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GIRAFFE CONSERVATION FOUNDATION USA

Dedicated to securing a future for all giraffe populations in the wild.

Orlando, FL   |  https://giraffeconservation.org/

Mission

The Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) is the only organisation in the world that concentrates solely on the conservation and management of giraffe in the wild throughout Africa.

Ruling year info

2016

Director

Stephanie Fennessy

Main address

17 S Magnolia Ave

Orlando, FL 32801 USA

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EIN

81-2749463

NTEE code info

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are only about 117,000 giraffe remaining in all of Africa and their numbers have dropped by almost 30% in the last three decades – some populations have dropped by 95% in the same period. That means there is only one giraffe for every four elephant in Africa. The combined impacts of habitat loss, habitat fragmentation, habitat degradation, human population growth, poaching, disease, war and civil unrest continue to threaten the remaining giraffe numbers and their distribution throughout Africa. Giraffe as one species are listed as ‘Vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red List and four of the nine IUCN-recognized subspecies are listed as ‘Critically Endangered’ and Endangered’. However, recent research by GCF and partners has shown that there are indeed four distinct species of giraffe and note only one – a fact that is far reaching conservation implications.

Our programs

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

Operation Twiga V

Operation Twiga V follows on from the success of Operation Twiga IV (2019) where after 20 years of local extinction, giraffe were brought back to Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve in north-east Uganda.

Operation Twiga IV saw the re-introduction of 15 'critically endangered' Nubian giraffe from Murchison Falls National Park, and Operation Twiga V (planned for November 2020) aims to trans-locate an additional 15 Nubian giraffe to diversify the current population and ensure longevity for the Nubian giraffe in Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve and Uganda.

Population(s) Served
Adults

GCF currently supports giraffe conservation efforts in 16 African countries. Working closely with local and international partners, GCF is committed to securing a future for all giraffe populations in the wild.

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 new animal populations that have been created through translocation programs

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers indicate the number of new giraffe populations established through translocation programs. These translocations are important tool to secure a sustainable future for giraffe.

Number of animals fitted with GPS tracking units for research purposes

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Twiga Tracker is the largest giraffe GPS satellite tracking program ever in Africa. By GPS tracking giraffe we are better understand where giraffe live, where they move and how they use their habitat.

Number of wild animals that have been desnared

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

A GCF vet, working together with the Uganda Wildlife Authority to remove snares from any animal found suffering in Murchison Falls National Park.

Number of children that have attended an infield environmental education program

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Specialised environmental education programs designed for specific regions in Africa and targeted to give children a hands on learning experience.

Acres of land secured as new habitat for wildlife

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Area of land secured for wild giraffe, assessed to be safe, suitable and not over populated. This land has become to home to new giraffe population in turn expanding the home ranges.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

GCF is the only organization in the world that is concentrates solely on the conservation and management of giraffe in the wild throughout Africa. GCF is dedicated to a sustainable future for all giraffe populations in the wild, and more specifically aims to:
- Support the conservation of viable and existing habitat for giraffe.
- Identify key threats to giraffe in Africa and develop innovative ways to mitigate them.
- Raise awareness of and promote the value of giraffe conservation in African Range States as well as internationally.
- Plan, develop, implement and administer projects and programmes – including the appointment of project staff – in support of its primary aim, in co-operation with local communities and partner institutions, as appropriate.
- Collaborate with local, national and international partners on giraffe conservation efforts in the interests of giraffe conservation in African Range States.
- Raise funds for giraffe conservation and management across Africa.

GCF employs a proactive approach to giraffe conservation. With a strong technical background, GCF’s approach to giraffe conservation is based on solid science. As a network organisation, GCF does not work in isolation; working closely with local, national and international partners is at the core of our organisational values and our approach to giraffe conservation in Africa. Building partnerships with key stakeholders in giraffe range countries and relevant fields in order to achieve common goals is key to this approach.

GCF is the only international science-based conservation organisation that concentrates solely on conserving Africa's wild giraffe populations. GCF provides innovative approaches to conserve all of Africa's four giraffe species across the continent from translocation programs to increase the range of giraffe species, to a cross-continent GPS monitoring program of all giraffe species, to the longest ongoing giraffe research project in Africa. With extensive experience in giraffe research and conservation, as well as a network of partners across the world including donors to technical support partners, GCF is able to provide the highest level of expertise in all aspects of giraffe conservation. GCF currently implements and supports giraffe conservation program in 16 African giraffe range states.

GCF currently implements and supports giraffe conservation programs in 16 African giraffe range states. In the past 5 years alone, GCF together with partners has successfully:
- Collected extensive DNA samples of all key giraffe populations throughout Africa and shown that there are four distinct species of giraffe;
- Secured 5.2 million acres of new habitat for giraffe in Africa;
- Moved 102 giraffe into new habitat in 7 translocations;
- Established 6 new giraffe populations in 3 countries;
- Moved 69 critically endangered Nubian giraffe in Uganda to secure their future in the wild;
- Deployed 125 innovative solar powered GPS satellite units on giraffe in 9 African countries to better understand their movements and habitat use;
- Developed successful environmental education programs in Kenya and Namibia and reached over 2,500 children each year in Namibia alone;
- Removed over 1,000 snares in Murchison Falls NP, Uganda – 150 of these from animals in the last 12 months.

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 using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, 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

Financials

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Operations

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

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GIRAFFE CONSERVATION FOUNDATION USA

Board of directors
as of 01/15/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Till Hollmann

Julian Fennessy

Chris Kelsch

Lars Markgren

Tim Tetzlaff

Naples Zoo

Belinda van den Bosch

ShariLeigh Gordon

Stephanie Fennessy

Giraffe Conservation Foundation USA

Till Hollmann

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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 1/23/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/23/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.