"A Century of Commitment to Research, Education and Conservation"

Become a Member

Why become a member of the American Wildlife Conservation Foundation?

  1. To support funding for science-based research dealing specifically with natural resources, natural history, conservation, education, and environmental issues.
  2. To support education efforts to advance understanding and appreciation of wildlife and their habitat needs.
  3. To collaborate with and support organizations that protect and manage lands conserved for important wild habitats.
  4. To speak with more than one voice. The AWCF, since 1911, has been an important voice of scientific influence. Once you become a member, your thoughts, expertise and actions count!
  5. To participate and contribute - if you choose - to your local area in terms of projects and conservation related activities that make a difference. When a member of the AWCF, you can think and act both globally and locally!
  6. To be a part of a forum of like-minded citizens. Many are professionals - perhaps like you - who appreciate teaching, fishing, learning, hiking, hunting, birding, researching, science, etc., as well as just being out in the great outdoors. This is an exciting, dynamic group!
  7. To continue to develop and share your personal experiences and leadership skills - if you choose - in the continued growth of the AWCF.Your membership will be rewarding, fun, educational, and important!
  8. A membership costs $50.00 (minimum) per year for individuals, and $100 (minimum) per year for businesses and organizations. Membership renewal starts every year in January. Many of our current members contribute more than the minimum. Your membership counts as a tax-deductible donation.

Please fill out your AWCF membership application today!

Planned Giving

A charitable donation through your will or trust is one of the easiest ways a person can leave a lasting impact to fish and wildlife conservation. For over 100 years, the American Wildlife Conservation Foundation (AWCF) has funded research, management and education projects to help us better understand the challenges facing our natural environment. And, by directing your future donation to the AWCF, you can help ensure that we can continue this work on behalf of North America’s natural resources.

A donation may be made in your will or trust directing a gift to AWCF. A gift upon your passing can be made in several ways:

  • A gift of a specific asset or a dollar amount from a savings or Individual Retirement Account (IRA).
  • A percentage of your estate
  • A gift from the balance of your estate.

In the example of an IRA, by identifying a charity as beneficiary of all or part of your portfolio, the full value of the gift is transferred tax free at your death and the estate receives an estate tax charitable deduction.

To get started in Planned Giving, it is imperative you consult with your attorney to develop an estate plan. If you need advice and don’t have an attorney, AWCF’s attorney would be able to guide you through this process.

Having an estate plan that includes AWCF can give you a peace of mind and satisfaction in knowing that causes you support will benefit and will assist your Executor in carrying out your wishes to help preserve our fish & wildlife heritage and insure a lasting legacy.