Mission and Vision
To support healthy communities and a healthy Earth, the Institute for Conservation Leadership strengthens leaders, organizations, coalitions, and networks.
We envision a diverse set of leaders equipped to solve the most pressing issues that affect the well-being of our communities and the Earth. These leaders effectively engage others, work across sectors and boundaries, and choose and implement strategies that create positive change.
Who we work with
We work with a variety of groups including nonprofits, foundations, federal, state, local, and tribal governments, academic institutions, coalitions, and collaborations.
Our Core Values
- Collaboration has an amplifying effect, offering individuals and organizations the potential to create positive change.
- Generating positive change must include diverse participation, drawing upon collective experience and wisdom.
- Accessing collective wisdom is possible through proven approaches that prompt individuals and groups to collaborate and co-create in an environment of openness, shared understanding, and mutual respect.
- Open collaboration that centers healthy communities and a healthy Earth cannot ignore that natural resources and access to land have been dominated by white supremacist and patriarchal systems.
- Being actively anti-racist and intentionally inclusionary magnifies the potential in each individual and every organization.
The importance of leadership for the Earth – and the urgency of need to support leaders at every level – has never been greater. Founded as an independent national nonprofit in 1990, the Institute began as a project within the National Wildlife Federation in 1988 with support from the Pew Charitable Trusts. Over the years, our programs have evolved from a primary focus on training to a full range of programs and services. We are honored to serve a wide variety of local, state, regional, and national groups working on conservation, environmental, and environmental justice issues across North America and beyond.