Nature Conservancy, Inc.

Rating: 3.18 stars   39 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: 4245 N Fairfax Dr Ste 100 Arlington VA 22203 USA

Mission: To preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
Programs: In today's world, everything is connected. And that is the crux of how we get conservation done. We build on our work at particular sites, taking successful ideas and growing them into coordinated strategies across many places and countries. We integrate our efforts so that policy, funding, training and science all work together.We look at the big picture, taking a global view of the Earth's habitats -- forests, oceans and estuaries, lakes, deserts and grasslands -- and the major threats to those habitats, such as climate change, habitat fragmentation, and invasive species. Yet we are grounded in the places we aim to conserve. In each place we work, our local staffs and partners tailor conservation actions to reflect an area's unique natural, cultural and economic conditions. We take an integrated, ecosystem-based approach that crosses political boundaries. We depend on local partners and stakeholders to identify, support and help implement realistic conservation solutions.By linking our on-the-ground, in-the-water efforts with our global priorities and strategies, The Nature Conservancy creates conservation results built to last.
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I just called the membership department toll-free and they addressed my need immediately. My experience for nine years is only positive. Best of all, I see the results of The Nature Conservancy in my home state as they help to protect very important places in Vermont.

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

Yes, The Nature Conservancy bought land when no one else would do it. They are protecting very special places in Vermont and still allow people to visit, hike and enjoy the outdoors.

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

donate more so they could protect even more of our planet.

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Rating: 2 stars  

So their rating is 3 stars and they have raised the CEO salary from ~$320,000 to ~$360,000? Why would I want to donate to this group? I used to but this is not fiscally responsible. Sorry.

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

I am disappointed to see the increase in salary for the CEO.

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

They need to re-think their mission.

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Terrible customer service, and apalling lack of urgency. I have donated twice to The Nature Conservancy (TNC). The first time they charged my account twice and failed to correct the error until I had called a total of 4 times over 3 weeks. I had to literally harrass them until they did something about it.

The second time was about 5 weeks ago when I made a donation to "Save Coral Reef" for my wife's birthday. I made it well in advance hoping she would receive her gift pack and certificate in time. 2 weeks after her birthday, still nothing. I emailed TNC to let them know we had gotten nothing in the post. It took them a week just to respond to my email! When they finally did, they apologised and insisted they would immediately send out a new gift pack and certificate. It has now been 5 weeks since I made the donation. We have received ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Disgraceful.

I will not be making any donations to this charity again, and will be sure to let other conservationists know of their incompetence and lack of customer care.

If you are considering of donating to this charity, do yourself a favour - pick another one instead.

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

N/A

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

1. Fire imcompetent employees. 2. Hire people with professionalism and a sense of urgency. 3. Stop paying the top guys a ridiculous $320,000 per year!

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I beleive that TNC has lost its way in its corporate structure. While the organization has fantastic staff working at the local, state and foreign country levels in many programs; the regional / national / international corporate structure is destroying this organization. Unfortunately, a lack of ethical commitment to conservation continues to drive TNC into making bad decisions based on poor ethical choices. At TNC the money always wins and the loser is typically true cosnervation.

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

I have seen TNC fall apart under poor leadership and a lack of ethics. When money drives the regional directors and the most senior staff, conservation takes a back seat.

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

If I had to make changes in TNC, I would start over with a new organization. The organization is so broken they cannot see a way to fix themselves that is not unethical in the use of donor dollars or corrupt in straying from the mission of the organization.

Was your donation impactful?

Unlikely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

I stopped giving and removed TNC from my estate plans due to their lack of ethical behavior.

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

This charity is the lackey of big business who want to assuage their guilt by donating to an environmental charity who will not bite them in the ass. Better to donate to a 4 star charity that is smaller, more focused and supportive of the environment.

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

no

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

not spend 75 million on fund raising! Think about how much land that could buy!

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Rating: 2 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

My wife and I are life members of TNC, and are in the process of preparing a new will. We plan to leave much of our estate to charities, but only to charities that are managed efficiently.
TNC used to be among the top charities when it came to the percent of donors' moneys spent on programs. I am disappointed that it now gets only three stars on Charity Navigator, and that it spent $182 million on administrative and fundraising expenses during the latest period.
Has TNC been hijacked by leaders/managers whose priorities are no longer "nature conservancy?"

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

Nature Conservancy preserve in Mount Desert Island, Maine.

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

Reduce the admin and fundraising expenses; spend more of the donors' money on "nature conservancy rather than such expenses.

Was your donation impactful?

Unsure

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Unsure

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Unsure

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 1 stars  

As a 4th generation of settlers of land in Wyoming, I have lived with the land all of my 62years. Coming from this linage of pioneers, it has always been, and still is, our life goal to have a sustainable life, while enhancing the land we love, according to what and how God ordained it to be used. From lands I have observed being taken over by the NCI, it has not been the same management goal, nor anything resembling the Code of the West that we live by. Lands left to nature are not always the best, as we were given the 'brains' to make things better. I will grant, that not all of the West has been treated as it should, but that is a very small percentage. Of course, that small percentage is always the only news that makes the headlines. People don't realize the importance of livestock in the sustainability of rangeland....this has been proven by Alan Savory.....look him up! Without the pioneers of the Western States, the wildlife would never have been established as it is now. Thats all because of the grass production on private lands that have been managed for 'optimal' use for livestock and wildlife. If all the lands were reverted back to 'nature' it would not take long to slip back to desolate, unusable wastelands, unaccessible and useless for life there, as we see it today.

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

Wyoming

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

Use the funding you have to enhance the lands, for everyones benefit, instead of the 'off site' minority of those 'thinking' that they know better than the people that live here!

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Rating: 2 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

It looks like the Charity Navigator decided to remove the comments tab (maybe under the pressure from the charity due to the criticism of the high CEO and past CEO pay [over 300,000 each]). These comments can be accessed via a link at the bottom; but I wonder for how long?

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

visiting some of the preserves

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

reduce executive salaries

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

TNC has consistently operated and worked toward its mission over many years. Check it out and if its goals match yours, then join and help become a steward of the earth.

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

preservation of wetlands

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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