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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Energy Resources Conservation & Development, Environment, Forest Conservation, Land Resources Conservation, Protection of Endangered Species

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 fights for people and planet by working at the intersection of three core issues: Preserving Rainforests, Protecting the Climate, and Defending Human Rights. Unlike any other organization, RAN does this through the lens of corporate accountability. That means RAN tackles some of the biggest corporations, banks, and global institutions on the planet. Traditionally, RAN works closely with local leaders to launch strategic corporate campaigns employing tactics such as: high-profile, direct communication and public awareness campaigns; peaceful direct actions against our targets; coordinated media and social media campaigns; highly researched and detailed reports; grassroots organizing; and high-level negotiations — and relentless follow-up to make sure promises are kept. RAN takes on these campaigns not to change the behavior of individual companies, but to change the practices and business culture of whole industrial sectors.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Marla9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They provide action and updated info in regards to saving the planet and it's occupants, humans, wildlife and precious resources

1 Maria165

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When thinking about someone being in the forefront fighting for wildlife and the environment you immediately think of RAN as one of the best ones out there With their enthusiasm to protect wild animals as well as the environment you know the future looks much brighter

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The people I have met that work a Rainforest Action Network love what they do and are passionate about saving our planet. They work hard to save rare species and forests.

Wally C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Rainforest Action Network is amazing! They're a great educational resource that truly cares about their cause. They've made some really beautiful and informative papers on palm oil that helped myself and my colleagues learn about such an important topic. Keep up the great work!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I was eight years old my family visited the tallest mountain in my home state of North Carolina, Mt Mitchell. And as we arrived, we looked out at absolute destruction: the mountain's ancient spruce and fir trees decimated by acid rain. More than tragic, it simply looked wrong.

And that moment helped lead me to work for many years on environmental issues. Part of that time was with Rainforest Action Network (RAN). RAN has long worked to perfect the art of pressuring companies to improve their environmental practices. RAN's staff and volunteers will put their bodies on the line, regularly engaging in nonviolent civil disobedience -- even finding themselves thrown in jail.

But after these radical acts the RAN team will put on a suit and go meet with corporate executives and come to a solution that works.

That combination of raw passion and grounded pragmatism is extraordinary. And, indeed, that combination is exactly what forests like Mt Mitchell's need.

So now, every year, I think of the forests of the world, and of me as a young boy, when I proudly give to Rainforest Action Network.

Review from #MyGivingStory

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am really passionate about rainforests. RAN has inspired me in so many ways…in all the campaigns that it runs…in its education campaigns…and its tireless efforts to protect the world’s forests.

29

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Rainforest Action Network is awesome! They take on the corporate powers in the only way that matters to them: hitting their bottom line. Organizing the public to combat corporate polluters is the only way to make effective change, and RAN does this.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

RAN is truly stand out in the field of environmental organizing. In a world in which multinational corporations are not beholden to the jurisdiction of a single nation-state or responsive to minuscule fines imposed by the world's governments, RAN looks beyond traditional lobbying to address the root of the problem. Working in concert with (not on behalf of) affected communities, RAN pulls activists from human rights, ecosystem preservation, and climate justice into unstoppable coalitions that use creative rhetorical tactics, non-violent civil disobedience and traditional campaign strategies to make real change in the world. This fresh perspective is the reason the Rainforest Action Network has triumphed over notoriously destructive corporations like Home Depot, Citigroup, and Boise Cascade for over 20 years and with our help can continue to fight and win battles with far reaching effects for years to come.

28 The_Lorax

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

RAN works in alliance with environmental and human rights groups around the world, including Indigenous forest communities and non-governmental organizations in rain forest countries. They campaign for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life by transforming the global marketplace through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action.

19

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

RAN moves people, policymakers, and companies to make change. RAN is run by a smart, talented, committed group of people who are not afraid to take on big challenges. RAN is an effective organizer and partner with others. RAN runs lean and mean, and puts its dollars and energy where they can have the most leverage, and their creativity spurs people to action. They also know how to have fun.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent orginization that really sees the world in a great light and works to make it better for my family and my family's family.