Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Inc.

Conserving Nature and Our Outdoor Heritage

aka Wildlife Foundation of Florida   |   Tallahassee, FL   |  http://www.wildlifeflorida.org/

Mission

The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to protect Florida's iconic animals and plants and the lands and waters they need to survive. We operate in essence as a statewide community foundation for conservation, working with many public agencies, nonprofit organizations, businesses, foundations and individuals to maximize support for conservation and outdoor recreation and education. We work most closely with and support the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Since our founding in 1994, we have raised and donated nearly $45 million for conservation and youth outdoor education and recreation.

Ruling year info

1995

President & CEO

Mr. Andrew Walker

Main address

P.O. Box 11010

Tallahassee, FL 32302 USA

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Formerly known as

Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Inc.

EIN

59-3277808

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (D12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (C12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (N12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

To ensure the ecological health and continued biodiversity of the state of Florida and surrounding waters. To ensure continued public access to nature and traditional outdoor activities including outdoor education and recreation for youth.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Providing Youth with Transformative Outdoor Experiences

The Foundation is Florida's largest private funder of outdoor youth education. We support the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network, a partnership of 350 public and private organizations that provide outdoor programs for 230,000 children and teens annually.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

The Foundation raises and distributes funds for the conservation of Florida's full array of wildlife, with current emphasis on the following: Florida panther, Florida black bear, gopher tortoise, Florida grasshopper sparrow, crested caracara, colonial nesting birds (terns, plovers, herons, egrets, wood storks, etc.), and eastern indigo snakes, among others.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Foundation works with federal and state agencies, nonprofit organizations and universities to restore the 360-mile Florida Reef Tract. Current attention is on rescuing 22 species of coral vulnerable to "stony coral tissue-loss disease" SCTLD. Since it's appearance in late 2014, SCTLD has decimated half of Florida's stony corals. Rescued corals will be bred for maximum genetic diversity, disease resistance and resilience to the effects of a warming ocean.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Foundation is working with REEF, the Conservancy of SW FL, the FWC and other partners on the control of lionfish on Florida's reefs and Burmese pythons in the Everglades. We fund research and direct management of these and other invasive species.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Foundation supports a variety of projects to ensure continued public access to hunting, fishing, boating and other traditional outdoor activities. We also fund research and habitat improvement for white-tailed deer, Osceola turkeys and other game species. We also support outdoor programs for returning veterans, women, and youth from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Foundation is one of Florida's major funders of springs research, conservation and public education.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Foundation awards grants from a number of funds it raises and manages including four specialty license plates. In 2019, the Foundation awarded a total of $5.1 million.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Species conservation: $1,766,017; Hunting & Shooting Sports: $1,637,343; Wildlife Management: $945,614; Outdoor Youth Programs: $830,472; Florida Springs Research & Education: $325,079.

Amount of donations made by Board members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

One hundred percent of the board donates.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Among the wide array of conservation and outdoor programs insupported by The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, the following five initiatives are the most urgent:

• Getting Kids Back to Nature,
• Combatting Invasives,
• Restoring Our Reefs,
• Conserving Wildlife, and
• Preserving Our Outdoor Heritage.

The nonprofit Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida operates essentially as a statewide community foundation for conservation. In addition to charitable gifts and other revenues that we raise and manage, we administer a number of funds on behalf of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and other public and private organizations. We work with those entities to use those funds for conservation and youth outdoor education programs and projects across Florida. We have also established two permanent funds, the Florida Conservation Endowment and the Children and Nature Endowment, for which we seek outright and planned charitable gifts from individuals, foundations, corporations, and others.

The Foundation is organized to both accept major and principal gifts as well as to manage and distribute funds to worthy conservation and outdoor education projects around the state. As a "citizens support organization" for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, we can draw on the expertise of that agency and other partners to ensure our funds are generating the best possible conservation outcomes.

We continue to work on the five conservation initiatives outlined above (see our uploaded annual reports). Our funding has allowed for doubling of the most promising program for removing invasive pythons from South Florida; we are also a principal funder of current work rescuing corals vulnerable to stony coral tissue-loss disease (SCTLD), which in four years has decimated 22 species of stony coral along the 360-mile Florida reef tract. These corals will be bred to maximize their genetic diversity and resistance to SCTLD before being replanted on the reef by the tens of thousands. We remain Florida's largest private funder of outdoor education for youth, women, minorities and families, helping acquire and manage wildlife lands open to the public, and helping provide 230,000 Florida children and teens with outdoor experiences every year. We are also the principal funder of captive breeding of North America's rarest bird, the Florida grasshopper sparrow, whose wild population is down to 30 nesting pairs. Captive breeding offers the only true chance for this bird to survive. We have also funded the startup of 18 new critical wildlife areas that protect important nesting colonies of terns, plovers, egrets, herons, woodstorks and other colonial nesting birds. Other species whose conservation we are funding include Florida panthers, Florida black bears, gopher tortoises, indigo and other rare snake species, the Florida bonneted bat, manatees and sea turtles. We are also a major funder on research and management of Florida's 700 freshwater springs, many of which suffer from invasive species and nutrient pollution. We also, when needed, raise funds for hurricane and other disaster relief.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have hired a grant programs administrator to better support and coach many of our grant applicants.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Richard A. "Dick" Corbett

Daphne Wood

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John Pope

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Paul Avery

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Jerry Pate

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Eric Sutton

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/09/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/09/2020

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.