How We Select Our Partners
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 partnership is only offered to an organization as a whole, and we do not provide support to projects that are housed or supported within a larger, “parent” organization. If you are looking for support for a specific project, you may explore our Crisis & Recovery Funds. Only organizations that are entirely focused on the conservation of a particular species or species group as the organization’s mission are eligible for WCN partnership. Due to high volume of requests, we may not be able to respond to inquiries that do not fit our requirements for partnership.
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 email@example.com.
Requirements for WCN Partnership:
- Organization is focused entirely on a species approach to conservation (any vertebrate species listed as vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered by IUCN)
- Not-for-profit organization with legal NGO/Charity equivalent status in home country
- A commitment to community-based conservation approaches wherein conservation initiatives involve significant involvement from, and benefit towards, local communities
- Works predominantly with wild animals not held in a sanctuary or other captive facility (e.g., in situ conservation)
- Working in a developing country
- 80% of organizational budget is spent in range state(s) when first joining the network
- Principal conservationist is based at least 80% of time in range state(s)
- Track record of effectiveness and results
- Commitment to hiring, developing, and empowering local staff
- Focused predominantly on conservation activities rather than research activities
- Financial integrity, transparency, and efficiency, with fiscal processes meeting the highest standards
- Strong collaborative ethos with demonstrated success of working with other organizations
The vast majority of WCN partners meet the following criteria:
- Annual organizational budget less than $250,000 when first joining the network
- Unique contribution to conservation through extraordinary entrepreneurship and/or innovation
- Commitment to scaling up conservation efforts
WCN Partners gain:
- Access and promotion within WCN’s extensive network of individual, foundation, and corporate donors
- Tactical fundraising and development services and support
- Access to organizational capacity-building support via in-person training opportunities both in-country and in the U.S.
- Finance/accounting services, marketing/communications services, grant writing support, technology support, and fundraising skill development
- Exposure and promotion to a U.S. audience through WCN’s website, social media, newsletters, and annual reports
- Opportunities to present their institution’s programs and achievements to new audiences through such events as the Wildlife Conservation Expo
- Eligibility to nominate field staff for educational scholarships
- Contribution to, and participation in, cross-partner learning and mentorship opportunities