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National Wildlife Federation

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National Wildlife Federation's (nwf) mission is to inspire Americans to protect Wildlife for our children's future. Nwf has three strategic programmatic areas: a) iconic landscapes, b) healthy waters and c) vibrant communities. Through education, outr...
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Conservation advocacyfrom coastal wetlands to bottomland hardwood forests, nature plays a leading role in sequestering carbon and shielding communities from the effects of severe climate-fueled fires, floods, hurricanes and storms. By investing in both natural solutions and cleaner sources of energy, the National Wildlife Federation believes we can act on climate change to stave off the worst impacts while supporting healthy Wildlife and biodiversity for future generations - making people and Wildlife more resilient.across america, people are purposefully planting for Wildlife, making a conservation difference at home and advancing the Wildlife gardening movement amidst the covid-19 pandemic. The National Wildlife Federation's garden for Wildlife program is more popular than ever, with a record number of people establishing certified Wildlife habitat including the 250,000th registration at the National headquarters of the links inc. and the establishment of more than 8,000 acres of open space through a partnership with taylor morrison, the country's fifth-largest homebuilding company.the National Wildlife Federation's sacred grounds program recognizes congregations, houses of worship and faith communities that create native plant gardens, actively link faith practices with caring for the environment and disseminate these practices. To earn sacred grounds certification as part of garden for Wildlife, houses of worship conduct outreach within their congregations and into surrounding communities through workshops, garden tours, native plant sales and other education. These collaborations help build healthy habitats and communities.to help restore wild buffalo, which were nearly exterminated a century ago, the National Wildlife Federation's tribal partnerships program has been working in close partnership with tribal governments for two decades to bring buffalo home to tribal lands. This effort has restored more than 350 bison to those lands in recent years, ensuring tribal connections to bison for generations to come. Bringing bison back revitalizes landscapes, habitat and Wildlife diversity while reestablishing native americans' cultural and historic connections to buffalo. To help realize a vision of restoring tens of thousands of bison on millions of acres of tribal lands, the National Wildlife Federation will continue pushing for legislation such as the bipartisan indian buffalo management act.the global climate crisis is the defining challenge facing Wildlife and people alike. From severe fires, floods and storms to disease and drought, the impacts of the changing climate are becoming more apparent with each passing day. The National Wildlife Federation has led the way in developing commonsense, collaborative solutions that can save lives, protect and restore crucial habitat, put americans back to work and ensure that no community is left behind. Winning bipartisan support for these solutions has been possible through diverse coalitions to drive federal legislative change.the National Wildlife Federation has elevated natural climate solutions - harnessing the features and benefits of ecosystems such as grasslands, forests and wetlands - that can put americans back to work during the covid-19 crisis and make communities more resilient to future disasters. Through its federal policy platform, the Federation has championed nature-based strategies - such as establishing living shorelines, investing in ecologically appropriate reforestation and forest resilience and planting cover crops on working lands that enhance the health of soils and ecosystems. These approaches can, in turn, capture carbon, improve Wildlife habitat, reduce climate risks to communities and create economic opportunity. The National Wildlife Federation also has brought together diverse coalitions to champion solutions such as ecosystem restoration and land reclamation - including on the sites of abandoned mines to accelerate a National economic recovery while making a sizable down payment on protecting communities from climate-fueled extreme weather and moving the united states closer to a net-zero emissions future.the Federation has also made progress advancing clean energy deployment, including clean vehicle and energy priorities in bipartisan senate transportation legislation and house infrastructure legislation. In collaboration with clean energy industry groups to successfully advance expanded tax credits in the house, the Federation is also building support with labor partners for added worker standards. To make clean energy expansion equitable, investment in lower-wealth communities and areas of coal industry decline is a priority.winds of progress continue to blow favorably on offshore renewable energy as states raise the bar for responsible development. Atlantic coastal states are well positioned to help restart america's economy with clean, local energy solutions that support well-paying jobs, healthy communities and abundant Wildlife. In new york, home of the nation's largest offshore wind policy commitment, the National Wildlife Federation and environmental advocates of new york helped secure standards for offshore wind projects that invest in Wildlife and communities. In new jersey, governor phil murphy established, at the urging of the Federation and new jersey audubon, an energy master plan that formalizes offshore wind power's role in the strategy to achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2050. As states continue to step up, the Federation and its affiliates will advocate for stringent Wildlife protections every step of the way while safeguarding communities, creating jobs and supporting sustainable economic growth.the National Wildlife Federation's international Wildlife conservation program helped strengthen and expand traceability and deforestation monitoring systems in colombia and brazil to save tropical forest habitat. In brazil, the Federation secured formal agreements from the largest meat and leather processing companies to implement visipe - can innovative new traceability tool developed by the Federation and partners - to help companies avoid buying from ranchers who intentionally set fires in the amazon or are engaged in illegal or unsustain- able practices. And drawing upon lessons learned from work in brazil, the Federation helped design and launch innovative agreements between the colombian government, the private sector and civil society to eliminate tropical deforestation and Wildlife habitat loss associated with National beef and dairy supply chains.from corner parks to