The Conservation Fund

Rating: 4.89 stars   28 reviews

Issues: Environment, Water

Location: 1655 N. Fort Myer Drive Ste 1300 Arlington VA 22209 USA


At The Conservation Fund, we combine a passion for conservation with an entrepreneurial spirit to protect your favorite places before they become just a memory. A hallmark of our work is our deep, unwavering understanding that for conservation solutions to last, they need to make economic sense. Top-ranked, we have protected more than 7 million acres across America.


Here are just a few of our accomplishments in 2013: * Helped protect land for the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland. * Donated land for the first national park in Delaware. * Helped cities across America, including Los Angeles, Atlanta and Detroit create parks. * Reconnected a forest that stretches nearly 30 miles along the rugged North Coast of California. * Provided loans to help family farms, like the Stacy Farm in Ohio. * Our Land Conservation Loan Program provided critical financing and guidance to dozens of land trusts and local groups to help them save special places.
Geographic areas served: United States
Programs: land conservation loans, community development programs, sustainable forestry management, green infrastructure planning and more.

2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My experiences with The Conservation Fund are with the Texas field office (see: I have known Texas Director Andy Jones and his colleague in the Pineywoods, Julie Shackelford, for more than a decade. Whenever I can provide assistance, I jump at the chance. I only wish I could do more.

What I have witnessed is a no-nonsense, scientific, intellectual, and businesslike approach to habitat conservation. The Conservation Fund is lean and focused. They have also been among the first to adopt new business models in keeping with the times. Their approach is a bit like a SWAT team - they identify the need, and they proceed to fix it. The end.

I have worked for other conservation and wildlife nonprofits over the years, both as a staff member and as a volunteer. The Conservation Fund stands head-and-shoulders above the rest. Whenever I have asked for advice and assistance, they have given it to me without delay and without question. They are not emotional, but they are kind, and they adhere to the highest ethical standards.

Other groups in the conservation arena are quite adept at "feel good" self-promotion, and many are also staff-heavy. The membership you contribute is eaten-up quickly by administrative overhead, and the land and/or species protected are relatively fewer. When asked, I always suggest people contribute to The Conservation Fund. I have the utmost trust in them.

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I believe a few more staff might be helpful, particularly in the communications and development arenas. Donors, volunteers, and the general public want and need to know more. The more they know, the more support that can be secured. The Conservation Fund would benefit from more staff dedicated to managing public access to the organization, so the conservation experts can focus on their jobs. Having said that, I can't imagine the organization becoming too staff-heavy. They know what works best!

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Rating: 4 stars  

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Last year The Conservation Fund bought 766 acres near Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on the Eastern Shore of Maryland so it could be sold to the government and made part of the refuge. Today that transfer was officially announced, and we thank The Conservation Fund for helping Blackwater NWR acquire important habitat that will protect species and help filter water that's entering the Chesapeake Bay.

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acquiring habitat

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