Flathead River Valley. British Columbia. Photo: Harvey Locke

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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Job Announcement! We are looking for our next Program Officer, Alaska and British Columbia. Click the link below for more information.

AKBC Program Officer Announcement 

news & information

May 8th, 12:59 pm

Wilburforce Foundation
We have some exciting news to share!We are restructuring some staff positions to improve collaboration, create efficiencies, and better serve our partners.We’re transitioning to a Program Director/Program Officer structure for our regional/place-based conservation programs, and we’re adding Grants Officer and Grants Administrator positions to increase our grants management capacity. These changes will enable our program teams to increase their focus on partner relationships and strategic priorities and will enable our grants management team to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in our work. Over time, our current Program Officers will move into the new Program Director roles, and our Program Associates will become our Program Officers and our Grants Officer. We’ll let you know when those changes occur.This restructuring also means that we are seeking new colleagues!In the coming weeks, we’ll post two job openings: A Program Officer to work with our Alaska-British Columbia Program Director and a Grants Administrator to be part of our grants management team. Keep your eye out for those announcements and please share with anyone you think may be interested in applying for either position.Thanks for bearing with us as we go through this “under construction” phase – and please know that Wilburforce’s mission, values, and commitment to wildlife, communities, and wild places remains unchanged.In partnership,The Wilburforce TeamPhoto of Yellowstone wolves courtesy of the National Park Service. ... See MoreSee Less
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December 21st, 6:33 pm

Wilburforce Foundation
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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