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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

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of my very favorite environmental organizations. They do great science and use all the available tools, from writing letters to negotiating and legal action, to attain their objectives. They have a great and well-deserved reputation for getting the facts right and for being effective. They get involved in all the most important issues. They really accomplish a lot.

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Donor

Rating: 5

CBD is among the top three of about 50 environmental/conservation organizations I support on a regular basis. CBD stands well above most others because of its combination of outstanding science and incisive legal action to ensure our laws are enforced for the sake of all species of animals and plants. I had the opportunity to participate in one of their annual retreats and became better acquainted with the staff. CBD is extraordinary in drawing attention to how HUMAN OVERPOPULATION is the root cause of most of our environmental and conservation problems: the rampant conversion of natural lands and resources (e.g. water) to suit the desires of endless humans.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am so proud that Center for Biological Diversity is located in Tucson where I live. Southern Arizona is one of the most biologically diverse regions of North America. Center for Biological Diversity is a conservation leader in efforts to protect the many and varied ecosystems in my home region. It's leadership on environmental issues around our beautiful country is to be commended. As a former National Park Service seasonal Ranger in Yellowstone, Crater Lake, and Mt. Rainier, I truly depend on Center for Biological Diversity to keep me updated on western conservation issues.

Donor

Rating: 5

CBD is a wonderful and awesome group. I have been a donor for many years and am proud of the work they do. They are a nonprofit that I trust and believe in strongly. I look forward to being a part of their work for many years to come!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have contributed to, supporting the Center for Biological Diversity for 15 years or more. They post monthly newsletters outlining their accomplishments and activities and alerting us to new threats. Frequent emails provide opportunities to sign petitions which gives us a voice to support our wildlife all around the country. I would say, based on the newsletters I receive, that they have done more than any other organization to stand up for the small plants and animals which support integral habitats around the US than any other organization I am aware of, succeeding in gaining endangered status for many of them. I trust and believe they will use my donations for the climate and the wildlife to make a stronger statement and action for preserving our World's climate, and continue to do so!

Dorelle A.

Donor

Rating: 5

I support the Center for Biological Diversity because it continues to received 4 stars on Charity Navigator. Additionally, I receive their email alerts and respond to their call for action because they give me just enough information to help me decide if it is a cause I want to support and not so much information that I get bogged down and do too little to raise awareness of environmental problems. Like everyone, my email inbox is overflowing and I can't respond to every call for action. I trust this center for accurate, concise information.

Donor

Rating: 5

What I like best about the Center for Biological Diversity is that they take significant action on behalf of the environment; they don't just talk, march and complain. They understand that saving the smallest and seemingly insignificant plant or animal is as, or more, important than action on behalf of charismatic megafauna. In addition they are willing to take on the underlying, difficult and controversial issues that affect the environment, like animal agriculture and human overpopulation.

Donor

Rating: 5

I support this organization wholeheartedly. Its efforts are astonishingly effective and far-reaching. It is everywhere you want to be, fighting every noble battle with intelligence, ardor and elegance. A rare source of pure goodness, to be celebrated and supported!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Most effective environmental group around. They're everywhere at once, protecting species and habitat. Boots on the ground, lawsuits in the courts, the depth and width of the organization's activism is breathtaking. It gives me rare hope.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough about this wonderful and caring environmental organization! I have met several of their staff at wildlife hearings in northern California and each time they have been very courteous, knowledgeable and accessible. They present themselves and others with great integrity. They are extremely well researched on the issues they defend; for example, bobcat trapping in California and endangered species protection for the wolf in California. I highly recommend them as a very active resource for a vast array of issues from protecting public lands to calling attention to small unknown amphibians that face loss of habitat.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is one of the most effective environmental organizations out there. They don't miss a beat -- keeping tabs on all of the most pressing wildlife and environmental issues, and taking and encouraging effective action to make things right. I am so impressed with this group. I have little $$ to give but this incredible group is always among the organizations I support with donations whenever I can. And I never pass up an opportunity to sign a petition they're circulating, because they've done the research and their actions cause results. Thank you for existing, CBD!