1990 - Wildlife Legacy: Fund Your Passion

In 1990, a vehicle for outdoor enthusiasts to fund their passion for fish and wildlife became a reality. When the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation was established as a nonprofit organization, it allowed people from all walks of life to financially help preserve and sustain Idaho’s fishing, hunting, and wildlife heritage.

The Foundation’s first project was facilitating the creation of the Morrison Knudsen Nature Center in Boise. In the past 25 years, its mission has grown. Today it holds gifted funds, properties and conservation easements to preserve their conservation values and leave a lasting legacy for future generations. It also provides funding support for a wide range of programs that focus on habitat preservation, public access, wildlife management and conservation education.   

The Foundation fulfills its mission in several ways:

The Idaho Fish & Wildlife Foundation accepts and manages a wide range of endowed and non-endowed funds for the preservation of fish and wildlife habitats. It also holds gifted properties and conservation easements to preserve their conservation values.

The Foundation provides funding for projects that promote habitat preservation or restoration, wildlife management and conservation education. Projects are selected through an annual competitive grants program, which began in 2001.  Foundation supported projects can be found in the seven regional areas of Idaho: the Panhandle, Clearwater, Southwest, Magic Valley, Southeast, Upper Snake and Salmon regions.

In 1993, the Foundation sponsored the creation of the Idaho wildlife specialty license plates, generating hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to benefit wildlife diversity programs. A portion of each plate purchase or renewal helps to support wildlife diversity programs, conservation, habitat improvements, education and wildlife publications.

Public support of the Foundation’s work is very important to the well-being of wildlife and our quality of life in Idaho. There are many ways to participate:

  • Become a Friend of the Foundation and make a tax-deductible contribution to help sustain the Foundation’s work. You can do this online or mail your donation to: Idaho Fish & Wildlife Foundation, P.O. Box 2254. Boise, Idaho 83701
  • Establish an endowed fund. To discuss your interest in a lasting legacy with the Foundation call our office at: (208) 334-2648.
  • Purchase or renew a wildlife license plate.
  • Preserve Idaho’s wildlife habitat with a conservation easement or land donation.
  • Workplace Giving and Matching gifts. Idaho Public Employees can support the Foundation through the workplace. Federal, state, city, county or public school employees can contribute through the Combined Federal Campaign and the Idaho State Employees Campaign.

Headquartered in Boise, the Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors representing all regions of the state.  The Foundation will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2015.