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World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

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WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.
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Program areas at WWF

International country programs:from peru's rainforests and the mountains of bhutan to namibia's communal conservancies, the wwf network brings its science-based and results oriented approach to environmental challenges. Wwf supports the creation of nature-based livelihoods for communities in some of the World's most remote locations. Wwf-us specifically manages country-office operations throughout latin america, as well as in bhutan, namibia, and nepal - directly supporting conservation efforts in some of the most ecologically diverse places on earth.
Public education:with one million members in the united states and more than five million supporters globally, the wwf network, of which wwf-us is a part, is working to mobilize hundreds of millions of people to support conservation. Wwf shares information with the american public on nature's value and the importance of conservation through a variety of channels, from our wildclassrooms educational curriculum, our signature publication World Wildlife magazine, our public service announcements, our website and annual international events such as earth hour.
Global conservation:wwf partners with local communities, individuals, goverments, businesses and foundations to Fund actions to ensure effective management of conservation areas; protect wetlands and rivers from depletion; conserve marine seascapes and reduce overfishing; reduce drivers of nature loss from food systems; reduce conflicts between local people and Wildlife; employ energy solutions that generate fewer greenhouse gas emissions than the current energy production system; and enact forest management approaches that regenerate or restore critical habitats for Wildlife and a range of forest-based products for people.
Public affairs: at wwf, we believe we can foster a safer, healthier and more resilient future for people and nature. We help individual citizens and some of the World's largest companies rethink the way they produce and consume energy, food, and water. Wwf provides decisionmakers with the results of field studies describing the biological richness of some of the World's most productive regions, research into the loss or degradation of key ecological systems such as the arctic, tropical rainforests, fisheries, coral reefs, river systems and wetlands and solutions based on technology applications, policy incentives, and actions that individual citizens can take to protect our planet.
Market transformation: wwf partners with corporations, government agencies, local communities, ngos, universities and research institutes to reduce the impact of the production and trade of commodities that most affect our conservation priorities. Our goal is to measurably reduce the most significant impacts of individual actors as well as entire industries.
Form 990, fy22 results, part iii:in fy 2022, wwf made valuable strides in addressing some of the most significant conservation challenges facing the planet. Among many achievements, we note these: launching "enduring earth" in the spring of 2022 wwf came together with the nature conservancy, the pew charitable trusts, and zomalab, the family office of ben and lucy ana walton, to launch enduring earth. This initiative marks an ambitious collaboration that works alongside nations as they accelerate and amplify conservation for a more sustainable, prosperous future for people and planet. Central to the initiative's approach is project finance for permanence (pfp), an innovative and proven model that fully funds conservation projects to ensure durable and scalable impact. Enduring earth's goal is to deliver 20 pfp transactions by 2030 to enable nations to accelerate durable conservation that benefits local communities and achieves biodiversity, climate, and sustainable development goals. Securing colombia's natural heritage in june 2022 the government of colombia, with a broad coalition of partners including wwf, demonstrated its commitment to long-term conservation by signing a joint declaration to launch a new pfp initiative called heritage colombia (or herencia colombia in spanish), which secures $245 million usd of public and private finance to permanently protect 32 million hectares of iconic colombian landscapes and seascapes. This initiative will facilitate significant progress toward colombia's goal to protect 30% of its land and 30% of its seas by 2030. It also locks in a regional cluster of pfp initiatives that, together, provide permanent protections for approximately 12% of the entire amazon rainforest. Securing coastal ecosystems in belize in november 2021, the government of belize, wwf, and the nature conservancy signed a memorandum of understanding to secure protection of the country's marine and coastal ecosystems through a pfp. This will be the World's first fully coastal and marine pfp. It builds on work to inventory the carbon stored in these ecosystems and to include mangroves in plans to meet the country's climate commitments. Mobilizing partners and governments for global climate action the 2021 un climate conference in glasgow, scotland, known as cop26, marked a major moment for global climate progress. In the weeks leading up to the conference, and on the ground throughout the negotiations, wwf worked to mobilize the private sector, the us government, state and city governments, and other actors to deliver new commitments and to develop clear plans to implement them. Wwf helped create momentum for a strong outcome at the conference by spotlighting a diverse array of voices calling for ambitious action including representatives from local communities and indigenous groups on the front lines of climate change, corporate ceos, and us members of congress. Cop26 also put nature at the forefront of climate solutions, with over 130 countries committing to reverse deforestation and land degradation by 2030. On the domestic front, wwf advocated for the us congress to pass bold new climate investments, which ultimately were signed into law in early fy23. Working with companies to conserve forests in fy21 wwf launched forests forward to engage, educate, and mobilize businesses to deliver on their sustainability goals and realize meaningful, lasting change. It's a one-stop shop for companies looking to implement best practices around nature-based solutions; design and implement responsible supply chain strategies; and improve forest management. In fy22, forests forward grew to include seven companies, most recently welcoming consumer goods corporation procter & gamble and paper producer sylvamo. Additionally, in october 2021, forests forward participant hp Inc. Committed $80 million to address the impacts on forests of paper used in hp printers. By june 2022, hp and wwf had identified three critical landscapes (australia, brazil, and peru) in which to expand their joint work over the coming years. The partnership will impact nearly 1 million acres of forest landscapes and sets the bar for corporate responsibility for even the indirect environmental impacts of their business. Progress toward global plastics treaty since the mid-20th century, humanity has produced9.1 billion tons of plastic, and much of it has ended up in nature. We're on track to more thantriple global plastic production by 2050, with potentially catastrophic implications. Acting fast to stem this tide requires an international framework that can reduce virgin plastic production, decouple plastic production from fossil fuels, and keep indispensable plastics in our economy and out of nature. A february 2022 wwf poll demonstrated overwhelming public demand for a global treaty to address this crisis, and in march the un environment assembly committed to establishing a legally binding international agreement by 2024. Wwf played an instrumental role in this historic resolution by directly engaging the us department of state and rallying support from more than 100 business leaders, as well as from wwf activists in the us, who sent nearly 800,000 messages calling for the treaty. Celebrating progress during the year of the tiger february 2022 marked the beginning of the year of the tiger in the chinese lunar calendar. During the last year of the tiger, in 2010, global leaders pledged to try to double the number of tigers living in the wild by 2022. Wwf and partners leveraged that moment to take stock of the progress made toward that global goal, and to apply lessons learned from the last twelve years to better inform the World's approach to tiger conservation going forward. In early fy23, the international union for conservation of nature's (iucn) latest tiger population survey estimated that wild tigers increased from about 3,200 in 2010 to about 4,500 in 2022. Even more promising, nepal announced that the number of wild tigers within its borders had nearly tripled since 2009. Wwf also joined with other ngos to call for stronger collaboration to achieve "a single voice for advocacy and investment" going into the next phase of tiger conservation efforts. And, domestically, wwf continued advocating for the passage of the big cat public safety act, which ultimately passed and was signed into law in the first half of fy23.

