CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY INC

Rating: 4.86 stars   893 reviews

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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
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(520) 623.5252
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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

I love the Center for biological Diversity. They do great work and help many other people do great work. they have alot of informative articles on their website along with ways to help the planet.

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

change the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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13 people found this review helpful

I am an environmental educator and leader of several environmental groups. I follow the Center's email newsletters and have used many of their stories in my day-to-day work. Their work is inspirational to me and reassuring in that someone is keeping a close watch on the nation's lawmakers. Center has been able to accomplish things that like-minded people all across America dream of doing, but haven't had the organization to before this. I applaud that the Center has taken a stance on population control. With overpopulation as arguably the biggest threat to our natural environment, it is essential that environmentalists and nonprofit groups are more vocal about this issue - the Center has been.

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

their report on the possible environmental impacts of the military buildup in the Pacific.

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

no changes.

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

the newsletters are well done.

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

haven't met any.

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

do much more than they do now. Allow many more volunteers to be involved in the organization and foster an even larger environmental movement while expanding the already phenomenal work they do.

Ways to make it better...

the Center would have included the impacts to Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana islands in their report regarding Okinawa and the DOD military build-up. We needed all the help we could get to encourage public comment on the DEIA.

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

lack of funding.

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

I would love to be the first CBC condom distributor in the CNMI! I've already signed up...please contact me!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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12 people found this review helpful

I support a number of environmental organizations but the Center for Biological Diversity is clearly one of the most effective. Given my limited means, I donate as much as I can to them. As far as I know, they are the only environmental organization that has seriously taken on THE major environmental (as well as social) issue of our times: OVERPOPULATION.

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

Do more of the great work it does.

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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Rating: 4 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

We are very pleased with the Center for Biological Diversity. We , however, urge them to spend much more money and effort outside the Southwest.............specifically in New England. CFBD has an office in Vermont but seems not to support that entity in their legal work nor in their media efforts. They may not be aware of the vast financial and other support that would result from such an expansion of their efforts.

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

The Center for Biological Diversity uses the Endangered Species Act to protect and expand wildlife habitat by suing and threatening to sue Federal, State and local government entities. No other organization uses this approach.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

This organizations is one of the best of their kind. Their campaigns are well organized, and their newsletter are informative and accurate. Their last campaign to raise awareness for the environment through condom distribution with endangered species on them was inspired.

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

the condom campaign and how well the program was received at my son's college campus.

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

distributing the condoms to raise awareness for the environment and endangered species.

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

enthusiastic and motivated

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

do even more

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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8 people found this review helpful

The Center for Biological Diversity does a fantastic job! I am extremely impressed with their performance and perservence. I recently increased my monthly donation amount because of their strong performance. I wish more enviromental organizations could be like them. I look forward to their emails every week, and to seeing what they have accomplished thus far. I like how they stick up for what they believe in, and never give up the fight, no matter how long the odds. They keep the government and developers in line, and try to make them do the right thing. They use the court system for the good of the country and the environment. Too often government agencies get away with things because no one is watching, and the Center IS watching.

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

Their fight against the WOPR in Oregon. I live in Oregon and hike in the federal forests all the time. I'm so happy that they fought back against the Bush administration's horrible plan.

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

Create some local chapters so it was easier to get involved. I would love to volunteer with the Center, but they never seem to have any opportunities for that. I would love to see a local chapter in Oregon!

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

Their emails keeping me updated about what they're doing, and their victories!

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

Save a lot of species from extinction, protect our forests from massive clearcuts, put some significant brakes on urban sprawl, and put some real teeth in the cap and trade bill.

Ways to make it better...

See below.

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

They need more money, and more lawyers.

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

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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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

The Center for Biological Diversity has a great email newsletter and I get about 50 of such a week and the fact that I read this one is significant. It is organized clearly and teaches me a lot. They also help me take action regarding concerns that are important to me. Every time I have interacted with the staff they have been really polite and helpful. My friends kids donated money to them for their family holiday giving (choice of one animal organization and The Center won as they affected the most varied species of animals)and the kids received a hand signed note of thanks from the whole office and they were thrilled and proud. It was a great first experience with charity. I was so glad that The Center took the time to do this.

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

a meeting on the East coast office opening, the newsletter information, the endangered species ringer downloads, the take action opportunities, and most important to me their continued and varied actions on many fronts to save endangered species.

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

nothing to add

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

the newsletter (email) the ringer downloads responsiveness to questions I have asked them

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

extremely knowledgeable and polite

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

do even more of its amazing work protecting endangered species. I am engaged with over 100 animal welfare organizations and I truly respect and trust the importance of the Center's work for species protection more than any other in the U.S.

Ways to make it better...

nothing to add

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

Big business greed and the general public's ignorance about the value and danger to American wildlife and the importance of species diversity.

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

I really love the work of The Center for Biological Diversity and try to give them as much as I can. They are doing as much as they can for causes of species protection. They need all they help they can get to give all the help that they can.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

CBD is the only environmental group I completely trust and respect. I've followed their efforts and accomplishments for the past ten years. The progress they've made in preserving wildlife and open space is astonishing, especially compared to other groups who have tried mightily, yet not achieved their goals. It is always frustrating when other people don't understand the importance of something. I think CBD has made huge strides in helping people understand that it really does matter if some obscure species of frog or insect disappears. This is a complex situation, yet CBD communicates the issues simply and effectively, in a way that doesn't turn people off. This is the only group I make contributions to every single year, no matter what.

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

local wilderness areas being saved from development.

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

seeing their consistent results. They get things done!

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

Friendly, and genuinely dedicated.

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

save countless species from exctinction and preserve open spaces for everyone's health and benefit.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I went out on a friday night at a local nightclub and it was fun to give some population facts to others while handing out the condoms. Most people don't even consider the idea of population control to help the environment even though that is one of the best ways to do it.

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

It was a fun thing to do on a friday night. The staff was very flexible and didn't have restrictions for when and where I should hand out the Endangered Species Condoms.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

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2010-3-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Handing out endangered species condoms was inspirational. Only one person refused one. He kept saying

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

Its absolute fearlessness of the Federal Government. The CBD is taking on controversial issues, such as overpopulation, and bringing them to the forefront of the public's awareness. That alone is worth its weight in gold.

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

Stop the coal and oil industries from trashing the planet in their greed for profits. With that much money, it could support the efforts of scientists to find a clean, efficient energy source.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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