About Us

Founded in 2001, the Conservation and Community Investment Forum (CCIF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization specializing in applying the tools, strategies, and resources of the private sector to address urgent conservation and community development issues worldwide. Working with a variety of partners CCIF seeks to advance innovative solutions to accelerate the delivery of conservation and community development successes on the ground: both improving the methods and approaches utilized by our partners, and building the capacity of their organizations to replicate and scale-up these successes across their programs.


To work with leading conservation and sustainable development organizations, investors, and their partners to develop and deliver new ideas and solutions to ensure the success of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development efforts worldwide.


CCIF pursues this mission through the creation of multi-disciplinary teams, drawing from the private and public sectors, when and where needed to deliver our services.


To help us realize our objectives, and achieve our mission, CCIF adheres to the following values in our work:


Focus and Impact. We focus our efforts on specific issues or problems that we believe we are best positioned to solve, aiming for transformative solutions where ever possible.


Accuracy, Efficiency and Efficacy. We strive to maintain high levels of rigor and accuracy in all of our work, focusing on and understanding complex challenges and designing clear, effective, efficient solutions.


Collaboration and Commitment. We represent a collaboration of capable individuals and organizations possessing complementary skills and pursuing common objectives, each bringing unique talents from a variety of backgrounds, and all committed to making a real difference on behalf of conservation and sustainable community development through our work.


How we work:

CCIF is a project of the Trust for Conservation Innovation (TCI), a San Francisco-based fiscal sponsor. TCI provides administrative and grant management services to CCIF allowing us to streamline our overhead and to concentrate on our programmatic activities. TCI maintains our 501 (c)(3) registration with the US government.


CCIF is led by a Managing Director and is governed by TCI's Board of Directors. In addition the Director is guided by a formal Advisory Group.


Conservation and Community Investment Forum * 423 Washington Street, 5th Floor * San Francisco, CA 94111 * ph: (415) 421-3774 * fax: (415) 421-3304