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How we spend your money

WDC receives support from individual donors, trusts, corporate partners, and other stakeholders. All of our supporters are important to us.  We are determined to spend your generously donated funds, in the most efficient way, to achieve the most for whales and dolphins! Read our previous annual reviews.

How we use your donations to help whales and dolphins:

Campaigning: WDC engages the public to raise awareness and affect real change by putting pressure on decision makers on key issues such as captivity and ending bycatch.

Field work and research:  WDC's work is built on the foundation of rigorous science. The evidence and data we need for active conservation comes about through the collaborative long-term research and study of whales and dolphins.  WDC not only collects and analyzes its data, but also shares it with multiple research institutions to further the collective efforts to protect whales and dolphins around the globe. 

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Education and outreach: Conservation can only be achieved if enough people care about how amazing whales and dolphins are.  WDC’s activities include our "At the Helm of Conservation" boater outreach programs, in-person and digital school visits, presentations to stakeholders in communities, media interviews, and our visitor experience at the Scottish Dolphin Center.

Advising governments and attending international forums:  Many of the big decisions affecting whales and dolphins are made at government and inter-governmental level; often at international forums such as the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and the Convention in Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) or as federally appointed members of the Atlantic Large Whale and Harbor Porpoise Take Reduction Teams in the US. WDC’s experts advise governments, present evidence, and help shape conservation legislation.  Our expertise in advising policy is critical globally as we fight attempts to restart commercial whaling, as well as nationally where we work to save critically endangered North Atlantic right whales and Southern Resident orcas from extinction.

Our offices and fundraising costs: Whales and dolphins exist throughout the global ocean and in many river systems. The issues affecting them are similarly wide-ranging and varied.   Our offices in North America, the UK, Australia and Germany give us a truly global scope. We fund the processes, expertise,  and fundraising activities that will help us deliver the income and resource we need to achieve our policy, research, and education goals.

How WDC is run

Our structure

WDC-North America is a recognized 501(c)3 tax exempt non-profit with the highest rating of Platinum from Guidestar.

To learn more about our Executive Directors, advisory council, and staff, see who we are.

For our main office in the UK, WDC is a registered charity in the UK. All other offices and our trading arm are subsidiaries of the charity (no. 1014705).


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