Ironwood Forest National Monument, Arizona. Photo: BLM/Bob Wick

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

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 to learn more about the foundation, and download the job announcement from our homepage. ... See MoreSee Less
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November 11th, 6:00 pm

Wilburforce Foundation
We are thrilled to share the announcement of our latest Conservation Leadership Award winner: Juan Carlos Bravo, the Mexico Program Director for the Wildlands Network!We created the Conservation Leadership Award (CLA) program in 2000 to recognize groundbreaking leaders protecting wildlands and wildlife in western North America. Juan Carlos Bravo truly embodies the spirit of this award, and we are thrilled to present him with it.Juan Carlos has dedicated his career to preserving habitat and species across the U.S.-Mexico border. He is a pragmatic visionary who can work across cultures, who looks for and identifies solutions, and who is always guided by a deep commitment to the natural world and the people who depend on it. As Mexico Program Director for Wildlands Network, Juan Carlos works with landowners to conserve habitat on private lands, collaborates with authorities on both sides of the southern border to develop wildlife crossings, and helps policymakers understand the critical importance of habitats and keystone species across boundaries.“Wildlife knows no borders. The artificial lines between countries have real impacts on biodiversity and species survival. We need to make these lines permeable for animals. We’re humbled and grateful that the Wilburforce Foundation has supported our work on the U.S.-Mexico border.” —Juan Carlos BravoIn recent years, Juan Carlos has led efforts to identify jaguar corridors in the borderlands; to protect the Cocóspera River from highway development; to protect in perpetuity a half million acres in the Sky Islands region of the Bavispe Natural Protected Area; and to make wildlife crossings mandatory for roads throughout the state of Sonora. The CLA comes with a cash award for both the individual winner and the organization they represent. Since its inception, Wilburforce has recognized nearly 100 leaders with the CLA. Learn more here! ... See MoreSee Less
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