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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Environment, Law & Jurisprudence

Mission: Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit public interest environmental law organization. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health, to preserve magnificent places and wildlife, to advance clean energy, and to combat climate change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

Results: Earthjustice’s dedicated attorneys take on and win key environmental victories in the courtroom—often pursuing cases for many years. Here are a few of the most significant legal victories we’ve scored on behalf of the environment and public health. PRESERVING NATURAL HERITAGE Our legal team fought for a decade to save the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, winning more than a dozen cases. THE RESULT: Nearly 50 million acres of national forest—critical habitat for wildlife, from grizzly bears to bald eagles—received permanent protection. PROTECTING PUBLIC HEALTH To clean up deadly soot pollution in our air, Earthjustice partnered with community organizations to pressure Congress and take the Environmental Protection Agency to court. THE RESULT: A strong new soot standard will save thousands of lives and billions of dollars in health-related costs every year. CLIMATE AND CLEAN ENERGY For the past decade, Earthjustice has won a series of court decisions leading to the shuttering of nearly a third of U.S. coal generation. THE RESULT: The legal victories prevent more than 77 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year, block coal exports from the West Coast and stop American coal from reaching fast-growing Asian markets such as China and India.

Geographic areas served: We are a national organization with strong roots in 12 offices around the United States that offer regional emphasis and expertise. Housed within our San Francisco headquarters, our international program partners with organizations around the world to focus on human rights, climate change, indigenous peoples, and international trade.

Programs: Founded in 1971, Earthjustice is the nation’s premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We wield the power of the law and the strength of partnership to preserve our wildlife, wild lands, and oceans; protect people’s health; combat climate change; and advance clean energy solutions. Every year we represent more than 350 client groups large and small—all at no charge. We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country and achieve high-impact, far-reaching results. Below are recent highlights in each of our three main areas of work. WILDLIFE, WILD LANDS AND OCEANS Earthjustice fights to protect our wildlife and wild places, from the Arctic to the Everglades to the vast wilderness within our oceans. Our clients and partners include national and local conservation groups, Native peoples, fishing communities, and small island states. HEALTHY COMMUNITIES Earthjustice has long been at the forefront of safeguarding the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink. We’re working with conservation and health advocates and with affected communities across the country to ensure widespread protections from pollution and exposure to toxic chemicals. CLIMATE AND ENERGY Earthjustice is waging an all-out campaign for a rapid shift away from fossil fuels to avert catastrophic impacts of climate change. On behalf of a wide array of local and national organizations, our attorneys are fighting in courtrooms and public utilities commissions across the country to hasten a transformational shift to clean energy.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 2

I, as with other people, am no longer supporting organizations where the CEO/President makes in excess of $250,000. I don't make anywhere near that and find it objectionable that such huge portions of my donations are going to one person. I appreciate Charity Navigator bringing transparency to the world of non-profits. Thank you.

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Donor

Rating: 3

I believe the compensation paid to president is too excessive.
$322,092--Donnell Van Noppen President

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15

Donor

Rating: 3

For many years I have given to Earthjustice and I think they serve a very important purpose, but this year I am withholding my contribution because it seems that Trip Van Noppen's salary is increasing at an accelerating rate at a time when most of us have not seen a raise (in fact more likely the opposite) in years. Noone needs $320k a year to live comfortably and I cannot in good conscience give to a charity whose CEO takes such a paycheck.

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4

Donor

Rating: 3

I am grateful for the work done, but wish less was spent on fund raising. I get too many solicitations even after I have requested only once/year.

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7

Donor

Rating: 2

Charities are not businesses, and pay for executive directors should not chase the for-profit corporate model. For that reason, I am declining to renew support for charities with executive compensation that exceeds $250,000 or 1% of budget (for national organizations). If the work is so important that I should support it, then I expect charity leaders to be willing to support the work at several times my income.

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4

Donor

Rating: 5

Earth Justice makes sure that environmental laws and regulations do more than just sit on the books. They take on meaningful fights and collaborate with other organizations so they're using their resources wisely. Nonprofit legal groups can easily end up cherry picking high-profile and/or winnable cases, but Earth Justice takes cases on their merits. I feel good about supporting their work because I know where my money is going.