Where the Money Goes
SCI Foundation ensures the future of wildlife through conservation, education, and hunting.
SCI Foundation funds and directs worldwide programs dedicated to critical wildlife conservation initiatives and experiential education programs. Our projects positively impact wildlife and help educate and support people around the globe.
Much of our mission focus remains here in North America where we help the plight of our big game species. From moose in the Northeast to black bears out West, we work to ensure we do all we can to help maintain healthy and sustainable wildlife populations. We do this by providing grant funding to a host scientific research projects, predator-prey relationship work, and human-wildlife conflict programs.
Equally important are our Education and Humanitarian Service Programs. We carry out a wide array of collaborations with like-minded partners to educate people about the importance of sustainable use hunting as a conservation tool, while also paying it forward by giving back to our communities and those in need.
Conservation Major Projects
Focus: North American Wildlife
- Alberta Elk Project
- Colorado Mule Deer
- East Mojave Water and Deer
- Grizzly Bear in Southwestern Alberta
- Kodiak Brown Bear
- Missouri Black Bear
- New Hampshire Moose
- Predator-Prey Michigan Predator/Deer
- Predator -Prey Montana Predator/Elk
- Predator-Prey Newfoundland Predator/Caribou
- Predator-Prey Washington Wolf/Deer
- Wood Bison
Focus: African Wildlife
- African Wildlife Consultative Forum
- Chiredzi Black Rhino Trust
- Economics of Hunting in Africa
- Human-Wildlife Conflict
- Lion Research: Tooth X-ray Methodology for Age
- Determination of the African lion
- Lion Research and Management
- Wildlife Genetics Research
- Zambia Lion Project
Focus: Asian Wildlife
- Mongolia Argali Sheep
- Mongolian Snow Leopard
- Pakistan Snow Leopard
- Tajikistan Argali Sheep
- Ungulates in Vietnam
- Education Sables have 5 fully endowed $100,000 college scholarships that have awarded $57,359 to 26 scholars since 2004. This past year, another $26,200 was awarded to 19 college students at 19 separate colleges, and with a grant from the HLF 100 Fund the first international scholarships were established at the Southern African Wildlife College for students majoring in conservation.
- A youth program partnership between Education Sables and The Salvation Army
- Outdoors, over the course of the past 4 years trained 383 Army staff to teach conservation education, 203 as archery instructors using the National Archery in the Schools Program, 32 as trainers to train more staff as archery instructors and 89 as Basic Rifle Instructors (BRI).
- A newer youth program partnership with Boy Scouts of America is moving along a similar line of development where BSA volunteers will partner with SCI Chapters in teaching conservation education and the role of hunting and developing shooting sports.
- $118,000 was distributed to SCI Chapters and Education Sables partners through SCI Foundation grant programs for youth in their communities this past year.
- American Wilderness Leadership School and International Wildlife Museum programs introduce over 20k youth and 200 educators to sustainable-use conservation annually.
Humanitarian Services Programs
- SCI members delivered 107 Blue Bags to Namibia, Limpopo, South Africa, Brazil, Cuba, Cameroon, Argentina, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Kalahari, Tanzania, and Congo
- SCI Foundation Humanitarian Services grants to SCI Chapters funded 23 Chapter Pathfinder events. Pathfinders are disables hunters, veterans, wounded military
- personnel and terminally ill individuals.
- SCI Chapter’s Sportsman Against Hunger programs donated more than 65,000 pounds of game meat to food shelves and organized feed the hungry events.
- Thirteen SCI Chapters held 59 Sensory Safari events with more than 75,000 visitors
Since 2000, the SCI Foundation has provided more than $80 million to promote science-based conservation through wildlife research, capacity building in governments, youth and teacher education, and humanitarian programs that show the importance of the hunting community in society around the world. Growth of SCI Foundation has continued to gain momentum through charitable donations from SCI members and direct grants from local chapters and the SCI organization. Throughout the world, SCI’s approximately 50,000 members and 190 chapters contribute time, talent, and financial support to local, national, and international projects.