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  1. 1. 2012 Annual Report
  2. 2. Safeguarding Wildlife andits Habitat page 4Connecting Kids with Nature page 6Taking Strides to StopCarbon Pollution page 8Financial Overview page 10Affiliates and Regional Offices page 12How to Help page 13Volunteer Leadership, Executive Staffand Corporate Partners page 14
  3. 3. Innocent questions like these are often how we find ourselves introducing children to the complex beauty ofour natural world. The stories of why people decide to join our fight to protect wildlife hold a similar theme.A parent or grandparent encouraged them as a child to explore nature. There, they witnessed a beautifulsunset, caught their first fish or spotted an owl nesting in a tree. These moments create memories that last alifetime … and influence new generations to care for and conserve our environment.Sadly, though, the nature of childhood has changed. Today there isn’t much nature in it. America’schildhood has moved indoors, taking with it the instinct to keep the wild alive. At National WildlifeFederation we know this is a trend we must reverse, which is why we are proud to highlight as one of oursuccesses for 2012 our public commitment to get 10 million more children outside.In addition to this goal — and despite the economic uncertainty and precarious political climate that markedthis past year — NWF, working with our partners, was also able to achieve much success for wildlife. Fromrestoring genetically pure Yellowstone bison to their native habitat on tribal lands to achieving passage ofthe RESTORE Act, which dedicates billions of dollars to restoring communities and habitats in the Gulf ofMexico, we are making a significant impact for wildlife.These are just a few of the many accomplishments that would not have been possible without the support ofour members and donors. Together we are influencing real change. But as we look ahead, we know there isstill much more that needs to be done.Climate change is having profound effects on our natural areas — like record droughts, forest fires anddevastating weather events such as Superstorm Sandy. Unless we act quickly, a destabilized climate willbecome a principal driver of species extinction. National Wildlife Federation is playing a critical role inefforts to reduce carbon pollution, stop the expansion of dirty fuels and expedite the deployment of cleanenergy alternatives.By leading the fight against climate change, protecting at-risk habitats and connecting kids with nature, weare working to keep the wild alive across America. And we are grateful to have you as our partner in thiscritically important fight. Thank you for standing with us.Sincerely, Do fish sleep? How do birds fly? What arewhiskers for? What does a polar bear sound like?2012 NWF Annual Report 3Larry J. SchweigerPresident CEO Stephen K. AllingerChair, Board of Directors
  4. 4. 4 2012 NWF Annual ReportSafeguarding Wildlifeand its HabitatFrom iconic species like the bison to thecommon butterfly, wildlife has the abilityto inspire awe and wonder in us all. Ourwork is rooted in protecting the amazingwildlife that calls our nation home. Thefollowing highlights showcase a few ofour efforts safeguarding wildlife over thepast year.
  5. 5. Passing the Historic RESTORE ActWhen BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill dumped 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010,the future for Gulf wildlife looked bleak. Sadly, there are marine species in the region that are still feelingthe impacts of that disaster today. But in 2012, Gulf wildlife got good news. Thanks to efforts spearheadedby National Wildlife Federation and other environmental groups, Congress passed the RESTORE Act,which establishes a multi-billion dollar fund, created from fines paid by BP and others responsible forthe Gulf disaster, to be used to restore the environmental health of the region. This represents the largestecosystem restoration