What is WCN’s mission?
WCN’s mission is to protect endangered wildlife by supporting conservationists who ensure wildlife and people coexist and thrive.
What kind of organizations does WCN support in its Partner Network?
WCN selects Partners through a rigorous vetting process which includes periodic site visits, quarterly financial and programmatic reporting, and consistent, meaningful contact between WCN staff and Partners. We select our Partners from a broad pool of highly effective, entrepreneurial field programs that are representing a broad range of conservation needs across the globe. WCN Partners operate with fiscal integrity, with benefits flowing to local communities, and deliver species conservation results on the ground.
Please visit our How We Select Our Partners page for information on criteria for partnership.
Where are WCN partners located?
WCN Partners operate in 37 countries around the world. Combined with our Wildlife Funds grantees and our scholarship recipients, WCN has a reach of over 50 countries. You can see a full map on our Impact page.
What kind of services and resources does WCN provide to conservationists?
WCN Partners gain:
- Access to WCN’s extensive network of individual, foundation, and corporate donors
- Access to conservation and organizational capacity-building support via training opportunities both in-field and in the U.S.
- Receipt of financial/accounting services, marketing/communications services, grant writing support, technology support, and fundraising skill development
- Opportunities to present their institution’s programs and achievements to new audiences through such events as the Wildlife Conservation Expo
- Eligibility for educational scholarships
- Contribution to, and participation in, cross-partner learning and mentorship opportunities
Please visit our How We Select Our Partners page for more information.
What is the difference between WCN's Partner Network and its Wildlife Funds?
About Donating to WCN
How much of my donation to WCN will go directly to conservation?
At WCN we continually strive to make our model as effective as it can possibly be for our donors, our Conservation Partners, and wildlife. 93% of all funds donated to WCN are used to support our programs in the field. These dollars are either sent directly to our Conservation Partners or are used to fund the training and conservation support that we provide to help conservationists grow their organizations.
If you wish to donate to a specific species or to one of our Wildlife Funds, 100% of your donation will go to support that species, with zero overhead.
Is WCN a registered 501(c)3 charity?
Yes. Wildlife Conservation Network is a U.S. nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, Tax ID #30-0108469.
Donations to WCN are tax deductible in the U.S.
May my company raise money for WCN? May we place the WCN logo on our company website?
WCN would be grateful to be the beneficiary of your company’s fundraising efforts. You may feature a link to WCN’s website as well as a description of our organization if you are donating a portion of your proceeds to WCN or providing financial support to WCN. You may also tag WCN on social media. However, a license is required for use of our logo in a commercial context (e.g., your company website, Etsy page, etc.). To inquire about the use of our logo by your company, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I change the credit card associated with my monthly recurring donation?
Please call our office directly at (415) 202-6380 to change the credit card associated with your donations.
Will you send me gifts and marketing packets via mail if I make a donation?
As a conservation organization, we aim to be as environmentally responsible as possible and we respect where your support goes. We never send marketing packets or merchandise to our supporters. You can expect to receive two to three mailings a year. You can also opt to go all electronic, or to receive additional items such as our newsletters by mail. To let us know your preferences please email us at email@example.com or call (415) 202-6380.
If I make a donation in honor of someone, do you put their name on a plaque anywhere?
We do not commemorate honorees and memoriams on plaques, but we are happy to send an acknowledgement to honorees via email. Make a donation in someone’s honor at wildnet.org/donate by selecting the check box for “dedicate my donation.”
I want to start a fundraiser and donate the proceeds to WCN. How do I do this? Do you have any advice for me?
Thanks for thinking of WCN and our partners! If you would like to donate your birthday, start a crowdfunding campaign, or plan a fundraiser such as a bake sale, hosting a yoga class, or something else using your creativity, click here to get more information how to start your campaign.
Do you have an "Adopt/Sponsor an Animal" program?
We do not currently have an adopt program.
About Getting Involved
Can I host my own fundraiser?
Yes! We believe that every individual can make a difference for wildlife. Learn more through our Wildlife Champions program.
When and where is the next WCN Expo?
We keep our Events page and wcnexpo.org updated with the latest information about our Wildlife Conservation Expos.
Can you promote my business / organization on your website or social media?
WCN typically uses our website and social media channels solely to promote WCN’s work or the work of our Conservation Partners and Wildlife Funds. We do occasionally promote conservationists outside of our network if we know the work of these individuals and organizations is having a positive impact for wildlife; these typically include conservationists who have been guest speakers at our Wildlife Conservation Expos. Additionally, we periodically promote select companies with whom we are engaged in a formal partnership. We do not promote products or services—including film festivals, books, and art projects—that are not directly related to WCN and/or our Conservation Partners and Funds.
How do I work for WCN? Do you have any open positions?
Please visit our Careers page to see if we have any open positions at WCN.
How do I apply to be a WCN Partner?
WCN will be adding Partners on a rolling basis, but we are not currently accepting unsolicited applications for partnership.
If you have questions about partnership opportunities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can learn more about how we select our Partners here.
Can I volunteer for WCN?
Our volunteer opportunities have primarily focused around our Wildlife Expo events in April and October in San Francisco, though there have been impacts/changes here from Covid. If this sounds of interest to you, you can email email@example.com to discuss the application process to receive updates when opportunities arise. If you are looking for something field-based, our Partners may have some that may interest you. Please note that they are our partners, not our projects, so we do not directly control their staffing or volunteer needs. If you are interested in working with these conservationists, we encourage you to contact them directly (you can find their individual websites from our Conservation Partners page).