation. At the heart of Rose’s philanthropy is a long-term commitment to sustaining wild places for the betterment of wildlife and communities for generations to come.
Rose enjoyed a long and successful career in technology, but she has always had a passion for animals. While volunteering in a wildlife rehabilitation center, she found herself facing the simple and devastating truth that many of these animals, once rehabilitated, had no place to go. She decided to focus her charitable efforts on habitat protection: preserving places where the welfare of animals could be prioritized.
Rose founded Wilburforce Foundation in 1991 with the vision of a thriving, interconnected American West that could foster healthy wildlife. Her scientific background informed the foundation’s science-driven philosophy of employing metrics and foundational data to analyze problems and design programs for greatest impact. Her years of consulting and volunteer experiences with nonprofit organizations led to the foundation’s commitment to empowering and building up the leadership capabilities of its grantees.
To date, the Wilburforce Foundation has invested more than $150 million in conservation efforts across Western North America, and is seen as an international leader in collaborative conservation. At the heart of Rose’s philanthropy is a long-term commitment to sustaining wild places for the betterment of wildlife and communities for generations to come.
The kind of change we’re seeking requires people with a diverse set of skills, outlooks, and experience. Our staff members are committed to creating change in their communities and the world.
Program Officer, Yellowstone to Yukon Program Area
Program Associate, Yellowstone to Yukon Program Area
Program Officer, Northwest / Southwest Program Area
Program Associate, Northwest / Southwest Program Area
Program Associate, Alaska/British Columbia & Conservation Law and Policy
Program Officer, Alaska/British Columbia & Conservation Law and Policy
Program Officer, Science and Capacity
Every three years we commission the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) to conduct a survey of our grantees to assess our impact, interactions, and processes. The Grantee Perception Report that CEP provides to us is extremely valuable, helping ensure that we perform well in areas of particular importance to our strategic approach: building quality relationships with grantees, providing capacity building services to help them thrive, and advancing strategies that maximize our impact on the field. We’re grateful for the feedback.
Paul Beaudet, Executive Director, leads the foundation’s regional and crosscutting program teams, manages the foundation’s capacity building program, and oversees the administrative, financial, planning, evaluation, and communication functions of the Foundation. Paul originally joined Wilburforce in 1999 as Program Officer for Evaluation, and served as Associate Director between 2002 and 2016. Prior to his work at Wilburforce, he was Associate Director of the Pride Foundation, strengthening the LGBT community in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked at a variety of nonprofit organizations in fundraising and programmatic roles, including the League of Conservation Voters, the Music Center of Los Angeles, Pacific Science Center, and the University of Washington. Paul has served on the Advisory Board for Center of Effective Philanthropy since 2008, and was elected to its Board of Directors starting in 2017. Prior to that, Paul served for seven years as Chair of the Program Strategies Committee and Vice Chair of the Board of the Environmental Grantmakers Association. Paul earned a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University in 1996, and later served on the program’s Visiting Committee and as adjunct faculty. He, his husband, and a beloved mutt split their time between Seattle and Guemes Island.