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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

Mission: To conserve, restore and promote the sustainable use and enjoyment of our natural resources, including soil, air, woods, water and wildlife.

Programs: Chapter relations and membership: at the heart of iwla are more than 240 chapters across the country. These chapters form a grassroots volunteer network of conservationists and community activists who are fighting to protect the natural resources they love and enjoy. Iwla's annual convention, held every year since 1922, provides an opportunity for members from around the country to participate in the democratic process that governs iwla and to work together to advance iwla's conservation, outdoor recreation, and education mission. Iwla supports chapters through member recognition and award programs, membership renewal services, communication tools, membership marketing materials and other publications, and workshops.

conservation: the general conservation program advances iwla's conservation policy agenda by: providing background information to congress and state legislatures; keeping members informed about federal and state legislative and regulatory issues affecting natural resources and the environment; educating the public about important conservation issues; and assisting members and chapters in implementing local conservation projects.

agriculture: since 1937, iwla has promoted farming methods that sustain people and natural resources. Today, iwla's agriculture program continues to advocate for farming policies and practices that promote the conservation of soil, water, and the country's natural heritage through public education, nonprofit and public sector partnerships, advocacy, and on-the-ground conservation in local communities.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

I volunteered here 23 years ago, it was such a rewarding and positive experience I wanted to share. Thank you to the great team at Izaak Walton League Of America!

Clara W.


Rating: 5

I joined the League 16 years ago and haven't looked back since. I became interested in the mission of the League because I was concerned with our environment and how badly man was screwing it up. This office is the National Headquarters for the League. I started out as "just a member" and have been allowed to reach the title of National Director. It is a volunteer position. My husband kidingly calls me a professional volunteer. I feel it is important to give back and pay forward. This organization has given me the opportunity to pursue the goals for the environment that I have determined to be of value to you, me and our children. I have received the heartiest support from National right from the beginning. When I needed information, it was a phone call or e-mail away. Our members motto begins "to strive for the purity of water, the clarity of air and the wise stewardship of the land and its resources". I have had the latitude to fight for the restriction of access for the Asian Carp-a threat to the Great Lakes-as well as being given time at our National Convention to recruit assistance from chapters all over the country to help preserve a blacksoil prairie here in Indiana. We as a League and individual members fight for the Clean Air Act not being reduced or weakened, land conservation, clean water, and the list goes on. The chapters are offered educational materials to use locally and the support staff takes your concerns seriously. Last year we made the final commitment and joined as Life Members. They do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, gender, or anything else. All they ask is a commitment to the goals of the League. Our main goal is to make sure that our children and grandchildren have clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and preservation of wildlife and woodlands. I feel that the member benefits far outweigh the cost of dues. My husband and I serve locally, at the state level and at the National Level. It is worth the time and commitment to us. If you look back to the late 1970's, our water conservation program known as Save our Streams is the model for many of the state's volunteer water monitoring programs all over the country. Indiana has Hoosier Riverwatch (we are also members there) and it is practically written verbatim to the IWLA program. Our membership has grown to about 38,000 members and hopefully will continue to grow as state and federal programs die off. We also have scholarships at all levels - from chapters to state division to National. Many of our scholarship recipients go on to become life-long members of the League. They do this not because they feel obligated but because this is an organization that they can believe in. If you have never heard of us, we have been around since 1922. Google us and find a piece of history. If you have skills, they are welcome. I retired recently and was looking for something to keep the brain sharp and make a difference. I have found that in the Izaak Walton League.