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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: The african wildlife foundation, inc. (awf), works to ensure wildlife and wildlands thrive in modern africa.

Programs: Conservation programs: awf plays a major role in ensuring the continued existence of some of africa's most iconic species, including elephants, rhinoceros, lions and great apes. Awf has addressed the conservation of these species - and the large landscapes that support them and provide significant ecosystem services for countries - in large part by addressing the intersection of wildlife and human development. Awf applies decades of conservation experience and the latest conservation and ecological research to develop and implement pragmatic solutions that enable rural communities and african governments alike to support the protection of wildlife and wild lands. (see schedule o for continuation)

education and outreach: awf was founded on the belief that conservation efforts must ultimately rest in the hands of the people of africa who, with educational support, will construct a viable platform to conserve the continent's wildlife heritage. Over the past decades, awf has sponsored hundreds of young african conservationists to study wildlife management and to acquire higher degrees in conservation-related fields. Beyond formal education, awf works to train local people and build the capacity of african institutions to protect and manage wildlife. (see schedule o for continuation)

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

Africa is such a corrupt, dysfunctional country. It is truly an unfortunate travesty that most of the world's most majestic animals are there.
People pushed for the end of apartheid in South Africa back in the 1980's, indeed the U.S. media covered it daily. And now that it happened, South Africa is among the most violent, corrupt places on the planet.... and the U.S. media, of course, ignores it.
I just don't know how much of anyone's donated money will result in anything positive when it concerns AFRICA.
I cannot even rate AWF (BUT I HAVE TO TO POST) because, thus far, poachers seem to be winning.
AND WE CAN BLAME CITES FOR THE "ONE TIME SALE" OF IVORY TO CHINA SEVERAL YEARS AGO FOR RE-IGNITING THIS OUT OF CONTROL POACHING SPEARHEADED BY CHINA!!!

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 1

They hide their high overhead (mostly in the form of outrageous salaries to the CEO and VP) and do not play well with other organizations. At this critical time, Africa needs strong partnerships not lone wolves.

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 2

I think this organization looks great but the CEO makes $249,000 a year, according to Charity Navigator, and that's just too much for me. AWF, if you are reading this, ask your leader to lead by accepting a smaller salary.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 4

This is a response to the comment about compensation to key employees, directors, etc. Looking at the 2013 Form 990, the key employees and officers received approximately 1.1 million, with total revenues for the year being 28.8 million. That's about 3.8%. I'm not sure where the estimate of 40 employees came from in that review. The officers and key employees are compensated well (by my standards), but I don't see this as a huge drain on the organization's resources.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I received a solicitation from this group, the AWF, for the first time in April 2014. I have no doubt that this is a good organization whose funds go to the stated purpose, to save Africa's Threatened Elephants, which so many of us desperately care about and support. But, with this and other animal-related non-profits, I am always dismayed to see the amounts of money paid to a number of their key employees. In this case (per 2011-2012 Form 990), out of total revenues of almost $20 million, salaries and benefits for 40 employees amount to $7,330,000, or a little over 37% of revenues, at an average of over $183,000 per employee. Where I come from, these are better than excellent salaries considering the overwhelming majority of the non-profit's income has to be painstakingly (and expensively) raised dollar by dollar. It seems that so many non-profits whose purpose one would really like to support suffer from that same problem of being a haven for very highly paid people. I wish I was wrong. How do others feel about this?

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I fully support the work of this group. I will support any group that cares about wild animals

2

Donor

Rating: 5

AWF leads the international conservation organizations which focus on the protection and prosperity of Africa and its people -- exclusively. I dream of visiting Africa some day and will continue to support AWF's efforts to preserve Africa's wildlife, landscape, resources and culture. Since 2001, AWF has been rated over 60 points by CN. I've supported them through the years and will continue to do so.