Featured Partner



In May 2012, ​Wells Fargo & Company announced the launch of a major partnership with NFWF: an environmental grant program aimed at awarding $100 million to nonprofit organizations and universities by 2020. The five-year program will combine NFWF's scientific expertise with Wells Fargo's philanthropic and volunteer resources to promote environmental stewardship in communities across the U.S.

Wells Fargo-NFWF grants will fund proposals focused in the following areas:

  • Sustainable agriculture and forestry

  • Conservation of land and water resources

  • Restoration of urban ecosystems

  • Clean energy infrastructure.  

Students volunteer at a partnership restoration project | Credit: Anacostia Watershed Society

Engaging Partners

To solve the critical problems that threaten the survival of America’s wildlife and their habitats, we need every possible resource. That’s why NFWF’s signature approach – bringing the public and private sectors together in partnerships for maximum conservation impact – has proven so successful.

NFWF uses our federal funding as a springboard to leverage additional contributions from private sources, averaging a three-to-one return on investment. Our operations are structured to be as lean as possible, with just seven percent of our budget going to administrative costs.

Since our founding in 1984, NFWF has raised more than $1.4 billion in private contributions and grantee matching funds. When added to our federal funding of $668 million, the total value of our commitment to on-the-ground conservation is now more than $2.1 billion. We’re proud of that record, and honored to be part of the solution for the complex environmental challenges in our country. 

 Our reputation for effectiveness is well-known among our partners, including 12 federal agencies and dozens of the nation’s leading corporations and foundations.  Working together, we support science-based projects and community-driven solutions that protect and restore our precious natural heritage.


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NFWF and partners team up to make the Anacostia a healthier place to live.