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.

We’re hiring our next Program Officer for Yellowstone to Yukon

 

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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

December 22nd, 3:12 pm

Wilburforce Foundation
Today we honor Liz Bell, our Senior Program Officer for Yellowstone to Yukon. Liz wraps up 15 years of service this week as a member of the Wilburforce staff, launching into retirement and her next set of adventures.In the Foundation's early years, Liz was a Wilburforce grantee at the Land Trust Alliance, building the capacity of organizations to strategically conserve private lands. For that work, she received a Wilburforce Conservation Leadership Award. She joined the foundation staff in 2006, starting as a Program Associate for the Northwest and Southwest. She was promoted to Program Officer for Y2Y in 2011, and Senior Program Officer this year. Liz has been a powerful part of our team, creating strong relationships and partnerships, building capacity, forging effective strategies, and protecting wildlife and wildlands. Liz will assist the foundation in the new year as we undergo a search for her replacement, on a limited basis. That will allow her to do more of the things she loves outside of work. Liz is an avid birder, and we expect to encounter her in the wild with her spotting scope, adding to her life list.We are sad to see Liz depart, but grateful that we had her on our team for so long. We know that even in her next chapter, she will be a passionate advocate for the protection of Nature. Thank you, Liz Bell! ... See MoreSee Less
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December 3rd, 3:33 pm

Wilburforce Foundation
We’re proud to honor Jim Enote, Zuni tribal member and CEO of the @ColoradoPlateauFoundation, as the third and final 2021 Conservation Leadership Award winner. Jim says he approaches his work by following what he has learned from the natural world around him, and working with nature as a team. ... See MoreSee Less
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November 30th, 6:38 pm

Wilburforce Foundation
Wilburforce Foundation is hiring a Program Officer to lead our Yellowstone to Yukon program. Liz Bell, who joined the foundation in 2006 and led the program since 2011, is retiring at the end of the year. We are looking for someone who can continue the powerful work of advancing landscape-scale connectivity and climate resilience by protecting and connecting wildlife and wildlands across the region. Go to our website at www.wilburforce.org to learn more about the foundation, and download the job announcement from our homepage. ... See MoreSee Less
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