Our Local Planet Match Fund raises £200,000 for grassroots wildlife conservation

Every donation you made to mark the 2022 Whitley Awards has been doubled by match funding, totalling £200,000! What's more, your outstanding show of support means WFN has now awarded £20 million over the charity's 29 year history.

We were thrilled when WFN Ambassador Lord Robin Russell and Lord James Russell agreed to match your donations, up to £50,000. Building upon this and inspired by Sir David Attenborough’s UN ‘Champion of the Earth’ Award, long standing WFN supporters Britta and Jeremy Lloyd announced at the 2022 Whitley Awards Ceremony that they would add an additional £50,000 to the match funding pot – meaning WFN had the opportunity to raise a total of £200,000. We are delighted to say that, thanks to all of you, we have done it!

We are deeply humbled by this outstanding show of solidarity. There has never been a more important time to support locally-led projects addressing the global environmental crises, and we are grateful to be able to channel this substantial boost in funding to solutions-orientated conservationists on the ground.

Your generosity also means that, over 29 years, WFN has now awarded £20 million to more than 200 grassroots leaders across the Global South!

We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped us reach this milestone by contributing to Our Local Planet Match Fund. Each of us, wherever we live, can take action for conservation; WFN brings changemakers together, so that our collective impact is global.

“WFN is one of the most direct impact charities working to protect the environment” WFN Patron, HRH The Princess Royal

Whitley Awards are world-leading prizes for wildlife conservation. They recognise grassroots leaders from the Global South who are bringing communities together to save species from extinction, restore ecosystems, and benefit local people. Watch the highlights of this year’s edition:

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