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The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust USA's unique program teaches students about elephants and wildlife conservation, while at the same time engaging them in an easy fundraising exercise that helps teach them the importance of giving back and supporting charity. The Change for Elephants program encourages philanthropy and empowers kids to make a difference by supporting DSWT in giving an orphaned elephant a second chance at life. 

Founded in 1977, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) is best known for its work in rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned elephants in Kenya. With over 80 elephants needing 24-hour support, food, medication, and a safe place to recover, DSWT provides the care and resources needed to ensure a promising future for each elephant in need. 

How the program works: Students learn about elephants, the work of DSWT, and why it is important to protect them. They then fundraise during the school year up through May 15th to help support the conservation programs of DSWT. You can participate for 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, or the whole school year- it’s up to you! How the money is raised will be up to you and your students. Donations can be collected from family, friends and neighbors, or by organizing a fundraising activity like a bake sale, garage sale, car wash or other activity. Once you’re done, turn in your funds, receive prizes, and you’ll be entered in the race for the Grand Prize.


Prize Section

$25: Elephant photo and DSWT sticker per student

$50: Foster an elephant for 1 year (1 per class)

$150: ABOVE PLUS: Elephant photo, DSWT sticker, and DSWT pencil per student

$300: ABOVE PLUS: DSWT wall poster per student

$500: ABOVE  PLUS: DSWT 2 pocket folder per student

$1,000: ABOVE PLUS: Personalized video thank you from DSWT Keeper and DSWT t-shirt per student

Posted by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust USA