International Fund For Animal Welfare, Inc.

Rating: 4.71 stars   242 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 290 Summer Street Yarmouth Port MA 02675 USA

Mission: The International Fund for Animal Welfare works to improve the welfare of wild and domestic animals throughout the world by reducing commercial exploitation of animals, protecting wildlife habitats, and assisting animals in distress.IFAW seeks to motivate the public to prevent cruelty to animals and to promote animal welfare and conservation policies that advance the well-being of animals.
Results: Visit ourAnimalWire blog to view our latest campaign victories and read heartwarming stories of the animals we are saving every day.
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Ending Canada's commercial seal hunt is IFAW's founding campaign. This hunt is inhumane, unnecessary, wasteful, and presents a serious animal welfare and conservation concern. In spite of the fact that the majority of Canadians oppose Canada's commercial seal hunt, and that global markets for seal products appear to be decreasing, the Canadian Government continues to support this hunt financially and set high and unsustainable allowable catches. All four major political parties currently support Canada's commercial seal hunt. 

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

IFAW is one of the most well run impactful non- profits out there. Their staff are highly trained professionals with decades of devoted experience to the welfare of animals all over the globe. The connection of IFAW to both government and NGO's is unmatched in the fight to end poaching of wildlife and to advance the interests of animal welfare worldwide.

 
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IFAW has many years of experience finding the best ways to make sustainable improvements for creatures. Its accumulated knowledge and dedication leads to the most powerful and profound approach of any organization.

As well as helping individual creatures, IFAW helps the people around them appreciate the value of those creatures by leading culture change that ties the success of the communities to the success of the creatures.

Above that IFAW works on the government, market, law enforcement and educational contexts that create positive forces for the success of all species. What it learns in one area helps influence what it does better in another area. This holistic approach is making great progress.

There is no better value for donations to protect animals everywhere.

 
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IFAW undertakes a brilliant combination of lots of effective work at the grassroots level (eg marine mammal stranding network on Cape Cod, saving wildlife parks in Kenya), and all the clever international political stuff that changes attitudes globally, to level the playing field for the animals (eg seal pups, whales, elephants, bears). Then it links the grassroots learning to drive the best actions at government and international levels to change our global culture. A SUPER EXAMPLE is the BEIJING RAPTOR RESCUE CENTER. Built in a prominent location, it has quietly modelled the highest standards in wildlife protection for ten years, and turned that into respect at the national level and in the government. That respect and learning is now helping all of China to become more wildlife sensitive and friendly! Extraordinarily powerful! http://www.ifaw.org/us/news/spotlight-china-celebrating-beijing-raptor-rescue-center%E2%80%99s-ten-year-anniversary Truly amazing stuff against the odds, and fantastic value for donors!

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

Kenya, Cape Cod, California, UK, North Atlantic

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

Expand it to be able to operate in more places, and with more species

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?

2012

What is unique about this organization?

Amazing connection between insightful strategy and impeccable execution! Everything it does - from helping individual animals all over the world (endangered, and after disasters) to influencing mass opinion and public policy globally - is done in a way that gets the maximum value for the animals from the minimum money spent.

 
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A superb organisation! I've supported and followed IFAW closely ever since I was in high school in the late 1960s. It delivers a brilliant combination of grassroots help for animals one-by-one, habitat-by-habitat and disaster-by-disaster. This is all carefully integrated with highly effective macro-strategies that create a more sustaining global environment for animals.

The insights it gets from the intensive grassroots experience lead to the most effective initiatives with governments (eg EU/Japan) and in consumer market (eg ivory/seal pup fur). IFAW is uniquely respected as an organisation that does not distort information, or promote animal interests blindly without understanding the others involved and promoting solutions that can work for everyone. With brilliant people in every corner of the world, it cleverly works globally towards a new human culture, one in which we prefer and prioritise preservation of wildlife rather than its destruction.

Africa is a great example. I recently started working in village-level development in Africa, so I took the chance to 'drop in' on the IFAW team in Kenya. It is one of the most impressive NGOs in Africa, hiring smart principled people who VERY carefully design programs that are strategically configured for lasting success, rejecting the “easier” opportunities that mainly help a few people with income, or create a benefit that, because of surrounding forces and trends, won't last.

By paying what it takes to hire the best leaders, I have seen how IFAW turns our donations into more animal and wildlife preservation value across its target species than any other organisation I know.

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

UK, USA, Africa

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

Give it more money, so it could take on more programs!

 
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Rating: 3 stars  

I appreciate the efforts that highlight individual species that are threatened. However, I tend to support efforts to set aside habitat rather than individual species. Warm fuzzy creatures are cute, but organisms that are less visually appealing lose out. Saving habitat protects more of the unseen organisms. Cries of "Save the whale" or "Save the wolf" may draw attention to the organism, but saving habitat benefits them more, as well as benefiting many other species in the ecosystem. I support the IFAW for their work during crises and disasters. That is when individual animals need immediate attention.

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

Stress environment more that individual species.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

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

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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