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Support the Organization and our Conservation Efforts

For more than 50 years, the Waterfowl Festival, Inc. has staged an annual event that has raised $5.7 million for wildlife and habitat conservation, education and research.

Why Support Waterfowl Festival?

The mission of the Waterfowl Festival is not just to throw a big party! Although we are pretty good at that, we believe that:


  • Our communities and people are part of the environment; and they are the power behind creating thriving places and habitats.
  • We all share a love for the land, the waters and the ducks, geese and other water birds that are an iconic and integral part of our Chesapeake Bay’s heritage.


Your contribution will help to fulfill our vision of people and communities, both now and in the future, who cherish the beauty of abundant waterfowl and thriving wetlands. Learn more about our conservation efforts here.

Who Benefits from the Waterfowl Festival?

Each year, the Festival operates several programs including a “Community in Conservation” Matching Fund which gives seed monies to organizations which support its mission on Delmarva. Non-profits may apply through this process. Monies are also raised throughout Festival weekend so that we may fully help fund these valuable projects. View the grant recipients from 2021 here.

In addition, the William A. Perry Scholarship Fund was established as a resource for college funding for current and former volunteers of the Festival. William A. Perry, one of the Festival’s founders, and his wife Betty were instrumental in the formation of the “Duck Sitter” youth volunteer program. Donations made directly to the scholarship fund provide support for annual awards made to student volunteers attending college and other institutions of higher learning. Funding for the scholarships also comes from the Waterfowl Festival’s Auction at the annual Premiere Night party, now known as the William A. Perry Scholarship Auction. View more information about the William A. Perry Scholarship here.

Samuel H. Shriver, Jr. Sporting Heritage Fund, established by the Shriver family in memory of Mr. Shriver, this fund promotes the Waterfowl Festival’s sporting heritage and commitment to conservation.  Contributions to the fund provide continuing support for aspects of the Waterfowl Festival related to sporting, hunting and the waterfowling heritage of the Chesapeake Bay region. Gifts to this fund are 100% tax-deductible.

Ways to Donate

Please contact us about contributing to the William H. Perry Scholarship Fund or the Samuel H. Shriver, Jr. Sporting Heritage Fund. Call 410.822.4567 or send us an email at


For all other donations, please contribute to the Annual Fund here.

Thank you for your support!