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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Next chapter for Wilburforce!

Wilburforce Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of its new Executive Director,          Lisa Weinstein. 

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news & information

December 21st, 5:33 pm

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Along with many of our fellow biodiversity funder colleagues and over 100 environmental organizations. we applaud the Biden-Harris Administration's announcement proposing protections for our nation's old growth forests. In a joint statement with other funders, our Executive Director Birch Beaudet said, "We applaud the Biden Administration’s recognition of the irreplaceable value of current and future old growth forests to both wild and human communities: clean water, clean air, carbon storage, biodiversity, and essential fish and wildlife habitat, as well as healthy and robust local economies. We are highly supportive of the inclusion of Indigenous Knowledge systems alongside western science as a means to ensure the highest standards of stewardship of our shared natural systems. We look forward to working with theAdministration to advance forest and wildlife habitat protections and resilience throughout the West."You can read the joint statement here: tinyurl.com/4nfxpv7yAnd the White House Press Brief here: tinyurl.com/3vwj9mpr ... See MoreSee Less
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October 5th, 12:14 pm

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The Wilderness Society (TWS) presented its prestigious Robert Marshall Award to two leaders in conservation at a September 28 ceremony at the Seattle Art Museum. Our President and Founder, Rose Letwin was one of two who received TWS's highest award presented to a private citizen who has never held federal office but has devoted long-term service to and has had a notable influence upon conservation and the fostering of an American land ethic. We are thrilled for Rose, and grateful to the Wilderness Society for honoring her and other conservation heroes. Read on for more information: www.wilderness.org/articles/press-release/wilderness-society-award-its-highest-conservation-honor... ... See MoreSee Less
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