October 25, 2012
I've been giving to environmental causes since I earned my first full-time paycheck in 1976. We make substantial annual gifts to about 15 of them right now, and have been so impressed with the Center for Biological Diversity (which we only discovered about 3 years ago) that it is named as a beneficiary in our wills. If the salary information on the Director is any guide, the Center's staff earns a mere pittance considering the out-sized influence they have on protection of the ecosystems our most vulnerable species need to survive. Further, they are extremely responsive to their membership, with regular e-mailed newsletters consisting of short, enjoyable, well-written updates on 8-10 issues they're currently working on, including their successes and direct links within the piece to action e-mails. From time to time they conduct hour-long phone calls on a topic of interest, led by the Director and open to questions from the donors. I've e-mailed the staff a couple of times and have always gotten a timely response. While I enjoy the coddling, it's really my great faith in the enormity of the work they do, and the efficiency with which they do it, that so endears me to the Center. They are committed professionals at the top of my donation list and will always have my support.
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