Join us

WFN is a cost-effective charity with a small London team, working to raise a minimum of £1 million a year and channel funding directly to conservation work on the ground. We are completely reliant on donations from individuals, trusts, foundations and corporations. The more we raise, the bigger impact we can have.

Since its creation nearly 25 years ago, the Whitley Fund for Nature has given £14 million to support the work of 185 conservation leaders working to benefit wildlife and local communities in more than 80 countries around the developing world.

Donations of any size are warmly welcomed. 

Why WFN?

Our Award winners are the ‘action heroes’ of the conservation world and they need your help. They identify and address threats to wildlife by working with local communities to find mutually beneficial solutions to problems including the loss of natural habitat, overexploitation of wild resources, and human-wildlife conflict. Importantly, our winners are usually nationals of the countries where they work, and by training local people, are creating the next generation of conservation leaders.

HRH The Princess Royal

HRH The Princess Royal speaking at the 2015 Whitley Awards Ceremony

One of the most cost-effective and direct-impact charities working to protect the environment. 

HRH The Princess Royal, Patron

Become a Friend of WFN

By becoming a Friend of the Whitley Fund for Nature, you will be supporting the charity to find and fund a growing network of effective conservation leaders. Friends are invited to our annual Whitley Awards Ceremony in London, where Awards are presented by our patron, HRH The Princess Royal. Please read our WFN Friends Booklet which explains how to become a Friend and how your donation will be used.

The Friends have an annual fundraising target of £100,000 and are supported by our Friends Committee. If you are interested in becoming a Friend or would like to join the Committee, please contact WFN’s Donor and Communication Manager, Georgie White.

Major Donors and named Whitley Awards

Whitley Awards and further grants are also made possible by the generosity of our Major Donors (£20,000+). If you are interested in becoming a Major Donor and would like to discuss the possibility of sponsoring a named Award, please contact Georgie White.

THANK YOU very much