Center for Biological Diversity Inc

Rating: 4.87 stars   988 reviews

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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

2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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In the space of just 6 years, the Center for Biological Diversity has gone from a charity that I read about to the single greatest recipient (by far) of my donation dollars. This is truly an environmental "little engine that could" -- working on a relative shoestring to score big victories, all the while keeping its donors informed of its progress on various fronts. I also appreciate its emphasis on population issues, an integral component of environmentalism which, for purposes of political correctness, most of the larger organizations don't want to touch. For those who want to get a lot of bang for their donation buck, there is no more efficient and effective group than this.

 
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I've been giving to environmental causes since I earned my first full-time paycheck in 1976. We make substantial annual gifts to about 15 of them right now, and have been so impressed with the Center for Biological Diversity (which we only discovered about 3 years ago) that it is named as a beneficiary in our wills. If the salary information on the Director is any guide, the Center's staff earns a mere pittance considering the out-sized influence they have on protection of the ecosystems our most vulnerable species need to survive. Further, they are extremely responsive to their membership, with regular e-mailed newsletters consisting of short, enjoyable, well-written updates on 8-10 issues they're currently working on, including their successes and direct links within the piece to action e-mails. From time to time they conduct hour-long phone calls on a topic of interest, led by the Director and open to questions from the donors. I've e-mailed the staff a couple of times and have always gotten a timely response. While I enjoy the coddling, it's really my great faith in the enormity of the work they do, and the efficiency with which they do it, that so endears me to the Center. They are committed professionals at the top of my donation list and will always have my support.

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My degree is in biology and I've been impressed with the Center's critical focus on preserving biological diversity. I've chosen to donate to them when I can out of the many environmental organizations who need money because they don't mess around! They take action on issues, suing when necessary, and often win because of their deep understanding both of the issue in question and of the law. Recently when I felt especially desperate over the impending destruction of some of our precious wildlands and backcountry communities for the sake of environmentally destructive factory wind energy production (in areas the locals had shown through months of scrupulous weather balloon work had virtually no wind), I reached out to them. Though I had attended community meetings I hadn't heard about their name mentioned. I had also gone to a Sierra Club meeting and found, as in Sierra Magazine, what I interpreted to be an uncritical factory wind farm anywhere any time attitude. So I wrote an email about the problems we are facing and sent it late on a Sunday night. I received a reply that same night. It wasn't a robo reply, it was a detailed note from the human person I sent it to telling me they were aware of the problems and mentioning ways they were actively involved. I think these people must work 24/7. After watching them in action for years, I've concluded they're smart, they are passionate, they understand the plant and animal communities they try to protect, they seem to choose their battles carefully, and they get results.

 
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I am a part of several organizations that are watchdogs for the environment and wildlife . I am especially proud to be a part of this group, that fights in our courts and through education of the public. In particular, I love getting their regular updates on the causes I support, as well as new projects I am not aware of.

 
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CBD has impressed me without exception year after year. Their compassion toward all creatures and their concern for the habitat of all living things is genuine and tireless. Through CBD, I have been made aware of many environmental and animal welfare issues I never would have learned about otherwise. The organization's communications are clear and highly informative, and they are never "commercialized", nor are they burdensome to my inbox. I always research organizations before I support them, and CBD consistently receives high ratings and is referenced by well-regarded scientists and champions of animals and the Earth. I am continually amazed by CBD's abilities to uncover areas of need and to devote its personnel's energies to tackling the problems in the most effective ways possible. And these noble people never stop fighting to protect natural resources and all of our world's precious species. I am deeply grateful for the kindness, intelligence, and tenacity of everyone who works on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity.

 
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CBD's work in Az has been fantastic one if not the best non-profit action-oriented environmental agencies in the country.

 
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The Center for Biological Diversity is a "Get it done" environmental activism group. They take anybody to court and hold their feet to the fire. The Center wades thru the bureaucratic walls and delivers a legal punch that cannot be denied.

 
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CBD's mission to protect species and this planet's biodiversity is a noble one, albeit controversial at times. Despite the pushback from many interest groups, the Center for Biological Diversity continues to prove to be extremely successful, overcoming the odds. Well done CBD. Please keep up the great work protecting those on this planet without a voice.

 
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One of the most effective environmental organizations I can think of. Thank you CBD for all the hard work. Our planet is better off because of it!

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I have still yet to come across a more effective environmental organization that is dedicated towards the protection of species.

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This group works tirelessly to protect our environment and animals from the greed and corruption that is filling our government and leaders --heck private people now have more power to use public lands for their personal profit than the public realizes --cattle, sheep, and fossil fuel explorers are telling the BLM what they can do and can't do --they have more private animals on our public lands yet still want to eliminate the wild horses, nesting birds, and other animals and plants on OUR land--thank GOD there is this wonderful organization that is a REAL non profit --not like the scams of Citizen's United,etc. --

 
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CBD is always "on top of things." I find their communications to be particularly good - the succinct summaries of current issues in the weekly email gives me an overview, and I know I can check for more details on their website or other sites they link to. I am lucky enough to have worked with CBD staff on issues in my local community, and have the utmost regard for their dedication, skill, patience, and perseverance. I believe in their effectiveness enough to have become a monthly donor, and would raise the amount if I could!

 
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I have donated to the Center for many years now. It is a remarkable advocate for the web of life that sustains us all. Unlike many environmental organizations, it takes the holistic view that all species are important because all are linked. And so it fights, persistently and strategically, to preserve every one that it can -- decade after decade, seemingly indefatigably, against powerful moneyed interests and shortsighted governmental bureaucracies alike. In short, Kieran Suckling and his crew are among the heroes that our environment so desperately needs during this time of crisis, on the precipice of the sixth mass extinction in the history of the world -- the only one caused by humans.

 
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