The Wetlands Initiative

The Wetlands Initiative (TWI) designs, restores, and creates wetlands. We innovate, collaborate, and employ sound science to improve water quality, habitat for plants and wildlife, and our climate. TWI was founded in 1994 to reverse the environmental damage created by the drainage of valuable wetlands in the upper Midwest. Today TWI works as "conservation entrepreneurs" to develop new methods and strategies for restoring our lost wetland ecosystems. TWI seeks to conduct and support high-quality restoration projects through direct, on-the-ground work and by forming larger partnerships to demonstrate innovative ways to finance large-scale wetland restoration, such as ecosystem service markets. With a focus on science-based, economically sustainable projects and collaborative work with public agencies, TWI's goal is to develop restoration methods and models that others may copy.

Charity Navigator Ratings

Overall Rating

(4/4)|99.91 Score


(4/4)|99.88 Score

Accountability & Transparency

(4/4)|100 Score



Headquarter Address

53 West Jackson Boulevard
Suite 1015
Chicago, IL 60604