National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

The NFWF is a non-profit organization that preserves and restores our nation's native wildlife species and habitats. Created by Congress in 1984, NFWF directs public conservation dollars to the most pressing environmental needs and matches those investments with private funds. Led by a team of PhD scientists, their Keystone Programs address the challenges facing key endangered, threatened, or declining species that are indicators for overall ecosystem health.

National FWS Programs They Work With

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We provide national leadership in the recovery and conservation of our nation's imperiled plant and animal species, working with experts in the scientific community to identify species on the verge of extinction and to build the road to recovery to bring them back. We work with a range of public...
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A program that supports city partners in conserving birds and their habitats and providing opportunities for community engagement in bird-related recreation, education, and conservation activities in urban and suburban areas.

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“Thirty years later, here I am,” said Dede Manera, who is now a resident agent in charge of the Special Investigations Unit for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Office of Law Enforcement (OLE). “I’m so happy I ended up here. I wouldn’t change my career for anything.” 

Partner Category

Here we partner with a wider variety of other organizations on projects to meet shared conservation goals.

Other Partners

Here are just a few of our National Partners. You can view the full list of FWS partners, along with the regions and areas of focus our work together entails.

Partnership Services

Through our partnerships we are able to expand our capabilities through the inclusion of services in areas such as:

  • Grant opportunities
  • Sponsorship of grants
  • Cooperative Agreements

To find out more about how our partner provides services view our partner services below.