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Wild Earth Allies

Protecting Our Natural World, Together

Chevy Chase, MD

Mission

Wild Earth Allies collaborates with a wide network of partners to protect wildlife and habitats in culturally appropriate ways. Our mission is to protect vital areas of our natural world for the benefit of wildlife, habitats, and people by inspiring collaborative action. Our organization is built on important values—optimism, cultural respect, shared learning, and integrity. And we run lean, which has earned us top nonprofit rankings from Charity Navigator for many years and the highest level of recognition by GuideStar, the Platinum Seal of Transparency. We envision a world where wildlife flourishes in healthy ecosystems that sustain us all.

Ruling Year

1981

Principal Officer

Ms. Katie Frohardt

Main Address

2 Wisconsin Circle Suite 900

Chevy Chase, MD 20815 USA

Keywords

conservation, environment, biodiversity, ecosystems, wildlife, human needs

EIN

04-2730954

 Number

3989182985

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Management & Technical Assistance (S02)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Our natural world faces unprecedented threats from rapid development and habitat loss, illegal wildlife trade, and a changing climate. Asian elephants have lost 85% of their historic range, and population numbers are plummeting. Grauer’s gorillas have suffered a 77% reduction in fewer than 25 years due to poaching and habitat loss, and now join other great apes as critically endangered. Hawksbill turtles are under intense threat from illegal wildlife trade and destruction of nesting and foraging habitats. And more than 15% of earth’s known tree species are facing extinction. In response, we collaborate with a wide network of partners to catalyze change. Working together in support of carefully selected initiatives, we believe we can better address critical challenges to protecting the wildlife and habitats that are so important to our global biodiversity.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Great Apes

Marine Turtles

Threatened Trees

Asian Elephants

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Wildlife Conservation - Number of priority wildlife species with evidence of reduced threats

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

Species with evidence of reduced threats due to our conservation actions: Asian elephant, pileated gibbon, mountain gorilla, chimpanzee, Grauer’s gorilla, Hawksbill sea turtle, Leatherback sea turtle

Habitat Conservation: Number of important habitat areas with evidence of improved conservation management

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

Priority areas: Lowland evergreen forest (Prey Lang Forest, Cambodia); Afro-montane forest (Virunga landscape, Kahuzi-Biega NP); Eastern Pacific seascape (El Salvador, Nicaragua); Cambodia Marine env.

Human well-being: Number of local communities engaged and benefiting from our conservation activities

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

Our conservation activities are designed to benefit local people through training, livelihood improvement, mitigating human-wildlife conflicts, and environmental education.

Collaborative Action: Number of direct implementation partners we’ve joined with to deliver conservation results

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

Current partnerships: Primate Expertise; Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration; Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative; ProCosta, Botanic Specialists; Cambodia Ministry of Environment

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

We are driven by a mission to determine effective and lasting ways to protect threatened wildlife and habitats. Our longstanding philosophy centers on the belief that investment – technically and financially – in carefully chosen local institutions and individuals is key to turning the tide of wildlife and habitat loss. We believe conservation can be accelerated through these collaborative partnerships, and that together we can encourage the sort of exchange and learning that drives improved practice and lasting change. We also recognize the important linkages between healthy ecosystems and human wellbeing, so we collaborate with local partners to accelerate conservation in culturally appropriate ways while sustaining traditional livelihoods. We select our priority initiatives with great care, looking in each for a pressing need and a genuine opportunity to catalyze change.

Our approach begins by identifying globally important wildlife and habitats that can be conserved through targeted collaborative action. Next, we foster local partnerships that result in lasting conservation impact. By limiting bureaucracy and overhead, we maximize impact on the ground. Wildlife: We conserve imperiled wildlife species through community-based patrols and protection, as well as environmental education and outreach. Habitats: We protect threatened critical habitats through direct protection as well as integrated land-use planning and management. Shared Learning: We facilitate an honest exchange of ideas and experiences, promote cooperative best practices, and support alternative livelihoods to accelerate conservation success.

Since 1981, we have worked to protect threatened wildlife and habitats around the world. We recognize that protecting wildlife and habitats begins with people who combine passion, integrity, entrepreneurial spirit, and extensive experience in the field. We are proud that these traits define our team. We are governed by an active Board of Directors who bring a depth of expertise in science, law, finance, art, and philanthropy to ensure we operate to the highest standards in pursuit of our mission. Cambodia Director Tuy Sereivathana is globally recognized for his innovative work mitigating human-elephant conflict. Dr. Augustin Basabose, program partner and founder of Primate Expertise in Democratic Republic of the Congo, has played a leading role in the great ape conservation for over 20 years. The U.S. leadership team holds a collective 40+ years of fieldwork, program design and administration in international biodiversity conservation and natural resources management.

Protecting the natural world is a decades-long investment and commitment. In the short term, we work closely with our program partners and communities to track the results of our programs. In some cases, we can point to quantifiable results: a 42% increase in the mountain gorilla population; two protected areas established in Cambodia; one million turtle hatchlings released per annum. But conservation success is also fueled by a powerful combination of: clearly identified threats, an integrated mitigation plan, targeted financing, talented field staff, and active local partners. Collaboration is the connective thread. With these elements in place, we assess not just increases in wildlife populations, but improved livelihoods. Our program strategy lays out each step of this process to reach the goal of conservation impact. We are observing tangible and sustainable results in the form of thriving wildlife, protected habitats, human behavior change, and local economic growth.

We are using lessons learned from successful mountain gorilla population growth to benefit critically endangered Grauer’s gorilla through partnership with the Congolese NGO Primate Expertise. In Cambodia, we helped establish two protected areas, implemented education programs, and worked with farmers to mitigate human-elephant conflict while improving economic conditions. We are building on this work to conserve Asian elephants and the biodiversity of Prey Lang Forest with Goldman Environmental Prize winner, Tuy Sereivathana. For over a decade we collaborated with partners in Nicaragua to protect vital turtle nesting habitats. We are now partnering with ProCosta in El Salvador to scale up conservation for critically endangered hawksbills. Directed by Dr. Steven Brewer in collaboration with the University of Belize, our new Trees of Belize Project reflects many years of collaborative botanic work and focuses on building skills to identify, locate, and assess Belize’s tree species.

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Financials

Wild Earth Allies

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & 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