trust fund in history and will pave the way toward protecting severely degradedhabitat for future generations of people and wildlife alike.Relocating Bison to their Ancestral HomelandThe March 2012 move of 61 wild, genetically pure bison to Montana’s Fort Peck Indian Reservation was theresult of more than 20 years of effort and critical partnerships between National Wildlife Federation, tribes(including the Assiniboine and Sioux of Fort Peck) and state and federal agencies. It was the first return ofwild bison to tribal lands in more than a century — they are now flourishing and have given birth to morethan 20 calves. The relocation is the first of many we hope to forge with Native American tribes, and itis occurring in tandem with NWF’s other conservation efforts to protect and restore bison. We hope thatfuture generations will grow up in a world where an iconic wildlife species like the American bison has theroom it needs to roam safe and free on its native landscape.2012 NWF Annual Report 5“We consider it a matter of justicethat funds from this terrible [oil spill]disaster be returned to this area of thecountry that was so affected, to helpit recover.”Susan KaderkaRegional Executive Director,South Central Region
  6. 6. It’s imperative that today’s kids — ourfuture conservationists — get backoutside and reap all the benefits ofoutdoor play. Featured in this sectionare two of the ways we are working withparents, educators and caregivers toget families reconnected to the amazingnatural world around them.Connecting Kidswith Nature6 2012 NWF Annual Report
  7. 7. Helping 10 Million Kids Get OutsideOur children are the conservationists of the future. Yet today less than 25 percent of kids play outside daily,as opposed to 75 percent only a generation ago. This disturbing trend is affecting the health and well-beingof our kids. And as they grow up, these kids could have a connection to nature that is tenuous at best. That’swhy National Wildlife Federation has established a goal of getting 10 million more kids outside by 2015.Through our Be Out There™ movement and through active partnerships with the major influencers ofchildren’s time — parents, policymakers and child-serving institutions like schools and daycares — we areworking to meet this ambitious goal.Greening Our Nation’s SchoolsNational Wildlife Federation is active in more than 6,000 schools across the United States helping childrenlearn about natural science, plant and animal species, energy, recycling and water conservation. With ourEco-Schools USA program, outdoor “green time” is woven into school curricula. NWF’s Eco-Schools USAand Schoolyard Habitats®programs help schools across the U.S. to improve academic performance, teachrespect and responsibility, save money and protect wildlife and the environment. In 2012, NWF’s Eco-Schools USA program grew by over 1,500 schools, and 500 new schoolyard habitats were certified. Thanksto these efforts, more than one million students are now spending regular time outdoors.2012 NWF Annual Report 7“Connections with nature instill a senseof wonder and curiosity and help bringout the secret scientists in all of us.When we embrace the natural world, webegin to value and protect it not only forourselves, but for the benefit of futuregenerations.”Michele Hoffman TrotterHike Seek™ Volunteer
  8. 8. Taking Strides to StopCarbon PollutionClimate change is having profound effectson the resiliency and health of wildlifeand its habitat. NWF knows that in orderto truly combat this issue, we need tohalt the rapid expansion of dirty fuels,combat carbon pollution and champion aclean energy future. The following sectionshowcases our efforts on these fronts.8 2012 NWF Annual Report
