African wildlife and wild lands are more than beautiful creatures and landscapes. Both provide essential ecosystem services that sustain life for humans and wildlife alike. Likewise, healthy ecosystems are a pertinent part of economic growth, bringing revenue to households, companies and governments – and not only through tourism. When the survival of wildlife and wild lands are threatened, it means that not only will Africa’s natural heritage disappear, but those profiting from its demise are likely helping to fuel regional and international insecurity.
Protecting African wildlife and wild landscapes is the job of the global community. That is why African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) engages African people throughout all levels of planning and implementation of our conservation work, and invites partners from across the world to work with us to ensure the longevity of wildlife and wild lands as Africa moves to a more prosperous future.
How your investment transforms Africa
By investing in AWF’s proven conservation strategies, together we can help ensure wildlife and wild lands not only endure, but thrive. An investment through AWF helps to protect endangered species and their habitats from poaching and trafficking; mitigate human-wildlife conflict; engage communities in alternative livelihood activities to reduce harm to the natural environment and wildlife, while protecting their existing livelihood from animal raids; educate African children living near protected areas – the future conservation leaders of Africa; and lastly, work at all levels of government to influence decisions that impact conservations efforts and outcomes.
Benefits of partnering with AWF
By engaging with AWF as a corporate partner, companies benefit from AWF’s:
- Expertise: With nearly 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 has relationships at all levels of government across the continent and is the African Union’s (AU) official conservation partner. Likewise, AWF’s political reach is complemented by its strong, international social media following.
- Approach: AWF takes a holistic approach to conservation and considers the interdependent relationship between wildlife, wild lands and people to help promote a sustainable future for Africa’s natural heritage.
Corporate partners can count on AWF’s expertise, reach, and wholistic approach to create mutually beneficial partnerships as we work to achieve our mission of ensuring wildlife and wild lands thrive in a modern Africa.
Ways to partner
Corporate partnerships play an integral role in AWF’s mandate to conserve Africa’s wide swaths of land, and the wildlife that inhabit them. AWF provides a variety of opportunities for companies to support our mission, while concurrently furthering their business objectives. We work with corporations to create partnerships that leverage their best assets.
AWF's Corporate Partnership Model
Corporate Conservation Partners
American Rhino is an apparel and home goods company that was created to help end the illegal poaching of rhinos in Africa. Its commitment to wildlife conservation is exemplified by its business model through which it contributes 10% of sales to preserve African wildlife. American Rhino is partnering with AWF to offer a special collection of co-branded apparel and accessories. Through this partnership, American Rhino is generously donating 50% of gross profits from all co-branded merchandise to AWF.
This leading distributor of food and beverages in the Scandinavian market is supporting AWF through the sales of a special line of coffee that is linked to AWF’s Elephant Campaign.
Founded by the Tett family in 1989, Bushtracks Expeditions has focused on building Africa’s premier safari outfitter, and developing a solid reputation for authentic safari experiences. With safari experts in both Africa and the U.S., Bushtracks offers a fully supported concierge service for individuals, couples, small groups of friends, families and prestigious institutions. Bushtracks and AWF have partnered to bring travelers an exclusive and authentic opportunity that produces positive impacts on Africa's wildlife, wild lands and communities. When you travel on a Bushtracks-AWF safari, it’s planned by people who are closely connected to the continent’s wildlife and wild lands, it’s safari camps and guides, and AWF’s conservation and community projects.
AWF teamed up with Disneynature to highlight the plight of Africa’s big cats, which has intensified in recent decades due to shrinking habitat and mounting conflict with humans. They generously agreed to donate a portion of sales from their film African Cats to support an AWF land lease conservation program that protects big cat habitat in Kenya. The “See African Cats, Save the Savanna” initiative was a roaring success. The proceeds allowed AWF to ultimately conserve tens of thousands of acres of savanna ecosystem for lions, cheetahs, and other wildlife.
“We have been so impressed with AWF’s attention to the overall communications to your constituents around this project, as well as the incredible dedication and expertise of your staff in the field. In fact we couldn’t be happier to be working with a longtime partner like the African Wildlife Foundation.”
– The Walt Disney Co.
The name of this company comes with a promise to consumers—that their product is helping to safeguard the iconic wildlife pictured on each chocolate bar. Through their partnership with AWF, Endangered Species Chocolate is helping to protect lions, elephants, and zebras through their 10% Giveback program. “The work of AWF meshes so well with our mission of supporting species, habitat, and humanity. Ten percent of net profits generated from Endangered Species Chocolate sales will be donated to aid AWF’s species research, land protection, and local empowerment programs. Talk about indulging in a cause!”– Endangered Species Chocolate
Porter DeLaney founded the Kyle House Group in 2010 after more than a decade of senior level work in the political and international relations spheres. Kyle House Group advises and represents a number of leading foundations, NGOs and international organizations in the global development sector, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UN Foundation, and leading international NGOs such as Bono's organization ONE, CARE, and Bread for the World. Specifically, Kyle House Group leads advocacy and outreach campaigns on topics including economic development, malaria, vaccines, clean water, agriculture development and nutrition, maternal and child health, international conservation and environmental policy, and aid effectiveness.
