Dallas Ecological Foundation. Appreciation for the Outdoors and Conservation of Wildlife and their Habitat

DEF Memberships

Your Dallas Ecological Foundation membership will help promote the DEF Mission to teach outdoor education and fund conservation of wildlife worldwide. In 2015, Outdoor Adventures impacted over 25,000 students! With your help, DEF will be in 500 schools and reaching over 50,000 students per year within the next three years.

DEF Sponsor members will receive a logo lapel pin, a personalized membership card, a logo decal, an embroidered patch, and quarterly newsletters.


DEF Sponsor - $50.00 annual membership fee
DEF Youth - $10.00 annual membership fee

Lamar Middle School - National Champions 2013DEF Fundraising

Making a Difference

You can make a difference. Your contribution is critical and each gift helps the Dallas Ecological Foundation’s mission.

Where does the money go?

The Dallas Ecological Foundation is extremely proud that all monies donated go directly to programs benefiting the DEF's mission.

Our volunteers donate thousands of hours of time annually to help ensure that the DEF's objectives are met and exceeded.

DEF Second Annual Fundraising Banquet and Auction - April 1, 2017

Outdoors Tomorrow Fountation's annual Rendezvous o the GuardiansDEF will host its second annual fundraising banquet and auction on April 1, 2017 and is currently accepting donations of hunts, fishing trips, goods and services to be used as fundraising items during the event. Proceeds will go towards furthering DEF's mission to teach outdoor education and to promote and fund conservation of wildlife worldwide. 2nd Annual Rendezvous of the Guardians Sponsorship opportunities. (PDF)

Banquet tickets $125.00/seat. Please use this email link to Register.

Last year's "Rendezvous of the Guardians" event raised over $168,000 and DEF's Outdoor Adventures curriculum is now being offered in 280 schools in 15 states, impacting more than 28,000 students per year! Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us attain our goal of reaching 500 schools and 50,000 students per year! 

To make a donation, please fill out the appropriate donor form and email it to Sean McLelland at sean@dallasecologicalfoundation.org by March 1, 2017. You may also mail in donor forms to P.O. Box 543305, Dallas, Texas 75354 or fax a copy to (972) 263-2801. Please note that all non-cash donations must receive DEF Board approval. Thank you for supporting Dallas Ecological Foundation and its Outdoor Adventures program!

  1. Non-hunt/fish donor form (PDF)
  2. Hunt donor form (PDF)
  3. Fishing donor form (PDF)

Dallas Ecological Foundation's
"Rendezvous of the Guardians" Raises Over $168,000
for Education and Wildlife Conservation

The DEF netted more than $168,000 during this inaugural event thanks to the generous support of its donors, sponsors, volunteers, and attendees. The proceeds raised will directly benefit DEF's mission to teach outdoor education and to promote and fund conservation of wildlife worldwide. As a result, the Outdoor Adventures curriculum is now being offered in 280 schools located in 15 states, impacting more than 28,000 students per year!

