"It is my desire and my purpose to further the education of the people of Texas and elsewhere in wildlife conservation..."

- Rob H. Welder

Our Mission

 


The Foundation's mission as set forth in Robert H. Welder's will is to conduct research and education in wildlife management and conservation.

 

Rob Welder's Legacy

Mr. Welder passed away on December 31, 1953 and the probate of his will in 1954 brought into being the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation. The following excerpt from his will sets forth the mission of the Foundation:

"It is my desire and my purpose to further the education of the people of Texas and elsewhere in wildlife conservation and in the knowledge of the breeding and living habits of our wild creatures, and in the relationship of wildlife to domestic livestock on our ranches and farms; to afford students and others interested in wildlife betterment and propagation and in the raising of wildlife along with domestic animals, a place for research and an opportunity for the study thereof; and to develop scientifically methods of increasing the wildlife populations of the state and nation for the benefit of future generations of our people who may not have the opportunity to know and appreciate our wildlife, as I have, unless methods of increasing and conserving our wildlife are scientifically developed.  For these purposes I here create a foundation to be known as the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation."

- Rob H. Welder (1890 - 1953)

Moving Into A New Era

Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation

Since 1954 the Rob & Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation has operated as a 501(c)(3) operating foundation. Throughout this time we have funded wildlife research and conservation education and carried out the daily operations of the Foundation and Refuge through this original foundation. For over 60 years the Welder Wildlife Foundation has provided excellence in research and education throughout Texas and the nation. We eagerly look forward to the next half century of providing outstanding wildlife research and conservation education to the public. Rarely during this time have we sought outside funding for education or research projects and never for operations. In 2009 the Rob & Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation Trustees formed a new, non-profit foundation - The Rob & Bessie Welder Wildlife Conservation Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation. 

Rob & Bessie Welder Wildlife Conservation Foundation

Why a second foundation? In 2009 as we began to seek funding to build a significant new educational facility to be located on the Welder Wildlife Refuge that will allow us to expand our conservation education activities in the years ahead. At that time the Trustees of the Rob & Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation formed a new, non-profit foundation, The Rob & Bessie Welder Wildlife Conservation Foundation (WWCF), a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation. Development of the new non-profit organization will ensure charitable donations made to this building project or for other research or educational projects will be used only for those purposes and not for operations. This is in keeping with recent changes in federal laws regarding non-profit organizations.  

If you are interested in learning more about contributing to The Rob & Bessie Welder Wildlife Conservation Foundation and our programs, please visit our giving page.