wilderness, public lands are essential for people and Wildlife alike. That's why the National Wildlife Federation works to keep public lands in public hands. Even at a time when Washington seems defined by partisan divides, public lands and conservation issues proved fertile common ground for historic progress. The National Wildlife Federation and its affiliates were essential in helping to pass the historic and bipartisan great american outdoors act, which will protect and restore the nation's public lands, support the creation of outdoor spaces and enhance essential Wildlife habitat in every state and territory. The great american outdoors act - the most significant conservation investment in decades - will create jobs, expand outdoor recreation opportunities and accelerate america's economic recovery from covid-19. The act will permanently and fully fund the land and water conservation fund - which has funded parks, trails, waterfront access and much more for more than half a century - and address overdue maintenance projects at National parks, forests, Wildlife refuges and other public lands.our valued partner, hecho (hispanics enjoying camping, hunting and the outdoors) provides a platform for hispanics and latinos to protect our public lands and waters and elevate our nation's multicultural heritage and connection to nature. This important partnership - which highlights the stories, experiences and contributions of hispanic and latin americans - is essential for building a more-inclusive and equitable conservation movement that engages all communities in protecting the natural world for future generations.
Membership educationmembership education programs maintain an active, engaged and informed membership providing supporters with the information and inspiration to make a difference in their own backyards, their communities, and across the country. National Wildlife Federation reaches millions of supporters on a monthly basis to communicate the most pressing needs facing the environment today - from people becoming more disconnected from nature to loss of habitat and the impacts of climate change. Through such publications as National Wildlife magazine, the National Wildlife Federation website, and other sources of information, National Wildlife Federation is educating our membership base on how National Wildlife Federation is working to protect Wildlife and habitat. Every month, through National Wildlife millions of people can read informative feature articles about Wildlife and Wildlife conservation, the latest environmental news and success stories from National Wildlife Federation and around the nation.
Education outreachinspiring our children and grandchildren to witness the wonders of Wildlife and the outdoors is critical to ensuring the conservation movement endures for generations to come. Research shows that children who spend regular, positive time in nature develop a deeper, lifelong affection for the natural world and more empathy for Wildlife. To nurture this connection to nature both at home and in communities, the National Wildlife Federation works with families, schools and youth groups to support conservation education in k-12 classrooms and beyond and promotes safe outdoor play through the early childhood health outdoors (echo) program.the National Wildlife Federation's approach to organized education enlists thousands of schools across the united states to participate in effective environmental education. Our school programs foster hands-on learning on a range of topics, including energy and climate, plastics and solid waste, sustainable food and biodiversity, and habitat. The lessons and curricula we use align with state and National academic standards and encourage applied technical and scientific learning, so students work directly on problem-solving.there are many ways we help children become more connected to nature. The National Wildlife Federation's approach encourages kids to have positive, recurring experiences in nature through a variety of programs for children and families. Through all its programming, the National Wildlife Federation enriches kids with innovative education and vital nature experiences designed to build the next generation of conservationists. We are not satisfied to reach hundreds or even thousands of young people.by engaging large institutions, cities and universities, the National Wildlife Federation is leveraging its conservation muscle far beyond backyards. More than 500 cities across north america have signed the mayors' monarch pledge to create native habitat in public parks, city landscaping, roadsides and open spaces. In Texas alone, more than 100 mayors have stepped up, reflecting critical commitments in a key region for monarch butterfly survival. In addition, throughout nearly 300 campuses in 43 states, millions of students participated in the 2020 campus race to zero waste (formerly recyclemania) competition, helping to recycle, donate and compost more than 48.6 million pounds of waste.across our nation, the health and wealth of black, indigenous and other people of color are being impacted by fossil fuel pollution which is also driving the climate crisis. Most of these polluting facilities are disproportionately located in communities of color, in lower-income communities and on indigenous lands. The 2.4 million miles of pipeline crisscrossing our nation travel through indigenous and farm country, ending up on the gulf coast, where vulnerable americans often have to bear the burdens of toxic exposures.the covid-19 crisis has only exacerbated the health and environmental challenges facing frontline communities and communities of color. To elevate and empower the voices of those most at risk, the National Wildlife Federation held a series of environmental justice roundtable conversations with 119 frontline community leaders, elected officials and other key experts. Through these discussions, the Federation heard from on-the-ground advocates and provided a forum for real conversations about the solutions people need and how to get there. The roundtable discussions culminated in a National town hall event in september that delved into the solutions black, indigenous and other people of color need now more than ever.to support the next generation, the National Wildlife Federation is helping urban youth forge relationships with nature. Through the great lakes regional center's detroit leadership and environmental education program, the Federation bridges the divide between urban communities and conservation via outdoor environmental curricula to help high school students connect with nature, build a more sustainable community and prepare for future success. By engaging students and their families in outdoor activities and community-based sustainability projects - and connecting youth to job and skills development opportunities - the Federation simultaneously helps foster more-resilient ecological and human communities and supports the next generation of leaders.

