Parks and Wildlife Foundation of Texas, Inc.

aka Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation   |   Dallas, TX   |


The mission of Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation is to support Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to ensure that all Texans, today and in the future, can enjoy the wild things and wild places of Texas.

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Executive Director

Ms. Anne Brown

Main address

2914 Swiss Ave

Dallas, TX 75204 USA

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NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Parks and Playgrounds (N32)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Texas is experiencing immense population shifts that are creating challenges and opportunities to conserve the state’s rich natural and cultural heritage. Given the high population of Texas’ urban areas (over 22 million) and the very small percentage of public land in the state open for public recreation (less than 2.5%), issues like public access to green space, opportunities for outdoor recreation, and stewardship of our lands, waters, and wildlife are amplified for Texans. With increasing stresses on our natural resources, it is critical that Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF), Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), and its partners work together to ensure the future of our lands, waters, wildlife, and cultural heritage for all Texans.

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?

Texas Outdoor Family

Texas Outdoor Family (TOF) programs encourage children and families to enjoy the outdoors through state parks. TOF includes day and overnight camping workshops for families at state parks where participants learn core camping skills, outdoor cooking, GPS use and geocaching, and outdoor recreation activities such as kayaking and fishing. The TOF program has recently concluded a successful three-year expansion in the Houston area and is beginning an expansion in the DFW Metroplex.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Pronghorn numbers reached an all-time low in the Trans-Pecos in 2012, dropping to fewer than 3,000 in a region that was once home to 17,000 pronghorn in the late 1980s. TPWF, in partnership with Borderlands Research Institute, the Trans-Pecos Pronghorn Working Group, and private landowners, began the Trans-Pecos Pronghorn Restoration Project in 2013 to identify causative factors for the decline and restore populations of this iconic land mammal to the Trans-Pecos region. The main objective of the Trans-Pecos Pronghorn Restoration Project is to restore the native pronghorn to a population level that reflects the long-term average for the region. Project partners are working to facilitate natural population recovery in the future by improving the rangeland habitat with fence modifications and brush control practices. Since the beginning of the program, project partners have completed several pronghorn translocations (between 100-200 animals each time) to the Trans-Pecos to boost population numbers.

Population(s) Served

In February 2016, TPWF acquired the 17,351-acre Powderhorn Ranch on Matagorda Bay, ensuring that this pristine example of coastal prairie will be conserved in perpetuity for the benefit of all Texans. TPWF secured a $34.5 million grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and $14.7 million in match funding to complete the acquisition and perform ongoing habitat restoration activities.

Powderhorn Ranch boasts more than 11 miles of tidal bay front and is located in Calhoun County. The property has a remarkably diverse range of intact aquatic habitats, from thousands of acres of freshwater wetlands, to salt marshes and tidal flats, miles of coastal shoreline, extensive forests of mature coastal live oak, and a low level of agricultural and other man-made disturbances.

TPWF donated 15,000 acres to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 2018, and it is now a wildlife management area. In 2021, the remaining acreage was donated, and it will someday become a state park.

Population(s) Served

Texas Game Wardens provide an invaluable service to the citizens of Texas and are widely recognized as the best-trained corps of conservation officers in the nation. With more than 550 commissioned peace officers throughout the state, Texas Game Wardens lead the way in critical search and rescue operations; render aid during times of natural disaster like hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and wildfires; and provide conservation enforcement and education for fishing, hunting, and boating. The Game Warden Training Center equips game wardens with the necessary skills to successfully navigate diverse situations. All game warden cadets attend a rigorous seven-month academy at the training center to receive intensive training in a broad spectrum of topics such as conservation, criminal justice, water safety, penal code, and environmental laws. Cadet training serves as initiation into the culture of service and excellence that is expected of Texas Game Wardens. Game wardens from across the state also travel back to the training center throughout their career for maintenance training to stay sharp and advance their skills.

Population(s) Served

Gear Up for Game Wardens is a program of TPWF that provides specialty equipment Texas Game Wardens need to maintain safety and provide the highest level of service to the people of Texas. While the state provides the basic necessities for wardens to do their jobs, there is still a critical need for additional equipment. Gear Up is a true partnership of dedicated citizens helping Texas’ largest law enforcement agency protect our natural resources, respond to emergencies and act quickly to accomplish their mission. The Gear Up for Game Wardens Leadership Council is comprised of co-chairs for each of the eight Law Enforcement Regions of the state, as well as the statewide Special Operations Unit. Launched in 2017, Gear Up for Game Wardens program has raised over $2 million for the purchase of needed equipment.

Population(s) Served

TPWF provides direct payment to private landowners as an incentive for conducting approved grassland habitat restoration or enhancement practices on their property, such as brush removal, reseeding native grasses, prescribed burning and prescribed grazing through the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV) Grassland Restoration Incentive Program (GRIP). In addition to restoration practices, the OPJV conducts research to evaluate the bird population and habitat response to various habitat management methods. TPWF provides the funds to landowners following the completion of their approved restoration activities and to the OPJV partners for the completion of the research component.

