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 and our additional Grants Administrator. Click the links below for more information.

Click for the AKBC Program Officer Announcement -> AKBC Program Officer Announcement  


Click for the Grants Administrator Announcement -> Grants Administrator Announcement

news & information

May 22nd, 4:49 pm

Wilburforce Foundation
Join our team! Wilburforce Foundation is hiring a Grants Administrator to join our Grants Management team.This position is based in the dog friendly Wilburforce offices in the Greenfire Campus in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. No relocation budget is associated with this position, and employees are expected to reside in the Puget Sound region at the time of employment.The Grants Administrator (GA) supports the mission of the Wilburforce Foundation by managing grant transactions and providing grantee support throughout the entire grantmaking lifecycle, including invitation, application, due diligence, approval, payment, and reporting. The GA collaborates across the Foundation’s program areas to ensure consistent implementation of our grantmaking processes and policies, maintaining compliance with IRS regulations, while creating straightforward and inclusive procedures that effectively support our grantee partners. Additionally, the GA works to support the day-to-day grantmaking process, maintain and enhance grantmaking procedures, and provide high-quality service to grantees and the Foundation’s staff and board. Please share this post with friends who may be interested. Click on the link to download the application information.wilburforce.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/2024-Grants-Administrator.pdf ... See MoreSee Less
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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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