Grants made by National Wildlife Federation

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
National Audubon SocietyConservation Assistance$544,452
Lehigh Gap Nature Center (LGNC)Conservation Assistance$444,339
Nevada Wildlife FederationConservation Assistance$135,702
...and 95 more grants made totalling $3,810,366

Who funds National Wildlife Federation

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Gordon E and Betty I Moore FoundationTo Implement the Agriculture Collaboration for the Forests and Agricultural Markets Initiative.$2,112,374
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)Various Conservation$882,568
Partnership ProjectProgram Support$564,275
...and 192 more grants received totalling $10,074,875
Federal funding details
Federal agencyProgram nameAmount
Department of Homeland SecurityCOOPERATING TECHNICAL PARTNERS$488,290
Department of CommerceOFFICE FOR COASTAL MANAGEMENT$329,684
Department of AgricultureSOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION$101,437
...and 26 more federal grants / contracts

Personnel at National Wildlife Federation

Collin O'MaraPresident and Chief Executive Officer$0
Karen WagnerChief Financial Officer$177,890
Dawn RodneyChief Innovation and Growth Officer$182,772
Amanda McKnightChief People and Administration Officer$154,922
Laura Daniel DavisChief of Policy and Advocacy$0
...and 22 more key personnel

Financials for National Wildlife Federation

RevenuesFYE 08/2020
Total grants, contributions, etc.$65,798,995
Program services$6,770,603
Investment income and dividends$707,584
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$1,188,133
Net rental income$32,742
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$1,253,964
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$5,919,665
Miscellaneous revenues$797,256
Total revenues$82,468,942

Form 990s for National Wildlife Federation

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2020-082021-05-05990View PDF
2019-082020-09-10990View PDF
2018-082019-07-23990View PDF
2017-082018-05-14990View PDF
2016-082017-08-22990View PDF
...and 8 more Form 990s

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Data update history
August 4, 2022
Received grants
Identified 31 new grant, including a grant for $882,568 from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
November 22, 2021
Updated personnel
Identified 7 new personnel
October 3, 2021
Received grants
Identified 82 new grant, including a grant for $2,112,374 from Gordon E and Betty I Moore Foundation
August 22, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2019
August 1, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
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General information
11100 Wildlife Dr
Reston, VA 20190
Metro area
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
Fairfax County, VA
Website URL
(703) 438-6000
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IRS details
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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
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