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

November 29th, 6:20 pm

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2022 Conservation Leadership Award Honoree Spotlight: As leader of the BEACONs Team (Boreal Ecosystems Analysis for Conservation Networks) at the University of Alberta, Dr. Fiona Schmiegelow focuses on using robust research to inform land-use policies and practices with government, industry and environmental partners. Her work includes numerous collaborations with First Nations, and has expanded programs at UA and Yukon University to strengthen relationships between researchers and Indigenous communities in northern Canada. ... See MoreSee Less
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November 22nd, 4:33 pm

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2022 Conservation Leadership Award Honoree Spotlight: As a visionary with a love for Alaska’s wildlands and Alaska’s people, Erin Dovichin is determined to bring people together to realize Alaska’s outsized economic and conservation opportunities, from its incredible and valuable carbon reserves to its wild salmon ecosystems, from its unparalleled outdoor recreation to its powerful Indigenous-led stewardship efforts and rich cultural heritage. Learn more about Erin and Alaska Venture Fund's commitment to supporting Alaska Native leaders and Native communities to achieve their climate and conservation objectives: alaskaventure.org ... See MoreSee Less
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November 14th, 11:01 am

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2022 Conservation Leadership Award Honoree Spotlight: Through Dr. Justina Ray’s leadership and advocacy for conservation through reconciliation, WCS Canada has brought positive change to land-use planning throughout Canada, boosted understanding of the Greater Muskwa-Kechika region, and informed protection of Nahanni National Park and the Castle Provincial Park & Castle Wildland Provincial Park. Learn more about Dr. Ray and WCS Canada: www.wcscanada.org ... See MoreSee Less
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