World Wildlife Fund, Inc.

Rating: 2.9 stars   48 reviews

Issues: Animals, Environment

Location: 1250 24th St NW Washington DC 20037 USA

Mission: WWF’s mission is to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth. By 2020, WWF will conserve 15 of the world’s most ecologically important regions by working in partnership with others to: * Protect and restore species and their habitats * Strengthen local communities' ability to conserve the natural resources they depend upon * Transform markets and policies to reduce the impact of the production and consumption of commodities * Ensure that the value of nature is reflected in decisions made by individuals, communities, governments and businesses * Mobilize hundreds of millions of people to support conservation
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Rating: 3 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I am a very long term donor and am familiar with the good work of this NGO. However, I agree with the previous review that they are RELENTLESS with their mailed solicitations. Further, they had the to my mind amazing chutzpah to send a solicitation saying, in effect, we will cease our onslaught of mailings if you promise to donate on a monthly basis! It reminded my of National Lampoon's cover "Buy This Magazine or We Will Shoot this Dog!" If you want to donate to an organization with a very similar mission but without ANY mailings and more restrained email communication strategy, I recommend the Wildlife Conservation Society. WWF really needs to get their solicitations under control -- I fear that my $100 just about pays my postal bill, and you don't want your donors feeling that way!

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 3 stars  

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Like many of the existing reviews there are some pros and cons of supporting WWF. I definitely agree that they spend way too much on advertising/fund drives. I have called and requested that they send less mail but to no avail. I get at least two copies of Focus and additional mail on what feels like a monthly basis. The other side is that I feel like they do good work. The pros outweigh the negatives but I feel like the donor community must hold them more accountable or the inefficient behavior won't be changed. I will say that if I hear of another animal and environmental charity doing the same kind of work more efficiently, I will not hesitate to direct my funds to away from WWF.

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

As a donor.

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

Less mail. Less administrative expense. Lower executive pay. Enforce environmental philosophy throughout organization.

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Rating: 1 stars  

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Met the head of administration in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania. When I challenged him about driving around the city in a fully kitted out Toyota Land Cruiser - his reply was that the vehicle reflected his status in the organization. He then when on to say that without such visible signs of power, the Africans wouldn't respect him. couple those remarks with some very interesting corporate policies, and almost 23% expenses, this 'charity' should be avoided

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

Tanzania

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

review corporate governance and reduce expenses

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

The Good: Being one of the largest organizations whose purpose is to protect Our Earth and Our Fellow Earth Inhabitants has it's privileges. They seem to have more pull and clout after many years of experience, being based in DC, and have a gaggle of seasoned lobbyists. 83% of all donated monies goes to a cause close to my heart...

The Bad: Being so large they are definitely more wasteful than their smaller counterparts. Executive pay is much too high and the advertising expenses are too high (wish they would cut my mailings in half as I already plan to donate yearly). 17% is too high for "other" expenses.

In my book the good outweighs the bad and I will continue to donate but also look for, and participate with, smaller local organizations as well.

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

protect Our Earth and Fellow Earth Inhabitants.

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

cut executive pay and mailings to current donors. Get the 83% actual used donation number closer to 90%

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

AMAZING!!!! i have no more to say...they are just amazing

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

i have seen their emblem (the panda) everywhere at zoos and on tee shirts they reach out to young kids and grown ups making great profits all put towards helping the animals and the environment

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

what is there to change

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Rating: 1 stars  

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According to the Wall Street Journal;
"This year, chief financial officers at companies with $500 million or more in sales are projected to earn between $257,500 and $370,500 in average annual base pay, according to a 2008 report from staffing firm Robert Half International Inc. "
In 2008 the WWF had a total revenue of $151M. Carter Roberts, President of the WWF, received $465,427 in base compensation. That's 25% more than the high end base salary of CEOs of companies with over 3 times the revenue.
"Helping the environment" is good business.

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

My wallet.

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

Get my donation back and reduce the salary of every Directory to a reasonable, sub-100k, salary.

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

WWF is a joke. They were formed by hunters and their lack of caring for animals shows. They actually support Sea World.....this is a corporation that makes it's millions by imprisioning marine mammals. Send you money to groups that actually care for animals, like Sea Shepherd, Center for Biological Diversity, etc.

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

follow what they do online.

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

Spend their money on REAL changes for animals and their environments.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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WWF's commitment to conserving nature--protecting natural areas of plants and animals; promoting sustainable approaches to the use of renewable natural resources; and promoting more efficient use of resources and energy and the maximum reduction of pollution--is as critical to our future now as it was when they started over 45 years ago. I got to know them more over the last couple of years because of their leadership in raising awareness about earth hour, which has become a global phenomenon. This alone has inspired millions to stand up for our earth in more, bolder ways. I believe that they'll reach their 2020 goal to conserve 19 of the world's most important natural places and significantly change global markets to protect the future of nature. Beyond Earth hour, they continue to reach out to educate people about why action is needed and motivate us to come up with solutions that work for people and nature.

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

save the world and our children's future.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Frogs Are Green is a proud to supporter of the World Wildlife Fund. They work very hard keeping us informed and helping the environment. Such a great cause.

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

use it to research what is killing Frogs!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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l would like to give my vote of confidence to the WWF who have done amazing things to help the Environment and Wildlife.

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

l was impressed with WWF staff and volunteers.

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

do even more to help the Natural World.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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