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
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

These bad reviews are ridiculous. Where are the claims of corruption etc coming from?

http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=4770#.U_yb67xdW2Q

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

Here is another dishonest organization using lies to get money to supposedly help animals. If they lie to get the money then they are more then likely not using most if any of the money to help any animals.

They keep lying about global warming saying the polar bears habitat is shrinking when it has grown by 50% going along with the bankers and power companies who are making billions of dollars on these lies.

Never ever give any organization money who lies to get support.

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

I would quit lying and deceiving the public to get donations. Remove the fake polar bear commercial WWF needs to get the facts before posting false information like that.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I can't speak as an insider, but I live in Rwanda and since WWF has managed some of the parks here, the parks have increased revenue for badly needed tourism (it's hard to get people to travel hours to a forest if there is no infrastructure and without tourism, the dire poverty in the area causes people to poach from the forest and take out resources). For example, when I recently went to visit a habituated (understand that does not mean "tamed" or "in captivity") monkey troupe, the tracker was a local woman. There are managed honey gathering and candle making projects that use resources sustainably rather than using the burning-out method which did significant damage to the forest in the past.. I don't know who owns the lodge at the edge of the forest (Gisakura GH) but WWF staff were staying there in very modest quarters. I'll keep paying attention to issues people say about the compensation and the overkill on publicity, but I think they are doing important work in the field.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

These guys tell you how much they care about the animals, but your donations go to the government. I don't like that they have no donor privacy policies.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

Hello, just saw a tv commercial regarding endangered tigers and decided to check out wwe.org. I was happy to see that a claimed 80+ cents of every dollar goes towards the conservation efforts, but appalled however at finding out what the CEO's yearly earnings are... If you're listening wwe.org, reduce that salary and you'll have my contribution... Yes, I am living what I preach. I've taken a 33% hit in my salary due to the down turn in the economy by starting over and taking an entry level position in public service, but can still live a comfortable life by cutting back on some unnecessary expenses... and as I ready to sign my name up to help a tiger out there, I find myself disgusted at the CEO's salary...

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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  

1 person found this review helpful

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

WWF is a wonderful and accessible organization for all looking to make a difference in not only the world but in their lives. It's not just about making big changes, but all the little things that can be done to protect our environment, and life in it. WWF provides immense resources in this quest.

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

not only the environment but in the political realm as well.

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

keep up the good work

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

the education it provides

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

via the internet and my dealings w/ the organization there

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

triple it by holding fundraisers, or funding preserves and lobbying.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to take one of the trips w/ WWF

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

getting people to look beyond their own noses and reconnect to the life around them and the origins of things they enjoy, but may soon disappear

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

it's so easy to get involved

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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