Giving to the Mountain Lion Foundation


With your essential support, the Mountain Lion Foundation can turn your hope into action to protect America’s lion. We can share and create a better future of coexistence for all.

Your gift will help drive our impactful community-based conservation work to fight the fear and ignorance which results in the death of nearly 4,000 mountain lions in the United States every year. From trophy and sport hunting to rodenticides, to death by depredations and vehicle strikes, our lion’s lives are in jeopardy. 10 lions, kittens or cubs are killed. Every. Single. Day.

Your gift will also protect mountain lions in areas where they are threatened or endangered like Southern California, Nebraska and Florida. As a Mountain Lion Foundation supporter, you have a role to play – each and every one of you can make a difference.

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Your generosity means we can partner with others to restore and grow critical habitat, improve farming and ranching practices, and empower current and future generations to be amazing change makers.

There are many ways to save America’s lion. How would you like to help?


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You can make a tax-deductible donation with your credit card by clicking on one of the links below.

Our federal tax ID number is 94-3015360.

If you have any trouble donating, please call (916)442-2666 to speak to someone over the phone.

Help Save America’s Lion

Since 1986, the Mountain Lion Foundation has inspired citizens across the nation to act on behalf of lions and their habitat by presenting practical solutions to complex problems, providing unbiased information to media, aiding local activists, promoting lion research, influencing regulation and changing laws. For the last three and a half decades, we have been blazing a path by educating lawmakers, advocating for our cougars and working within our communities to bring about positive change for the lion.

Now, in 2021 we have expanded our efforts to other key states where this wildcat faces great peril. We are changing the game for lions by working closely with legislative, governmental, and conservation groups across this nation to heighten the public’s awareness of the mountain lion’s plight and to educate policy makers on conservation issues such as wildlife corridors, habitat loss and the need to save the American lion before it is gone. The mission of the Mountain Lion Foundation is to protect mountain lions and their habitat for current and future generations.

We cannot do this without your help! Please take the time to contribute to the Mountain Lion Foundation.

No contribution is too small. Together we can save America’s lion!


Order Your Mountain Lion Foundation Calendar

Available only at the Mountain Lion Foundation

You can continue to help the mountain lions you treasure while welcoming every day as a reminder of the living value of your support!

Our 11 x 11″ calendar leaves plenty of room for you to write in each day’s most important dates and details. The calm layout provides previous and next month views, astronomical events, and reminders of many holidays along with timeless photographs of America’s lion.

Designed entirely by our staff, the full color calendar features twelve stunning images by wildlife photographers and can be yours for a minimum $35 donation.

Coexisting with Cougars in Washington

Each state poses its own unique challenges when balancing the needs of people and the needs of wildlife. Today, Washington residents live alongside approximately 1,900 – 2,100 adult cougars. In an ever-changing landscape, both people and cougars are slowly learning to adapt to the presence of one another.

These native cats, elusive by nature, slip by under the cover of darkness to avoid our detection. Our mission is to help Washingtonians coexist peacefully with these magnificent and enigmatic cats through engaging community presentations and advocacy efforts.

We also hope to improve conditions for cougars in the state by working with decision makers. In recent years, around 214 cougars on average were killed by hunters. In 2018, a staggering 101 cougars were killed in the name of public safety. Often, cats are killed when they mistake livestock for prey. Which begs the question, can we learn to live together?

We believe so!

Sign up today and stay up to date with our education and awareness programs in the state! Please contact us directly if you would like us to give a presentation in your area or if you’d like to volunteer.

Donate today and help us to save Washington’s Cougars.

Gift Membership

Make a gift in honor or memory of a friend or family member

Is there someone special in your life who cares deeply for cats or wildlife? Consider a gift in their name to celebrate a special occasion or simply to honor their love and life.

A membership to the Mountain Lion Foundation makes a great gift. It demonstrates your concern and allows the gift recipient to join the fight to protect mountain lions. In addition to their member benefits, the recipient will be sent a gift acknowledgement.

Donating in memory is a wonderful way to remember a loved one. We will send acknowledgement to a family member.

You will know that your gift provides a lasting legacy for their love of nature and wildlife.

To do this simply select: Honor or remember someone with your gift? when making a donation from one of the options under the Give Now menu above.

Vehicle Donation Program

Vehicle Donation Program

Click HERE or telephone 866-398-4483 to donate your used car, truck, boat, or recreational vehicle. Give the lions some mileage!