The tangible outcome of habitat restoration on private lands is increased quality and quantity of grassland habitat for grassland bird species. In the long term, the OPJV and its partner organizations expect to see increased populations of focal grassland bird species. These outcomes are achievable through direct habitat restoration/enhancement and communication and coordination between partners TPWF, OPJV partner organizations, and private landowners. Landowners benefit because restoration work is conducted using incentive funds, and wildlife habitat is created without sacrificing the productivity of the rangeland. This project will ultimately benefit all Texans by promoting sustainable use and sound management across public and private lands.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

Founded in 1991, the mission of Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation is to provide private support to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to ensure that all Texans, today and in the future, can enjoy the wild things and wild places of Texas. Overseen by a board of trustees and administered by professional staff, TPWF has raised more than $190 million to conserve iconic landscapes, restore native species and enhance TPWD’s ability to safeguard the state’s lands, waters and wildlife.

As the official nonprofit funding partner of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, TPWF occupies a unique position in the field, amplifying available public funding with private support for large-scale, transformational projects above and beyond TPWD’s day-to-day operations. Because TPWD oversees an expansive scope of responsibilities, from conservation to recreation, education, wildlife management, and law enforcement through the Texas Game Wardens, TPWF can leverage private funds for a wider variety of projects than other nonprofit organizations in the field of conservation. TPWF is also the only Texas-based organization solely dedicated to funding the expansion and enhancement of large-scale publicly accessible natural areas.

In keeping with its mission, Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation secures private funding through gifts and grants for transformational projects supported by sound science with measurable results and meaningful impact that would not be possible without the philanthropy of generous Texas citizens and foundations. Private funds are secured to address strategic priorities that were developed in conjunction with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and answer the most pressing challenges of the Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan.

TPWF invests private funding in projects ranging from species and habitat restoration to conserving Texas rivers, increasing access to state parks and wildlife management areas, and strategic land acquisitions. In addition to securing funding for these programs, TPWF also administers projects aimed at raising awareness for conservation in Texas, enhancing Texas State Parks, restoring one of the largest remaining tracts of Texas’ coastal prairie, and supporting Texas Game Wardens.

Funding secured by TPWF supports transformational projects that fall under four critical categories:
• Steward: Conserving the irreplaceable habitats that define us as Texans through once-in-a-generation land acquisitions across the state
• Conserve: Ensuring the future of our iconic wildlife and the habitat it relies on by investing in science-based conservation programs and projects
• Lead: Enhancing the capabilities of the Texas Game Wardens who have watched over our lands, waters, wildlife and people for more than 100 years
• Engage: Connecting people to inspiring outdoor experiences by providing access to the abundance of natural beauty throughout Texas

Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation has nearly 30 years of experience in raising private funding to support transformational projects with TPWD, which itself has been stewarding Texas' lands, waters, and wildlife for over 50 years. In 2014, TPWF launched “Keeping it Wild: The Campaign for Texas” to raise more than $100 million in private funds, advancing our state’s proud traditions of conservation, stewardship, and outdoor recreation. To date, $96.9 million has been committed.

TPWF's supporters are a diverse base of philanthropists, state park users, hunters, anglers, and private landowners that are united around the common desire to ensure future generations can continue to enjoy Texas' incredible wild things and wild places.

TPWF has a demonstrated history of highly effective fundraising campaigns and successful land acquisition projects. Below are examples of recent projects and programs supported through private funding secured by TPWF:
• Spearheading the Texas Coastal Conservation Initiative to maximize conservation of Texas’ coastal resources following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill by supporting a consensus list of high-priority land conservation projects and enabling public-private partnerships to achieve critical landscape-scale conservation
• Performing ongoing habitat restoration of the 17,351-acre Powderhorn Ranch in Calhoun County, ensuring that this vast tract of Texas coastal prairie is conserved for future generations
• Securing more than $1 million in funding for Gear Up for Game Wardens, a program created to provide specialty equipment your Texas Game Wardens need to maintain safety and ensure the highest level of service for the people of Texas
• Conserving central Texas rivers through partnerships with private landowners and local organizations and stocking over 1 million Guadalupe bass in Texas rivers and streams, successfully reestablishing healthy populations
• Securing funding to enable TPWD, Borderlands Research Institute, and the Trans-Pecos Pronghorn Working Group to reestablish a healthy pronghorn population in West Texas, including the successful 2018 translocation of 113 healthy pronghorn from the Texas Panhandle to the Trans-Pecos
• Enhancing the visitor experience at Texas State Parks through a competitive grant program that provides funds for projects that enhance the visitor experience and conservation values
• Securing $1.5 million to restore TPWD’s Coastal Fisheries Division resources in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, including fish hatcheries, research vessels, boat barns, and equipment storage area
• Enhancing valuable education and outreach programs for children and families by providing funding for programs such as the Texas Outdoor Family Program and the Neighborhood Fishin’ Program


Parks and Wildlife Foundation of Texas, Inc.

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Parks and Wildlife Foundation of Texas, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 08/25/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Michael S. Greene

Mike Greene

Dan Craine

John Wagner

Bruce Culpepper

L. R. (Robin) French, III

Robert E. Fondren

Parker Johnson

Cadell Liedtke

Margaret Martin

Kelly R. Thompson

Mark E. Bivins

John A. Cardwell

Russell Gordy

Will Harte

Carman Mullins

Richard Nunley

Randy S. Risher

S. Reed Morian

Corbin J. Robertson, III

Eric Stumberg

Steve C. Lewis

Board leadership practices

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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

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