Defenders of Wildlife

Rating: 3.39 stars   41 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 1130 17th St Nw Washington DC 20036 USA

Mission: Defenders of Wildlife is a solution-oriented organization dedicated to saving rare animals and plants, conserving habitat, and building a broad constituency for protecting wildlife and wild places. We harness the skills and expertise of more than 100 scientists, wildlife specialists, educators, activists, economists, and attorneys to work in the halls of Congress, state legislatures, the courts, local communities, and more than a dozen offices in North America. We develop and encourage conservation of entire ecosystems and interconnected habitats while protecting predators that serve as indicator species for ecosystem health. Through this multi-pronged approach of education, advocacy, research and litigation, we specifically work to protect native animals and plants, restore and preserve habitat, and advocate for conservation legislation.
Geographic areas served: North America
Programs: Defenders of Wildlife's operating programs include: (1) Species Conservation, including restoration/protection of wolves and bears in their natural habitat and wild bird conservation; (2) Legal actions and Endangered Species Act reauthorization; (3) Habitat Conservation, including the Habitat for Bears Campaign, Alaska wolf protection and forestry issues; and (4) Oregon Biodiversity Project, a state conservation effort through public education and joint activism joined with the development of technological instruments to survey state biodiversity.
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202-682-9400
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Rating: 5 stars  

It can be really overwhelming to decide which organizations to support, however I believe Defenders of Wildlife stands out among other organizations with their honesty in terms of where donations go, and how they are used.
As someone who is passionate about wolves and other predators, I believe they do great work on education and co-existence. Thank you!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I believe Defenders is one of the most effective environmental and conservation organizations because of the various ways they work to protect wildlife. Unlike other organizations, Defenders works on the ground, in the courts, and on the hill to make sure they are fulfilling their goals. I appreciate their updates on Facebook and Twitter, as well as their emails which provide me with current information on projects they are working on, and petitions I can sign.

Keep up the good work!

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Rating: 1 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

All donors of this organization need to do their research very carefully and not get sucked into the lies and deceptions. Ask to see a detailed report of where your $ is going and why. Ask to see the report on all employees that receive compensation From CEO to secretary's and aides. Get all reports of any special projects such as Reimbursing Farmers and Ranchers due to wolf predation and how many $ was spent in your State. In 2013 Defenders Of Wildlife had a total revenue of $33,192,322. In the past Defenders Of Wildlife has also been very non transparent about how, when, and where they use your money. Just remember the $33.192.322 is your money not theirs to wasted on high salaries and wasted programs. All nonprofit organization are required by law to release any and all finance records. Its your right. In the past Defenders Of Wildlife has stated that legal fees are a large part of their expenses that's not so. Earth Justice is a non profit organization that does their legal work. So before you donate any money to Defenders Of Wildlife do your homework. It may save you headaches down the road.

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

Would not donate to start with.

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No

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None

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2014

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Rating: 1 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

On Cape Hatteras National Seashore these folks encourage the killing of ALL wolves as they claim they are non native and threaten nesting birds. Success!!! The National Park Service succeeded in killing 12 wolves last year alone along with more than 400 other animals to protect a handful of bird nests on an adjacent beach. They are proficient in the use of taxpayer funds to sue over the most assinine things to collect their money in the form of reimbursed "legal fees". Spend your money at a local carnival trying to win a stuffed animal, they are both scam artists.

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

call it by a more realistic name, perhaps Animal Scam International

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No

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

A lot

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2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Within 3 months after I paid my ANNUAL membership I started receiving harassing mail requesting that I pay another annual membership fee. This continued for nine months. They piled up several dollars in mail demanding that I pay again. These letters threatened the loss of my membership. When I did pay my annual membership on time the next year, they continued to send threatening and patronizing mail demanding that I pay for another month AFTER they cashed my check.

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

Fire the membership management department. They money they waste on threatening letters could be spent on wolf protection

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Some

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2013

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Rating: 2 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Dear Defenders of Wildlife,
The $100,000 you are asking us to help raise to defend "wolves under siege" will pay less than a third of your CEO's annual salary, which according to Charity Navigator, is $288,616 plus an additional $19,950 from "Affiliates." This is very disappointing. Are you helping the wolves, or are the wolves helping Rodger Schlickeisen and other well-fed humans?

If Mr. Schlickeisen took a pay cut of $100,000 he could help wolves and people, too, people who are on social security (like myself) who would truly like to help wolves but who are barely able to pay their food bills.

A personal response would be appreciated.

Sincerely Yours,
Sheila Hamanaka

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No

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Some

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I know that Defenders does really great collaborative work with ranchers and other stakeholders to protect wolves, bears, and even bison. From their 2011 Annual Report, I also see that they used 91% of their funds on program and support services and only 9% on fundraising.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Less than 52% of their income goes to program expenses. That should be criminal. I'm stopping any future donations to them. I'll be giving my donations to Animal Legal Defense Fund (4 star, 84.4% to program), Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation (4 star, 90.9% to program) and Animal Welfare Institute (4 star, 94.4% to program). Defenders of Wildlife is a ripoff. I wish I could take back my previous donations.

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No

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Some

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2012

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Rating: 2 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I honestly don't remember how I came across this site. But they pulled me in with their wolve slaughter prevention. I ended up signing a petition and felt good about it. But a little while after I did so I have been getting e-mail after e-mail asking me to donate money NOW! One e-mail even stated "have you gotten outlr last messages Liz?" Sorry but I have NEVER gotten e mail after email from ASPCA, best friends animal society, WWF. Basically The NON PROFIT organizations that one would think needs the most help don't hound you at all! This organization is like 90% profit sounds like! The people that run this thing get the most money out of the donation! Basically if you love wolves and want to protect theirs or any other habitat. Make sure you go to a NON PROFIT donation charity! Or at least look it up on here!

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A lot

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2012

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Rating: 2 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I used to donate, until I learned more about the high salaries obscenely out of line for a charity. And their sellout of the wolves. And their constant appeals for yet more money. Where exactly is it going? Why can CN only give 2 stars? That's a huge red flag.

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

I saw their work locally on one small project, but it's not enough to overcome the bloated national corporate practices.

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

Clean up their financial act and stop paying such exorbitant salaries. Do more grassroots work on the ground.

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