RAINFOREST ACTION NETWORK

Rating: 4.91 stars   23 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: 221 Pine St Ste 500 San Francisco CA 94104 USA

Mission: Rainforest Action Network campaigns for the forests, their inhabitants, and the natural systems that sustain life by transforming the global marketplace through grassroots organizing, education, and non-violent direct action.
Geographic areas served: US and International
Programs: RAN's campaigns strive to eliminate the consumer markets and the financial backbone that make industrial forest destruction viable. The Old Growth Campaign works to preserve the Earth's remaining ancient forests by driving old growth wood products out of the marketplace and promoting sustainable alternatives. The goal of the Global Finance Campaign is to bring social and environmental accountability to all aspects of global financial business practices. RAN's Jumpstart Ford Campaign works to halt global climate change by convincing the auto industry to eliminate greenhouse gases by targeting the biggest, worst polluter in the fleet - Ford Motor Company. In an era of unprecedented environmental policy rollbacks, market-based campaigns are the most effective and efficient means to address the critical environmental and social issues of our time. Not subject to the vacillation of public offices and the power of lobbying interests, market advocacy campaigns mobilize the pressure of public opinion and consumer buying power to create incentives that drive corporations to adopt and implement their own regulations and standards. By changing the relationship between industry and the natural environment, we can halt climate destabilization, achieve broader forest protection, and help to secure land rights for indigenous communities in impacted regions.
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

19 people found this review helpful

I feel privelaged to have been introduced to RAN in 2008 as I was recovering from cancer. I am the parent of a special needs child ,so I support alot of organizations. Global warming & the needless destruction of our Rainforests is something I have always been passionate about as I would like future generations to be able to enjoy this beautiful planet. The rate of destruction of our planet often frightens & leaves me feeling hopeless, but finding RAN has given me a renewed sense of hope for saving the planet. I have found the work done by the incredible people who are working for RAN to be selfless,committed,unyielding and passionate. The information supplied to the general public, such as myself , enlightens and warns of what might happen if the destruction of the rainforests continues yet they are so upbeat & positive THEY will overcome & succeed in stopping these crimes against nature you find yourself more mindful & encouraging everyone you know to join in this fight! I have many organizations to contribute funding to, especially being a cancer fighter & the parent of a mentally ill child, but RAN is always on the top of my list for continued financial support. I am confident every dollar I donate is spent in empowering this organization & not being wasted on the CEO flying first class to meetings like alot of other non profits I know about. In the short time I have been involved with RAN I am proud to say I have recruited about 150 people to join & become a part of RAN and have challenged people to donate. I even am working on getting my company to match donations made by employees to RAN, that is how affected & excited I have become about RAN.

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

Changes being discussed in Washington DC & the media

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

CHANGE NOTHING THE PEOPLE RUNNING THIS ORGANIZATION ARE INCREDIBLY EFFECTIVE

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Feeling I am making a difference.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

AMAZING SELFLESS COMPASSIONATE

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

SAVE THE RAINFORESTS & HELP STOP GLOBAL WARMING!

Ways to make it better...

NOTHING WOULD MAKE IT BETTER. THEY ARE GREAT

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

FUNDING,PUBLIC AWARENESS

One thing I'd also say is that...

NEEDS TO BE BROUGHT FORWARD ON A MORE INTERNATIONAL AWARENESS LEVEL

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

24 people found this review helpful

RAN works tirelessly to protect the world's forests. They've been at it since 1985 and have saved millions of acres and help amplify the voices of indigneous allies and affected communities - from forests to coal fields. They're work to save forests doesn't stop at the logging companies - RAN focuses on greening the energy grid and getting America off Oil and Coal. They target the world's biggest banks to adopt policies that remove their investments from supporting dirty energy. They have helped build and galvanize coalitions of groups to amplify the effectiveness around the campaigns. They are working to save the Amazon from Soy planted by the biggest agribusinesses in teh world. They are fighting to do the same in Indonesia where Oil Palm is the biggest contributor to deforestation (as well as helping put Indonesia in 3rd place globally when it comes to green house gas emissions.) They are also working to stop the Alberta Tar Sands project - dupped the "Most Destructive Project in the World". And they are working in Japan to undermine the market for rainforest fiber from Tasmania which is turned into copy and toilet paper. There's more - check out their web site: http://ww.ran.org

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

multiple publications and in the media. Last night a coal rights activist, Maria Gunnoo, was being acknowledged at the prestigious Goldman Awards for Environmental Excellence. RAN gave her an award to support her work 2 years ago.

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

Work harder to get higher profile in the media. These guys are amazing!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The energy and passion of the people involved.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

committed, excellent, passionate and caring people. They are true believers that we all must do what we can to protect the Earth for future generations, and that corporate profit and plunder is over as business-as-usual.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Effectively stop the construction of new coal-fired power plants in the US and stop agribusiness from destroying the Amazon and the rainforests of Indonesia - and stop the Tar Sands project in Alberta. I suspect that they'd spend the money on grassroots organizing and media.

Ways to make it better...

I had worn better shoes.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The size of it's targets - but they've never lost a campaign. And also the economic downturn - I worry that they - and other worthy groups - will be financially challenged in the next couple of years.

One thing I'd also say is that...

RAN rocks! Like Greenpeace with their tactics but smaller, more transparent and compassionate in a way that the other eco organizations don't seem to be. Where you would expect anger there seems to be concern and understanding.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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