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African Wildlife Foundation

CharityWatch report issued
October 2018

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

African Wildlife Foundation
1100 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Suite 900
Washington, DC 20003

Other Names


Tax Status




Stated Mission

To ensure wildlife and wildlands thrive in modern Africa.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2017

Program Percentage: 81%

The percentage of African Wildlife Foundation's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $22

How many dollars African Wildlife Foundation spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Joint Costs

African Wildlife Foundation's rating was adjusted for Joint Costs. If you are a donor who considers direct mail, telemarketing, and other Joint Cost solicitations to be true charitable programs, the below efficiency ratios, which were not adjusted for joint costs, may better reflect your goals.

Program % Cost to Raise $100
85% $17
Accounting rules allow charities to report some telemarketing, direct mail, and other solicitation costs as Program expenses. CharityWatch believes that most donors do not consider a charity's solicitation activities to be the Programs they are intending to support with their donations. We therefore adjust such expenses out of a charity's reported Program expense and add it to Fundraising expense prior to calculating its rating.

Government Funding

25% to 49%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
African Wildlife Foundation IRS Form 990 52-0781390
African Wildlife Foundation Consolidated Audited Financial Statements Multiple
Entity: African Wildlife Foundation
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 52-0781390
Entity: African Wildlife Foundation
Document Type: Consolidated Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
African Wildlife Foundation
meets governance benchmarks.
African Wildlife Foundation
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy

  Name Title Compensation
1 Patrick Bergin CEO $371,852
2 Kaddu Sebunya President $287,703
3 Jeff Chrisfield COO $264,700
Name: Patrick Bergin
Title: CEO
Compensation: $371,852
Name: Kaddu Sebunya
Title: President
Compensation: $287,703
Name: Jeff Chrisfield
Title: COO
Compensation: $264,700

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.
According to the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) audit of June 30, 2017 (Note 8, Commitments, Contingencies & Risks, Litigation):

"AWF was a codefendant in an action brought by a group of individuals who claimed ownership through adverse possession of a private parcel of land purchased for conservation purposes by AWF in fiscal year 2009 in Kenya. The seller of the land was a codefendant in the suit, as well as the Kenya Wildlife Service, which manages the land on behalf of the government of Kenya, and which received the land as a gift from AWF in November 2011. The suit was dismissed in its entirety by the High Court on July 27, 2017, and the plaintiffs were ordered to pay the costs of the suit. The plaintiffs filed an appeal shortly thereafter in July, which is currently being considered in the High Court of Kenya. Given the ruling by the court and the evidence presented, AWF is confident the appeal will be dismissed. However, given the court process in Kenya, this will take time as demonstrated by the eight-year process in the original case."

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