Environmental Working Group

Rating: 3.67 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Environment, Water

Location: 1436 U St Nw Ste 100 Washington DC 20009 USA

Mission: The Environmental Working Group (EWG), founded in 1993, fills a niche in the environmental community by focusing its unique strategy on toxics, agriculture and western lands issues. Our effective advocacy efforts are bolstered by extensive web databases and a 500,000-person email list, which have become major forces in online information distribution. EWG is a national organization with headquarters in Washington, DC, and offices in Oakland, CA and Ames, Iowa.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

The services I have used from EWG include the Cosmetics Database, the Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen, and the Sunscreen database. Their information has completely changed the products I purchase.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 2 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

It is all good and dandy but excuse me making over $200,000 in CEO salary is a rip off. Total. Warren Buffet pays himself a $100,000 and he is the richest man on earth. I guess Ken is overindulging and is not being modest.

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Was your donation impactful?

Unlikely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Unlikely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 3 stars  

It's unfortunate that the US has become "the best government that money can buy". Consequently, mega-corporations dictate everything in our lives through ownership of government agencies such as the FDA, USDA, etc. Lobbyists (legalized corruption) representing citizens are few and far between, and have comparatively "chump change" for "dues". Environmental Working Group (EWG) happens to be one of them.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have reviewed the sun screen ingredients stories and posted them on-line.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

As others have mentioned, much of their data is obsolete, and not well researched, but just keeping up with it must be a daunting job. Taking half of the $211,818 (4.18% of expenses) salary that's going to President Ken Cook and using it for whatever it takes to get up to speed would be the first order of business. The second would be to pull some of that $180,611 from the co-founder's salary (another 3.56% of expenses).

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Rating: 3 stars  

this is a highly effective organization, I very much appreciate all that they do, and yet I am now disappointed to see that the CEO's salary is well about 200,000 now. This is a non-profit, and they are asking small donors to give who make a lot less than that. Environmental groups are going corporate without evening knowing it by accepting that the only reward is a high salary. That is ultimately one of the biggest reasons for environmental destruction--greed.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

pesticide awareness and sunscreen rankings

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

cut all the exec's pay in half, which would still be in the 6 figures

Review from CharityNavigator
Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

The EWG is one of the most effective environmental justice and public health organizations in the world. They have some of the most compelling research available free to the public. I use EWG's research to compare radiation levels of cell phones. I also use EWG.org to find out what chemicals are in my cities drinking water as well as finding the safest sunscreens and other cosmetics. The Environmental Working Group or EWG perform lab test, compile data, take surveys, engage the public, work with local and federal government to ban toxic chemicals from products, and also they educate families on healthy living. The provide a highly advanced and super informative website. EWG'S Ken Cook is really an incredible public health expert if I have ever seen one.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have been able to make much more informed choices as a consumer.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I use EWG research to chose the lowest radiation cell phone. As well as determine my cities drinking water quality and to understand how crucial a water filter would be for my families health.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Helpful, Compassionate, Engaged and Active in creating change.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Literally Save Lives and Improve Lives all while Saving millions on our healthcare bills. They would help promote environmental justice and sustainable development.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

Rating: 4 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

This organization seems to be raising public awareness and getting legislation passed to protect consumer and children's health. I use their safe cosmetics database all the time to look for shampoos, baby lotions, sunscreen, lipstick that are less toxic. I read about their research - such as the latest report on rocket fuel chemicals found in baby formulas - frequently in NYT and other major media. I am impressed by the depth and breadth of their work.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The great public awareness raising they've done about lead in lipstick, toxic chemicals in sunscreen and bubble bath products for kids, toxic chemicals in baby formula.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

How useful their research is, how accessible their website for safe cosmetics database is for looking up products, and how much advocacy work I see them doing to get our legislators to more carefully regulate consumer products

Ways to make it better...

I don't know. I am pretty happy with what I've seen of their work.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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