Our Mission and History
The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin connects generations to the wonders of Wisconsin’s lands, waters, and wildlife through conservation, education, engagement, and giving.
Our values guide and inform our culture, work, and strategies as we fulfil our mission.
We value and are committed to:
Nature. We believe that nature has inherent value.
Generosity. Generosity of spirit as much as generosity of wealth.
Conservation. We work to preserve what we have been given, to make decisions that are forward-focused, and be good stewards of ALL our resources – natural, financial, and human.
Community. We recognize that we are part of a greater community of life in which diversity, inclusivity, and empowering others strengthens individuals as well as the entire system.
Integrity. We are transparent and accountable as we strive for excellence in our work and ourselves.
Collaboration. Important decisions shouldn’t be made in a vacuum. We bring people together to leverage expertise, experience, wisdom, and strength to seek solutions, solve problems, and build a brighter future.
Innovation. We know that change is the only constant. We are curious, open-minded, flexible, and creative as we seek to improve and evolve.
Hope. We believe that hope isn’t something you have, but something you make. We bring optimism, determination, and a sense of humor to life’s challenges.
The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is a nonprofit 501c3 that was formed in 1986 as declining budgets severely compromised critical programs of Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With the support of our donors and members, the Foundation has boosted private sector investment and involvement for Wisconsin’s lands, waters and wildlife.
After more than 30 years, the Foundation still serves this role and fills an important and unique conservation funding niche that no other organization does. We embrace the power of public-private partnerships. We recover species from the brink of extinction. And we continue to bring substantial financial resources and attention to priority projects of the DNR and other conservation partners. But we have grown to do so much more. The Foundation provides sustainable funding for Wisconsin’s most imperiled species and ecosystems, while helping citizens explore, care for, and protect our state’s natural resources.
We work to protect Wisconsin’s natural heritage by supporting critical conservation work through our grant programs, offering opportunities for people to experience Wisconsin’s outdoors through our trips, and providing a means for people to help protect Wisconsin’s lands, waters, and wildlife that they cherish most, through our diverse ways to give.
THE NATURAL RESOURCES FOUNDATION OF WISCONSIN IS A NONPROFIT 501C3 ORGANIZATION. DONATIONS TO THE FOUNDATION ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE TO THE FULL EXTENT ALLOWED BY LAW. OUR FEDERAL TAX ID NUMBER IS 39-1572034.