CONSERVE & PROTECT


For 75 years, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has been a steward of the outdoors, pioneering wildlife conservation efforts and creating outdoor opportunities for all North Carolinians.


How Do We Fund What We Do?

You might be surprised to know the NCWRC is primarily funded from sources other than North Carolina general tax dollars. 


Your financial support has helped us protect hundreds of species and their habitats for 75 years, but there’s always more we can do for North Carolina’s wildlife. Be a part of the solution to conserve and protect. Become a steward of the outdoors by supporting our work or working with us — whether you hunt, fish, boat or simply enjoy the outdoors.
 

N.C. Wildlife Diversity Endowment Fund

When you give a gift to the Wildlife Diversity Endowment Fund, you give a gift that protects nongame and other species of greatest conservation need in North Carolina. Your donation is placed into a fund and the income earned, not the principal, is spent on programs that benefit species not hunted or fished. Nongame projects are primarily funded through donations, and every dollar given to the fund is matched with federal and other grants that more than doubles the donation value. You may also honor a loved one by donating in their name. Simply select that option on our Donation Form.


Donate Through Your Will or Living Trust
You may also make a tax-deductible contribution directly to the N.C. Wildlife Diversity Endowment Fund or designate the Fund as a beneficiary of a bequest through your will or living trust.  For questions, please contact 919-614-5126.

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N.C. Wildlife Endowment Fund 

By donating or purchasing a lifetime license, you are investing in the North Carolina Wildlife Endowment Fund. The income earned, not the principal, from this fund is invested in the future of fish and wildlife, and their habitats. Since the fund's inception in 1981, more than $100 million in earned income has been utilized on conservation programs and projects. You may also honor a loved one by donating in his/her name. Simply select that option on our Donation Form.

 

Donate Through Your Will or Living Trust
You may also make a tax-deductible contribution directly to the N.C. Wildlife Endowment Fund or designate the Fund as a beneficiary of a bequest through your will or living trust.  For questions, please contact 919-614-5126.

 

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N.C. Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund 

Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund donations support the research, conservation and management of nongame animals and endangered wildlife species.

 

It's Easy to Donate at Tax Time  

When you donate a portion of your N.C. State Income tax, you give a gift that protects nongame and endangered wildlife. Your tax donation goes to the Nongame and Wildlife Endangered Fund, and every dollar given to the fund is matched with federal and other grants that more than doubles the donation value.  Don't receive a refund? No worries. You can tell your tax preparer you would like to donate or, if using online tax preparation software, you will be given the option to donate to the “Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund” before filing. 

  

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John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center

Your donation enables us to offer free or low-cost programming to more than 3,000 people annually at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville, NC. The Pechmann Center is the only fishing education center of its kind in North Carolina. We offer a variety of family-friendly aquatic education programs, such as intro to fishing, rod-building, fly-tying, kayak angling and much more to anglers of all ages and abilities. Learn more about the Center and courses offered.

 

Honorariums or Memorial Contributions

When making a honorarium or memorial contribution, include the name and address of the person(s) making the donation as well as the name of the person(s) for whom the donation is being made. A card will be sent to the donor of the contribution. 

 

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Hunter Education Program

Your donation allows us to offer free hunter education courses throughout the year in all 100 counties. More than a firearm safety course, hunter education courses offer instruction that includes ethics and responsibility, conservation and wildlife management, wildlife identification, survival and first aid, specialty hunting and tree stand safety. Your donation and our work matter. In the last 20 years, hunter education has significantly reduced hunting accidents making hunting one of the safest recreational activities. 


Honorariums or Memorial Contributions

When making a honorarium or memorial contribution, include the name and address of the person(s) making the donation as well as the name of the person(s) for whom the donation is being made. A card will be sent to the donor of the contribution.

 

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Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Scholarship Fund

Your donation supports the Mel Porter Scholarship that provides the opportunity for women to experience the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program. Women aged 18 and older participate in immersive, hands-on outdoor skills workshops across the state. These workshops include fishing, hunter safety, target shooting, archery, canoeing, boating safety, outdoor cooking, tracking and orienteering. Named in memory of Mel Porter, a dedicated conservation educator with NCWRC. Learn more about the BOW program.

 

Honorariums or Memorial Contributions

When making a honorarium or memorial contribution, include the name and address of the person(s) making the donation as well as the name of the person(s) for whom the donation is being made. A card will be sent to the donor of the contribution.

 

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Land Donation 

 

Establish the legacy of your commitment to our state’s resources by making your land available to benefit future generations and for conservation purposes by donating it for use as one of the following:

  • Conservation – land managed to provide for wildlife habitats and public opportunities for hunting, fishing, trapping, and wildlife observation.
  • Boating Access Area – provides the boating public with free access to the state’s waters. 
  • Public Fishing Access Area – provides the fishing public with free access to the banks of the state’s lakes, rivers, streams, and reservoirs.

If you are interested in donating your property and believe that it contains conservation value or offers opportunities for public boating or fishing access, please contact the agency’s Land Acquisition Manager at 919-707-0053.

 

 

Donate Through Your Will or Living Trust 

 

You may also make a tax-deductible land contribution to Wildlife Commission via the Wildlife & Outdoor Recreation Foundation by designating the Foundation as a beneficiary of a bequest through your will or living trust. For questions please email directors@ncworf.org or call 919-614-5126 today.

 

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Buy a Plate, Support Wildlife 

Native Brook Trout License Plate

Your purchase of a native Brook Trout conservation plate supports projects to protect Brook Trout and provide angling access. As North Carolina’s only native trout, the Brook Trout is the official freshwater fish of our state.

 

Wildlife Conservation Plate Featuring The Pine Barrens Tree Frog

Your purchase of a Wildlife Conservation plate featuring the Pine Barrens Tree Frog supports projects that benefit nongame and their habitats through the N.C. Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund. As the official state frog of North Carolina, the frog is found in the pine forests and sandhills of south-central North Carolina. Biologists think populations are declining in the state because of habitat destruction and degradation. 

 

Order Your Conservation Plate Today!

Visit DMV’s website, click “Order a Special or Personalized Plate”, then select “Choose a plate” under “Custom Plate Options” then select either “Native Brook Trout” or “Wildlife Resources” from the list of Custom Plate options.

 

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Planned Giving - Land Trust Initiative


Preserve your family’s legacy for future generations by supporting the conservation of North Carolina’s wild places and the development of outdoor recreational opportunities for all North Carolinians. In partnership with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, the Wildlife and Outdoor Recreation Foundation (WORF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It was established to support charitable, scientific, educational, management and outreach activities that promote conservation, preservation, protection, and enhancement of outdoor and wildlife resources and related recreational opportunities in North Carolina.

Many options are available for land donations. Staff are available to answer any questions you may have about this inspired land trust initiative that benefits all North Carolinians. Let’s start planning your family’s legacy! 

Email directors@ncworf.org or call 919-614-5126 today.

 

 

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Other Ways to Donate

 

Donate by Mail

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Get involved by donating your skills and time as a volunteer. Together, we can ensure a future for North Carolina’s wonderful wildlife and the habitats critical for their survival.