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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: IEF creates a sustainable future for elephants. We generate and effectively invest resources to support elephant conservation, education, research, and management programs worldwide. Through our passion, expertise, knowledge and partnerships we inspire and engage people to ensure a vibrant future with elephants everywhere.

Target demographics: support Asian and African elephant conservation, expertise, and research.

Geographic areas served: any country with elephants

Programs: Mahouts and trained elephants patrol forests and the surrounding community protecting the forest and wildlife, reporting and interceding in forest crime, mitigating human-elephant conflict, and conducting wildlife conservation education programs.

Community Stories

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 FriendofKitty

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As I become more and more knowledgeable about elephants and the challenges they face, I am more and more impressed with this charity. They truly approach conservation on every level. While many groups just focus on poaching, or some even vilify those trying to care for elephants, IEF makes sure to address the underlying problems elephants face: human-elephant conflict, habitat degradation, competition for resources, and more. I couldn't be happier recommending IEF to anyone who legitimately wants their donations to go towards real life solutions that will make a difference in the survival of elephants.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The International Elephant Foundation is one of the few legitimate animal welfare charities that uses it's funds to actually help animals. Donations to IEF go to programs that affect animals and make a difference between conservation and extinction. They DO NOT misuse donations on press-seeking stunts, to pay protestors, or to lobby for legislation to ban human-animal interaction. I am so happy IEF is our there doing the real work to save elephants from extinction. I am proud to donate to them and to encourage others to support them as well.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Elephantastic foundation that really helps elephants. They are out there doing real work, research and give support where it's needed. Thank you

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

It seems like they have a great mission and they are doing good for the cause but they do have links to several circus entertainment companies and have been accused of animal cruelty in relation to these links. I don't know if this info is rumor or fact but it seems there is some validity to this information. And due to this fact I cannot knowingly and wholeheartedly recommend this charitable organization because this negative information goes against everything that a charitable organization should stand for

5

Donor

Rating: 5

I care deeply about the elephants and was looking for a U.S. charity that was making a difference in the lives of elephants around the world. I found just that in the International Elephant Foundation. They not only deal with elephants hands on but are very involved in education and anti-poaching efforts.

4 Tom_71

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have yearned for a site that would keep me accurately informed on these issues. IEF is great. They are doing the lord's work, and I value them immensely. I have donated, and will again. Their administrative overhead should be a model for all nonprofits.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our facility is very proud to have been donating to the International Elephant Foundation for over 10 years. During this time we have seen IEFs work grow and continue to work on projects that are making a real difference for the future of elephants. Their support of research projects, education and conservation is unparalleled. Especially during such a critical time for elephants work like IEF's is more important than ever. On a personal note, I tend to be hesitant donating to non-profits for fear that the funds are being used in ways that donors did not intend. Not so with IEF. Over 90% of their donations go directly to the projects that they support.

4 Michael266

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great organization, supporting Elephants worldwide at a low administrative overhead. I feel like our contributions are getting to where they can really make a difference.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first came into contact with this organization through one of their educational events. I felt like donating after hearing about all the great work they do on elephant veterinary research. I didn't appreciate the complexity of elephant physiology and as an engineer, the work they do to advance this area really hits home for me. I mean, isn't the most important aspect of elephant welfare, knowing how to help them reproduce? I felt like my donation really makes a difference.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What has truly impressed me about the IEF is their comprehensive approach to elephant preservation. It's not often that you see an organization that tries to help all aspects of a cause, in this case from research all the way to care and education. What made the difference for me in being a donor was the passion of the members and leaders for elephants. When I first met the people behind the scenes, I found educated professionals, who wanted to share and advance elephant knowledge vs many other organizations that only seem to speak and spread malice. This organization is truly doing right.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The International Elephant Foundation is globally recognized as perhaps the premier elephant conservation charity in the world. The work they do is literally saving elephants from extinction. Unlike phony animal charities that spend their monies on political stunts, etc, IEF spends nearly 90% of donations on conservationist programs that directly impact the survival of elephants. I cannot recommend them more highly.