National Audubon Society, Inc.

Rating: 2.88 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: 225 Varick Street, 7th Floor New York NY 10014 USA

Mission: Audubon's mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.

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Rating: 1 stars  

Just joined Audubon Society after many years of birding. Before a single magazine arrived I was hit with two requests for money. Now the junk mail is starting from such bird thoughtful companies as the "Danbury Mint" for cute birds only $120 - hurry before they are all gone. I can't believe this… it will take great effort to get off the crappy mailing lists this organization sold my name to. I have written one letter of complaint but no answer. I am sending in my "don't send me anything anymore request - including the magazine."

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Rating: 1 stars  

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Audubon is committed to the almighty dollar. They hold vast areas in the Mississippi delta and allow dredging and drilling in these sensitive areas to collect the royalties from the oil companies. In NC they sold a parcel of oceanfront land they had described themselves as highly sensitive and a bird sanctuary to developers who are now building the highest density develpment on North Carolinas Outer Banks. With over $300 million in assets they claim they didn't have the money to provide upkeep for the empty 14 acre parcel. The list goes on and on. Conservation takes a distant back seat to the dollar.

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rename it Environmental Scam Artists

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A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Audubon is the organization that brings birds to the forefront of environmental conservation as well as provides wonderful information and photos about birds and birding. It is a powerful advocate and voice for birds and their habitats such as the area that was devastated by the BP oil spill. As someone who loves birds and gets immense enjoyment from them I feel they are a great organization and I have learned a great deal about birds and environmental issues by being a member.

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Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 1 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

Absolutely appalling amount of junk mail sent in the last year since I joined. I get numerous items per month asking for renewal, additional funds, etc. For a conservation organization this is absurd. They must spend millions on direct mail design, printing, paper, postage, etc. How does this show good global citizenship and good use of natural resources? What a waste of funds from people who think they are helping by contributing. I just requested my name be removed from all lists and I will never recommend this organization to anyone looking for someone to support.

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No

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A little

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

David Yarnold is a great leader who has a ridiculously challenging job. In his short tenure at Audubon he has revitalized the organization, attracted new talent, and given the organization direction and focus.

[Full disclosure, i know David and consult for Audubon, but these are my personal views.]

I am not a raging fan of most CEOs in the environmental sector -- i find them to be extraordinarily risk-averse, politically naive and not especially inspiring. David is a very rare exception.

For those who fixate on salaries, remember that Audubon is a complex $80 million organization. David is worth every penny and then some. It's kind of silly to focus on CEO salaries, when there are so many more meaningful measures of an organization's financial stewardship.

Our birds are so much better off for David being there. Full stop.

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 2 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

How sad I am to find out that my donations have been used to pay past CEOs and presidents. I checked my other charities and no one I donate to does that. Just Audubon. I am so disappointed to find out that I have not helped the birds or conservation efforts that have been so important to me.

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Unlikely

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No

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No

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2012

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Rating: 2 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

half a million given to "past" CEO's??!! Is this an effective use of donor money? I have been donating to them for years but no more.

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Unlikely

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Unlikely

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No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Endless wasteful junk mail received as a result of my donation from both Audubon and related causes. My name/address seems to have been released or sold by Audubon judging by the number of similar charities sending junk mail my way. I will never donate again

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Unlikely

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No

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2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

The new strategic plan is great. Focus on protection of birds and their habitats. Organizing their work based on flyways. This will make them even more effective.

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Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

We recently received a really apalling mailing from Audubon National. It looks very much like a membership renewal form, but if you read the fine print it's an "offer" to extend your current membership another year, which in our case would be beyond April 2013 when it actually expires. It also indicates that the minimum renewal is $90 when actually it's only $20. When I contacted Audubon to make sure I read it correctly, the reply I got said that this was "...a special offer sent out to all members regardless of their expiration date.: I think it's highly misleading and even borders on fraud. Shame on this otherwise worthy group!

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Definitely

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2012

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