Africa’s natural heritage is more than beautiful creatures and landscapes. Nature sustains life for humans and wildlife alike. Half of the world’s GDP is moderately or highly dependent on nature and its services. AWF’s strategic vision sets out an ambitious agenda for repositioning conservation at the heart of Africa’s development aspirations. Delivering this vision implores us to strategically engage foundations and the private sector in ways that align interests and support for an African leadership agenda for nature.
We recognize and thank the corporate and foundation partners investing in AWF’s proven conservation strategies. Together we can help ensure Africa’s natural heritage endures and thrives. An investment through AWF helps to advance African-leadership in conservation; protect species and their habitats; mitigate human-wildlife conflict; empower communities to pursue livelihoods that protect and restore nature; educate children living near protected areas and invest in young conservation leaders of Africa; and, work at all levels of government to influence decisions that impact conservations efforts and outcomes.
Benefits of partnering with AWF
Corporations and foundations that partner with AWF benefit from the organization's:
- Expertise: With over 60 years of experience on the continent, AWF is the leading organization focused exclusively on Africa and promotes a uniquely African vision for the continent’s future.
- Reach: AWF is a thought leader convening business executives, political leaders at all levels of governments, youth and civil society across the continent to advance decisions that balance nature and economic progress. AWF’s reach is complemented by its strong, international social media following.
- Approach: AWF takes a holistic approach to conservation and considers the interdependent relationship between nature and people to help promote a sustainable future for Africa’s natural heritage.
Corporate and foundation partners can count on AWF’s expertise, reach, and holistic approach to create mutually beneficial partnerships as we work to achieve our mission and advance solutions that create opportunity for people — not at the expense of wildlife and their habitats, but because of them.
Ways to Partner
AWF partners with corporates and foundations to deliver change on the ground in landscapes where we work across the continent, and to reshape the narrative in Africa and globally around the role that nature plays in the development agenda. We partner with companies and foundations to shape an African-led approach that links nature to people and delivers development as well as conservation outcomes. Our approach bridges policy with practice on the ground. In addition to traditional philanthropy and corporate social responsibility, we also work with companies to manage operational footprints on forest, wetland and grassland systems, to unlock market opportunities for people living in landscapes where we work, and to invest in nature in ways that deliver for the corporate bottom line as well as for people and wildlife.
Corporate & Foundation Conservation Partners
The Anne Innis Dagg (AID) Foundation’s mission is to support the vision of our pioneering leader, Dr. Anne Innis Dagg, through conservation efforts that protect the habitat of our planet for the benefit of all species. The AID Foundation engages local communities as caretakers of their environment for the long term sustainability of biodiversity. At the heart of Anne’s mission are her beloved giraffe. Sadly, their numbers have plunged by 40% over the last 30 years and are classified as Vulnerable to Extinction according to the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species. AWF is a vital partner to help us reach the places where giraffe roam and together we are able to create a lasting impact on local education, safety and the preservation of wild populations for generations to come.
The Annenberg Foundation and explore.org, a philanthropic venture overseen by Vice President and Director Charles Annenberg Weingarten, have been instrumental partners to AWF since 2005. With their support, AWF accomplished a monumental feat by expanding Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park for the first time in 40 years. This milestone achievement is of great significance as it provides a core habitat for the world’s most endangered ape and the only great ape increasing in population, mountain gorillas. The Foundation and explore.org also underwrote the cost for renovations for the Manyara Ranch Primary School in Tanzania, providing a conducive learning environment for children who once attended school in a dilapidated building previously located in an important wildlife corridor which posed threats to their safety. Furthermore, Annenberg Foundation and explore.org are enabling the expansion of AWF’s Canines for Conservation program in Kenya and Tanzania and rhino conservation efforts.