DEF Would Like to Thank the Following Donors for Their Generous Contributions

Abe and Tori Nayfa
Alan & Sharon Vogel - Big Al's Texas Rubs
Albert and Karen Wolfe
Alford Media Services
Andries and Steffi Van Wijk - Van Wijk Safaris
Andy Hill and Blaine Tompkins - Air Armor Tech, LLC
Anso and Peter Thormahlen - Thormahlen and Cochran Safaris
Anonymous friends of DEF
Bertus and Elene Gerhardt - Dumukwas Safari
Big Billy Kinder and Robin Kinder – Big Billy Kinder Outdoors
Bill and Cindy Swisher                               
Bill and Stefanie Wray      
Bill and Suzie Brewster - Log House Ranch
Bill Gallaher - Wild Bill's Taxidermy
Bob and Celia Scott
Bob Shewmaker - Shewmaker Custom Knives
Brennan Potts
Brooks and Elyse Puckett - Design Directions
Bruno Rosich - Trophy Hunting Spain
Carolyn German - German Woods Studio
Cleo Battes - Cornerstone Massage & Fitness
Colt Idol - Colt Idol Art
Dale Rollins - Rolling Plains Quail Research
Dave Fulson - Safari Classics
David and Kathy Allison
David Leake - Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company
David Oaks
David Price and Camm Eddy          
David Wetzel - Phoenix Land and Cattle Company
Debbie Comins - Umdende Safaris
Dennis Dunn - Dunn-Lambson Books
Derrick Moore - Badlands Waterfowl Outfitters
Dick Idol - Dick Idol Gallery
Dickie Miles - Miles and Miles Outfitters
Dixie Yeattes
Dr. Don Senter and Val Senter
Duncan Fraser  - Cardrona Safaris
Ed and Diane Fletcher
Edward Jones
El Carmen Land and Conservation Co.    
George and Janae Chamblee
George T. Jarvis
Greg Carswell - Tawow Lodge
Guinn Crousen
Howard Sparkman
Ian and Kobus Lourens - Hunters Creek African Outfitters
Ignacio De Navasques - Great Spanish Hunts
Irwin Tam - TAM Safaris
Jack Minter
James Gary Hines II - McGuire and Hines Studios
Jan Martin McGuire - McGuire and Hines Studios
Jill Hibbard - Nature's Select of Dallas
Jim Tolson
Joe Wiegand – Teddy Roosevelt Show

John "Skip" Tubbs - Out of Africa Montana Gallery
John and Amy Johnson – Cushman & Wakefield
John and Kathy Sievers - Fraser River Outfitters
John Kipp - Hooked on Panama Fishing Lodge
Johnny Chilton
Judge Donald and Linda Nicholson
K.A. Wolfe Masonry
Ken Theaker - Concealed Carry Resources
Kent and Molly Klineburger - Klineburger Services
Kerry and Carol O'day - MG Arms Inc.
Kirk Bell – Bell & Valente Wealth Services
Larry and Brenda Potterfield – Midway USA
Larry Osterman
Leonardo Leao - Capt. Peacock
Lisa Dubberley - Beasley's Jewelry
Logan Fuller 
Lon Krieger - Trophy Tools
Lone Star Ag Credit
Lone Star Outdoor News
Margaret Palmer - Margaret Palmer Jewelry
Mark Kielwasser
Mark Rose - Living Earth
Marti and Andrew Gold
Michelle Buchanan - Chapungu-Kambako Safaris - Namibia
Mike Harwell - Harwell Taxidermy
Mims Reed – Hunter's Headquarters
Monte Martin - Martin & Martin Design
Nathan Binion
Pamela N. Patterson
Pete Verde
Paul and Melanie Barstad
Pryor Blackwell
Raj Paul - Wild Arts by Raj Paul
Ray Hatfield - Nature's Design Taxidermy
Rick Taylor - Taylor & Danyluk Bronze Sculpture Gallery
Robert and Donna Galvan
Robert and Lisa Baxter
Robert Cory Vinson - Guaranteed Guide Service
Rod Doig - Jensen Ringmakers
Ronnie Smith - Western Star Kennels
Ronnie Williams - Artistic & Realistic Taxidermy
Ruth and Paul Shay
Samantha Kurniadi - Bachendorf's Jewelry
Scot and Stephanie McClure
Shane Johnston - Four Seasons NZ
Shannon Cain - Shannon Cain Art
Stacy Farmer - Schnee's         
Stephen Williams
Stephen H. and Yvonne Miller
Steve and Libby Maus
Tim and David Fallon - FTW Outfitters / SAAM
Tim Sharp - Small Groups Rifle Range
Tino Erasmus - Trophy Game Safaris
Tony Baker and Karl Monk - Tony Baker and Cutlery Connection
Wilson and Susan Stout


Fundraising Programs

Ways To Give...

Wills or Bequest  -  Gifts of Real Estate  -  Life Insurance  Memorials   -  Cash

When considering a Planned Gift through your Estate, it is recommended that you consult with your tax and legal advisor prior to making a planned gift to aid in determining:

  • The appropriate gift level based on your circumstances
  • The type of gift
  • The tax implications of your gift
  • How to best structure the gift to benefit both you and the Dallas Ecological Foundation

Your professional advisor can put together all the necessary financial and tax related paperwork to set up your personal gift.

