Financing partners

Dutch Postcode Lottery

On 9 February 2011, The Dutch Postcode Lottery grant enabled us to start the initiative for a period of 3 years, as a Special Project through Rewilding Europe’s partner ARK Nature. In 2013, Rewilding Europe – by then a legal entity on its own – became a beneficiary of the Dutch Postcode Lottery, for a period of five years. In October 2021, after a formal evaluation, the Board of Directors of the Dutch Postcode Lottery decided to continue cooperation and provide support to Rewilding Europe for the period 2022-2026.

The first grant, which was received through our initiating partner ARK Nature, was mainly allocated to the support of the first five rewilding areas, The Green Treasures of Europe. This project was successfully closed in 2015.

On 13 February 2013, Rewilding Europe became a beneficiary of the Dutch Postcode Lottery, enabling us to consolidate achievements so far and build the initiative for the years to come, and leverage new strategic and funding partners.

The Dutch Postcode Lottery has been raising funds since 1989 to support organizations working towards a fairer and greener world. It has grown steadily to become the biggest charity lottery in the Netherlands, currently supporting moe than 100 non-governmental organizations. It has dispensed over 7 billion euros to beneficiaries since foundation.

European Commission

We are very excited that the European Commission has approved two Life-Nature proposals that Rewilding Europe and partners submitted in October 2014. This provides a strong boost to our work in two rewilding areas, Southern Carpathians in Romania and Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria. Two large LIFE Nature projects started on 1 January 2016: LIFE RE Vultures and LIFE RE Bison. For more information see the LIFE project pages:

More information about the LIFE programme.

European Investment Bank

The European Investment Bank has provided Rewilding Europe Capital with a 6 million euro loan finance contract as a first project under the “Bank on Nature Initiative”, set up by the European Commission.

The loan was effected through the Natural Capital Financing Facility (NCFF), of which Rewilding Europe Capital (REC), Europe’s first conservation and rewilding enterprise financing facility, is the first beneficiary. REC will use the loan to support around 30 nature-focused businesses across Europe. Read more here.

WWF Netherlands

WWF Netherlands is one of the founding partners of Rewilding Europe, and started to support the initiative financially in 2011.

Building a future in which humans live in harmony with nature is what WWF tries to do. In the interest of nature and man alike. The policy of the World Wide Fund for Nature aims to protect biodiversity on Earth.

WWF Netherlands does this by:

  • Protecting and when needed restoring the worlds’ main habitats. Special attention is paid to tropical and other forests, wetlands and oceans.
  • To address the main threats to these areas, such as deforestation, water depletion, overfishing, climate change and illegal trade in animals and plants.
  • To convince the Dutch society that they can actively contribute to the protection of nature by providing financial action perspectives and non-financial action perspective (participation activities, volunteering, buying FSC-timber, using green energy etc.).

Adessium Foundation

The Adessium Foundation (The Netherlands) has generously provided support to Rewilding Europe from the early days in 2011.

The first one-year grant was given through WWF Netherlands, while for the period 2012-2014, Adessium Foundation specifically supported Rewilding Europe to build the enterprise component.

In 2014, Adessium Foundation approved a third grant to Rewilding Europe and in 2017, decided to continue supporting Rewilding Europe for another three year period. In these years, ongoing support focused on our rewilding activities in the Velebit Mountains (Croatia) and the Central Apennines (Italy), and also on the identification of new areas for rewilding. This support was instrumental to develop these rewilding areas further.

In 2020, Adessium Foundation decided to continue to support our initiative, based on an independent, external evaluation. The focus of this new three-year support will be on strengthening the core-functions of Rewilding Europe, both at a central and rewilding area level.

The Adessium Foundation wants to contribute to a world in which people live in harmony with each other and with their environment. The Foundation is working to create a balanced society characterized by integrity, justice, and a balance between people and nature.

Endangered Landscapes Programme

The Endangered Landscapes Programme aims to restore natural ecological processes, populations and habitats for a better and more sustainable future. It signals a shift away from ‘slowing declines’ and ‘no net loss’ to a positive and creative conservation agenda in which the potential of our land and seas is recognised.

In 2018, Rewilding Europe received two inaugural grants from the Endangered Landscapes Programme. The first grant of $2.4 million will enable Rewilding Europe’s and its local partners to scale up rewilding efforts across an expansive area of wetland and steppe in the transboundary Danube Delta, while the second grant of $3 million will develop a 120,000-hectare wildlife corridor in the Greater Côa Valley in northern Portugal. By scaling up current rewilding efforts in both Danube Delta and Western Iberia, this will transform the regions with high levels of rural depopulation and species loss into ones with new opportunities for both wild nature and people.

