Checking Out the Strangers - Kay Wells - Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park


The Florida Wildlife Federation depends on membership dues and donations to fund our conservation work in Florida. When you click on a "Make a Donation" button, you will be taken to FWF's secure PayPal payment page.

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General   |   SW Florida   |   NE Florida   |   Legal Defense
Legislative Fund   |   Springs   |   UF Scholarship
Making a Gift of Stock, Securities and other Planned Giving Options

Unrestricted Donation for General Conservation Activities

The Federation encourages the public's appreciation of Florida's environment through sustainable, resource-based outdoor recreation. We seek creative solutions for renewable energy, work for the full restoration of the Greater Everglades, and support Florida’s conservation land acquisition and restoration efforts.

We work with policymakers to ensure protection of wildlife habitat and public access to public lands, parks, and waterways.

Your generous donation will help the Federation continue to effectively address significant challenges facing Florida's natural resources.

Southwest Florida Office

With the effective work of Nancy Payton, the Federation’s Southwest Florida Field Representative, the Federation has brought about innovative growth management decisions in Collier and Lee counties since 1994.

The Southwest Florida Office is located in the Western Everglades and focused on the recovery of the endangered Florida panther. The only breeding population of wild Florida panthers is found in South Florida.

The Federation is noted for creating and promoting the adoption of creative solutions to regional habitat preservation including innovative land use programs that reward property owners who manage their lands for the benefit of native wildlife.

Nancy has received numerous accolades for her work on behalf of endangered Florida panthers, red-cockaded woodpeckers, and other imperiled species found in the Western Everglades. Most notable is the honor from Collier County Commissioners who named a Conservation Collier preserve “The Nancy Payton Preserve” in recognition of her ongoing dedication to Southwest Florida conservation issues.

Your donation will support Nancy Payton's continued conservation efforts in Southwest Florida.

Northeast Florida Office

With significant grant support, the Federation opened an office in Northeast Florida in 2004. The Northeast FWF Office is located in St. Augustine. A full-time planning advocate, Sarah Owen Gledhill, leads the office. With a Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida, Sarah is using her knowledge and skills to monitor land use planning and environmental permitting issues in St. Johns, Flagler, Duval, Nassau, Baker, Clay and Putnam counties. Your donation will allow FWF to maintain a strong presence in Northeast Florida.

Focusing on the Florida black bear, the Northeast Office continues advocating for critical wildlife habitat and water protection. The Federation secured the mapping and conservation of over 2,700 acres which serve as a link between the Ocala National Forest and Matanzas State Forest. As growth management controls have shifted from the state to local governments, the Federation continues to coordinate with local officials promoting protection of wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation lands, water quality and sustainable development of Florida’s coastal communities.

Your support for the Northeast Office of FWF will help Sarah Gledhill to continue educating landowners about the financial incentives of conservation easements and to promote the use of public lands for sustainable outdoor recreation.

Legal Defense Fund

At times litigation is necessary, as a last resort, for the Federation to achieve important conservation goals. The Federation’s legal efforts have resulted in many successes including protection of Florida Key Deer habitat, stopping sugar farmers from backpumping water into Lake Okeechobee, preventing Scripps from urbanizing Mecca Farms in Palm Beach County, stopping a road proposed into Picayune Strand State Forest, and saving Wakulla Springs from contamination.

Ongoing efforts include Everglades water quality issues, wetlands and panther habitat protection in Southwest Florida, and growth and development issues statewide. Please consider making a contribution in support of the Federation’s legal efforts to preserve Florida's fragile wild spaces. Most of the legal work for Federation is handled at a significantly reduced rate by environmental attorneys who truly wish to see Florida’s waters clean and her environment forever preserved.

Legislative Fund

During the legislative session and throughout the year, the Federation is actively engaged in state legislative matters affecting Florida's environment and wildlife resources. Over the years the Federation has worked to conserve wetlands and wildlife habitat, reduce pollution of Florida’s waterways, enhance coastal areas, and redirect development away from inappropriate areas. To learn about the Federation’s legislative activities, please subscribe to Capitol Watch by clicking the following link. Sign up here to receive Capitol Watch by e-mail....

Florida Springs Protection

Florida's once crystal clear springs have become increasingly polluted by encroaching development and nutrient pollution. Clean springs are essential to protecting Florida's drinking water, wildlife and sea life. FWF works in cooperation with the Florida Springs Task Force to protect the great first magnitude springs in the state. FWF administers the funds for the Ichnetucknee Springs Ambassador.

FWF Scholarship Fund at the University of Florida, Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation

The Florida Wildlife Federation established an endowed scholarship fund at the University of Florida Foundation in 2004. The Scholarship Program was initiated by Tim O'Brien, the Federation's first Eagle Club member ($1,000 member), who hoped to motivate other Federation members and University of Florida/WEC alumni to donate to the scholarship endowment fund. The intent is to build the fund to $100,000. Currently the fund is about two-thirds of the way to this goal through the generous donations of many members and supporters.

The scholarships are merit-based and focus on students pursuing a career in fish and wildlife conservation, research, or related fields. The scholarships are awarded each year in April.
Please make your contribution directly through the UF Foundation's website: The fund number for the FWF Scholarship Fund is: 013403.

The fund number for the Federation Scholarship is 013403 and is listed under IFAS funds. Donations can also be made by sending a check payable to the University of Florida Foundation and noting on the check that the donation is for the Florida Wildlife Federation Scholarship Fund #013403. The address is University of Florida Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 110170, Gainesville, FL 32611-0170. Donations for this fund may also be sent to the FWF Office at: P O Box 6870, Tallahassee, FL 32314-6870 attn. Diane Hines.

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Making a Gift of Stock, Securities and other Planned Giving Options

If you would like to discuss making a gift of stock, securities or other planned giving option to the Florida Wildlife Federation, please contact one of the following individuals:

Diane Hines
Vice President of Administration
Florida Wildlife Federation
P O Box 6870
Tallahassee, FL 32314
(850) 656-7113
Allen Montgomery
Montgomery Retirement Group
Brookstone Securities
302 Massachusetts Ave. Suite 200
Lakeland, FL 33801
(863) 686-8755

You may also print out the form below and return it to the Federation office to receive further information.

Planned Giving Request form

The Florida Wildlife Federation Inc. is a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt, non-profit corporation, working for the protection, enjoyment and wise use of Florida's fish and wildlife and other natural resources. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


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