Grants made by WWF

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Windward FundConservation$619,537
United Nations FoundationConservation$360,000
Nonprofit Enterprise and Self-Sustainability Team (NESST)Conservation$357,604
...and 41 more grants made totalling $4,316,512

Who funds World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Gordon E and Betty I Moore FoundationTo Support Implementation of Business Practices That Reduce Habitat Conversion, Overfishing, and Illegal Practices in the Management, Sourcing, and Trade of Agriculture and Seafood Commodities.$6,062,107
Gordon E and Betty I Moore FoundationTo Achieve the Financial Sustainability of 8.8 Million Hectares Within Colombia's Protected Areas System.$5,000,000
Margaret A Cargill FoundationSupport for Enduring Earth Project$5,000,000
...and 985 more grants received totalling $80,450,154
Federal funding details
Federal agencyProgram nameAmount
U. S. Agency for International DevelopmentUSAID FOREIGN ASSISTANCE FOR PROGRAMS OVERSEAS$5,420,874
U. S. Agency for International DevelopmentUSAID FOREIGN ASSISTANCE FOR PROGRAMS OVERSEAS$5,163,285
U. S. Agency for International DevelopmentUSAID FOREIGN ASSISTANCE FOR PROGRAMS OVERSEAS$2,587,060
...and 58 more federal grants / contracts

Personnel at WWF

Carter RobertsPresident and Chief Executive Officer$1,073,634
Joel JurgensChief of Party$517,108
Loren mayorChief Operating Officer$571,031
Mike PejcicChief Financial Officer$341,815
Rebecca ShawSenior Vice President and Chief Scientist$295,489
...and 13 more key personnel

Financials for WWF

RevenuesFYE 06/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$353,794,252
Program services$3,864,228
Investment income and dividends$5,938,191
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$6,116,178
Net rental income$-2,921,049
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$14,747,837
Net income from fundraising events$31,323
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$65,202
Total revenues$381,636,162

Form 990s for WWF

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-062023-02-27990View PDF
2021-062022-03-05990View PDF
2020-062021-04-14990View PDF
2019-062020-09-16990View PDF
2018-062019-10-12990View PDF
...and 9 more Form 990s
Data update history
July 5, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 5 new vendors, including , , , , and
June 17, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
June 15, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 9 new personnel
June 14, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2021
June 12, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 3 new vendors, including , , and
Nonprofit Types
Social advocacy organizationsWildlife protection organizationsAnimal organizationsCharities
Land and water conservationAnimalsWildlifeEnvironment
Political advocacyLobbyingFundraising eventsOperates internationallyNational levelReceives government fundingEndowed supportCommunity engagement / volunteeringTax deductible donations
General information
1250 24th St NW
Washington, DC 20037
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Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
District of Columbia, DC
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(800) 960-0993
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IRS details
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Form 990
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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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