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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Biological & Life Sciences, Environment, Forest Conservation, Land Resources Conservation, Protection of Endangered Species

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

Community Stories

372 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My name is Marta and I live in NYC with my family. Originally I came from Europe where I grew up among forests and wild life in a small village. Since coming to NYC I have been able to hear more about what happens in the world in relation to the climate change, species extinction and overuse of resources and general for -profit destruction of vulnerable ecosystems. As a biologist who now works in public health I understand the importance of the fight that Center for Biological Diversity has undertaken to make sure that we and our government does everything in its power to address climate change issues, prevent species extinction and make sure that financial profits are not above the perseverance of ecosystems that are supporting and will support our and our children's and grandchildren's life’s for generations to come. Center for Biological Diversity has been the fearless white knight for the battle to preserve our world for us and countless plant and animal species. Great organization with huge impact!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Center for Biological Diversity has brought many issues facing our environment and us as a human race to the forefront through media and their legal campaigns. Their action alerts on many issues have made it easy to contact legislators, newspaper editors and others with just a click of a button. I am proud to be a member of this organization and I know that my donation is not only used wisely but for a great purpose.

Review from Guidestar

Chris D.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is one of the best organizations to help animals and the environment. They assist in legal action, protests, lobbying, etc and they also serve to help a great variety of animal species, especially those truly imperilled by humans and other issues. They need everyone's support!

Donor

Rating: 5

CBD is an exceptional organization structured to fight opponents where they can make the biggest difference, in court. Time and again they get legal loopholes closed and make the government and private sector accountable for greed, myopia, and politicized policies (or lack thereof). CBD is one of the few environmental non-profits that enforce changes on non-supporters, an important strategy against corruption and lobbies that otherwise have greater sway. Their work not only supports Biological Diversity (their namesake), but also concurrently safeguards food supply, protects the environment, and encourages social stewardship and interaction in other ways. It's really a one-stop-shop non-profit group.

Donor

Rating: 5

In supporting the environment, I only wanted to give to an organization that was dedicated, knowledgeable and effective. I'm not concerned about image or frills. The environment is a critical issue today. I give to the Center for Biological Diversity knowing the money will be effectively distributed and used.

Donor

Rating: 5

The CBD provides its members with up-to-date and extensive avenues for involvement with endangered species and habitat protections. Over the years it has been amazing to see the sheer quantity of victories and public lands protected by the Center. Much respect to their lawyers and staff who do this most important work for those (animals) with no voices!

Diana G.

Donor

Rating: 5

CBD concentrates on using the court system to provide protections for thousands of animal species, environmental areas, and humans (through protection of water sources and open areas). These lawsuits are often effective as the group notifies the intent to sue but also works with others to come to a good solution. I personally like the extensive communication the group provides to its donors, volunteers, and followers.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity files suits frequently to keep wild lands wild, saving habitat for endangered and wild species and also saving their lives by preventing their lands from being destroyed and polluted.

I give to them--modestly, I wish I could donate more! And I write emails in response to their requests to aid in the fight by contacting my elected representatives. They are truly an excellent and strong voice in the ongoing fight to help wildlife and wild lands survive in the future.

Donor

Rating: 5

A remarkably effective organization and they have a lovely, informative website.

Donor

Rating: 5

Since a biology instructor at our college pointed faculty towards this organization, I've become a fan/reader and a contributor. Their concise and well-written e-communications are based on facts and provide links for more information or to take action. The tone of communication is even, no panic or urgency, just emphasizing continual awareness and constant monitoring as situations require.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is given top ratings by charity review sites across the internet and that backs up my experience with their advocacy.

A look at their web site confirms that they stand seriously and honorably for every issue they take on. It is personal, effective and well designed to inspire and motivate interested visitors.

The executives in this non-profit take a modest compensation, not the usual large to huge compensation you see taken in other big name ecology non-profits and that means a lot to low income donor like me.

If you are one who cares about our planet and its creatures, you will love being active with the Center for Biological Diversity.