International Fund for Animal Welfare, Inc.

Rating: 4.71 stars   205 reviews 6,438

Issues: Animals

Location: 290 Summer Street Yarmouth Port MA 02675 USA

Mission: The International Fund for Animal Welfare works to improve the welfare of wild and domestic animals throughout the world by reducing commercial exploitation of animals, protecting wildlife habitats, and assisting animals in distress.IFAW seeks to motivate the public to prevent cruelty to animals and to promote animal welfare and conservation policies that advance the well-being of animals.
Results: Visit ourAnimalWire blog to view our latest campaign victories and read heartwarming stories of the animals we are saving every day.
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Ending Canada's commercial seal hunt is IFAW's founding campaign. This hunt is inhumane, unnecessary, wasteful, and presents a serious animal welfare and conservation concern. In spite of the fact that the majority of Canadians oppose Canada's commercial seal hunt, and that global markets for seal products appear to be decreasing, the Canadian Government continues to support this hunt financially and set high and unsustainable allowable catches. All four major political parties currently support Canada's commercial seal hunt. 

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EIN 31-1594197
(800) 932 4329
http://www.ifaw.org

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

IFAW is one of the most well run impactful non- profits out there. Their staff are highly trained professionals with decades of devoted experience to the welfare of animals all over the globe. The connection of IFAW to both government and NGO's is unmatched in the fight to end poaching of wildlife and to advance the interests of animal welfare worldwide.

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4 people found this review helpful

I stopped donating after I learned the exec team is paid outrageous sums ((millions). Only 61 percent of what they take in goes to programs and if you search the media for success stories of their work, you'll find very little. Charity Navigator gives them only two stars. Notably, they receive only one star for financial performance. IFAW's revenues come mainly from outside the US and I suspect that's because they have so littlie credibility or visibility in the US. Want more information? Contact Shawna Moos, director of communications.

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Rating: 2 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Charity Navigator gives them 2 out of 4 stars. See http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=3892#.VKDU1sCw

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

IFAW has many years of experience finding the best ways to make sustainable improvements for creatures. Its accumulated knowledge and dedication leads to the most powerful and profound approach of any organization.

As well as helping individual creatures, IFAW helps the people around them appreciate the value of those creatures by leading culture change that ties the success of the communities to the success of the creatures.

Above that IFAW works on the government, market, law enforcement and educational contexts that create positive forces for the success of all species. What it learns in one area helps influence what it does better in another area. This holistic approach is making great progress.

There is no better value for donations to protect animals everywhere.

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IFAW undertakes a brilliant combination of lots of effective work at the grassroots level (eg marine mammal stranding network on Cape Cod, saving wildlife parks in Kenya), and all the clever international political stuff that changes attitudes globally, to level the playing field for the animals (eg seal pups, whales, elephants, bears). Then it links the grassroots learning to drive the best actions at government and international levels to change our global culture. A SUPER EXAMPLE is the BEIJING RAPTOR RESCUE CENTER. Built in a prominent location, it has quietly modelled the highest standards in wildlife protection for ten years, and turned that into respect at the national level and in the government. That respect and learning is now helping all of China to become more wildlife sensitive and friendly! Extraordinarily powerful! http://www.ifaw.org/us/news/spotlight-china-celebrating-beijing-raptor-rescue-center%E2%80%99s-ten-year-anniversary Truly amazing stuff against the odds, and fantastic value for donors!

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

Kenya, Cape Cod, California, UK, North Atlantic

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

Expand it to be able to operate in more places, and with more species

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What is unique about this organization?

Amazing connection between insightful strategy and impeccable execution! Everything it does - from helping individual animals all over the world (endangered, and after disasters) to influencing mass opinion and public policy globally - is done in a way that gets the maximum value for the animals from the minimum money spent.

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A superb organisation! I've supported and followed IFAW closely ever since I was in high school in the late 1960s. It delivers a brilliant combination of grassroots help for animals one-by-one, habitat-by-habitat and disaster-by-disaster. This is all carefully integrated with highly effective macro-strategies that create a more sustaining global environment for animals.

The insights it gets from the intensive grassroots experience lead to the most effective initiatives with governments (eg EU/Japan) and in consumer market (eg ivory/seal pup fur). IFAW is uniquely respected as an organisation that does not distort information, or promote animal interests blindly without understanding the others involved and promoting solutions that can work for everyone. With brilliant people in every corner of the world, it cleverly works globally towards a new human culture, one in which we prefer and prioritise preservation of wildlife rather than its destruction.

Africa is a great example. I recently started working in village-level development in Africa, so I took the chance to 'drop in' on the IFAW team in Kenya. It is one of the most impressive NGOs in Africa, hiring smart principled people who VERY carefully design programs that are strategically configured for lasting success, rejecting the “easier” opportunities that mainly help a few people with income, or create a benefit that, because of surrounding forces and trends, won't last.

By paying what it takes to hire the best leaders, I have seen how IFAW turns our donations into more animal and wildlife preservation value across its target species than any other organisation I know.

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

UK, USA, Africa

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

Give it more money, so it could take on more programs!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am very happy that there is people who really care and helping animals all over the world. I am too sentimental to be involved in the heart breaking rescues, the least I can do is to donate some money. It's probably nothing for the scale of worldwide, but better then just crying and do nothing. I am proud of all of your volunteers and activists. Keep on doing it with God's help and guidance, and maybe this brutal world will be getting better.

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

Would not waste money on presents such as calendars, stuffed toys.

Was your donation impactful?

Unsure

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Likely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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If there is something I love in this worl are animals and what better wait to donate to a charity that helps them. I truly enjoy being part of IFAW, they always leep me informed in what animals they are helping next and that is something that makes me truly happy. Just sharing of the little I have gives me joy everyday because I know it is for something I love and care for.

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

All over the world the activities of humans affect the lives of animals. So much of those affects are tragic, sometimes cruel, and heart-breaking. It is wonderful to be part of a human activity that helps rescue and protect animals. It helps me remember that we are not always the problem. Sometimes we can be the solution.

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

endow them with lots more resources.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

It makes me feel good to donate to IFAW as I feel the organization is really trying to make a difference in the lives of animals around the world.

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I appreciate very much the work that the International Fund for Animal Welfare does. In all of the stories about people and their tragedies, we sometimes forget the animal that are neglected and abused. Thank you for your work to help them.

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

work for as much coordination as possible with other nonprofits benefitting wildlife

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2014

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I believe this organization supports some of the most critically endangered animals and their habitats and I can feel good about being a part of that.

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Likely

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Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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