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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Rating: 5 stars  

I have long been interested in environmental issues and this organization does a lot to help wildlife and environments.

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2014

 
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This organization is by far the most effective and sincere of any environmental group in the United States. They have helped me in sharing their ecological ethics and the very reason why I , and all other life forms are here on earth are not dissimilar, but so much similar. I am excited to partake in their constant activism and philosophy of "always fight for what's right." My donations to them go much further than any other group I can think of. The earth and all its mystery of creatures are cherished, not destroyed by the forces of progress by way of this group and its hard-working and dedicated staff. May they grow larger and stronger every day.

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2014

 
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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.

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Can't see anything I would do...

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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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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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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.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

 
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Today we need humane organizations to ensure the our progeny are also humane and caring about the earth's future. I can rely on the Center for Biological Diversity to tirelessly work in this capacity, and keep me posted on what I can do. Thank you!

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2014

 
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The reason I am proud to be a sustaining donor to the Center for Biological Diversity is that they devote their time and talents to protecting so many different species and types of flora and fauna. Also, I believe that their track record in suing various agencies to achieve their goals has had a greater ratio of success than any other environmental organization. Ron Vanderford Burbank, Ca

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

They are great so no changes. Just more donors so that they can accomplish even more.

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Definitely

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2014

 
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The Center is a lean and mean organization which is highly effective in protecting a wide variety of animals and plants from extinction. I recently increased my monthly contribution because I know that the amount l contribute will be well spent and not wasted on unnecessary overhead.

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Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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I think that CBD has more helpful impact on the environment per dollar spent than any environmental organization. This is why I have been a donor for over 3 years and will continue to be one.

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Definitely

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Definitely

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2012

 
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Although there are many worthwhile environmental organizations my income limits the amount which I can contribute to support them. Accordingly, the Center For Biological Diversity is one of only two which I support with monthly contributions. Here are three reasons why I prefer the work of the Center over other groups: The first is that I feel that their work involves species which are overlooked by other groups. The second is that I believe they are extremely effective in gaining protection for this myriad of species. And the third is that I find that the information which they provide in their email newsletters is not only very informative but also succinct and easy to follow.

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The Center for Biological Diversity works tirelessly to stem the tide of extinctions as our burgeoning human population is slowly squeezing all other creatures off our planet. Maybe its too late, but we have to try to slow down the worst mass extinction in history. I do not want our children's children to be told its too late.

Keep up your good work!

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Likely

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Definitely

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2014

 
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CBD is really doing what we all sit at home and wish we could do: trying to save wildlife and habitat. I read their newsletters and send emails to politicians. Without CBD where would we be?

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I enjoy their successes.

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

Not do anything different.

 
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Unlike most other environmental groups I support, the Center is willing and ready to take action in court. This, I believe, accounts for the Center's resounding success over the years.

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2014

 
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The Center for Biological Diversity always keeps me informed and educated thru their emails. Enlightens me to issues I care about and shows me ways to help. Their mission statement is clear and precise.

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2014

 
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I have been a member of environmental groups for several decades, but I have never seen one that accomplishes so much. I am proud to be a member of this hard-working, courageous, and knowledgeable group of environmental activists. You can see their work in practically every part of the country. They are there. I have stopped giving my money to other more well-known groups. My money is on the Center for Biological Diversity.

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

set up a volunteer organization so that people are alerted when there is action they can take, like showing up for meetings or conferences, in their state.

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The Center for Biological Diversity is the only environmental group educating about the connection between species' extinction and human overpopulation. They are the ones who have the courage to bring this connection up, in imaginative ways, which the media and other non-profits avoid because of its unpopularity. They also act tirelessly to protect endangered species and call out government malfeasance toward our precious wildlife.

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

Let more people know about and donate to their fearless work!

Was your donation impactful?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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