Wild Philanthropy FAQs

What is Wild Philanthropy?

Wild Philanthropy is an enterprise that generates all income through sustainable trade - in order to invest in, and give strategically to a core ecosystems project, and associated enterprises, based across Southern and Eastern Africa to carry out critical conservation and community work.

Is Wild Philanthropy a Charity?

Wild philanthropy has both a charitable arm and social enterprise arm. Our revenue for investment is generated through trade, not aid. A social enterprise is a business that:

  • Has a clear social and/or environmental mission
  • Generates the majority of income through trade
  • Reinvests the majority of profits to further the social/environmental mission

44% percent of revenue generated is donated to Wild Philanthropy's charitable partners. The remaining 56% generated is invested back into the enterprise and channelled into the critical ecosystems that we support.

Why is investment more important than donation?

Trade and investment creates firmer financial stability within an organisation than a one-off donation. Further to this, a steady stream of income makes business planning more realistic, investable and scalable, whereby attracting investors and sustainable trade to conservation.

What is in it for the client?

Depending on your level of engagement there will be various different advantages; the shared feature of Legacy Travel, Legacy Membership, and Bespoke Legacy are that they all involve some degree of travelling, strategic investment into African community and conservation projects, and a certain measure of donation to African charities who are major stake holders in Africa. For more information on each, please visit the links.

What is the Core Ecosystems Project?

This is a set of land projects from Chad to Mozambique based in areas of conservation need. The projects all share the following:

  • They are associated with a charity/initiative/trust that help run the area
  • They focus on conservation and community work
  • They offer investment opportunities and revenue streams
  • They are keen to use strategic travel as a sustainable portal for generating income

Visit the Core Ecosystems Project here.

What is the right level of engagement for you?

Please take the time to answer a couple of questions in the form below:

 
 

Motivations for

  • Travel to Africa as a one-off experience
  • Visit critical conservation zones as part of a classic safari
  • Meet stakeholders to begin a conservation legacy narrative
  • Access unique travel and conservation experiences
  • See more of the world
  • Spend more time with the family
  • Educate yourself and your children
  • Explore a longer term relationship with Africa
  • Make a lasting difference to the world
  • Build your conservation legacy through membership
  • Travel to the core WP ecosystems
  • Travel at cost for ten friends and family
  • Believe that conservation can be financed through trade, rather than aid
  • To explore 'impact investments' and 'measured results'
  • Meet stakeholders to begin a conservation legacy narrative
  • Access unique travel and conservation experiences
  • Explore a longer term relationship with Africa
  • Make a lasting difference to the world
  • Build your conservation legacy
  • Believe that conservation can be financed through trade, rather than aid
  • Realise a significant conservation legacy for me and my family
  • Build a bespoke conservation programme
  • Engage in significant impact investments
  • Build your own management teams

 

Alternatively, please feel free to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give us a call and we'd love to chat about starting your conservation legacy.

How do we generate revenue for the core ecosystems project?

The revenue for the core ecosystems projects is generated through trade. When you sign up to one of three options of engagement with us, a certain percentage is invested back into it; 1. 20% from Legacy Travel, 2. 100% from all Legacy Membership levels, and 3. 100% from Bespoke Legacy. These funds are invested in our Sustainability Model below.

How do you know where your money is going?

All members will receive an annual Impact Report on the memberships investments and donations. Depending on your level of engagement, a percentage of the fees will be invested into our unique Sustainability Model. 1. 20% from Legacy Travel, 2. 100% from all Legacy Membership levels and 3. 100% from Bespoke Legacy.

The sustainability model then prioritises the below spend and investment areas:

  • 36% to impact investments (the core ecosystem projects i.e. wildlife management areas, predominantly run by a group of philanthropists)
  • 24% to associated charities who are major stake holders in the areas that the Core Ecosystems Project covers
  • 20% to Critical Conservation services (split into four that is 1. Feasibility and business planning with Conservation Capital, 2. Risk analysis with Drum Cussac, 3. Marketing with JbD, 4. Impact reporting with ITAD)
  • 20% for administration and cost of the travel desk

How do we prioritise how income is spent?

When one of the projects within the Core Ecosystems Project opens an investment opportunity, they will write something of a business proposal to a board of trustees who represent Wild Philanthropy, who then decide where money would be most beneficially invested for both the Core Ecosystems Project and the investor. The sustainability model below shows where any income is spent.

How is the core ecosystems project different from charitable partners?

The Core Ecosystems Project represents various areas ranging from Chad, through Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Mozambique. The charitable partners are initiatives/trusts/charities that are linked with these areas. The charitable partners may run in areas further to those represented in our Core Ecosystems Project.

