About Us

The Windward Fund was founded in response to donors who expressed a desire to be more connected to their peers’ work, and to partner with experts in conservation nonprofit management to execute bold initiatives.

The Windward Fund provides a platform for donors committed to building a stronger conservation movement to learn from each other, forge relationships with peers and experts, and collaborate efficiently to make the most of their resources. Windward is managed by staff with deep experience in conservation, climate change, and food systems policy, advocacy, and programs both domestically and abroad. Its staff have a wide network of relationships among conservation donors and nonprofits, and can facilitate convenings to connect like-minded practitioners and help them better work toward our shared goals of protecting our planet and its inhabitants.

Windward is overseen by an independent board of directors that has extensive experience in philanthropy, nonprofit management, and environmental issues.

Please click here to access the Windward Fund’s 2021 Form 990.


Race, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusiveness Commitment

We envision a more equitable world, built on fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all.

As changemakers building the most effective charitable projects, we know that advancing race equity, equity, diversity and inclusion (REDI) is essential to solving our world’s most pressing problems. As such, we dedicate ourselves to integrating REDI into our work and our culture. As we learn more, we will do more — ours is a continuous journey of learning, growth, and innovation.

We commit to:

Unapologetically integrating REDI in our work culture and encouraging others to do the same,

Intentionally stewarding REDI within our programmatic work,

Fearlessly leading by example — joining with donors who share our commitment to REDI as well as challenging
those who are earlier in their journey.

Our goal for REDI is:

To intentionally invest our resources to advance equity both within our organization and in our work, enabling us to more effectively deliver solutions to our world’s most persistent problems.