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Our Mission

The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to protect our outstanding animals and plants and the lands and waters they need to survive.

We work closely with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and many other public and private partners.

Since our founding in 1994, we have raised and donated more than $71 million for conservation and outdoor recreation, including youth outdoor education.

Our Accountability

We are committed to accountability and transparency and make full use of widely accepted nonprofit governance and management best practices. Our current programmatic efficiency is 88 percent. We have been highly rated as a “Platinum” organization by charity watchdog GuideStar and received the Encompass rating from Charity Navigator.

Our History

The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida was formed on September 29, 1994, as a nonprofit organization to support the health and well-being of Florida’s fish and wildlife resources and their habitats.

We are the citizen-support organization of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and work with a variety of other public and private organizations to achieve our science-based conservation, research, education, and outdoor recreation goals. Our grantmaking traditionally focuses on providing outdoor education and recreational opportunities for youth, combatting invasive species like lionfish, improving management of wildlife habitats and fisheries, protecting Florida’s freshwater springs, and improving public access to hunting, fishing, and boating resources. As a nonprofit organization, we accept charitable contributions toward these and other conservation programs in Florida and surrounding waters. Please join us!

Our Partners

The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, in addition to its close alliance with FWC, works with a broad array of other states, local and federal agencies, local communities, businesses, universities, research institutions and non-profit organizations.

The Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Florida Department of Health

Florida State Parks

The U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service

American Sportfishing Association

Bat Conservation International

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust

Coastal Conservation Association

Defenders of Wildlife

Florida Aquarium

Florida Wildlife Corridor

Future of Hunting in Florida

Marine Discovery Center

National Wild Turkey Federation

Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation

Sea to Shore Alliance

The Nature Conservancy

United Waterfowlers – Florida

We Are An Equal Opportunity Employer

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of women and men of diverse backgrounds, whether paid staff member or volunteer. We are committed to being an inclusive organization that does not discriminate on the basis of culture, race, gender and gender identity, religion, national origin, age, disability status, sexual orientation, military status, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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Protecting Wild Florida Begins With You.

Protecting wild Florida begins with you. From Pensacola Bay to Key West, our Foundation is working to protect Florida’s natural lands and waters and the wildlife they harbor.

Help ensure future generations can experience wild Florida by donating now.



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