Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida
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About Us

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 $55 million for conservation and outdoor recreation, including youth outdoor education.

Our History

The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Inc. 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. These include 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, and United Waterfowlers – Florida.

Our Accountability

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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.

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.

Latest News

Recovery for one of North America’s most endangered birds reaches historic milestone

St. Petersburg, FL (July 8, 2022) — It was not the most dramatic animal release of all time, but it was a dramatic milestone for one of North America’s most endangered birds. On June 1, the 501st grasshopper sparrow completed its journey from White Oak Conservation with 12 friends, flew out of its enclosure and […]Read more

Fox Rock Foundation makes major gift to Florida’s manatees

St. Petersburg, FL (May 17, 2022) — Fox Rock Foundation has announced million-dollar gifts to the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida and Save the Manatee Club. Both are nonprofit organizations undertaking critical work to protect the Florida manatee and its habitat following two seasons of record-breaking manatee mortalities in the state. Fox Rock Foundation […]Read more
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