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Our members are dedicated to supporting visionaries working across the global spectrum of environmental issues, united by our passion for creating a just, healthy, and biologically diverse future for life on Earth.

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Become a Member

Benefits of Membership

We provide opportunities for learning and collaboration that strengthens grantees’ environmental, climate, and biodiversity protection efforts.

Funders who participate in specific Biodiversity Funders Group programs and place-based programs expand the impact of their portfolios, with access to:

  • Annual program meetings
  • Regional meetings
  • Field trips and other learning opportunities
  • Subgroups and learning circles focused on specific issues
  • Webinars and virtual meetings
  • Targeted grantmaking analyses
  • Monthly electronic newsletters and special announcements

In addition to all these activities, dues-paying members of the Biodiversity Funders Group are invited to members-only events, such as:

  • The Annual Members Meeting
  • The Learning in the Field program, which recently took funders to Alaska, Texas, and the Great Plains
  • Small group cohorts on topics such as climate-resilient forests and equity in conservation grantmaking
  • The Tribal Conservation Learning Circle
  • Select webinars and other activities

Biodiversity Funders Group members elect the board of directors and often play leadership roles, such as program co-chairs or planning committee members.

Biodiversity Funders Group meeting
Shawn K. Watts

My favorite place in all of philanthropy to learn. BFG is a welcoming and engaging environment, full of colleagues with deep expertise and a willingness to share their time and knowledge. I am grateful for everything BFG does to bring together the community.

Shawn K. Watts
Director of Strategic Initiatives, The Christensen Fund
Biodiversity Funders Group meeting

Private foundations that have a significant focus on environmental protection, restoration and sustainability, energy and climate change, environmental justice and equity, and other environmental and conservation concerns are invited to become members, along with a small number of government agencies, public foundations, and corporations.

Schedule of Dues

The Biodiversity Funders Group’s core programs and administration are primarily supported by annual membership contributions, which are made on a sliding scale based on the amount of each member’s environmental grantmaking.

Dues for 2023 - 2024
Annual Environmental Grants
Annual Dues
Biennial Dues
Less than $500,000
$500,001 – $750,000
$750,001 – $2,000,000
$2,000,001 – $5,000,000
$5,000,001 – $10,000,000
$10,000,001 – $15,000,000
$15,000,001 – $20,000,000
$20,000,001 – $40,000,000
$40,000,001 – $60,000,000
$60,000,001 –  $80,000,000
$80,000,001 – and higher

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