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The Conservation Fund

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Nonprofit Overview

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


At the Fund, we make conservation work for America. By creating solutions that make environmental and economic sense, we are redefining conservation to demonstrate its essential role in our future prosperity. Top-ranked for efficiency and effectiveness, we have worked in all 50 states to protect more than 7.5 million acres of land since 1985.


We practice conservation to achieve environmental and economic outcomes. Our trusted and get-it-done staff throughout the country create and implement innovative, practical ways to benefit the natural world and the well-being of Americans from every walk of life. While we are a national organization, The Conservation Fund's accomplishments are delivered locally. We have active or completed projects in all 50 states.

We have saved 7.5 million acres of land and valued at more than $4.7 billion.

Through our Land Conservation Loans program we have provided 250 low-interest loans to local conservation groups in 34 states and 4 Canadian provinces to help them conserve more than 110,000 acres.

Our Natural Capital Investment Fund has provided 12,000 hours of technical assistance to over 400 natural resource-based small businesses; over 2,700 jobs have been created or retained by these businesses.

Through our Working Forest Fund, more than 400,000 acres have been protected in 13 states.

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: land conservation loans, community development programs, sustainable forestry management, green infrastructure planning and more.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Gabriel Z.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have always supported the preservation and protection of our ever-fragile environment. The Conservation Fund has the highest rating on Charity Navigator, and is extremely efficient in how it distributes its funds. I am proud to be a small financial supporter of the environment, and I look forward to a greener future that The Conservation Fund will make possible.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My son Steve Hobbs is your Minnesota director and through him I have learned of the work your organization has been able to do. Thank you very much for all you have done. Kathryn Hobbs Kent

Review from CharityNavigator