EIN 53-0183181

Defenders of Wildlife

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Defenders of Wildlife is a national leader in science-based, results-oriented wildlife conservation. We stand out in our commitment to saving imperiled wildlife and championing the Endangered Species Act, the landmark law that protects them.
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Program areas at Defenders of Wildlife

Conservation and Restoration of Imperiled Biodiversity in North America: Defenders of Wildlife focuses on the conservation of imperiled species and keystone or umbrella species that help restore the integrity and health of ecosystems. Our focus on wildlife and habitat conservation and the safeguarding of biodiversity defines our important niche in the environmental and conservation community. Long known for our leadership on endangered species issues, our programs emphasize imperiled species and their habitat throughout North America because of the irreparable loss that species extinction represents. We believe in the inherent value of wildlife and the natural world. To realize our conservation vision, Defenders of Wildlife engages in policy analysis and advocacy, litigation, innovative science, technology development
Mobilization of a Broader Constituency for Wildlife Conservation: Defenders of Wildlife implements nation-wide conservation initiatives and place-based conservation programs that are rooted in the communities in which we work. We focus on strategic areas where we can have a positive impact on wildlife and landscapes. We are driven by our responsibility to mobilize and grow a movement for conservation that will endure for generations to come. We issue a quarterly publication, DEFENDERS, sent to all members, which features informative articles on important wildlife and land management conservation issues, editorial comment, and updates on current activities taken by the organization. Our educational outreach projects include: providing the public with up-to-date information on wildlife and habitat protection

Grants made by Defenders of Wildlife

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Alaska Wilderness LeagueTo Support the Arctic Refuge Defense Campaign's (Ardc) Efforts To Protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge$50,000
Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF)To Support Conservation Projects and Programs; To Support Latino Conservation Week 2022 Activities and Event; To Support Work To Establish the Western Riverside County National Wildlife Refuge in California; Sponsorship for Our Planet Film Week.$45,000
Resurrection Bay Conservation AllianceTo Assist With Purchasing Bear Resistant Carts for the Seward Area.$31,673
...and 16 more grants made

Who funds Defenders of Wildlife

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Doris Duke Charitable FoundationTo Renew Support for the Smart From the Start Project That Accelerates the Transition To Renewable Energy and Protects Wildlife and the Lands on Which It Depends, Through Responsible Siting of Renewable Energy Infrastructure.$1,300,000
Tides FoundationSustainable Environment$1,000,000
C E Doolin FoundationGeneral Funds$750,000
...and 242 more grants received totalling $9,198,707

Personnel at Defenders of Wildlife

Jamie Rappaport ClarkPresident and Chief Executive Officer$552,550
Elizabeth C NicholsVice President , Finance and Chief Financial Officer$195,868
Thu PhamChief of Staff$179,149
James StofanSenior Vice President , Operations$257,286
Rachel S BrittinVice President , Communicat$144,731
...and 21 more key personnel

Financials for Defenders of Wildlife

RevenuesFYE 09/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$42,083,349
Program services$32,074
Investment income and dividends$619,008
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$462,614
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$-395,642
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$660
Total revenues$42,802,063

Form 990s for Defenders of Wildlife

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-092023-02-13990View PDF
2020-092021-04-12990View PDF
2019-092020-09-03990View PDF
2019-092020-08-27990View PDF
2018-092019-06-19990View PDF
...and 10 more Form 990s

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OceanaWashington, DC$35,660,414
National Wildlife FederationReston, VA$114,058,268
Pheasants Forever IncorporatedSaint Paul, MN$80,454,099
National Wild Turkey FederationEdgefield, SC$37,600,735
Delta Waterfowl FoundationBismarck, ND$21,275,962
Whitetails UnlimitedSturgeon Bay, WI$13,310,234
American Bird Conservancy (ABC)The Plains, VA$21,059,448
African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)Washington, DC$32,870,750
Data update history
June 19, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
June 17, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 5 new personnel
June 13, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 3 new vendors, including , , and
May 14, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 1 new personnel
May 10, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 3 new vendors, including , , and
Nonprofit Types
Social advocacy organizationsWildlife protection organizationsAnimal organizationsHeadquarter / parent organizationsCharities
Political advocacyLobbyingOperates internationallyNational levelReceives government fundingEndowed supportCommunity engagement / volunteeringGala fundraisersTax deductible donations
General information
1130 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
Metro area
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
District of Columbia, DC
Website URL
(202) 682-9400
Facebook page
Twitter profile
IRS details
Fiscal year end
Taxreturn type
Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
D30: Wildlife Preservation, Protection
NAICS code, primary
813312: Environment, Conservation, and Wildlife Organizations
Parent/child status
Central organization
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