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National Wildlife Federation

Rating: 2.56 stars   16 reviews 3,509

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals, Environment, Anti-Fracking

Address:

11100 Wildlife Center Dr Reston VA 20190 USA

Mission:

The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The National Wildlife Federation has been around for 80 years and has evolved and changed throughout the decades. One constant it seems is the organization's commitment to conservation education. Their scientists and policy experts across the country inform decisions at the local, state, federal, and even international levels, and their community programs and Ranger Rick magazines help get people of all ages outdoors, enjoying and protecting wildlife and wild places.

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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

People need to beware that this organization is looking to get behind Congress gutting the Endangered Species Act, thereby supporting the trophy hunting of wolves in the US. Wolves that can only be found in less than 12% of the natural range.

This organization is looking to move back to its original position of promoting hunting. So while they look like they are all about saving animals, they want your money to save them, so their members can kill them.

Beware. They are a bait a switch.

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I love the publications like Ranger Rick that help excite my kids about nature. Also appreciate that NWF seems to be very centrist in its positions, working with both Democrats and Republicans to get things done.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I read Ranger Rick as a child and as an adult became interested in native plants for landscaping around the house, whereupon the Backyard Wildlife Habitat program people found me. They helped me with my native plant landscaping, I certified my yard as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat, and I enjoyed them so much that I became a Habitat Steward myself and began helping others. After a few years of volunteering in this regard I became too busy with my family to continue, and I began donating instead. When my daughter was old enough my folks got her a subscription to Ranger Rick, Jr, and the circle was complete. I had no idea the magazine I loved so much as a child was affiliated with the native plant outreach I love as an adult. NWF is an organization making a significant and genuine positive impact on the ecosystems they care about so much, and they do it one child, one yard, and one ecosystem at a time. Thank you NWF, I am a loyal supporter for life.

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

NWF does a ton of educational outreach for children. They hold a huge annual hiking event for kids around the country, they get involved in local environmental events, and they sponsor yearly camp-outs. They also have the backyard habitat program which helps people learn what plants are most attractive to wildlife in their yard.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 1 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

The National Wildlife Federation is definitely NOT a charity I would recommend. They have completely ignored my requests to remove my name from their mailing list. The worst experience I had from them was when I called to remove my address but they had cowardly hung up on me as soon as I mentioned mailing list removal! The "conservation" charity is absolutely absurd in the way they continue to mass market to me with paper, paper gift cards, paper membership offers, and paper labels. They obviously use all their funding just on direct marketing.

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

Dissolve the charity as it is just a marketing machine.

Was your donation impactful?

No

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

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 1 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

The National Wildlife Federation through it's state affiliates actively supports and promotes not only hunting but also trapping. This wildlife killing especially the brutality of trapping is not evident in its National magazines or the way it presents itself to the ordinary member. I think this is duplicitous at best to lure people to donate money because they love wildlife only to use turn around and use that money to promote wildlife killing and exploitation using cruel methods and even by children. In New Mexico, the NM Wildlife Federation also supports coyote killing contests, organized events where the purpose is to offer cash and prizes for amassing the highest body count.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

No. Not to this organization. Your review is awfully short. We would like to know more.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unlikely

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

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

After donating to NWF, I was bombarded by a ton of unwanted mailings from NWF. In addition, I was sent more mailings from other environmental groups. Similarly, I was sent at least 2 solicitations requesting more donations, before I ever got my free gift from them.

I've decided to not donate again, and have moved more of my money to donating to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, my local church, and I plan on supporting my local wildlife organization instead of NWF. Selling your donor's information means no more donations from me...
Cheers!

Was your donation impactful?

No

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

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I give to plenty of environmental groups, but not this one. They inundate me with unwanted mailings full of extra paper, to both my home and to my office. I can't see how this is efficient use of donor funds.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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