WCN Partner Application Process

What WCN supplies to new Partners:

  • Featured presenter at Expo
  • Private fundraising event with WCN donors
  • Media promotion
  • Minimum fundraising guarantee of $20,000 per year
  • Fundraising and donor development coaching
  • Organizational capacity building
  • Marketing support
  • Global networking with world-class conservationists

What Partners supply to WCN:

  • Strategic and operational plans
  • Copy of annual report
  • Photos and promotional materials for marketing
  • Availability for media events and opportunities
  • Link to WCN's website

Apply for support:
Review the following Partner criteria:

(Please note that the below criteria pertain to the Partner organization as a whole, not just a single project within a larger organization)

  • Works in developing countries*
  • Focus on a terrestrial mammal species listed as vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered by the IUCN*
  • Focus on a single species as a flagship, rather than multiple species
  • Organization should make a unique contribution to conservation efforts
  • Organization should have a track record of effectiveness
  • Organization should be highly collaborative with other organizations
  • Focus on conservation rather than research
  • Works with animals in-situ, not in a sanctuary or other captive facility
  • Significant community integration/involvement
  • A demonstrated commitment to hiring, developing, and empowering local staff
  • Organization has recently progressed beyond start-up phase
  • Annual budget typically less than $250,000
  • Field-based with the principal conservationist living 80% of the time in the range states
  • At least 80% of the organization budget is spent in the range states
  • Operates independently of large organizations
  • Not-for-profit organization
  • Operates with all required government and legal requirements

*In 2015 preference will be given to non-cat, non-Africa organizations, but cat and Africa organizations are still eligible to apply and will be given full consideration

If your project meets all of the above criteria, proceed to Step 2. 

Complete the WCN Letter of Inquiry:

WCN Letter of Inquiry (PDF Format)
WCN Letter of Inquiry (RTF Format)

Letters of Inquiry are to be three pages maximum plus the conservationist's CV/Resume.

Submit the following items:  
1. Cover letter
2. Letter of Inquiry
3. CV / resume
by email to:  application@wildnet.org 
or submit by fax to:  +1 415.202.6381
or submit by mail to:  Wildlife Conservation Network, 209 Mississippi Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

Questions? Send email to:  application@wildnet.org or call Eve at +1 415.202.6380

A small number of those submitting Letters of Inquiry will later be asked to submit a full application.


2015 Deadlines

January 15, 2015

Submit Cover letter, Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and CV / resume

February 15, 2015

Selected conservationists invited to apply

March 15, 2015

Final applications due

April 30, 2015

Potential Partner(s) invited to attend Expo and give presentation as a guest speaker

October 2015

Invitees attend Expo along with current Partners

January 2016

New Partner decisions