How we are funded
How we raise funds for our work
Dorset Wildlife Trust is an independent charity. Our members and donors, who want to save wildlife and wild places and bring people closer to nature, provide most of the funds we spend. We are grateful to every one of you for supporting Dorset Wildlife Trust. Thank you.
To help us make an even bigger impact, we also receive funding from grants and corporate partners, and some of our conservation work also provides an income.
Grants are usually awarded for specific projects. Some of our main sources of support include: the players of the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund.
Where we spend our money
Our funds are spent on conservation work in Dorset. By supporting Dorset Wildlife Trust, you really are helping to support the wildlife and wild places of the county.
• 11% Fundraising & marketing - raising the funds we need and ensuring we are professionally run.
• 14% Membership - supporting our members and finding new ones.
• 75% Conservation - managing our nature reserves, standing up for wildlife, influencing decision-makers and educating and inspiring people to love nature
A thank you to our supporters
Our supporters are at the heart of what we do. You make our work possible – from protecting threatened wildlife like bats, dormice and bees to saving some of Dorset’s last wild places and inspiring the next generation of children to love nature.
Every donation we receive makes a difference. Thank you.
Because Dorset Wildlife Trust is a local charity you can see where the money goes and appreciate the hard work that goes into it.