Conservation: Funding Good Work

Vintage photo: Pronghorn Restoration

Vintage photo: Pronghorn Restoration

This is Passport to Texas

We have everyday tasks to accomplish just to get by, but we also aspire to achieve things beyond the ordinary. Texas Parks and Wildlife has those dreams, too. And the TPW Foundation helps turn those dreams into reality.

03— Our mission is to provide private support to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to manage and conserve natural and cultural resources of Texas.

Anne Brown, Executive Director of the Foundation, says she and her staff identify potential donors who will make gifts to help fund the agency’s priority projects.

18— The first thing we do is we sit down with the department and their staff, and based on the direction they’re getting from the commission – what are important projects that rise to the top as a priority for Texas as a whole. And then, a part of that piece is also having partners. And then the foundation plugs itself in to raise those private dollars to make those projects possible.

Species restoration and land acquisition are among aspirational projects in need of funding. Strong relationships with partner organizations attract donors to the table for that purpose.

21— We have universities – typically on the research arm. We’ve got other partners involved, which s would be private landowners, or organizations similar to the foundation – private 501(c) 3s. And what we’re all about is leveraging those public dollars and private dollars. So, when you’re a donor, that’s a win-win.

You don’t have to be a big spender to be a philanthropist for Texas. That’s tomorrow.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife, I’m Cecilia Nasti.

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