Estate Planning

Include the Mountain Lion Foundation in your Estate Planning

You can’t take it with you, but you can make sure that the work of protecting mountain lions continues as a part of your philanthropic legacy. A bequest to the Mountain Lion Foundation in your will or trust is a way to ensure that work of protecting mountain lions will continue for years to come.

In planning a gift through your will or trust, please be sure to consult with an attorney who is familiar with current law and estate planning – if only to review it if you prepare it yourself. There are tax consequences and advantages to planning when and how the trust distributes assets to non-profit organizations that might result in significant tax savings that would otherwise be overlooked.

For any questions about charitable giving, contact Erika Mathews at 916-442-2666, x. 105.

Sample Gift Language

The proper legal language will depend on the gift that you wish to leave to the Mountain Lion Foundation and should be in the same form as any other distribution instructions in your will or trust. The following examples are given for your consideration.

Pecuniary (Monetary) Bequest

I give and bequeath the sum of {dollar amount in text} Dollars ($_________) to the Mountain Lion Foundation, a California Corporation (Federal Tax ID 94-3015360) PO Box 1896, Sacramento CA 95812, for its unrestricted use and benefit.

Specific Bequest or Devise of Property

I give and bequeath {identify real estate or shares of stock, etc.} to the Mountain Lion Foundation, a California Corporation (Federal Tax ID 94-3015360) PO Box 1896, Sacramento CA 95812, for its unrestricted use and benefit.

Residuary (Remainder) Bequest

I give and bequeath all the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, wherever located, to the Mountain Lion Foundation, a California Corporation (Federal Tax ID 94-3015360) PO Box 1896, Sacramento CA 95812, for its unrestricted use and benefit.

Partial Residuary (Remainder) Bequest

I give and bequeath all the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, wherever located, in equal shares as follows:

  • One (1) such equal share to the Mountain Lion Foundation, a California Corporation (Federal Tax ID 94-3015360) PO Box 1896, Sacramento CA 95812, for its unrestricted use and benefit, and
  • One (1) such equal share to _________________, if living at the time of my death.

Donor Advised Fund

Click Here to to go directly to your Donor Advised Fund:


What is a donor-advised fund?

A donor-advised fund (DAF) is a type of giving program that allows you to combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to easily support your favorite charities. An increasingly popular charitable vehicle, DAFs are an excellent way to both simplify your charitable giving and facilitate your strategic philanthropic goals.

How does it work?

  • Establish your DAF by making an irrevocable, tax-deductible donation to a public charity that sponsors a DAF program
  • Advise the investment allocation of the donated assets (any investment growth is tax-free)
  • Recommend grants to qualified public charities of your choice

What are the main advantages of a donor-advised fund?

Simplicity – The DAF sponsor handles all record-keeping, disbursements, and tax receipts.

Flexibility – Timing of your tax deduction can be separate from your charitable decision making.

Tax-efficiency – Contributions are tax-deductible and any investment growth in the DAF is tax-free. It is also easy to donate long term appreciated securities, eliminating capital gains taxes and allowing you to support multiple charities from one block of stock.

Family legacy – A DAF is a powerful way to build or continue a tradition of family philanthropy.

No start-up costs – There is no cost to establish a donor-advised fund. However, there are often minimum initial charitable contributions to establish the DAF (typically $5,000 or more).

No transaction fees – Once approved, 100% of your recommended grant goes to your qualified public charity of choice.

Privacy if desired – Donors may choose to remain anonymous to the grant recipient.


Employer Matching

Many companies will match contributions made by employees or retirees. You can check here to see if your company is listed.

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Text, Phone or Mail

Text to Give

You can use or share our Text to Give number with friends and family. Simply text “Give” or “Donate” to 916-439-8916 to go to our Saving America’s Lion giving page.

Contribute by Mail or Phone

You may also mail your contribution to Mountain Lion Foundation, P.O. Box 1896, Sacramento, California 95812 or call us at 916-442-2666.

Through Your Bank Account

To make a recurring monthly contribution directly from your bank account, it will need to be initiated by you through your bank as an e-check or periodic payment. Please telephone an MLF staff member at 916-442-2666 for help with routing information if this is required by your bank.

(Please note that the Mountain Lion Foundation does not share, sell, trade or exchange the names and addresses that we collect.)

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