  9. 9. Protecting the Arctic National WildlifeRefuge from Dangerous DrillingThe Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a magnificent, 19.6-million-acre expanse of largely untouchedwilderness that is home to a vast array of wildlife such as walruses, grizzly and polar bears, caribou,migratory birds and Arctic foxes, among others. When the 112th Congress attempted to open the refugefor oil drilling and energy development, National Wildlife Federation acted quickly and decisively todefend this critical habitat by defeating the legislative attacks against it. As the Arctic Refuge continues tobe targeted for oil and gas drilling, NWF is advocating on behalf of this iconic landscape by seeking to haveit designated as a federal wilderness area. This will effectively protect the Arctic Refuge from considerationfor energy development.Mobilizing Grassroots Support Urging theEPA to Cut Carbon PollutionWhen the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) started considering how to limit America’s carbonpollution, National Wildlife Federation and our supporters were there to advocate for the environmentand for wildlife. Working with other environmental organizations, we submitted an astounding 2.1 millioncomments from Americans all over the country to the EPA in favor of stricter carbon pollution standardsfor coal-fired power plants. This massive volume was the largest number of public comments ever submittedto a federal agency, and the message was received loud and clear. In an unprecedented decision, the EPA putin place groundbreaking regulations to limit carbon pollution from new coal-fired power plants. The nextstep is to ensure that limits are put on carbon pollution from existing power plants, as well.“If we stand together, unpolluted bypolitics and oil profits, united aboutwhat’s morally right, we can shift thepolitical debate. And our legacy will bethat we stood up for those who don’thave a voice.”Felice StadlerSenior Director,Climate and Energy2012 NWF Annual Report 9
  10. 10. The organization’s consolidatedstatement of activities includes theresults of the operations of the NationalWildlife Federation (NWF) and NationalWildlife Federation Endowment, Inc.Financial Overview10 2012 NWF Annual ReportFundingIn fiscal year 2012, NWF revenue totaled $92 million, with 67 percent of this revenue coming fromsupporters through memberships, donations, publications and catalog.Thirty-five million dollars in donations and bequests came from generous individual donors, including ourmembers, Guardians of the Wild, Leaders Club, the J.N. “Ding” Darling Circle and members of our bequestprogram, the Legacy Society.Foundations and corporations provided 225 grants for National Wildlife Federation’s conservation andeducation programs, totaling $22 million. Major foundation grants were awarded by the Charles StewartMott Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Great Lakes Fishery Trust, Joyce Foundation,National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Kendeda Fund, Keith Campbell Foundation, The KresgeFoundation, McKnight Foundation, New York Community Trust, Sarah K. de Coizart Article TENTHPerpetual Charitable Trust, Town Creek Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, William and FloraHewlett Foundation, Wyss Foundation and other anonymous donors.Revenues generated by NWF’s publications and films totaled $17 million. Nature Education Materials’revenue totaled $10 million. Gain on investment income totaled $5 million, and royalties and other incomeyielded $3 million.Supporting ServicesGeneral, administrative and fundraising expenses, which support NWF’s conservation mission, totaledonly 20 percent of total expenses for 2012.
  11. 11. 2012 NWF Annual Report 112012 EXPENSES80%20%SupportservicesConservationeducationprogramsFoundations andcorporations2012 REVENUE38%23%18%11%10%IndividualsPublicationsOtherNatureeducationmaterialsCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF ACTIVITIESFor the Year Ended August 31, 2012 ($ in thousands)REVENUEContributions from individuals $35,172Contributions from foundations corporations $21,511Publications $16,561Nature educations materials $10,003Other $9,475Total Revenue $92,722EXPENSECONSERVATION EDUCATION PROGRAMSConservation advocacy programs $37,163Education outreach and publications $21,454Other nature education programs $10,785Membership education programs $11,582Total program expense $80,984SUPPORT SERVICESFund raising $10,780General and administrative $8,872Total support service expense $19,652Total expense $100,636CHANGE IN NET ASSETS BEFORE GAINS ($7,914)Other gains $2,275CHANGE IN NET ASSETS ($5,639)NET ASSETS, BEGINNING OF THE YEAR $48,213NET ASSETS, END OF YEAR $42,574
