Membership FAQs

1. What’s the difference between Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF)?

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is the state agency that oversees more than 1.4 million acres of untamed Texas, including state parks, historic sites, wildlife management areas, streams, rivers, lakes, shoreline, and much more. Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) is the non-profit funding partner of TPWD, raising private philanthropy to fund transformational projects. Since its inception, TPWF has raised over $100 million to ensure every Texan can be inspired by the incredible wild things and wild places in Texas.

2. Are there different membership levels?

Currently, we offer a $100 level and $45 for general membership, as well as a $20 discount on the $100 level for senior citizens (age 65 and older).

3. What’s the difference between TPWF membership and Stewards of the Wild?

TPWF membership is a general membership program that supports our continued work to conserve our state’s wild things and wild places.

Stewards of the Wild is a young professionals program with member-led chapters in major cities throughout the state. Stewards of the Wild chapters engage 21-45 year old outdoor enthusiasts by hosting exclusive events to raise awareness of conservation issues facing future generations. Find out more about Stewards of the Wild.

4. Do you offer discounted memberships for senior citizens?

Yes, senior citizens age 65 and older can join TPWF at the $100 level with a $20 discount for a total of $80. There is no discount for the $45 level currently.

5. When does my membership expire?

Your membership expires 12 months from the date of your initial transaction.

6. What are my benefits?

As a member of TPWF, your benefits include exclusive members-only news and updates; invitations to special events; a hunter, angler, or state parks decal. If you choose a $100 membership, you will also receive a one-year subscription to Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine. Find out more about benefits here.

7. What does my membership gift support?

Your membership supports projects and programs that enable Texans of all ages to enjoy and be inspired by the wild things and wild places in our state. Here are just a few examples of what your gift helps make possible:

-Three Junior Ranger Discovery packs to help children discover a love of nature in a Texas State Park
-Mentored hunting workshops for four people
-Stocking 500 Guadalupe bass for the benefit of Central Texas ecosystems

8. When will I receive my membership card and decal?

You should receive your welcome letter with your membership card and the decal you selected within 5 to 7 business days.

9. How many membership cards will I receive?

You will receive one membership card per membership. To receive a second card, please sign up for an additional TPWF membership.

10. Can I order more than one decal?

You can only select one decal per membership. To receive an additional decal, please sign up for an additional TPWF membership.

11. I lost my membership card. Can I get a replacement?

Yes. Please contact Natalie Rosado at 214-720-1478 or nrosado@tpwf.org to obtain a replacement card.

12. When will I receive my first issue of Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine?

Your first issue of the magazine will be delivered within 60 days.

13. Is my membership contribution tax-deductible?

Yes. For general members joining at the $100 level, $90 of your gift is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. The fair market value of your benefits is estimated at $10. For senior members joining at the $80 level, $70 of your gift is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. The fair market value of your benefits is estimated at $10. For members joining at the $45 level, $35 of your gift is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. The fair market value of your benefits is estimated at $10. You will receive a receipt for your transaction via email.

14. My company has a matching gifts program. Is TPWF eligible to receive matching funds?

Yes. TPWF is a nonprofit organization and is eligible to receive your company’s matching gift. Simply fill out the matching gift form provided to you by your company. Matching gifts can be applied at any time during the 12 months of your membership.

15. How do I update my contact information or edit my email preferences?

Log in to the MyProfile page with your email address and your password (if you can’t remember your password or need a new one, you can have it reset here). To edit your contact information, click on “Edit Your Profile” and make sure to save your changes. To edit your email preferences, click on “Email Preferences;” here, you can select topics you’re interested in or opt out of all emails.

16. How do I remove myself from your mailing list?

Log in to the MyProfile page and click “Edit Your Profile.” Scroll down to the Address fields and uncheck the box that says “Yes, I would like to receive postal mail from Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation.”

17. I didn’t get a receipt for my transaction. Who do I contact?

Please contact Natalie Rosado at 214-720-1478 or nrosado@tpwf.org if you did not receive a receipt via email after making your membership gift.

18. How can I get more involved with TPWF?

To get more involved with TPWF, follow us on Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram; share our social posts and emails with your friends, family, and colleagues; and encourage your network to support TPWF. View our Support Us webpage to learn more.

19. I still can’t find an answer to my question. Who can I contact?

Please contact Natalie Rosado at 214-720-1478 or nrosado@tpwf.org with any questions that aren’t answered here.

20. How does TPWF define membership?

TPWF considers “members” synonymous with “donors;” it does not have members as defined by the Texas Business Organizations Code.