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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. How do I update my payment details for regular donations
  1. Log into your ‘My Account’ page, at the very bottom of our webpages
  2. Once logged in, select ‘Payment Method’ and then select ‘Add Payment Method’ which will prompt you to select your preferred method (eg. credit card)
  3. Insert new credit card details and then select ‘Add Card’
Q. Is TTGLF a registered charity?

TTGLF is a Company Limited by Guarantee (ABN 22 126 573 779) and is registered with the Federal Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission and the Register of Environmental Organisations. We have DGR status which means that all donations to us are tax-deductible.

Q. How much of my donation reaches projects on the ground?

TTGLF is committed to maximising the amount of supporter funding that goes to fund projects in the field. That is why for every supporter donation under $1000, we send 100% to fund projects. For donations over $1000, we ask each supporter individually whether we can put 15% of their donation towards administration and organisational costs.

Q. What is the relationship between the International Ranger Federation (IRF) and TTGLF?

The Thin Green Line Foundation was established as the charity arm of the IRF in 2007. We collaborate closely to raise awareness about the work that Rangers do and the dangers they face. Sean Willmore, the TTGLF Founder and Managing Director, is also currently serving as the President of the IRF.

Q. Does TTGLF have any political or religious affiliations?

We are an independent non-government organisation and carry out our work free from party-political or religious agendas. We have no membership or affiliation to any political party or religion.

Q. What types of projects does TTGLF support?

TGLF has three main program areas:

  1. Fallen Ranger Fund – where we provide financial assistance to families of Rangers killed in the line of duty. This financial assistance recognises the loss of (usually) the primary income earner and is a one-off payment of USD1500 (approx. AUD2000) designed to support families to pay for immediate housing or accommodation needs, keep children in school and start / strengthen alternative income generation means such as the setting up of small enterprises or the purchase of agricultural assets such as seeds or farming equipment.
  2. Ranger Support Program – where we provide funding to projects for between USD5000 and USD30,000 that work towards achieving the following aims:
    • Rangers are valued for their vital role at the frontline of conservation,
    • Rangers, when in contact situations with poachers, have the ability to defend themselves,
    • Rangers are provided with decent working conditions and a living wage,
    • Rangers are provided with the skills and tools they need.
  3. Small Grants Program – where we provide funding to projects with budgets under USD5000 or that support the establishment of Ranger Associations around the globe.
Q. Where does TTGLF support projects?

In 2016-2017, TTGLF supported 16 projects in 13 countries as diverse as Solomon Islands, Zimbabwe, Costa Rica, Peru, Benin and Tanzania. Our total funding given to these projects was US$127k or AU$161k. 10 of these projects were in Africa, 2 in South America, 2 in Latin America, 1 in Australasia and 1 in Eastern Europe. The types of projects that were funded include training and skills development for Rangers (27%), building of Ranger anti-poaching bases and training centres (34%), providing equipment to Rangers (17%), support to individual Rangers and their families (9%), organising conferences and Congresses for Rangers (8%), organisational strengthening and setting up of Ranger Associations and conservation partners (5%).

Q. How many Rangers are killed a year? How many Rangers have been killed in total?

In many countries around the world, statistics on the actual number of rangers killed each year are not kept, nor are their deaths reported accurately. Our current evidence and research show that on average a Ranger is killed in the line of duty every 2 to 3 days. We mostly hear of these deaths through notification by Ranger Associations and other partners or via media reports. This horrifying statistic equates to about 120 Ranger deaths every year; approximately 53% of these deaths are caused by poaching, 37% through accidents (vehicle accidents, bush-fires, drowning, falls etc), 6% medically related deaths such as strokes and heart-attacks while on patrol and 4% by animals.

The TTGLF and the IRF are working on ensuring that every family of every Ranger killed has access to the support that we can provide; this means spreading information about how we can help to Rangers in every corner of the world through Ranger Associations and other partners on the ground. We’re getting there and last financial year, we were able to support the families of approximately half the number of estimated Fallen Rangers.

Q. How many families of Fallen Ranger Families has TTGLF supported? How many children have been kept in school by this support?

In 2016-2017, TTGLF supported the families of 53 Rangers killed in the line of duty with funds of just over $109k. This amounts to support for 272 dependents of Rangers; of which 161 were school-aged children that the financial assistance kept in some form of education. This often means that they have the ability to pay school fees, buy uniforms and books or pay transport costs to and from school. 61% of the funding was spent in Africa, 33% in Asia and 6% in Latin America.

Q. Who sponsors TTGLF?

TTGLF is extremely fortunate to have a number of businesses and organisations who believe passionately in the work that we do to support Rangers on the frontline. Australian businesses and organisations that donate money or their time to us include: South Australian Ranger Association, Qantas, Queensland Ranger Association, PixelMore Design, Australian Ranger and Conservationists-Victoria (formerly Victorian rangers Association), Booran Motors, Protected Area Workers Association of NSW, Coopers and Launders & Rogers Lawyers. This list is not exhaustive and there are many many more.

Q. Who are TTGLF Ambassadors?

TTGLF Ambassadors are people who like us passionately believe in the value of the work that Rangers do. We are fortunate to call these people TTGLF Ambassadors:

  • Dr Jane Goodall - renowned British primatologist and anthropologist considered to be the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees.
  • Wouter “Wally” De Backer - better known as Australian musician and singer-songwriter Gotye.
  • Nicky Bomba – Australian musician who donated music to the documentary that started the Foundation.
  • Tex Perkins – Australian singer-songwriter who has performed and promoted TTGLF.
  • Professor Tim Flannery - renowned Australian palaeontologist, environmentalist, author and climate change activist. 
Q. Where does TTGLF source its merchandise (clothing and jewellery)?

TTGLF has a triple bottom approach to everything we do: striving to make positive change in our programs, for our people and for the planet. Our ethos of sustainable procurement means that we only source merchandise that uses certified organic materials and where it is produced in a fair way ensuring profits go back to communities and where the artisans that create these products are given a fair price for what they make.

Our clothing is sourced from OCC Apparel who use only certified organic cotton to produce clothing in a sweatshop-free factory in Sydney.

Our jewellery comes from a company called Mulberry Mongoose a company formed by local Zambian women to produce products such as the snare-wire jewellery. Each artisan is paid a fair price for any product and then for every sale of snare-wire jewellery, $2.50 goes back to support Ranger projects in the South Luangwa Valley.

Q. How many staff does TTGLF have?

As of Jan 2018, TTGLF has a team of four full and part time members of staff. However, our work would not be possible without the amazing support we get from volunteers generously giving their time to help us at events or with projects based in our office in Melbourne.

Q. Does TTGLF support Rangers in Australia?

TTGLF works alongside a variety of Ranger Associations in Australia to build awareness of the vital work they do as well as supporting Indigenous Rangers in Western Australia and Northern Territory. In 2017, TTGLF supported nine Indigenous Rangers to travel to Kenya to meet, work alongside and share learning with their Maasai Ranger counterparts. See this experience yourself in the TTGLF documentary "Ranger To Ranger".