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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: The natural resources defense council, inc. (nrdc) is an international environmental organization dedicated to protecting the world's natural resources and ensuring a safe and healthy environment for all people. We work to restore the integrity of the elements that sustain life-air, land, and water-and to defend endangered species. We work to foster the fundamental right of all people to have a voice in decisions that affect their environment and seek to alleviate the disproportionate environmental burdens borne by people of color and others who face social or economic inequities. Ultimately, we strive to help create a way of life for humankind that can be sustained indefinitely without fouling or depleting the resources that support all life on earth.

Programs: See schedule o for a detailed description of all of nrdc's various environmental programs.

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Serious environmental work. NRDC advocates for environmental causes relevant for our day, our planet, and future generations. It is for this reason that they get my vote as well as my support. Thank you NRDC!

Perla N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I went to one of the fundraising socials and met one of the program directors and was thoroughly impressed. He spent over an hour answering my questions and I learned so much - from federal and California energy policies to Eco-tourism, to home energy audits. Thoroughly knowledgeable and passonate staff!

1

Donor

Rating: 4

If it is OK for Bob Redford then it is OK for me. Their record in the courts is enough to justify a donation.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Ask them how many states they have approved on drilling in? Ask them what their stance is? Ask them if they try to ban drilling or if they only pass road use, land use laws? Ask them if they want a ban or if they MITIGATE damage while trying to protect the lives of people in the way of drilling... Ask them FLAT OUT, what their position is.
They will do nothing any different in any other state they have worked with the industry in.. they will miitigate damage, and side with industry.
Non profits can say anything they want. It isn't law. I can say I'm santa clause. People who are stupid enough to believe it, will continue to contribute to this organization, and to me as Santa Clause. Until they PUBICALLY STATE EXTRACTION INDUSTRY NEED TO BE FORCED TO PROTECT THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF PEOPLE, don't believe anything they say..

Review from Guidestar

8 John119

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

I am unclear why NRDC needs 0.2 billion in assets. I am inclined to contribute to organizations that spend above 90% on program.
I am concerned that NRDC seems to view utility firms as sufficient to manage energy efficiency programs, when programs operated by local government or local community organizations would better answer to the people. Utility firms in my area have brought in out-of-state energy audit providers that have essentially taken the market from small businesses that have served Illinois and Wisconsin residents for decades. As the large firms preferred by utilities move in they hire away staff trained by local firms. I have brought this to NRDCs attention . . . no reply.
I would like to see NRDC and other environmental organizations consider more democratic template, less PR/spin/buzz, and tap grassroots energy and wisdom in their governance. I will be grateful to learn of any environmental organization that solicits membership when selecting issues and stands.

Review from CharityNavigator

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Not sure why they got such a high rating when after reading their 2010 tax return, half of their donated money went toward staff salaries which are administrative costs.

Review from CharityNavigator

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Unfortunately the NRDC has been on the wrong side of battles over toxics for a long time.

Most notably, they supported NAFTA, one of several international trade agreements being used to impose industry-friendly regulations about toxic emissions, and to push pesticides and genetically modified crops, on other countries.

Their name really says it all: Natural Resources Defense Fund. They take money ('Fund') to defend natural resources. But how was it determined that nature is a 'resource', to be managed, controlled, and used by humans, rather than something that exists for its own reasons, and with its own priorities?

Some other explicit examples of NRDC not supporting environmental justice:

They refused to oppose the pesticide program against the light brown apple moth (aka. LBAM), which injured at least hundreds, if not thousands of people in California, and killed hundreds of birds in the Monterey Bay. They questioned the validity of the claims of the injured, and stubbornly defended the use of the injurious synthetic 'pheromones' pesticides, to eradicate a moth which even the agency involved in the program admitted had not done any crop damage:

http://www.sfdph.org/dph/files/EHSdocs/ehsLBAM/NRDC.pdf

http://www.dontspraycalifornia.org/lbam.html

Currently they are defending the electricity, gas, and water utilities' installation of digital 'Smart' meters, which have been injuring and displacing many residents with pulsing emissions of radio-frequency radiation and dirty electricity from the meters' switching mode power supply:

http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/07/26/the-green-sheen-wearing-thin-how-corporate-environmental-organizations-are-providing-cover-for-the-mounting-ecological-catastrophe-of-the-%E2%80%9Csmart-grid%E2%80%9D/

http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/75265

NRDC has also been linked to wetlands developers:

http://www.nonprofitwatch.org/nrdc/

The organization is included in an important expose about 'green' groups that are involved in greenwashing:

http://www.thenation.com/article/wrong-kind-green

And I also echo others who shared their opinions in the archived comments of this site (see link at the bottom of the reviews page), that it is inappropriate for a 'nonprofit' to pay anyone a 6-digit salary.

There is really no more doubt. The NRDC is corrupt. There are far better groups to support, who need donations far more urgently to continue their work to defend communities under assault from toxic corporate greed, than the NRDC.

Review from CharityNavigator

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked with several environmental advocacy organizations, and have been volunteering for NRDC for the past several months. I noticed that there has been some concern that when a person takes action on a website and sends a message to a government agency (like the US Wildlife Services or the EPA), the agency may post it online. This is in every activist website policy, just as it is in NRDC’s. Keep in mind NRDC's work has definitely paid off; online activists have helped save millions of acres of wildlife and stopped countless polluters from endangering our health. I trust activists demonstrate the current of their convictions, and continue to take action online to protect the environment.

Review from CharityNavigator

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to NRDC for years and I am confident of the positive impact their work has upon our environment. I particularly like that NRDC is brave and smart enough to calibrate their efforts primarily upon good science---even when that leads sometimes to controversial stands within the Green Movement community.

Review from CharityNavigator

4

Donor

Rating: 1

We no longer donate. NRDC clearly bows to industry instead of the environment. It repeats talking points about technology saving us from ourselves instead of defending natural resources like basic requirements for life. NRDC now speaks out for the forced installation of smart meters and the smart grid, which represent a contamination of our "wireless commons", the space around us. Smart meters have created terrible suffering and will continue to do so. If NRDC gets its way there will be no escape anywhere from the invisible unwanted microwave penetration of our homes and communities.

Review from CharityNavigator