National Audubon Society, Inc.

Rating: 3 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: 225 Varick Street, 7th Floor New York NY 10014 USA

Mission: Audubon's mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.
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Rating: 5 stars  

Audubon is the organization that brings birds to the forefront of environmental conservation as well as provides wonderful information and photos about birds and birding. It is a powerful advocate and voice for birds and their habitats such as the area that was devastated by the BP oil spill. As someone who loves birds and gets immense enjoyment from them I feel they are a great organization and I have learned a great deal about birds and environmental issues by being a member.

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2013

 
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Rating: 2 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

How sad I am to find out that my donations have been used to pay past CEOs and presidents. I checked my other charities and no one I donate to does that. Just Audubon. I am so disappointed to find out that I have not helped the birds or conservation efforts that have been so important to me.

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2012

 
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Rating: 2 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

half a million given to "past" CEO's??!! Is this an effective use of donor money? I have been donating to them for years but no more.

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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Endless wasteful junk mail received as a result of my donation from both Audubon and related causes. My name/address seems to have been released or sold by Audubon judging by the number of similar charities sending junk mail my way. I will never donate again

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2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The new strategic plan is great. Focus on protection of birds and their habitats. Organizing their work based on flyways. This will make them even more effective.

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

We recently received a really apalling mailing from Audubon National. It looks very much like a membership renewal form, but if you read the fine print it's an "offer" to extend your current membership another year, which in our case would be beyond April 2013 when it actually expires. It also indicates that the minimum renewal is $90 when actually it's only $20. When I contacted Audubon to make sure I read it correctly, the reply I got said that this was "...a special offer sent out to all members regardless of their expiration date.: I think it's highly misleading and even borders on fraud. Shame on this otherwise worthy group!

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I recently joined the National Audubon Society for the first time. I support their mission and consider them a worthwhile organization to support. However, upon becoming a member I have been inundated, literally inundated, with solicitations from other environmental groups with which I have no history. I recycle but the amount of paper coming in as a result of my joining Audubon is truly sad. It is clear to me that they have shared my contact information with no fewer than 6 organizations from which I've heard this month alone. A call to the membership department confirms that this is Audubon's regular practice. If prospective members are warned that this will be the result of their joining, I believe it is in the fine print and easily overlooked. I would certainly have opted out had I realized, or else declined to join. It is an unfortunate practice and detracts from Audubon's good name and reputation.

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Increase transparency and ethical practice by alerting members clearly that their contact information will be shared with a significant number of other agencies for solicitation, or simply discontinue this practice.

 
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