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Nature Conservancy, Inc.

Rating: 3.18 stars   40 reviews 6,027

Nonprofit Issues:

Environment

Address:

4245 N Fairfax Dr Ste 100 Arlington VA 22203 USA

Mission:

To preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

Programs:

In today's world, everything is connected. And that is the crux of how we get conservation done. We build on our work at particular sites, taking successful ideas and growing them into coordinated strategies across many places and countries. We integrate our efforts so that policy, funding, training and science all work together.We look at the big picture, taking a global view of the Earth's habitats -- forests, oceans and estuaries, lakes, deserts and grasslands -- and the major threats to those habitats, such as climate change, habitat fragmentation, and invasive species. Yet we are grounded in the places we aim to conserve. In each place we work, our local staffs and partners tailor conservation actions to reflect an area's unique natural, cultural and economic conditions. We take an integrated, ecosystem-based approach that crosses political boundaries. We depend on local partners and stakeholders to identify, support and help implement realistic conservation solutions.By linking our on-the-ground, in-the-water efforts with our global priorities and strategies, The Nature Conservancy creates conservation results built to last.

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I've removed them from my will. From Wikipedia: "1900 corporate sponsers ... legislation to allow drilling [in the ANWR] is supported by members of the Conservancy leadership council, which consists of members from BP and ExxonMobil, as well as by Phillips Alaska, Inc.". They're mission has clearly been corrupted.

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

Cut the corporate ties and start over.

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2014

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I was ready to write a check for my annual contribution until I read the review coments.
I agree with the issues of paying too high a salary to the CEO as well as the
cruel results of hunting.

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2013

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Just a thought regarding salaries. I have worked in the non-profit field my entire career, and in my current employment, the CEO is paid a six-figure salary for managing a regional program with a multi-million budget. This CEO compensation, if compared to the for-profit sector is probably in line, for a national company. Too often, the term "non-profit" seems to equal substandard. You do often get what you pay for. I have had to leave jobs, and seen my colleagues leave great organizations, because they could not feed their families. Obviously, this guy can feed his family, but if he is worth the pay in the private sector, and the job is worth the pay in the private sector, then it is not too much. What he will not likely get, by working in the non-profit world, is large bonuses and similar perks.

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

Quite well

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2013

 
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Rating: 3 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I am not discounting the concerns that many have over the salary of the CEO. Just wanted to provide food for thought. Given how much money this charity has to manage, you may want the best leader you can find and you usually have to pay more to get the best. It could be that this organization is run well because they inveseted more for a top leader. However, the comment about the inhumane practices to deal with non native species sounds horrific to me. If they endorse those practices, that would be a deal breaker for me. Now I wonder if they are not animal sensitive but really more about fighting urban sprawl into wilderness areas. I am a strong animal advocate and maybe this is not the charity for me. Not sure about them now.

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2012

 
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Rating: 3 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I am very aware of TNC's mission and some of the activities, as I have been a donor for many years and follow progress. I am very disappointed to see an excessive salary for the CEO, and while it takes good money to keep good people in such roles, this is a bit over the top. Also, I tire of the wasted $ I donate in going to more and more fund raising mailings. I have noted that this organization, as most all of the non-profits soliciting money, hit you with a mailing for support immediately following receipt of your donation. This is a good trick....that is why I keep spreadsheets now. Bottom line: I will give less to TNC and put $'s elsewhere.

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2012

 
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Rating: 2 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Count me in as someone who was ready to contribute, until I saw the Director's annual compensation. Are they kidding? I am glad this website reveals this information, it is very informative. Paying someone more than 200K to head a CHARITY is unconsionable.

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2011

 
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A good cause but I don't support them any more because they allow hunting on their land and kill
non-native species in very cruel ways like slow strangulation by snare.

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1998

 
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Rating: 2 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Like others who have commented, I was going to donate to Nature Conservancy until I saw the CEO's salary. He likely gets expenses like dinners at fine restaurants to lobby Congress, etc. paid for. I'll donate elsewhere this year.

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2011

 
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I support the work of the Nature Conservancy but cannot support an organization that pays its director almost half a million dollars every year (plus who knows what else). This is way above salaries for the Washington DC area and way way above salaries for non-profit organizations. Surely he could manage on half that salary and use the remaining money for land preservation and conservation!

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2012

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

They never sent the 'Adopt an Acre' gift pack that was supposed to come with the donation. A phone call every few weeks got nowhere. If they can't efficiently and accurately handle a simple mail out, how can I expect them to help with the real issues they are supposed to address? I'm also sick of the mail outs asking for donations. It's a waste of paper and adding to the carbon footprint.

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2012

 
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