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Current Funders

African Parks would like to thank all our funders for supporting our work during 2013. Our conservation progress would not be possible without the funding support we receive from Governments, multi-lateral institutions, conservation organisations, family foundations and individuals. We would like to thank our strategic partners for enabling us to make substantial and long-term impact on wildlife conservation in Africa. Their donations have been critical in helping us accomplish what we have to date, and make it possible to implement continuous management plans and conservation strategies making our work sustainable for the road ahead.


These funders constitute our core funding partners at either an institutional or a park level. They commit to African Parks on a multi-year basis and are contributing an annual amount of US$500,000 or more to African Parks.

fentener van vlissingen family

The late Paul Fentener van Vlissingen provided the bulk of the initial funding that established African Parks in 2003. In 2010 Alicia and Tannetta Fentener van Vlissingen committed a further €25 million to the African Parks Endowment Fund in accordance with their father’s final wishes.  Income from this fund is earmarked for African Parks’ overhead costs, allowing new donor contributions to be allocated directly to the parks. During 2013 the fund contributed US$781,250 towards African Parks Network costs. 


stichting african parks foundation

Stichting African Parks Foundation (SAPF), a charitable foundation established in the Netherlands with initial funding from Paul Fentener van Vlissingen, is the proprietary funding body of African Parks. In 2013 SAPF contributed US$852,000 towards the funding deficit of our Parks.



The European Union is an economic and political partnership between 27 countries. The EU is our strategic funding partner in Garamba, Zakouma and Odzala. The EU committed €5 million towards Garamba National Park in the DRC over the period 2009 - 2013 which equates to an annual contribution of €1.25 million. It further committed €6.9 million towards Zakouma National Park in Chad over the period 2011 - 2015 which equates to an annual contribution of €1.38 million and €5 million towards Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Republic of Congo over the period 2012 - 2017 which equates to an annual contribution of €1 million.

Dutch Postcode Lottery

The Dutch Postcode Lottery is a Netherlands charitable lottery that supports 89 charity organisations worldwide. The Dutch Postcode Lottery has contributed €4.5 million for the period 2010 - 2014 for African Parks' portfolio funding. This contribution is not ear-marked for any specific project, allowing African Parks to allocate it where it is needed most.  



The mission of WWF (the World Wide Fund for Nature) is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. In 2007, WWF - the Netherlands entered into a formal partnership with African Parks to develop the African Parks management model across Africa. The first phase of funding under this partnership ended on 30 June 2011. In July 2011, WWF - the Netherlands renewed its partnership with African Parks with financial support of €2 million committed over a 3 year period (July 2011 - June 2014). This funding equates to an annual commitment of €666,666 for core operating costs and conservation projects at Liuwa Plain National Park, Bangweulu Wetlands and Odzala National Park. A group of five families called the "Odzala Circle” contribute the Odzala portion of this funding. 


The Adessium Foundation is a grant-making foundation working towards the benefit of nature and society. Its mission is to contribute to a balanced society characterised by integrity, justice, and a balance between people and nature. Adessium has played a noteworthy role in funding new project development, special projects and unanticipated events across the African Parks portfolio and provided €1.05 million to African Parks Portfolio Fund for this purpose between 2010 and 2013. Adessium renewed its commitment to African Parks frpm 2013 - 2015 for an amount of €1.02 million. Adessium has also been a strategic funding partner to Liuwa Plain National Park since 2008 and contributed €140,000 in 2013.

RAPAC - Réseau des Aires Protégées d'Afrique Centrale

Réseau des Aires Protégées d'Afrique Centrale (Rapac) is an intergovernmental institution supported by the European Union, which manages protected areas and the development of natural resources in Central Africa. It aims to promote professional governance, harmonisation of policies and management tools. Rapac has been a strategic funding partner for Odzala and Garamba since 2011 with a contribution of €945,000 for the period 2011 - 2013. 


The Global Environment Facility (GEF) was established in 1991 by the World Bank as a US$1 billion pilot programme to provide grants to developing countries to fund projects that benefit the environment and promote sustainable livelihoods. On behalf of the GEF, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) provided a grant of US$7 million to the Democratic Republic of Congo, part of which is to support the rehabilitation of Garamba National Park. This support provided funding for US$2.1 million to Garamba over the period 2011-2013. 

Walton Family Foundation

The Walton Family Foundation (WFF) is a philanthropic organisation with a strong focus on conservation and biodiversity protection. Samuel Robson "Rob” Walton, son of WFF founders Sam and Helen Walton, is a keen supporter of African Parks and was one of the founding donors, committing US$5 million over a five year period (2003 – 2007), through the Walton Family Foundation.  The Walton Family Foundation committed to support the development of Akagera National Park in Rwanda with funding of US$2.5 million over the five year period 2010 – 2014. In 2013, US$500,000 was provided to Akagera as a contribution to the core operating and capital expenditure of the park.

US Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a government agency whose mission is to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. Three grants were awarded to African Parks in 2013 and have been applied to anti-poaching activities in Zakouma and Garamba National Parks as well as monitoring programs in Odzala–Kokoua National Park. 


marvin and donna schwartz foundation

Marvin and Donna Schwartz are extraordinary advocates for conservation and animal related causes. They have made a significant contribution to African Parks at Garamba and Zakouma National Parks with a contribution in 2013 in excess of US$500,000. They have a special interest and strong commitment towards saving elephants and other large mammal species that are threatened by poaching.


We deeply appreciate the organisations and individuals who made significant contributions to African Parks in 2013. 

US$100,000 - $499,000

Don Quixote Foundation

Edith McBean

James J. Coleman, Jr.

Paul Tudor Jones

Ronald J. and Christie Ulrich

Rwanda Development Board

Swedish Postcode Foundation

The Woodtiger Fund


US$25,000 – US$99,999 

Abraham Foundation


Anna Hoijer

Anna McWane Charitable Foundation 

Boudewijn Molenaar

Edward Joseph Hudson Foundation 

Energo Foundation

Erik Westerink

Frederik van Beuningen

George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Foundation 

Honey M. Kurtz 

Jonathan Cummings and Holly Hegener

Joseph H. Ellis 

Laetitia Smits van Oyen

Leendert van Driel

Piet Klaver

René Hooft Graafland

Robert-Jan van Ogtrop

The Hite Foundation 

The Richardson Center for Global Engagement

The Sue and Eugene Mercy, Jr. Foundation 

Thomas and Nancy Gallagher

Thomas Blount 

US$10,000 – US$24,999

David and Susan Rockefeller 

Evergreen II Fund

Jeffrey and Darlene Anderson 

Herman Spliethoff

Lodewijk and Marijke de Vink

Lost and Foundation, Inc.  

Massimo Magni

Steltman Juwelier

The Goergen Foundation, Inc.

Up to US$9,999 


Diana Wege Sherogan

Ellen T. Anderson

Empowers Africa

Fred W. Ulrich

Gary Nygaard

Harry M. Lirtzman

Jonathan W. Gordon

Mr. and Mrs. Teddy Bretschger, Jr.

Mr. Marc Wolinsky and Mr. Barry C. Skovgaard

Nancy Karpen

Natalie E. Anderson

Pamela J. Statz and Justin Graham

Richard D.M. and Mrs. Roslyn N.G. Cunningham

Sam van der Feltz (IBFD)

Tammara M. Van Ryn-Lincoln and Christopher Lincoln

The Lee Family Foundation, Inc. 

Thomas J. Maloney  

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Donations in kind


Bowman Gilfillan 

Clifford Chance (Amsterdam)

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) 

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Wildlife Conservation Society