The First for Wildlife Endowment is an endowment fund where the principal will remain in the fund with only the earnings and appreciation available for SCI Foundation mission-focused programs.  This Endowment is separate from the Hunter Legacy 100 Fund.  SCI Foundation’s Board of Directors has determined that no grants will be made from the First for Wildlife Endowment for until the Endowment reaches a suitable level for use with SCI Foundation mission-focused grants.

The SCI Foundation Board will administer the funding process through a grant selection committee to support wildlife conservation and education. Below are just a few examples of past projects funded by SCI Foundation and are of the type anticipated to be funded from this Endowment.  With your help we can do much more!

  • International Conservation: SCI Foundation has provided over $80,000 for equipment and tools to help combat the increase in poaching of the black rhinoceros in southern Africa.
  • Science-based Wildlife Research: In the past six months, SCI Foundation has donated $350,000 to fund multiple predator/prey projects in the U.S. and Canada, such as the woodland caribou research in Newfoundland. The results of these studies will help properly manage predators and prey in systems where both exist.
  • Conservation Education: Since the year 2000, SCI Foundation has awarded $300,000 to sixty-one college students majoring in wildlife management, natural resource management, or a related field of study.

In order to have greater impact on the species we love to hunt and to ensure future generations of hunters have the same opportunities, we need to continue to raise funds to support these types of programs.

FFWE Donation Form

$10,000 Challenge

Support the Foundation’s First for Wildlife Endowment by taking the Individual or Chapter Challenge.

What is the SCI Foundation Chapter Challenge? 

This challenge is a special VOLUNTARY request to chapters and others to make a $10,000 pledge to the SCI Foundation “First for Wildlife Endowment.”  The pledge may be paid out over 4 or 5-years.

This is an opportunity to support SCI Foundation in a simple way.  Your $2,000 contribution over 5-years will help build the long-term sustainability of the organization.  Plus, you or your chapter will be part of the new endowment recognition program through our Society of the Lion and Shield giving levels.  Your annual giving will enable you to move up each “Animal” level as your giving grows and receive associated stewardship benefit gifts and special recognition.

This request to chapters is above and beyond the 30% that is already given to SCI or SCI Foundation.  This giving option is also different than other gifts—such as operational support for AWLS or another program.

In addition to chapters, Individuals may want to make the pledge as part of their personal philanthropy.  Or perhaps give through a business-related donation. Additionally, all ranges of gifts are welcome, but our focal range for this challenge is $10,000.  In fact, our long-term goal is to acquire 1000 donors at $10,000 or more.

Why participate? What are the benefits?

ALL chapters who participate will receive a special stewardship gift and will be recognized as follows:

  • First for Wildlife Banner and Plaque for the chapter to proudly display at all Chapter functions.
  • Donor wall listing at convention
  • Recognition of Chapter participation in SCI publications
  • Each Chapter at $10,000 or above will be recognized during Chapter Awards night at the SCI Annual Convention
  • Chapters will be listed in the SCI Foundation Annual Report.
  • Chapters will be listed as a donor on the SCI Foundation Web Site
  • Chapters will be acknowledged as part of the newly updated Society of the Lion and Shield at their giving level.

Join these chapters in supporting

SCI Foundation’s First for Wildlife Endowment today!

For more information or to sign up for the Chapter or Individual Challenge, download the following forms and flyers.

Chapter Challenge Flyer
Individual Challenge Flyer
Chapter Challenge FAQ’s
Chapter Letter of Intent