Center For Biological Diversity Inc

Rating: 4.87 stars   986 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals, Environment

Address:

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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www.biologicaldiversity.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

CBD is a lean, mean, working machine for the benefit of beleaguered plants, animals, and habitats in the US. They use the power of the courts and the laws to hold government agencies accountable for their actions. So much taxpayer money is diverted to programs that then become beholden to the lobbying actions of private business, and the corruption is glossed over or hidden. CBD exposes this fraud and waste and recalcitrance.
Center for Biological Diversity is also thankfully not of the Big Green bent, making secret deals with crooked politicians in exchange for lenience in other areas. They are one of the very few emphasizing the fundamental nature of the growth in human population that threatens all life on Earth. Without the slowing of the trajectory of human numbers, there is little hope for improving the outlook for other organisms.

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

Can't see anything I would do...

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

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

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked and given to many environmental groups over the years, but CBD is one of the most successful in targeted use of funds, effectiveness in bringing suits to the courts and winning, and amassing factual scientific basis for exposing the egregious behavior of government and private industry trying to trash our shared Earthly commons. They do not spend funds on frivolous gifts and goodies like stuffed animals, calenders, notecards, and the like, but use their clout to go to bat for our Earth and its beleaguered wild places and animals. They are fearless in tackling the big, faceless corporate powers, and making useful alliances with like-minded groups---and crediting them when they do.

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

seeing the many important wild lands and animals protected by the efforts in courts. Development by rapacious corporate profit models would have destroyed these things without CBD intervention

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

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What is unique about this organization?

The targeted focus on legal protection to the highest levels of the law and no "fluff' campaigns to lure donations to the cause

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Center for Biological Diversity is a tough, lean, litigating machine--going after the biggest foes with nary a twitch. They use as much of their funding as possible on the actual suits and nothing on "fripperies" like free mugs or t-shirts or big mail campaigns. They use the intent and word of the environmental laws to protect the ecosystems and animals that other groups compromise with deal-making. I also like their pragmatic approach to the devilishly difficult issue of human population growth and the fundamental basis for all other environmental and societal problems that stem from it. This is unlike any other environmental group I know, but ignoring the human numbers factor is to ignore the 'elephant in the living room'

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

recommending it to people disillusioned with the myopic efforts of many mainstream groups.

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

it is fabulous now!

 
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13 people found this review helpful

The organization is lean and mean and gets a lot of legal changes for the better in protecting wildlife and habitat. Having had a long career and interest in population issues (the crux of all envirnmental problems on the plantet!!) I heartily endorse the CBD's emphasis on this terrible, neglected, fundamental problem. The education, legal protection and reproductive health of the world's females must stand front and center in addressing the environmental degradation.

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

The sense that they will not sell out to any corporate or political entity. They take the unpopular but correct stand and stick to it.

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

Hire more legal clout than they already have and really meet the corporate powers on a level field. They could also afford to buy into companies stock to the degree that would give them real advantage in voting policy decisions.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 1 stars  

Does NOT promote conservation, but rather manipulates the legal system to obtain legal settlements through the endangered species act.

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

Funds being diverted AWAY from conservation and INTO the legal department of the CBD

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

Close it for fraud

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The Center for Biological Diversity is an effective, efficient and successful advocate for wildlife and their habitats--just exactly what I want them to be as a supporter of the organization. As a professional wildlife photographer and very active advocate for wildlife myself, I'm proud to be a small part of their work through my DVDs and books, as well as with my cash donations.

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

helping save polar bears and wolves from habitat loss and aerial hunting.

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

make it larger and more far-reaching through increased media attention to their results-oriented advocacy efforts.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I totally support the work that the Center for Biological Diversity does. Out of all of the organizations I support during the year, they are always at the top of my list. They are consistent, professional, knowledgeable about the issues and they get done what needs to be done! Their newsletters are informative and make it easy for me to sign the petitions knowing that I am putting my name to something that has been thoroughly explored, with goals and options clear. Thank you Center for Biological Diversity!

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

seeing the work that they do and the species that they have protected.

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

Clone Center for Bio Diversity to make many more just like them!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I belong to a number of environmental organizations, and receive their emails.. When I open the emails from the Center for Biological Diversity I always see the most positive, forward thinking actions, actions which make a huge difference. I am stunned each time by the contents of the emails. They truly act on their beliefs, strategically making the best cases for our natural world. If I had only one environmental group to support, it would be this one. Moreover, I learned about their work on Culebra, PR, when I stumbled upon a study they were doing for their much endangered tropical corals. Their persistence and wisdom, scientific research and results are of the highest caliber.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

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

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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1 person found this review helpful

When I was on Culebra PR I met members of the Center for Biological Diversity who were actively assisting a local non-profit on the Island, CORALations. Their expertise and willingness to help went beyond the call in assisting this small island's fight to maintain its biodiversity and the corals which are so endangered.

As a professional with experience in land protection, I was highly impressed with this organization and its on the ground staff.

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

creating advocacy and defensive strategies that work.

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

only request that they had more resources to share their expertise elsewhere.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

As a professional conservation biologist, I can say that the Center for Biological Diversity is the most effective organization of its kind that I know of in preventing the global loss of species and their habitats.

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

Seeing positive changes in projects in the SF Bay Area as a result of their work.

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

Find more funding for them so they could do even more!

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The Center for Biological Diversity sends out the most informative, concise, and hard-hitting newsletter of all the environmental organizations. In a short read, you can take action with lawmakers and also learn the latest on species rights and individual populations in trouble. They take action, and they do not wait until it is too late. I am a PhD biologist and I appreciate their no-nonsense approach. Their motto is "Because Life is Good".

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

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

I can always count on the Center for Biological Diversity to stand up for wildlife in peril. They use legal and political advocacy tactics to get results efficiently and effectively.

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

California.

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

nothing!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Center for Biological Diversity is one of the leaders in this country for taking decisive action to save endangered species. Without their work, hundreds of species would be extinct or going extinct, and corporations would go unchecked in their development and destruction of endangered species habitat.

I was particularly impressed with their work with the oil spill in the Gulf. They were instrumental in uncovering the government collusion before and during the spill, and in being effective watchdogs during the cleanup process.

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

Reading about their work in the papers and hiking on lands they helped to save.

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

Urge them to make deeper connections with the grassroots community.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Center for Biological Diversity does not back down when it comes to protecting creatures large and small. They have some of the brightest and most passionate scientists and lawyers working at all cost to preseve biodiversity on our planet. They are one of the most effective conservation organizations and I always feel very confident contributing to them.

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

Numerous protections for species and habitat.

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

Wish they could bring in more money to do more great work!

 
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