National Wolfwatcher Coalition
The National Wolfwatcher Coalition is a 501c3 nonprofit, all volunteer organization. We ‘educate, advocate, and participate’ for the long term recovery and the preservation of wolves based on the best available science and the principles of democracy. We educate the public, advocate for science-based decision making at every level of government and participate in activities that promote citizens’ awareness and participation in the decision-making process about wolves. We are a moderate organization that seeks to (1) find common ground among all stakeholders and (2) encourage solutions to roadblocks that challenge wolf recovery.
What We Do
- Teach the public about the important role that wolves play in maintaining healthy ecosystems via programs and presentations, materials, social media campaigns, eco-tourism opportunities, etc.
- Inform the public about the social and political challenges to wolf recovery
- Support measures that promote peaceful coexistence with wolves on the landscape
- Educate the public about the issues in all regions and ways it can effectively participate in the democratic process to promote science-based decision-making about wolves.
- Nurture the NWC Junior Advisory to encourage children and young adults to take an active role in conservation advocacy.
- Partner with the Wolf Conservation Center and other organizations to design, promote and implement wolf education material including curricula that addresses the common core standards for elementary, intermediate and middle schools across the nation;
- Participate in conferences, seminars, and consultation with other professionals in the field of wolf biology, research, conservation, peaceful coexistence programs and environmental law.
Code of Ethics / Standards of Conduct
Donors and volunteers support the National Wolfwatcher Coalition because they trust us to carry out our missions, to be good stewards of their resources and to uphold rigorous standards of conduct.
We recognize that it is up to the board members, executive leaders, staff and volunteers (collectively called Wolfwatchers) of the National Wolfwatcher Coalition to demonstrate their ongoing commitment to the core values of integrity, honesty, fairness, openness, respect, and responsibility.
Wolfwatchers force must not engage in any conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, or deceit or commit any act that reflects adversely on reputation, integrity, or competence of the National Wolfwatcher Coalition.
At all times, Wolfwatchers must use reasonable care and judgment to achieve and maintain independence and objectivity in their activities and must not offer, solicit, or accept any gift, benefit, compensation, or consideration that reasonably could be expected to compromise their own or another’s independence and objectivity.
Wolfwatchers will keep information about current, former, and prospective supporters confidential unless: 1. The information concerns illegal activities on the part of the member, 2. Disclosure is required by law, or 3. The member permits disclosure of the information.
The National Wolfwatcher Coalition shall manage its’ funds responsibly and prudently. This should include the following considerations: It spends a reasonable percentage of its annual budget on programs in pursuance of its mission; It spends an adequate amount on administrative expenses to ensure effective accounting systems, internal controls, competent staff, and other expenditures critical to management; Compensates any who may receive compensation, reasonably and appropriately; Has reasonable fundraising costs, recognizing the variety of factors that affect fundraising costs; Will maintain an appropriate level of funds to maintain our mission and purpose; ensures that all spending practices and policies are fair, reasonable and appropriate to fulfill the mission of the organization; and, all financial reports are factually accurate and complete in all material respects.
In raising funds, the National Wolfwatcher Coalition will respect the rights of donors, as follows: To be informed of the identity of those serving on the governing board and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities; To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given; To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition; To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by the law; To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature; To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists; To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.
Board of Directors
Nancy Warren, Executive Director and Great Lakes Regional Director
Daniel Sayre, Southwest Regional Director
Kat Brekken, Eco-Education and Tourism Director, Yellowstone
Brandi Nichols, Yellowstone Adviser
Janet Hoben, Southeast Regional Director
Cheryl Kindschy, Social Media Outreach
Candice Copeland, Social Media Outreach
Dr. Chris Albert, DVM. Veterinary Consultant to NWC