Founded in 2000, the Arcus Foundation is a leading global foundation advancing pressing social justice and conservation issues. The Foundation’s mission is to achieve social justice that is inclusive of sexual orientation, gender identity, and race, and to ensure conservation and respect of great apes. Arcus Foundation has a longstanding relationship with AWF. Most recently, Arcus Foundation has supported AWF’s work in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Lomako Yokokala Faunal Reserve to ensure the continued protection and monitoring of wildlife and their habitat, the development of sustainable livelihoods for local communities, and the development of an effective management plan for the Reserve. Through the Arcus Foundation's support, the percentage of land coverage under patrol in the Reserve has increased, and likewise, wildlife densities have increased year over year.
Arvid Nordquist, a leading distributor of food and beverages in the Scandinavian market, supports AWF through proceeds from selling the Wanyama darkly roasted African blend. Through Wanyama coffee which is a tribute to wildlife, particularly the African elephant, Arvid Nordquist has partnered with AWF to protect elephants across important landscapes in Africa for the past six years.
Since 1931, Capital Group, home of American Funds®, has been singularly focused on delivering superior results for long-term investors using high-conviction portfolios, rigorous research, and individual accountability. Driven by the charitable interests of its associates, Capital Group supports over 4,000 nonprofit organizations contributing to a broad range of causes including education, racial justice, diversity and inclusion, environmental causes and many more. Capital Group’s contributions enable AWF to advance existing and new projects, extending its impact while maintaining support for critical, concerted programs countering the pressure of poaching, human-wildlife conflict, and other threats to wildlife.
The mission of the D.N. Batten Foundation is to support a more Climate safe world and inspire collective stewardship of our Earth. The foundation believes that for humans to thrive, we must all nurture the natural habitats in which we live and the species with which we share the planet. The D.N. Batten Foundation’s partnership with AWF seeks to combat cyber trafficking of wildlife products, protect Africa’s threatened wildlife, remarkable habitats, and local communities around wildlife corridors in critical landscapes in Africa. Over the past six years, the D.N. Batten Foundation has invested in the protection of the iconic African elephant in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the transboundary Tsavo-Mkomazi landscape in Tanzania and Kenya, the lower Zambezi landscape in Zimbabwe, and Manyara Ranch in Tanzania, which is located in a critical wildlife migration corridor.
Elephant Cooperation is a unique non-profit organization based in San Clemente, California, founded by Scott Struthers in 2016. Our mission revolves around an exceptional vision of community-led conservation, where we actively collaborate with local organizations and communities in an effort to “Cooperate to Coexist”. Our distinctive approach emphasizes solutions that generate opportunities for individuals and communities, all while preserving the well-being of elephants, wildlife, and their habitats. By prioritizing solutions that nurture opportunities for communities, our initiatives not only safeguard wildlife and their habitats but also acknowledge the inherent value they provide to both people and the environment. We believe that by joining forces and envisioning the future of Africa, we can create a more substantial impact, together, in the realm of conservation.
The Elephant Crisis Fund (ECF) has a continent-wide knowledge of the unique threats to African elephants and a vast network of collaborators worldwide. The ECF supports the best ideas and most urgent actions by trusted conservation organizations working to safeguard the future of elephants. The primary goal of ECF is to end the ivory crisis and secure a future for elephants. In 2020, ECF and AWF launched a new partnership to set up a new detection dog/handler unit at Bole Airport in Ethiopia, as a crucial element of AWF’s work in Ethiopia, including building law enforcement capacity to tackle the illegal wildlife trade in Ethiopia directly.
Esri is an international supplier of Geographic Information System (GIS) software, web GIS, and geodatabase management applications. Esri prides itself on building the world’s most powerful mapping and spatial analytics software and supporting its users’ important work with a commitment to science, sustainability, community, education, research, and positive change. Since 2002, Esri has partnered with AWF to preserve biodiversity with GIS, providing its spatial tools to empower AWF to map, analyze, and support conservation planning, performance monitoring, and management. Esri and the Esri Logo are licensed trademarks of Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc.
