Wildlife Conservation Network, Inc.

aka WCN   |   San Francisco, CA   |  www.wildnet.org

Mission

WCN protects endangered wildlife by supporting conservationists who ensure wildlife and people coexist and thrive.

Ruling year info

2002

Principal Officer

Charles Knowles

Executive Director

Jean-Gael Collomb

Main address

209 Mississippi Street

San Francisco, CA 94107 USA

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EIN

30-0108469

NTEE code info

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Wildlife around the world is increasingly threatened. Recent studies have shown that rates of extinction are currently 10 to 100 times higher than normal and that the world is on the brink of a sixth mass extinction, the first since the time of the dinosaurs. Healthy wildlife populations are ecologically, economically, and culturally essential to people around the world. Additionally, protecting wildlife helps protect the planet from the worst effects of climate change. The presence of wildlife in our world is a treasure, one that we will never be able to reclaim if it disappears. WCN works with conservation partners on every continent to protect endangered species so that wildlife and people can coexist and thrive.

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?

Wildlife Programs

WCN finds the best entrepreneurial conservation organizations and invite them to receive in-depth, ongoing support by joining our Network of Conservation Partners. We provide our Partners with the financial resources, tools, and services they need to effectively protect wildlife. As all organizations in our Network go through a rigorous vetting process, donors can invest in them with confidence.

Our Wildlife Funds offer flexible grants to projects in order to protect a threatened species across its entire habitat. The Wildlife Funds invest in effective projects from a wide range of organizations, kickstarting new approaches and bolstering tried and true conservation efforts. Each fund amplifies donor support by combining contributions, allowing for the biggest impact possible.

Through scholarships and grants we invest in local conservationists around the world to strengthen their skills, build their organizations, and advance their careers in conservation.

Population(s) Served
Adults

WCN provides a wide variety of technical assistance and support services to maximize the longterm impacts of field-based wildlife conservation partners and associates by enhancing their organizational capacity. These services include student internships, graduate scholarship support, cross site exchanges, leadership development, infrastructural improvement, training workshops, and access to expert advice and short term support (e.g. building capacity to improve accounting, donor outreach and management, grant writing, use of technology, etc).

Population(s) Served
Adults

Inform the public of wildlife conservation challenges and community-based solutions implemented by some of the world's most innovative and successful wildlife conservationists through a series of annual wildlife conservation events (including the Wildlife Conservation Expo), newsletters and web based information.

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.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

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

Adults

Related Program

Program Support Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We provided virtual practical skills training to 65 field conservationists in 2021.

Number of entities served by expertise

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Wildlife Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2014 WCN had 14 conservation partners. In 2016 we added 3 additional partners and maintained 17 partners from 2017-2021. We added three additional partners in 2022.

Number of rallies/events/conferences/lectures held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Public Education and Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

WCN conducted 2 virtual Wildlife Conservation Expos in 2021.

Number of critically endangered species for which conservation measures have been launched or supported

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Wildlife Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through our partner network, our Wildlife Funds grantees, and our scholarship recipients, WCN supported 115 different species of wildlife in 2021.

Number of attendees present at rallies/events

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

Adults

Related Program

Public Education and Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Numbers reflect attendees to our annual Wildlife Conservation Expo. All Expos up until 2020 were in-person events and we often had multiple per year. In 2020 and 2021 our Expos were virtual.

Total number of conferences held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Public Education and Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

WCN’s virtual and in-person Wildlife Conservation Expos provide a unique opportunity to bring together wildlife supporters with some of the world’s leading conservationists.

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.

WCN's mission is to protect endangered wildlife by supporting conservationists who ensure wildlife and people coexist and thrive.

We work to achieve this mission by raising and deploying funds to support a wide range of field-based conservation organizations, invest in the best projects to save threatened species, and help local conservationists grow and thrive through scholarships and grants.

Wildlife conservationists have the power to ensure a future for wildlife by developing new solutions and working closely with communities to save endangered animals. In order to succeed, these wildlife champions need funding to run their programs and assistance to build their organizations and ensure their efforts are sustainable over time. WCN partners with leading independent wildlife conservationists, providing them with an array of services and training in areas such as marketing, accounting, and strategic planning. WCN also creates connections to donors who can make these conservationists' work possible.

SUPPORTING A NETWORK OF WILDLIFE CONSERVATIONISTS
We find the best entrepreneurial organizations and invite them to receive in-depth, ongoing support by joining our Network of Conservation Partners. We provide our Partners with the financial resources, tools, and services they need to effectively protect wildlife. As all organizations in our Network go through a rigorous vetting process, donors can invest in them with confidence.

PROTECTING SPECIES ACROSS THEIR ENTIRE HABITAT
Our Wildlife Funds offer flexible grants to projects in order to protect a threatened species across its entire habitat. The Wildlife Funds invest in effective projects from a wide range of organizations, kickstarting new approaches and bolstering tried and true conservation efforts. Each fund amplifies donor support by combining contributions, allowing for the biggest impact possible.

WCN plans to continue growing our Partner Network and Wildlife Funds to incorporate more species and more geographies, thus broadening our reach and increasing our impact.

INVESTING IN LOCAL CONSERVATIONISTS
WCN helps local conservationists grow and thrive so that they have the support they need to protect wildlife. We invest in these brave women and men to strengthen their skills, build their organizations, and advance their careers in conservation. Through scholarships and grants, we provide support to the local people who are shaping conservation in their home countries, ensuring we have a greater and more sustainable impact for wildlife.

We have a network of partners that are able to learn best practices in wildlife conservation from each other.
We have a diversity of professional background amongst our staff to enable us to properly assess and address our partners' organizational and development needs: financial, scientific field expertise, marketing, events, donor development, IT.
We have brand recognition that enables us to organize the largest wildlife conservation public event in the US - the Wildlife Conservation Expo.
We have a network of 100+ volunteers.
We provide practical skills training to dozens of field conservationists, empowering them to expand and sustain over time the impacts of their programs to protect the species and habitat on which they focus. Training topics include communication, leadership training, strategic planning, fundraising training, and knowledge sharing across participants.

So far we have raised over $200 million to support wildlife conservation on the ground.
We've provided graduate scholarships to over 150 scholars around the world.
We provide organizational development support to 20 partners.
We have organized over 15 in-person Wildlife Conservation Expos in three different cities in the US plus 4 virtual Expos.
Our Wildlife Funds have supported 645 projects in 48 countries around the world and granted over $60 million to protect elephants, lions, pangolins, and rhinos across their range.
We are developing a tool to help measure the organizational performance of our partners.
The diversity of species and geographies that we support has broadened to North America and we will continue to take on more partners around the world.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We provide services to field based conservationists. We also connect our donor community to conservationists.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Wildlife Conservation Network, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 07/15/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Charles Knowles

No Affiliation

Christine Hemrick

No Affiliation

Akiko Yamazaki

No Affiliation

Charles Knowles

No Affiliation

John Lukas

No Affiliation

Rebecca Patton

No Affiliation

Bill Unger

No Affiliation

David Berger

No Affiliation

Rosamira Guillen

Proyecto Tití

Peter Lalampaa

Grevy's Zebra Trust

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/13/2022

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