Gift Acceptance Policy (PDF)
Investment Policy (PDF)

How Can I Help?

There are many ways to help the Dallas Ecological Foundation in its quest to educate the next generation.

Charitable Contributions:

Monetary Contributions: Your monetary gift is always welcome. The Dallas Ecological Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation offering beneficial tax advantages to donors.


So your gift can help the foundation achieve its goals of conservation and education while providing potential tax benefits to you.

Land and Other Assets: The Dallas Ecological Foundation welcomes the donation of land and other real assets.(Please consult your tax Professional for advice on valuation and deductibility.)

Planned Giving: Your planned or future gift integrates your generosity with your overall financial, tax, and estate planning goals to maximize benefits to both you and the Dallas Ecological Foundation, helping to ensure that the foundation’s mission is fulfilled for years to come.

Wildlife Heritage Society - Gifting - 1 Million & Counting

The DEF established the WHS in 2008 as a Planned Giving and Endowment Program to help interested individuals who wish to leave a lasting legacy by including the Dallas Ecological Foundation and its mission in their estate plans. Planned giving is an opportunity to make a significant difference while still alive.

Jerry Mumfrey is a Charter Member of the WHS through his estate plan as a bequest.

Why I Give... as an organization, the Dallas Ecological Foundation provides lasting opportunities for Youth to become involved in outdoor and hunting activities.

I feel this education is critical if we are to continue our hunting heritage for generations to come. Join me as we set the groundwork for our Youth through outdoor education.

Katie & Paul Streif are Charter Member os the WHS with a gift of Real Estate.

Why We Give... we have been involved with the Dallas Ecological Foundation for many years.

The great things the foundation accomplishes are endless.

We are proud to be part of the "future" and the generations that follow.

Steve and Yvonne Miller - supporters of DEF Wildlife Heritage Society Endowment.

Why We Give... Yvonne and I recognize that the DEF Outdoor Adventures program is the only public education curriculum teaching our youth that successful wildlife conservation includes hunting, especially now that wild habitat is rapidly decreasing.

The DEF Wildlife Heritage Society endowment helps fund this essential endeavor and we are proud to be
a part of it.

Dr. Don Senter and Val Senter supporters of DEF's Outdoor Adventures

Why We Give... having worked with many youth hunter education programs since the early 80’s, my support now goes to DEF’s Outdoor Adventures. 
Can you imagine a Public School Program that teaches Hunter Safety Certification, the American Model of Wildlife Conservation, and does it mostly at the States expense. A whole semester of DEF’s Outdoor Adventures has a cost per student about the same as a Saturday field event. Hopefully others will see the value of this program and help promote my goal of 10,000 schools in the next 10 years.
Education of the future voters of our country in the value of Hunting as a Conservation Tool can insure our Hunting Heritage. Many will become hunters as well.

Carter Smith - TPWD acknowledges DEF and endowment fund - Wildlife Heritage Society Charter Members.

Guardians of Our Legacy – Annual Giving

The DEF’s Guardians of our Legacy program welcomes those individuals who wish to support the DEF’s conservation programs and education activities through purely philanthropic gifts. It is only through these gifts that the DEF can further its mission of youth education, wildlife and habitat conservation as well the support of other charitable, educational and governmental organizations with similar goals. Each year during the Dallas Safari Club’s annual convention, a matching funds campaign drive provides added funding to support the DEF mission.

501 (c)(3)

Dallas Ecological Foundation is a qualified 501 (c)(3) charitable organization under IRS regulations and does not provide legal, tax, accounting or financial advice or services. All non-monetary gifts must be approved by the DEF Board of Trustees. The Board has ultimate responsibility of acknowledging all gifts made to the Foundation. The Board is also responsible for compliance with the current IRS requirements in acknowledgment of such gifts. IRS Publication 561 covers determining the value of donated property and IRS Publication 526 covers charitable contributions. These techniques and strategies are the DEFs understanding of legal and tax related issues but is not a recommendation of this or other planned giving strategies. Please consult your own legal and tax advisors for their guidance regarding planned giving strategies to your specific personal specific circumstance.

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