Fondation Segré is committed to help protect the biodiversity of our planet through the active conservation of threatened species and their habitat and the restoration of degraded ecosystems. Fondation Segré has partnered with AWF to improve security in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Bili-Uele Protected Area Complex. Its support will further AWF’s efforts to reduce illegal mining and commercial bush meat hunting while improving security within the province of Bas-Uele to ensure the long-term sustainability of a host of endangered eastern chimpanzees, critically endangered forest elephants, and vulnerable lions.
FEDEC seeks to provide long-term financial support for activities in biodiversity conservation and the sustainable development of local communities in Cameroon through the financial management of environmental compensation systems. Their mission follows two avenues: 1) an environment component, which is centered on biodiversity, protection, and the fight against illegal poaching in protected areas; and 2) a social component that focuses on the development of local populations affected by development projects. In addition, FEDEC partners with AWF to ensure biodiversity Conservation in Campo Ma'an National Park and its peripheral zone and protect the unique wildlife in the landscape.
Founded in 2020, The Helvellyn Foundation is an independent charitable organisation funded and run by the Holmes family. The foundation’s vision is for a society in which all young people have equal access to fulfilling opportunities, and a world in which all species are able to survive and thrive alongside human beings. They do this by supporting organisations, in as many ways as possible, who share their vision of a fairer existence for young people and biodiversity. In 2021, Helvellyn Foundation signed a three-year partnership with AWF as one of its very first partners.
Inspired by the need to help kids develop a moral compass–and given kids’ inherent affinity for mystery, adventure and reward–My Virtuous Quest teaches kids virtues and rewards them for demonstrating different virtues such as Cooperation, Compassion, Courage, Forgiveness, Leadership, Loyalty, Ownership, Patience, Perseverance, Respect, Service, Generosity, and Honesty.
My Virtuous Quest’s support enables the African Wildlife Foundation to partner with African communities, local institutions, and governments to preserve key biodiversity area, protect diverse species, and create livelihood opportunities for communities living adjacent to protected areas. My Virtuous Quest aids AWF in allocating resources to maintain support for critical programs countering the pressure of poaching, human-wildlife conflict, and other threats to Africa’s natural heritage.
Nancy-Carroll Draper Foundation
For over 12 years, the Nancy-Carroll Draper Charitable Foundation has, through generous annual grants, supported AWF’s mission to protect wildlife across critical landscapes in Africa. In the past year, the foundation supported AWF’s elephant work in the Tsavo-Mkomazi Landscape in Kenya and Tanzania, and the Manyara Ranch Conservancy in Tanzania, alongside the establishment of the Canine for Conservation program in Cameroon. AWF and the Nancy-Carroll Draper Charitable Foundation will further support species protection in the Murchison Falls Landscape in Uganda and the Canine for Conservation Program across critical landscapes. In recent years, The Nancy-Carroll Draper Charitable Foundation’s challenge grants have been instrumental in moving the needle forward on protecting elephants and their habitat in several critical landscapes in Africa and has enabled AWF to engage new supporters and partners in the conservation of Africa’s wildlife.
Based in Canada, Nature’s Path is North America's largest producer of certified organic breakfast and snack foods and is committed to advancing the cause of people and the planet. They developed the EnviroKidz line of products to allow consumers to give back to the environment through their purchasing dollars and donate 1% of the sales from these products to support endangered species, habitat restoration, and environmental education for kids worldwide. In addition, Nature’s Path’s support for AWF empowers rangers in protecting endangered species, inspires and supports next-generation conservation leaders through AWF’s Classroom Africa program, and advances AWF’s conservation efforts to protect elephants, rhinos, lions, and great apes in Africa. Nature’s Path is also working on an exciting new product in support of African rhinos.
People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) has been standing up for wildlife for over 40 years. With the help of scientists, conservationists, landowners, and the general public, they work to protect our delicately balanced ecosystem by bringing the most threatened species back from the brink. The PTES grant programmes support the very best scientific researchers and wildlife experts out in the field. The evidence they unearth guides worldwide conservation. PTES has supported AWF’s bonobo conservation work in the DRC, and in 2022 awarded AWF a new grant to protect Western Lowland Gorillas in Cameroon.