  12. 12. AlabamaWildlifeFederationArizonaWildlifeFederationArkansasWildlifeFederationColoradoWildlifeFederationConnecticut Forest Park AssociationNew Jersey Audubon SocietyPennFutureDelaware Nature SocietyNational AquariumFloridaWildlifeFederationGeorgiaWildlifeFederationIdahoWildlifeFederationPrairieRiversNetworkIndianaWildlifeFederationWest VirginiaRivers CoalitionIowa WildlifeFederationKansasWildlifeFederationLouisianaWildlifeFederationNatural ResourcesCouncil of MaineEnvironmental Leagueof MassachusettsMichigan UnitedConservation ClubsMinnesotaConservationFederationMississippiWildlifeFederationConservationFederationof MissouriMontanaWildlifeFederationNebraskaWildlifeFederationNevadaWildlifeFederationNew MexicoWildlifeFederationEnvironmentalAdvocatesof New YorkNorth CarolinaWildlife FederationNorth DakotaWildlifeFederationEnvironment Councilof Rhode IslandSouth CarolinaWildlife FederationSouth DakotaWildlife FederationTennesseeWildlifeFederationVermont NaturalResources CouncilNortheastRegional Center New Hampshire Audubon SocietyWisconsinWildlifeFederationWyomingWildlifeFederationAssociationof NorthwestSteelheadersPlanning andConservationLeagueVirginia Conservation NetworkNational Advocacy CenterEarth Conservation CorpsMid-Atlantic Regional CenterNWF AffiliateNWF Regional CenterSouth CentralRegional Center—Atlanta OfficeGreat Lakes Regional CenterSouth CentralRegional CenterTexasConservationAllianceRocky Mountains and PrairiesRegional Center—Missoula OfficeRocky Mountains and PrairiesRegional Center—Boulder OfficePacific Regional CenterNWF HeadquartersVirgin IslandsConservationSocietySociedadOrnitológicaPuertorriqueña, Inc.ConservationCouncilfor Hawai iRenewableResourcesCoalition andFoundationALASKA HAWAII PUERTO RICO VIRGIN ISLANDSAffiliates and Regional OfficesAffiliates andRegional Offices12 2012 NWF Annual Report
  13. 13. How to Help2012 NWF Annual Report 13Outright Gifts• Give monthly through our Leaders Club program• Become a Guardian of the Wild with a yearly donation of $100-$999• Join the J.N. “Ding” Darling Circle with an annual gift of $1,000 or more• Honor a loved one with a memorial or tribute gift• Contribute a gift of securities, such as stocks or bondsEstate Gifts• Remember NWF in your will or trust• Make a gift through your Individual Retirement AccountLife Income Gifts• Set up a Charitable Gift Annuity to support NWF while still receivingyearly income• Make a donation from your Charitable Remainder TrustMatching Gifts• Your gift could double — or even triple! — if your employer is one ofthousands that match employee donations to charitable organizationslike NWF. For more information, please visit www.nwf.org/matchingFor more information on how you can help or to make a donation,please call us at 1-800-822-9919 or visit ww.nwf.org/howtohelp
  14. 14. Volunteer Leadership, ExecutiveStaff and Corporate Partners14 2012 NWF Annual ReportBoard ofDirectorsas of September 1, 2012Stephen AllingerChairAlbany, NYDeborah SpaldingChair ElectGuilford, CTPaul BeaudetteEastern Vice ChairEast Greenwich, RIDavid CarruthCentral Vice ChairClarendon, ARKathleen HadleyWestern Vice ChairButte, MTGregor BailarAt-Large DirectorMcLean, VABrian BashoreRegion 9 DirectorLincoln, NETahlia BearAt-Large DirectorLongmont, COVirginia BrockRegion 4 DirectorCrawfordville, FLClark BullardRegion 6 DirectorUrbana, ILBeatrice Busch von GontardAt-Large DirectorFront Royal, VAAlison ByersAt-Large DirectorPhiladelphia, PAShelley