How WikiPop Works
Browse projects on WikiPop.org and discover one you would like to support
- FUND PROJECT
Connect with our partner organizations to fund a specific project of your choice
- GET AN UPDATE
Receive an update about the outcome of the project you funded
WikiPop is a population database and crowdfunding platform aimed at preventing extinction in the wild and preserving the diversity of life on Earth. Powered entirely by volunteers, WikiPop highlights species populations and connects you with vetted organizations on the ground who are making a difference for individual species.
|Photos by Nick Brandt, Big Life Foundation|
WikiPop was born during Africa's second largest poaching crisis when it became clear that our generation is on track to preside over the extinction of the elephant, rhinoceros and numerous other species in the wild. As many of us have watched this catastrophe unfold mostly online, we have been struck by a sense of helplessness - that the problem was too removed from our world or large for us to help solve.
Watching organizations like Kiva and Watsi leverage technology to launch dreams and tackle large problems like poverty and healthcare, we wanted to see the same model applied to funding specific projects to directly protect endangered species. This would give donors confidence in where their money was going and connect us to the projects on the ground. Perhaps most of all, we wanted to see the data visually.
And so, WikiPop began to evolve. WikiPop, or Wiki + Population, was conceived to be a living population database of all the world's most visible species, including humans, in order to shine a brighter light on the increasingly alarming number of our fellow species headed for extinction, and the heroes on the ground working for their survival. The challenge is formidable. One need only open the newspaper to see how far things have fallen out of balance. Let's do what we can to set things right.
Help us by funding in small or large amounts as many conservation projects as you can. You will be able to track your impact over time in your Portfolio and all of these funds will go to the non-profit you've chosen. After funding projects, you can keep in touch on Facebook, Twitter, and via our conservation blog. Because WikiPop is powered entirely by volunteers, we are looking for the best-of-the-best to volunteer on our team in a variety of capacities as well. We believe that everyone's position in life puts them at a competitive advantage to do something unique - how might your skills and position in the world help WikiPop achieve a world in balance? Join us!
Teamwork - In order to be incredibly efficient, and entirely volunteer-run we rely on other non-profits to discover best practices and perform R&D, and help us with our operations. We are going nowhere alone.
Balance - Our goal is to stabilize and increase populations of threatened species around the world, while stabilizing and decreasing the population of humans through education and voluntary family planning. Smaller families, stronger, closer-knit communities.
Transparency - We are 100% transparent. All relevant information, from transfer receipts to financial statements, are available in our WikiPop Transparency Document. Wikipop is open for all to see.
Lion Guardians, Kenya & Tanzania
The Thin Green Line Foundation, Australia
Transfrontier Africa, South Africa
Board of Directors
Kara Weber is an internet marketing executive and entrepreneur who recently served as the CMO of Adap.tv, acquired by AOL in 2013. Prior she led the Rubicon Project from start-up to market leader in online advertising. more
Kara Weber - Board of Directors
Kara is a proven entrepreneur who brings years of experience developing and driving successful marketing programs for technology and digital media companiest. In her most recent role she served as Adap.tv’s chief marketing officer, overseeing development of the Adap.tv brand, message and market presence around the globe. Adap.tv was acquired by AOL in 2013.
Kara joined Adap.tv from the Rubicon Project (RUBI), where she drove that company's successful evolution from start-up to market leader in display advertising technology for publishers. She also co-founded and launched several startups, including app developer Mogopop and early social media site Tripod.com.
Kara holds a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and lives in Los Angeles. She is passionate about art, travel, dogs, giraffes, elephants, zebras and bears.
Scott Countryman is the Managing Director of The Coral Triangle Conservancy, a non-profit based in Manila, Philippines, which was created to preserve and protect coral reef marine biodiversity. Prior he was the CEO of Digital Media Exchange. more
Scott Countryman - Board of Directors
With a global perspective in all stages of business cycle Scott is a successful entrepreneur responsible for driving forward new businesses in emerging markets for the past 22 years. He has held the following positions as Founder/President BSEA Sunsports (Northern Mariana Islands), Founder/President PeopleSupport Philippines (NASDAQ IPO PSPT), and Founder/CEO Digital Media International (Southeast Asia).
In 2012, Scott launched the non-profit Coral Triangle Conservancy Inc. (www.ree.ph), where he currently serves as Managing Director, to campaign against overfishing and to establish networks of Marine Protected Areas in the Coral Triangle.
Scott earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. He is passionate about coral reef ecosystems and renewable energy technology.