International Elephant Foundation

Rating: 4.89 stars   45 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals

Address:

PO Box 366 Azle TX 76098 USA

Mission:

IEF creates a sustainable future for elephants. We generate and effectively invest resources to support elephant conservation, education, research, and management programs worldwide. Through our passion, expertise, knowledge and partnerships we inspire and engage people to ensure a vibrant future with elephants everywhere.

Target demographics:

support Asian and African elephant conservation, expertise, and research.

Geographic areas served:

any country with elephants

Programs:

Mahouts and trained elephants patrol forests and the surrounding community protecting the forest and wildlife, reporting and interceding in forest crime, mitigating human-elephant conflict, and conducting wildlife conservation education programs.

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I care deeply about the elephants and was looking for a U.S. charity that was making a difference in the lives of elephants around the world. I found just that in the International Elephant Foundation. They not only deal with elephants hands on but are very involved in education and anti-poaching efforts.

 
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The International Elephant Foundation is globally recognized as perhaps the premier elephant conservation charity in the world. The work they do is literally saving elephants from extinction. Unlike phony animal charities that spend their monies on political stunts, etc, IEF spends nearly 90% of donations on conservationist programs that directly impact the survival of elephants. I cannot recommend them more highly.

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

More funding!

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2014

 
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The connection people have with elephants is immeasurable, but the contribution the International Elephant Foundation has made to elephants across the globe is HUGE. Unlike other animal charities that claim to care for animals but really have political agendas with no money going to actual animal care, the IEF has over 95% of its funds going towards elephants. Their projects help elephants in their range lands and in human care, and they are the only major animal charity doing anything to find a cure for EEHV--a disease that is killing 1 in 4 elephants! I cannot say enough great things about IEF and the work they do!

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2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

For those who care about elephants, here is a non profit organization that supports both African and Asian elephant projects benefiting wild populations, medical and field research, and educational opportunities in elephant range countries. Their total effort is toward elephants: today and their future tomorrow and I can see exactly where and how my support is used. Check out their website for yourself!

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2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

IEF is without a doubt one of the best NGOs working inbehalf of Asian and African elephants: their support in the field, medical research, and every worthwhile effort their budget can manage.
Was introduced to them in 2003; their board members are both some of my best mentors and collaborators to the work my small NGO, www.asianelephantsupport.org, is involved with. For example, concrete progress is being made in Sumatra and IEF led the way there in providing medical support and proper food for the elephants as well as initially helping with the mahouts' salaries. Now mahout and vet workshops for training in elephant care as well as educational and outreach efforts/

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

A call from vets on the ground in Sumatra to the IEF then through supporting zoos about a young male elephant in a very poor situation and needing to be moved quickly. Made aware of this, my son and I contributed the funds to get Harris (the elephant) to a camp where he would receive proper care. This was a few years ago, and my family has seen this elephant turn into a healthy bull, now helping his wild cousins by doing forest patrols.

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

The only changes International Elephant Foundation needs iss more money, more money, more money - and possibly a few more exceptional, dedicated board or committee members who can work on the level of the present board/committees, to be able to expand their work to the many more Asian and African elephant situations that need vital and substantial support, ie, herpes research is probably among the most critical, not only for captive but also, we are seeing, for wild elephant Asian populations, too.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

We donate to IEF because we are able to specify what elephant project our donation will be used for and are confident that our wishes will be honored and fulfilled.

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2012

 
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2 people found this review helpful

We lost our baby elephant to Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV) We appreciate the fact that the International Elephant Foundation has been helping to sponsor an EEHV workshop for several years. Our loss has made finding a way to keep other baby elephants from dieing a priority for us. IEF has been an excellent organization to collect and distribute the donations we are helping to collect. IEF has knowledge of and relationships with the researchers, scientists and veterinarians who are working on EEHV. We trust IEF to know the best way to put donatons to work.

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

my experience with their fund raising and distribution to get the most impact for the donations.

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

want them to be more well known. IEF does amazing work for elephants but they are not know to the public.

 
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The International Elephant Foundation provides a great and important contribution to the health, protection and future of all elephants. 100 % of it's funds goes directly to the elephants.

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The International Elephant Foundation is a wonderful nonprofit organization, made up of hardworking , dedicated professionals from around the world. The vast majority of proceeds (if not ALL) goes directly to benefiting elephants. All nonprofits should be run this way.

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

Reading the newsletters, making donations, and visit every zoo I can.

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

More publicity and donations

 
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IEF is an amazing organization. Within the last year alone they have rallied and attacked EEHV (elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus) which is a fatal disease that kills 1 in 4 baby elephants. There's no cure, and IEF is focusing their efforts to find a cure. This is truly important work that people need to know about.

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2012

 
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The IEF is the absolute best organization concerning elephants. Their work to help saved this endangered species is priceless and they are infinitely passionate about it! Not only does the IEF do amazing work but they are run like charities should be--as little administrative bureaucracy as possible so that all donations reach the elephants themselves. So many animal organizations use animals to raise money but end up never actually helping them, the IEF is the exact opposite. Everyone there lives and breathes elephants and devotes endless time and energy for the cause.

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

I've worked with elephants in captivity for almost 10 years and have seen first hand how magical they are but also how serious the threat of extinction is. In my time in the industry I've seen the IEF make real progress and get results on a variety of research for elephants like artificial insemination, elephant-specific diseases, etc. They've also done outreach to help elephant keepers in their native lands learn to care for their elephants in new and better ways.

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

If I could I would give the IEF unlimited funding and raise their visibility so more people would know about them and donate.

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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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I know some of the founders of The International Elephant Foundation and they are the most caring and courageous people I know. They have dedicated their lives to educating the public about elephants, caring for elephants and doing everything they can to help elephants survive around the globe instead of becoming extinct. I tell everyone possible about the IEF because it does important work well. 98% of the donated money goes directly to helping the elephants. Because these founders are involved, I am confident it is the best run organization in the industry of saving and caring for elephants.

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

I have watched the founders care for their own elephants with great love and expertise. I have listened to them educate the general public in many different venues. When they were "on location" overseas for a movie one of their elephants made, they did a workshop for all the mahouts to show them how to improve their care for the elephants as well as making sure all the elephants involved had better food and health care as a condition of their being involved. They care like this everywhere they go.

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

I only wish it could be more widely known, so more could understand the importance of the work it is doing.

 
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The IEF is a truly worthy nonprofit. I can't think of any other which is more dedicated to its cause. They do great work for elephant conservation domestically and abroad, and the money you give is almost entirely directed to those efforts. The IEF deserves your support.

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

their projects are far reaching, effective, and easy to track.

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

increase their exposure and support base.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

The International Elephant Foundation is a great charity. Well over 90% of the monies received goes directly to their projects, they do not line their pockets with it like so many other charities. The people involved with IEF truly have the best interest of elephants at heart. Other charities should look upon them as an example. They have created awareness in range countries that will help aid in the fight against extinction.

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?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The International Elephant Foundation is a wonderful organization. They help elephants here and in the wild. Over 95% of the money they take in actually goes to help elephants. This is a worthwhile organization to donate to.

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

 
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1 person found this review helpful

The International Elephant Foundation does amazing work. They raise awareness and truly help elephants. 98% of the donations they take in goes directly to helping elephants. There is no other elephant charity like it and the only one I will give my money to.

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

I am aware of the projects that they are involved in and have seen the results.

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

Get more people to volunteer and give money.

 
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