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.
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.
The European Union is an economic and political partnership between 28 European countries. The EU has been our strategic funding partner since 2009 and has provided over EUR 18m in funding since. The institution currently provides the majority of funding for Garamba, Zakouma and Odzala.
The Dutch Postcode Lottery is a Netherlands charitable lottery that supports 92 charity organisations worldwide. Since 2010, the Dutch Postcode Lottery has been a major funder of African Parks. Most of the funding has been portfolio funding, 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 10 year partnership with African Parks to develop the African Parks management model across Africa.
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.
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.
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.