National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
A Foundation for Conservation
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is a key U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partner
The nonprofit National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) was established by Congress in 1984 to support the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) mission to conserve fish, wildlife and plant species. (See http://epw.senate.gov/foundat.pdf) Since then, NFWF and FWS have worked together to foster innovative partnerships with corporations, foundations, other federal agencies and non-profit organizations to generate new resources for conservation.
In FY2012, NFWF awarded $6.8 million in FWS directly appropriated funds and $750,000 through other agreements, which is being leveraged by our partners into $68 million to support 155 projects benefiting our nation’s fish and wildlife resources. The FWS funds support targeted conservation efforts focusing on at-risk species, habitat enhancement and community-based stewardship.
NFWF manages a competitive challenge grant program for high-priority conservation projects with a statutory non-Federal matching requirement of 1:1 for all federally appropriated dollars it awards; it has averaged 3:1 in recent years. This appropriation does not support NFWF’s administrative expenses, and all of the monies are targeted to on-the-ground conservation. The NFWF challenge grant model calls for multiple collaborators for each grant, which maximizes coordination, efficiency and leverage.
What NFWF is:
What NFWF does:
How NFWF works with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:
In collaboration with FWS, NFWF funds selected programs to benefit species in need. These initiatives include:
Freshwater Fish Conservation
Wildlife and Habitat Conservation
Marine and Coastal Conservation
NFWF and the Service work together on conservation priorities through grant programs in which the Service is a partner. Visit our NFWF-Service grant programs for more information.