This Canadian company 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 Nature's Path donates 1% of the sales of these products to support endangered species, habitat restoration, and environmental education for kids worldwide. Their support for AWF will advance programs to protect elephants, rhinos, lions, and great apes in Africa.
Nickelodeon International’s Together For Good and AWF are partnering on a campaign inspiring kids to raise awareness about endangered African wildlife and to become change-makers. Nickelodeon’s Breanna Yde will guide viewers on a journey through Uganda as they discover key conservation and environmental challenges, and hear from heroes making an impact. The objectives of this campaign are to educate kids, to inspire them to share what they learn, and to mobilize kids into action as wildlife heroes too. The Together For Good Wildlife Special is airing across an international network of channels that span 170+ territories. Also in partnership with AWF, Nickelodeon launched a Tanzania environment in Dora’s Worldwide Adventure — their hit app that introduces preschoolers to geography, inviting them to learn and celebrate different cultures. Nickelodeon is the number-one entertainment brand for kids and delivers television programming and production globally, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, and feature films. It is one of the most globally recognized and widely distributed multimedia entertainment brands for kids and family, with 1.2 billion cumulative subscriptions in more than 500 million households across 170+ countries and territories, via more than 100+ locally programmed channels and branded blocks. Outside of the United States, Nickelodeon is part of Viacom International Media Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.
Northland Controls is a global security services provider to the world’s top high-tech and financial institutions. It believes strongly in taking on challenges and making a difference. It has partnered with AWF and Grid Alternatives to bring greater prosperity to communities in different parts of the world, and especially Africa. Northland Controls' first project in 2017 gathered a team of eight technicians who traveled to the remote Simien Mountains of Ethiopia to install solar panels at the Classroom Africa Adisge Primary School providing sustainable electricity to classrooms, teacher houses and offices. The 2018 Tech Challenge brought the team to Manyara Ranch Conservancy, Tanzania to install solar panels to a critical ranger station.
The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund supports wildlife conservation across the world and through SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment – which includes the SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Discovery Cove parks – is a leader in wildlife conservation, research and conservation education. By partnering with AWF, the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund is enabling the expansion of AWF’s Canines for Conservation Program, and improving the quality of the program’s training center as AWF works to build a center of excellence for various stakeholders leveraging the use of detection and tracker dogs across Africa.
AWF’s six-year partnership with Starbucks and 5,000 farmers under the Kenya Heartland Coffee Project delivered a bold blend of results for people and wildlife. This project boosted coffee production through farmer training on conservation friendly growing practices. It also established a quality lab which helped growers to monitor and refine their coffee. True to AWF’s mission and Starbucks’ commitment to social responsibility, this project aimed to foster an environmentally and economically vibrant landscape.
“With the local knowledge and expertise of AWF and Starbucks’ expertise in coffee quality, agronomy and socially responsible purchasing practices, we hope to positively impact the quantity and quality of coffee produced by selected cooperatives. We are pleased to enrich the livelihoods of coffee farmers in East Africa and throughout the world.”
Founded in 1981, Thomson Safaris sets the standard for exceptional experiences in East Africa, leading Tanzania Safaris and Mount Kilimanjaro treks. Thomson was named to the 2013 Travel + Leisure World’s Best list, as National Geographic Adventure’s Best Adventure Travel Company on Earth (twice), and as the Tanzania Tourism Board’s Tour Operator of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year, and Conservation Award winner. Thomson Safaris partnered with AWF to enable travelers to effect positive change and become ambassadors for conservation in Africa. Members will be able to contribute to programs that combat poaching, promote education, and develop sustainable agricultural practices, to name a few.
By partnering with AWF, Toys“R”Us® is supporting conservation education for students living near critical giraffe habitats in East Africa. Toys“R”Us support will provide students at AWF-supported schools in Tanzania and Uganda with opportunities to learn about their natural environment and local wildlife, including specific subspecies of giraffe. The partnership will support talks and activities led by wildlife rangers, such as animal footprint tracking, as well as hands-on lessons on identifying local plant and wildlife species. Students will also embark on field trips into national parks. The educational efforts will take place under AWF’s Classroom Africa program, which provides rural communities living in or near critical wildlife habitats with access to a quality primary school education.
Meet All of Our Partners
African Wildlife Foundation is proud to recognize the contributions of our sponsors and supporters.
- American Rhino
- Africa Adventures
- Alex Woo
- Arrowhead Systems, Inc.
- Arvid Nordquist
- Disneynature African Cats
- Endangered Species Chocolate
- Kyle House Group
- Lost Rhino Brewing Company
- Nature's Path Foods
- Northland Controls
- Sebra Light
- SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund
- Stokes Equipment Company
- The Elephant Pants
- The Mountain
- Thomson Safaris
- Toys "R" Us
- Zoological Society of Hertfordshire