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International Elephant Foundation

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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

69 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Diana G.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The International Elephant Foundation has proven to be the leader in supporting World Wide courses of action to generate and invest in resources supporting elephant conservation, education and research. As an Educator writing lesson plans for Middle School Science Students, IEF, provides a full array of resource materials for lesson plans and curriculum materials covering historical, anatomical and real world conservation solutions being used in the world today. Their teacher resources are prepared by certified teachers, teaching grades 2 through 8. The material is accurate, comprehensive and requires students use high level critical thinking skills. I've reviewed educational resources produced by over 100 not for profit organizations. IEF's materials are far superior to any other organizations reviewed.

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CAElephantGirl Thank you! We are so happy to see people use and love the educational materials and curriculum! Teaching the next generation to love and conserve elephants is a huge step towards saving them! We are so grateful for everything that you do!

Adam J.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

An excellent organization with committed goals of helping both elephants, and the people involved in their lives.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The International Elephant Foundation is currently one of the best elephant conservation, awareness nonprofits that is out there, they do actual work in the trenches that support the human/elephant relationships, and bonds within their range countries; but also under human care. It’s one of the best you support that finds REAL solutions for elephants the world over, and not be politically motivated. They have the species best interest as their core goal to help this species thrive for generations to come.

1 Brendan M.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

No one cares more about the betterment of the lives of elephants than IEF.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is an organization that is helping both elephants and the humans who live in their proximity, to be able to live without conflict. They work on the real problems that wild elephants are facing and are making a difference. They are using intelligence and common sense to address elephant issues in the most effective ways. IEF supports people who are fighting poaching. This very important organization is fighting hard to keep elephants from extinction.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

IEF funds almost all of its projects in range countries, with real "boots on the ground" types of projects that have a huge impact on the areas they serve, whether its to stop poaching, mitigate human elephant conflict, or add to our knowledge of elephants through valuable research. Funding projects all over the world, this organization is an excellent conduit for donations big and small, which will go a long way. Very small administrative overhead, sound management, and an engaged board.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

IEF is a great organization full of people who care deeply about elephants and ensuring their continued presence in this world. It derives maximum benefit elephants from the limited resources it has available but also continually works to expand those resources. Very proud to be associated with it and the people involved.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The International Elephant Foundation has provided critical funding for the protection and care of elephants for over twenty years. In addition they have provided much needed advice to help others understand the needs of elephants both in free-ranging and in human care.

2 Rob H.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with IEF for 10+ years. The work they are doing to help the African and Asian Elephant populations is amazing. They continue to fund research to assist with understanding EEHV and human/elephant conflict. Great folks!

1 FriendofKitty

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm happy to say that I've supported IEF's work for another year and continue to be so happy with the great work they do, their dedication, and their approach to conservation. They are smart about how they encourage change, by tailoring their approaches to the needs of the communities instead of trying a "one size fits all" approach. IEF makes a real difference in the future of elephants and I am proud to support them. They get my highest recommendation.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The more I learn about IEF, the more I love them! They work with communities to create solutions that help elephants AND people, thereby making locals into conservation partners. That is exactly how we need to help elephants--through co-existence. Thank you to IEF for their hard work and dedication!

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2 slynne

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

International Elephant Foundation is the elephants best bet for a future. It is a great organization for raising awareness, conservation, education, research , protecting habitat, preventing poaching and curing diseases. I encourage everyone to support their cause.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The International Elephant Foundation provides a great and important contribution to the health, protection and future of all elephants. 100 % of it's funds goes directly to the elephants.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an excellent non-profit. They work tirelessly to help elephants. This is one of the few that I will give money to. The money actually gets to where they say it goes.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I wholeheartedly endorse The International Elephant Foundation! IEF supports many projects in range countries and in the US, from providing education to mahouts to providing funding for research of the deadly EEHV, the number one killer of baby elephants. The International Elephant Foundation is dedicated to their mission and and are transparent on where their donations go. Every dollar donated makes an impact to better the lives of elephants.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The International Elephant Foundation is a great organization. It supports conservation, education, scientific research programs, and

community-based strategies to provide a future for elephants. Their projects protect both the endangered Asian elephant and the severely threatened African elephant by helping to reduce human-elephant conflict, protecting habitat, stopping poaching, and advancing knowledge to find cures for elephant diseases. I donate to this organization because I know my money will be well spent protecting elephants…..

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The IEF supports an array of projects in elephant range states, enabling grassroots work to create the behavioral changes needed to conserve, project and improve the welfare of in-situ and ex-situ elephants.
The board is clearly dedicated to their mission and work tirelessly to ensure donations support projects with clear deliverables and impact. In addition, they are on hand to assist with advice and administrative assistance.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

IEF is a wonderful organization helping out elephants projects for elephants in human care and their wild counterparts. I know many of the board members and they have always been willing to help when the need arises. If I ever have questions about elephabt conservation I know I can turn to IEF!

2 K Vanessa G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

One of my favorite things about IEF is that so many of their board members and advisors have hands on elephant experience. These folks are out there like the rest of us doing the best they can to help save elephants. They are easy to talk to and learn from and attend many of the same conferences other animal caretakers do, which means they are dedicated to sharing their experience with others. You can be sure your donations are going to all the right places; their board carefully chooses projects that fit their mission.

3 Zachary A.

Donor

Rating: 5

The International Elephant Foundation does important work across a wide array of areas that impact endangered wildlife conservation. I especially like that I can choose what specific program I want my donation dollars to go towards. I will continue to support the IEF for the rest of my life.

2 Ryan E.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was looking for a non-profit organization to donate for animal conservation, specifically tigers. Such an organization I did not want to be political or for my donation dollars to pay for lobbying, fundraising or propaganda. I reached out to the International Elephant Foundation. Through their contacts in the field, a new, specific project was created to support our goals of tiger conservation. 100% of our donation dollars goes directly toward in-situ conservation. Every question or contact with the organization is very quickly replied and answered. It is very refreshing to have such a reputable, honest and responsible organization doing such great work.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They are an amazing organization that helps not only elephants but tons of animals in captivity and the wild!

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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