CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY INC

Rating: 4.86 stars   893 reviews

Issues: Animals, Environment

Location: PO Box 710 Tucson AZ 85702 USA

Mission: At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature;to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law, and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters, and climate that species need to survive.We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.
Results: According to the LA Weekly, we're "pound for pound, dollar for dollar, the most effective conservation organization in the country."
Programs: Climate Law Institute, Endangered Species, Oceans, Public Lands, Urban Wildlands
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 27-3943866
(520) 623.5252
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My organization did a three-year campaign with CBD (successful!) against a proposed coal mine and railroad in New Mexico and Arizona. CBD was top-notch: the staff delivered consistently what they promised and the work was excellent, creative and relentless. CBD never lost sight of the goal nor fell for arguments to

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

Throughout the country.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It's laser-like focus on saving habitat for endangered species with no pretension of being a Big Green group with fancy offices, highly paid staff, and delusions of grandeur. CBD never green washes nor gets distracted with trying to be liked and "safe."

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All dedicated, well trained, and a joy to work with.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Save even more habitat and species.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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8 people found this review helpful

The Center for Biological Diversity has long been successful by forcing the laws protecting species and habitat to be followed. They are my environmental heros to the Nth degree. If they were not out there in the trenches doing the job we would have far more species in trouble than we already do.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Well informed and hard working.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do even more to help with declining species and habitat.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

CBD always seeks the high moral ground in support of issues and species. Their concerns are diverse and their efforts are extraordinary.

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

their ability to keep me informed of far ranging needs and issues with one uncompromising goal: the saving of species and their habitat.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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4 people found this review helpful

CBD is willing to take on unpopular causes that are nonetheless right, such as population control and stopping the slaughter of wolves. I am always impressed when I receive their eNews by the number of accomplishments since the last newsletter. They really get results!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Reading about the many projects they take on.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Haven't met any.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide education to teens about the effects of overpopulation on the environment and help them to understand the impact of just one extra child.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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4 people found this review helpful

CBD is by far my favorite charity. They use the law to make the planet a more life-friendly place, focusing on species protection, slowing global warming, and stopping environmentally perilous development. They are also extremely effective, winning approximately 90% of all the cases they file. I give generously and often.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make the world a better place for all its occupants.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I believe in the Center for Biological Diversity for three main reasons: 1) It has integrity. CBD does not send me junk mail in order to get my membership. Instead, folks at CBD work hard and make a dramatic difference, and that buys my membership better than any tote bag or set of cards with cute polar bears on them. 2) CBD is effective. It pressures the government to abide by and strengthen environmental laws, which is simple but powerful. I am continually impressed by how much the CBD accomplishes. 3) CBD is up-to-date. Not only is the Center abreast of current issues and opportunities, but it uses new avenues and techniques for disseminating its message. The CBD never seems old or behind the times. The CBD does the best job (by far) of legal environmental activism of any organization out there.

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

seeing support for a local river in my town grow.

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

give it a lot more money.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I know they are making a concrete difference, and doing so as efficiently as possible.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, competent, and hardworking.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world. Well, at least it could make the U.S. government do what it says it will do a lot more often.

Ways to make it better...

the CBD hadn't pulled out of the public campaign due to lack of funding. Fortunately, they stayed in the legal battle and are making a difference there.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

not enough funding, not enough funding, and not enough funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

is there any way to diversify funding sources for the CBD?

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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I appreciate the fact that CBD is the only conservation/environmental organization I am aware of that is actually offering some valid input toward human population control. Human overpopulation is the single greatest threat to life on earth, of every sort. I appreciate the professionalism and skill of the legal and biological teams of CBD. They are my favorite conservation group.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

work in all parts of the world on population education and control, and be even more effective when contending with well funded world wreckers. The attitude of CBD is so impressive and apolitical. I appreciate the dedication and integrity.

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About every week

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2010-4-01

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I have given donations and signed all of their action petitions for several years. When they asked members to vote on whether CBD should drop Verizon because of Verizon's support of Massey Energy removing mountain tops for coal. 96% members voted to drop Verizon. After a few months, I was surprised at not seeing it make public that they had dropped Verizon. After writing to them to ask why - they wrote back to say that they are working on getting a new carrier and will go public when all the details are worked out. I am hoping they will choose CREDO as their carrier as CREDO is a Wonder group who give a percentage of their profits to many wonderful non-profit groups. Also, just recently The Nation magazine had a great article on

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do so much more to help the earth. To save nature and animals and in so doing save all of our lives. When groups depend on donations to survive and they DO NOT take money from Big Oil or Big Gas or other polluters, they deserve our full support!

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About every week

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2010-4-01

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11 people found this review helpful

I am an amateur naturalist, former employee of the Nature Conservancy (IT). I appreciate the diligence of this organization in tracking imperiled species and keeping me posted on their protection or lack thereof. Today it was amphibians. Recently they informed me about ocelots. I could not be involved at all without their timely, detailed emails.

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

keeping the public informed on the status of species at risk; a very important role.

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

throw up my hands.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

my sense of being able to make a difference.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

None. Sorry. I am one of your internet people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Buy land, I would hope, to save the critters and plants that depend on that landscape.

Ways to make it better...

I were a PhD biologist. Unfortunately I am not, but my amateur status in improved by the posts I read.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The inertia of Washington and the unenlightened self-interest of many people who do not yet perceive how small a terrarium we inhabit.

One thing I'd also say is that...

We all need to do something. This organization helps us in that regard.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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9 people found this review helpful

This is my favorite environmental organization because they have the knowledge and talented people to get things done in very specific ways, especially when it comes to targeting individual species in peril, and habitats. They are backed by legal strength, which seems to be needed more than ever now. They have excellent biologists working for them. All folks I have met go above and beyond the usual workload often, and really care about Nature. And the organization is not afraid to push back towards politicians, agencies, and developers who threaten the last wild and natural places we have. I enjoy helping them out whenever I can and highly recommend working for this group.

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I have personally experienced the results of this organization, and they are very good at getting results in tough environmental issues. They are also friendly! We need more groups like this that can use science and get tough.

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About every week

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2010-4-01

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