Our Mission

SCI Foundation funds and directs worldwide programs dedicated to wildlife conservation and outdoor education.

SCI Foundation ensures the best available science is used in wildlife policy and management, and demonstrates the constructive role that hunting and hunters play in the conservation of biodiversity worldwide.  The organization is “First for Wildlife,” investing millions of dollars into wildlife conservation and education every year.

Breaking News

Ron and Jackie Bartels Announced as Winners of Prestigious 2017 Beretta and SCI Foundation Conservation Leadership Award.

(Ron Bartels (center) accepts award from Dott. Franco Gussalli Beretta (right) and emcee J. Alain Smith (left).  Jackie Bartels was unable to attend the event.)

Ron and Jackie Bartels were honored last evening with the prestigious Beretta and SCI Foundation Conservation Leadership Award for their efforts demonstrating extensive international hunting experience and a lifetime of commitment to wildlife conservation and education through volunteer service and philanthropy. Over the years, Ron and Jackie Bartels have contributed generously to Conservation, Education and Humanitarian Services efforts in both time and financial resources.

As recognition of the award, the Bartels received an elegant trophy provided by Beretta USA and a custom gold and sapphire award pin created by jeweler Madleine Kay.

Finalists for the 2017 Award included Mary Cabela, Ralph & Deb Cunningham, Robert Model, Byron & Sandra Sadler, and Tom Snyder – all of whom were eminently qualified to receive the award. This year’s finalists will automatically be eligible for next year’s award along with any future nominations.

The Bartels were announced as the winner at the 3rd Annual Beretta and SCI Foundation Conservation Leadership Award elegant black-tie Gala which sold out and was attended by 450 guests. The evening consisted of the “Oscar-style” award ceremony, gourmet dinner, elite live and, silent auctions, emcee J. Alain Smith host of the Rugged Expeditions television show and an exclusive after-party featuring “The Rat Pack is Back!” as well as a DJ for dancing.

A special thank you to all of our generous donors and sponsors for making this event possible. 

Our Programs

Mission-Driven Programs

Chapter-Driven programs

Mission Programs


Conservation Efforts never cease, and through chapter projects, SCI Foundation grants and scholarships, and regional programs, members of Safari Club International make a difference in the life of the environment and the animals that live there.



Education Programs, for both children and adults, provide a hands-on opportunity to experience the outdoors and to spread the knowledge of conservation and wildlife management. One of these education programs is Sensory Safari, a program in which the blind can learn about nature through touch exhibits. SCI Foundation also opened the International Wildlife Museum in Tucson, Arizona, to increase knowledge of, and appreciation for, the diverse wildlife of the world.

Chapter Driven Programs

Humanitarian Services

Humanitarian Service Programs are also a primary initiative of SCI Foundation. Through Sportsmen Against Hunger and SafariCare, food and supplies are provided to those in need, both in our backyard and in remote places of the world. The Disabled Hunter program fosters opportunities for disabled sportsmen and women to experience the hunting tradition. SafariWish grants hunting related wishes to those dealing with terminal or life-threatening illnesses.


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