Since our creation by Congress in 1984, NFWF has become one of the world’s largest conservation grant-makers. We work with both the public and private sectors to protect and restore our nation’s fish, wildlife, plants and habitats.
NFWF supports conservation efforts in all 50 states, U.S. territories and abroad. Our grants – more than 12,100 since our founding – are made through a competitive process and awarded to some of the nation’s largest environmental organizations, as well as some of the smallest. We neither advocate nor litigate. Instead, NFWF focuses on using the best science to get results and build a better future for our world. Financial commitments to our conservation mission since our founding now top $2.1 billion.
How We Work
NFWF specializes in bringing all parties to the table – individuals, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and corporations. Together, we protect and restore imperiled species, promote healthy oceans and estuaries, improve working landscapes for wildlife, advance sustainable fisheries and conserve water for wildlife and people.
NFWF currently works with 14 federal partners and more than 50 corporate and foundation partners. Our IDEA (Impact-Directed Environmental Account) program manages more than $100 million in mitigations and settlement funds to create positive conservation outcomes.
NFWF is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are governed by a 30-member Board of Directors approved by the Secretary of the Interior.
Our conservation programs cover many ecosystems and address challenges in oceans and coasts, forests and grasslands and freshwater environments.
Learn about NFWF’s approach to conservation science and the partners who make our work possible, and find out how to apply for a grant.