CohenAt-Large DirectorWashington, DCSharon DarnovAt-Large DirectorLos Angeles, CAJohn GrantAt-Large DirectorAtlanta, GAMonty HalcombAt-Large DirectorWartrace, TNDavid HargettRegion 3 DirectorGreer, SCMark HeckertRegion 11 DirectorPuyallup, WAWilliam HoustonRegion Director 1Kingfield, MEJerry LittleAt-Large DirectorClifton, VAChristopher NookAt-Large DirectorRussell, OHGloria ReubenAt-Large DirectorNew York, NYDianne Dillon-RidgleyAt-Large DirectorIowa City, IAKent SalazarRegion 10 DirectorAlbuquerque, NMTruman SemansAt-Large DirectorDurham, NCLeslie ShadAt-Large DirectorEvanston, ILGregory SmithAt-Large DirectorLaurel, MDMary Van KerrebrookRegion 8 DirectorHouston, TXLise Van SusterenRegion 2 DirectorBethesda, MDBruce WallaceRegion 7 DirectorAnn Arbor, MINicole WoodRegion 5 DirectorBonne Terre, MOJulia Reed ZaicRegion 12 DirectorLaguna Beach, CAEndowmentTrusteesas of September 1, 2012Alex Speyer IIIChairPittsburgh, PAStephen K. AllingerEx Officio TrusteeAlbany, NYJerry LittleTrusteeClifton, VAE. Wayne NordbergTrusteeNew York, NYDeborah SpaldingTrusteeGuilford, CTEric SteinmillerTrusteeWashington, DCCharles A. VeatchTrusteeReston, VAExecutiveStaffLarry J. SchweigerPresident and Chief ExecutiveOfficerJaime Berman MatyasExecutive Vice President andChief Operating OfficerBarbara McIntoshSenior Vice President andGeneral CouncilAnthony CaligiuriSenior Vice President,Conservation and EducationProgramsDulce Gomez-ZormeloVice President, FinanceChief Financial OfficerTreasurerVicePresidentsJulie BlessynKevin CoyleMeri-Margaret DeoudesJohn KostyackJim LyonMatt SchuttloffelAnne SenftMaureen Smith
  15. 15. 2012 NWF Annual Report 15President’sAdvisoryCouncilas of September 1, 2012Ellen H. CarrollChairOcala, FLKay Kelley ArnoldLittle Rock, ARMark W. BaumReston, VALoren BlackfordNew York, NYJoseph BrennanEvanston, ILMagalen O. BryantMiddleburg, VAFran BuchholzerAkron, OHElizabeth BurlesonWhite Plains, NYPeter Blaze Corcoran, Ed.DSanibel, FLDr. Gilbert S. Omenn andMartha DarlingAnn Arbor, MILeslie C. DevereauxBloomfield Hills, MINicholas Moore EisenbergerNew York, NYMichael V. FinleyMedford, ORRick Flory and Lee RobertJackson, WYJames FowlerNew York, NYJameson S. FrenchKingston, NHRobert H. GardinerCumberland Foreside, METom GilmorePocono Pines, PARaymond and Linda GoldenPalm Beach, FLSusan GottliebBeverly Hills, CADale L. Grimm Esq.Westlake Village, CAMaureen Hackett, MDMinnetonka, MNChristine P. HsuPotomac, MDMatt JamesMenlo Park, CACatherine Ladnier and J. M.RobinsonGreenwich, CTDr. Robert S. LawrenceBaltimore, MDRamon LopezNewport Beach, CAEllen LuttrellBurlingame, CADerith MacBridePiedmont, CAGina MelinCoconut Grove, FLOlga MelinSunny Isles Beach, FLVirginia Claiborne Millerand Bruce WallisNew Orleans, LAGilman and Marge OrdwayHonorary MembersWilson, WYPaul F. Rizza, PhDGrove City, PASimon C. RooseveltNew York, NYSallie SebrellLexington, VAAlanna E. TarkingtonWestlake Village, CAMichael TraynorBerkeley, CALesley TurnerVienna, VAR.E. Turner IIIHonorary ChairAtlanta, GAWalter UmphreyBeaumont, TXPeter M. WegeHonorary MemberGrand Rapids, MISteve WeinsteinPembroke, BermudaMadelin Martin WexlerChicago, ILCorporatePartnersAmerican BeautiesAnimal PlanetAvedaBank of AmericaDisneyJohnson JohnsonKeenMattelThe HartfordREISeaWorld Parks EntertainmentTerraCycleWorld MakersCreditsCover, Paul Parent (NWFphoto contest); Page 2, iStock-Photo/Marlene Palamarek;Page 4, Ted Wood; Page 5,Shutterstock/Celso Diniz;Page 6, NWF; Page 7, iStock-Photo/Carmen MartinezBanus; Page 8, Shutterstock/outdoorsman; Page 9,Shutterstock/Regien Paassen;Page 10, Kathy Kunce (NWFphoto contest); Page 11, DrewRush/GettyImages; Page 13,Scott Helfrich (NWF photocontest); Page 15, NWF; Backcover, NWFDesign: Janin/Cliff Design, Inc.
  16. 16. NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION11100 Wildlife Center DriveReston, Virginia 20190WWW.NWF.ORGYour support makes our work possible!To learn more about our variety of giving options,please visit www.nwf.org/howtohelp