How can you get involved?

Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange a call back and we will walk you through the ins and outs of Wild Philanthropy. This is a journey we are taking together and so would love to get to know you and share ideas, passions, dreams.

Why is it necessary to log in to access most of the site?

As the information and knowledge held within this site has taken us over 25 years to develop we are naturally aware of the intellectual capital and value this represents.

In order to proceed further with your Wild Philanthropy journey please complete the registration form and we will make contact with you to discuss your motivations and expectations in person.

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Core Ecosystems Project

This is a set of land projects from Chad to Mozambique based in areas of conservation need. The projects all share the following:

  • They are associated with a charity/initiative/trust that help run the area
  • They focus on conservation and community work
  • They offer investment opportunities and revenue streams

Charitable Partners

The charitable partners are initiatives/trusts/charities that are linked with these areas. The charitable partners may run in areas further to those represented in our Core Ecosystems Project.

Investment Partners

20% of revenue will be used for our investment partners who run key conservation services that market projects on the ground, analyse feasibility of project business plans, monitor geopolitical risk, and impact report on the progress of projects. These services are all paramount to the success of any conservational impact investment.

Legacy Travel

Wild Philanthropy encourages you to look at African travel differently – a journey ‘into the land’ where you become an active stakeholder in Africa. In addition to crafting spectacular safaris for the member we will introduce utterly unique components to ‘the journey’, which are fundamentally about the opportunity to spend time meeting local stakeholders, sat by the campfire to discuss the issues they face and the opportunities that exist to ‘put back’ in terms of broad ecosystem management. Possible motivations:

  • Meet stakeholders to begin a conservation legacy narrative
  • Access unique travel and conservation experiences
  • Travel to Africa as a one-off experience
  • Visit critical conservation zones as part of a classic safari
  • Meet stakeholders to begin a conservation legacy narrative
  • Access unique travel and conservation experiences
  • See more of the world
  • Spend more time with the family
  • Educate yourself and your children

Legacy Membership

If you would like to upgrade your involvement with WP we offer an innovative membership opportunity ranging from US$ 50,000 to $ 10,000 annually, for a minimum term of three years. Membership benefits include bespoke visits to Africa designed and built AT COST, PRIVATE HOME VISITS to discuss STRATEGIC investment and charitable giving strategies, the very best guides and hosts on the ground and a journey, like no other, that blends a classic African safari with a deeper and more meaningful immersion with people and their land.

We also provide IMPACT REPORTS on the membership's investments and MARKETING services to give those investments early traction in the marketplace. We also measure geopolitical, business and personal risk as part of our ongoing conservation legacy strategy.

Fundamentally membership includes an increasing level of 'access' to the core ecosystems, as well as higher level services and reporting on your conservation legacy objectives. Possible motivations:

  • Explore a longer term relationship with Africa
  • Make a lasting difference to the world
  • Build your conservation legacy through membership
  • Travel to the core WP ecosystems
  • Travel at cost for ten friends and family
  • Believe that conservation can be financed through trade, rather than aid
  • To explore 'impact investments' and 'measured results'

Bespoke Legacy

Wild Philanthropy ‘Bespoke Legacy’ is a specialist philanthropy advisor that selects projects and management teams for HNW and UHNW clients with an interest in conservation, development and tourism on the African continent that sit outside the Core Ecosystems Project. Possible motivations:

  • Meet stakeholders to begin a conservation legacy narrative
  • Access unique travel and conservation experiences
  • Explore a longer term relationship with Africa
  • Make a lasting difference to the world
  • Build your conservation legacy
  • Believe that conservation can be financed through trade, rather than aid
  • Realise a significant conservation legacy for me and my family
  • Build a bespoke conservation programme
  • Engage in significant impact investments
  • Build your own management teams

Sustainability Model

Below is a graphic representation of our 'sustainability model':

Impact Invest

Impact investing refers to investments "made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return" It is a form of socially responsible investing that serves as a guide for various investment strategies.

"Impact investments can be made in both emerging and developed markets, and target a range of returns from below-market to above-market rates, depending upon the circumstances." Impact investing tends to have roots in either social issues or environmental issues, and has been contrasted with microfinance. Impact investors actively seek to place capital in businesses, nonprofits, and funds that can harness the positive power of enterprise. Impact investing occurs across asset classes; for example, private equity/venture capital, debt, and fixed income.

Impact investors are primarily distinguished by their intention to address social and environmental challenges through their deployment of capital. For example, criteria to evaluate the positive social and/or environmental outcomes of investments are an integrated component of the investment process. In contrast, practitioners of socially responsible investing also include negative (avoidance) criteria as part of their investment decisions.

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