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  

24 people found this review helpful

The rainforest is my passion. This group gives me a chance to get involved and make a difference from where I am. This is one of the most active and visible rainforest conservation organizations in existance. They also care about global action, seeing the big picture.

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

The emails they send out.

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

Get the name out more.

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

The opportunities they provide.

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

I haven't met any.

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

Save the "Earth's lungs".

Ways to make it better...

Couldn't!

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

Industry.

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

The rainforests need everyone's help!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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22 people found this review helpful

RAN is simply the most effecive organization working for envioronmental justice in the US today. They are small but strategic and scrappy. If you are a corporation profiting from global destruction and RAN sets it's sights on you- look out! They just may pull out the good inside your corporation and get you to Do The Right Thing.Your corporation probably knows that they are destroying the planet for profit, but profit is the bottom line - right? Well the planet is the bottom line for RAN, and RAN gets reesults. I am honored to have worked with RAN in various, primarily contract positions over the last ten years. I keep coming back, because RAN keeps winning!

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

getting major corporations to change their policies to protect the planet.

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

get an ear bud for my cell phone, because I would be on it all the time.

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

working with great, strategic, smart, focused people who know how to get results.

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

warm AND professional.

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

change the world, and hopefully make 40 million the next year!

Ways to make it better...

RAN had more money.

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

money. The name. Since RAN works with so much more that the rainforest, its hard to explain that since its their name.

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

I have worked in the feild of social and environmental justice for 20 years. RAN has given me the experience of success. Thank You!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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24 people found this review helpful

RAN is the undisputed expert at scaring companies into good behavior, negotiating with them about what good behavior is, and then staying on top of them to keep them good - punish them when they fall and rewarding them when they succeed. That is why Fortune called them The Mosquito in the Tent". They never give up and they hve saved millions of oacres of earth and thousands of people int eh process. they are the best!

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

Stopping Citibank from giving loans to forest destroying omapnies

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

Not change a thing

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

It is fearless - and effectives

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

Activists, hard-headed negotiators, dedicated board members who put their bodies on the line with the staffs and volunteers

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

Stop mountain top removal by the coal companies

Ways to make it better...

We could have raised more money

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

raising enough money to take on the coal companies getting enough activist volunteers growing beyond their SF base

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

They did a good job at fending off a vindeictive Congressional investigation

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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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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