Arcadia Fund

Arcadia is a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. It supports charities and scholarly institutions that preserve cultural heritage and the environment. Arcadia also supports projects that promote open access and all of its awards are granted on the condition that any materials produced are made available for free online. Since 2002, Arcadia has awarded more than $598 million to projects around the world.

1% for the Planet

One Percent for the Planet is an international organization whose members contribute at least one percent of their annual sales to environmental causes. Their mission is to “build, support and activate an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet.”


EarthToday is on a mission to increase awareness​ on the state of the planet and accelerate its protection. In order to safeguard the bulk of biodiversity including ourselves, we must protect at least 50% of Earth’s surface before 2050.

EarthToday aims to increase funds for nature protection organisations to accelerate their conservation efforts, by repurposing engagement models between brands and their customers towards the shared goal of protecting the planet.

Participating brands reward their customers with m2 of protected nature that is donated on their behalf, and consumers are then directed to an inspirational content hub filled with insights, expertise and ongoing efforts from nature protection organizations, brands and consumers dedicated to achieving the 17 SDGs.

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Goldman Sachs Gives

Goldman Sachs Gives is committed to fostering innovative ideas, solving economic and social issues, and enabling progress in underserved communities globally.

Through a donor-advised fund, Goldman Sachs’ current and retired senior employees work together to recommend grants to qualifying nonprofit organizations to help them achieve their goals.


Cosmetics retailer Lush supports the first stage of a reintroduction programme, which aims to establish a breeding colony of cinereous vulture in the Rhodope Mountains rewilding area on the Bulgarian side of this transboundary mountain range with Greece.

Lush’s fund is called Re:Fund. It uses a percentage of the budget that Lush spends on buying raw materials and packaging.


Exodus Travels

Exodus Travels is a UK-based adventure travel company that was founded more than 45 years ago. Exodus Travels recognises that there is an urgent climate emergency and is committed to becoming an advocate within the travel industry for protecting and restoring the planet. In 2020, Exodus Travels was one of the founding signatories of the ‘Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency’ pledge, dedicating time to proactively change how the company measures, reduces and mitigates its carbon footprint. The company further committed to a science-based target of halving its carbon footprint per passenger by 2030.

Starting in 2021, a new partnership between Rewilding Europe and Exodus Travels will support the rewilding of land in five wildlife corridors in the Central Apennines rewilding area. Exodus Travels will launch and fund a “Nature and Carbon Corridors” project, through which a minimum of 100m2 of land will be rewilded for every passenger that books a trip with the company. This will support the ongoing development of the wildlife corridors in the rewilding area, thereby promoting biodiversity, locking up atmospheric carbon and indirectly supporting the growth of a local nature-based economy.

Wildling Shoes

Founded in 2015, Wildling Shoes creates, produces and distributes shoes for children and adults with an emphasis on minimalism, designed to help wearers develop healthier, stronger feet. At the same time, Wildling aims to strengthen the connection between people and the environment. Maintaining top-of-mind awareness of their ecological responsibility as a manufacturing company is their basic prerequisite for this objective.

In 2021, Wildling Shoes and Rewilding Europe kicked-off their partnership with an initial focus on advancing rewilding in the Rhodope Mountains of Bulgaria. Wildling Shoes will financially support Rewilding Europe’s rewilding efforts over the next five years, through 1% For the Planet.

As part of the collaboration, Rewilding Europe and Wildling Shoes will explore the production of raw materials for the company’s footwear, with a focus on flax, hemp and nettle.

Rewriting Extinction is a collective of artists, writers and activists that want to protect and restore ecosystems stop and reverse the biodiversity decline. Together they have created an anthology book “The Most Important Comic Book on Earth“. The publication is part of a huge online campaign, during which new comics will be launched online every week.

With their campaign Rewilding Extinction supports charities working on nature recovery. Rewilding Europe is proud to be one of the partners in this campaigns, joining forces with Greenpeace, World Land Trust, Born Free, Reserva, Re:wild and The Wildlife Trusts.

Supporting rewilding efforts in the Velebit Mountains of Croatia, allowing the Rewilding Velebit team to scale up rewilding in three key areas – the ongoing creation of a wildlife corridor, the restoration of natural grazing, and the support of local entrepreneurship.

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