From searching roadblocks, international airports, and cargo containers to tracking trails of evidence in the wild and in rural communities, dogs trained through the AWF Canines for Conservation program - and nourished through Royal Canin - are a crucial force in deterring trafficking of Africa's wildlife. Royal Canin is a division of Mars Petcare and the global leader in nutritional health for cats and dogs. For over 50 years, Royal Canin has been committed to providing Health Through Nutrition to cats and dogs while improving the quality of their lives. Royal Canin has partnered with AWF to provide quality dog food for AWF’s Canine for Conservation Program.
The Explorations Company’s ethos is to combine philanthropy and travel to deliver conservation and community development across the globe, including in Africa. For 30+ years, they have arranged private, highly individual safaris and special occasions for their global clientele, researched by their specialist team who come from the continents their trips take you to. AWF and The Explorations Company have teamed up in the UK energised by our shared commitment to the conservation of wildlife and prosperity of communities in Africa. They will tailor-make safaris for AWF UK donors, making it possible to both visit some of the most spectacular places in Africa as well as get a ‘behind the scenes’ view of real conservation work on the ground by visiting one of AWF’s programmes in Africa.
Building on the potential of tourism as a force for good, the TUI Care Foundation supports and initiates projects, which create new opportunities and contribute to thriving communities in tourism destinations all over the world. Connecting holidaymakers to good causes, it supports education and training opportunities for young people; drives the protection of natural habitats and the marine environment; and helps local communities to thrive sustainably and benefit from tourism. The TUI Care Foundation builds on strong partnerships with local and international organisations to create meaningful and long-lasting impact. The independent charitable organisation was founded by TUI, one of the world's leading tourism businesses, and is based in the Netherlands.
For 40 years, Wilderness has been dedicated to driving conservation and hospitality in Africa. Their purpose today is stronger than ever in their dedication to growing the world’s wilderness, together. Operating in eight countries with over 60 camps, Wilderness exists to protect wilderness areas and the fauna and flora they support. Wilderness believes that by protecting these areas, and including local communities in this process, they will make a difference to Africa and ultimately the world. AWF and Wilderness are partnering together with Rwanda Development Board to invest in a bold conservation and development vision for Volcanoes National Park landscape, home to the world’s growing but threatened Mountain Gorilla population.
Meet All of Our Partners
African Wildlife Foundation is proud to recognize the contributions of our sponsors and supporters.
- ADF Solutions
- African Tracks
- Annenberg Foundation
- Anne Innis Dagg Foundation
- Arcus Foundation
- Arvid Nordquist HAB
- Avatar Alliance Foundation
- Blue Pacific Flavors
- Bridget Rose Foundation, Inc.
- Brutus Productions
- Brylawski Memorial Trust
- Capital Group
- Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
- Climate Ride
- D.N. Batten Foundation
- Elephant Cooperation
- Elephant Crisis Fund
- Foreign Policy
- Franklin Philanthropic Foundation
- Google Ad Grants
- Helvellyn Foundation
- Horne Family Foundation
- Jamma International
- Kilombero Sugar Company
- LEX Reception
- MacLean Foundation
- MAVA Foundation
- Montego Pet Nutrition
- My Virtuous Quest
- Nancy-Carroll Draper Foundation
- National Geographic Society
- Nature's Path Foods
- Nomad Safaris Ltd
- Oak Foundation
- Panaphil Foundation
- PeaceNexus Foundation
- People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES)
- Royal Canin
- Sir Edmond B.V.
- The Burnap Foundation
- The Explorations Company
- The Friendship Fund
- The Hulitar Family Foundation
- The JDL Foundation
- The Kors Le Pere Foundation
- The Mars Foundation
- The Robert A. Waller Foundation
- The Walter and Ursula Eberspacher Foundation
- The Wildflower Foundation, Inc.
- The William H. & Mattie Wattis Harris Foundation
- Uwucrew NFT
- Wilderness Safaris