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CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY INC
October 27, 2012

We donate monthly to CBD because they walk the talk. Their influence in the legal arena is second to none. They aren't afraid to take on the big boys, or the big issues such as human overpopulation. The latest example is their opposition to the Newhall Ranch development in SoCal. They fought it even when most other environmental groups had caved, but have been vindicated by the courts. The development is now at a standstill. Thank you, CBD.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Donor

Animal Place
March 7, 2012

I used to support them, until they recently decided not to help with an emergency rescue of many animals from a failed local sanctuary. They could have taken in at least a few of the neediest animals, including farm animals. I have heard no valid reason for this refusal.

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Was your donation impactful?

Unsure

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Unlikely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Donor

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Animal Place
October 6, 2011

Still no answer as to why they spend so little of their money on the animals. Their revenue to expenses ratio is startling. Lots of money sitting idle. Why?

The Great!

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

none

Ways to make it better...

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

spend money on the animals, not hoard it

MY ROLE:
Donor & gave money.

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PLACER COUNTY SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
October 6, 2011

We no longer support them, as we choose to support other local groups that don't have the fundraising machine this group has. There are shoestring groups doing as much or more for animals, and they don't turn away animals because they come from outside Roseville. Placer SPCA is very choosy about the animals it takes, meaning many of the least adoptable have no place to go. That's why they can claim such low euthanasia rates. It's really a form of cheating.

The Great!

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

nothing

Ways to make it better...

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

take all animals instead of rejecting all but the perfect ones

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & used to donate.

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The Humane Society of the United States
October 6, 2011

Of course they don't spend their money on shelter animals. They spend it where it most needs to go - factory farming, fur, experimentation...the big guns. Billions of animals die for food, and that is where the focus of the future must be. Those who claim they're being targeted by HSUS must have something they're hiding that they need to change. So change it.

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

Prop2 California

Ways to make it better...

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

send less junk

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & worked on a campaign.

ZIONIST ORGANIZATION OF AMERICA
July 5, 2011

This group is a political lobby, not a charity. They do no charitable work whatsoever.

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

been exposed to their extreme zealotry

Ways to make it better...

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

take away their tax-exempt status

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & N/A.

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Sacramento Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
July 5, 2011

Look at these rating details, folks. Sac SPCA has almost 12 million dollars sitting in reserves, and they consistently take in more than they spend on animal care. Why is that? Why do they continue to cry poor when they are anything but?

The Great!

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

have talked to ex-volunteers who also question where the money is going

Ways to make it better...

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

spend more of their substantial largesse on animals, not salaries and their fancy building

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & donated goods to thrift store.

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Land Trust Alliance, Inc.
July 5, 2011

What exactly do they do to monitor trusts? How do they ensure compliance with all standards? How often do they audit trusts? I want more facts on the nitty gritty of how to ensure these trusts are putting their money where their mouth is.

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

have tried to find out whether a trust is high quality but got nowhere

Ways to make it better...

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

Ensure rigorous standards and demand compliance with regular inspections.

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & looked into donating.

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Animal Place
July 5, 2011

I too think they're doing great work. My concern is that they still haven't raised their rating from 3 stars. Look at the revenue/expense graph. Why such consistently higher revenues than expenses? Why are they constantly asking for more money? Where is it going if not into the animals?

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

have seen the animals - well cared for

Ways to make it better...

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

explain their revenue/expense ratio

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & have donated and visited.

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Defenders of Wildlife
June 27, 2011

I used to donate, until I learned more about the high salaries obscenely out of line for a charity. And their sellout of the wolves. And their constant appeals for yet more money. Where exactly is it going? Why can CN only give 2 stars? That's a huge red flag.

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

I saw their work locally on one small project, but it's not enough to overcome the bloated national corporate practices.

Ways to make it better...

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

Clean up their financial act and stop paying such exorbitant salaries. Do more grassroots work on the ground.

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & I volunteered on a local project, which was valuable.

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Born Free USA
June 27, 2011

I've met some of the principal people, but always have to respect the CN rating. Two stars should be a huge red flag for anyone. What are they doing wrong financially? Until they get their rating up, I won't donate again. There are plenty of highly-rated charities that need every dollar.

The Great!

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

N/A

Ways to make it better...

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

improve their financial affairs

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & previously donated.

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RedRover
June 27, 2011

I fail to understand the glowing reviews here. If CN gives a charity only 2 stars, that should be a big red warning sign. Something is very wrong. The group may be good to volunteers, and may do one thing well, but there is something wrong financially when CN can only give 2 stars. Animal Nations, what are you doing about this?

The Great!

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

none

Ways to make it better...

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

Clean up their financial act.

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & chose not to donate until their rating is better.

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GREYHOUND FRIENDS FOR LIFE
December 27, 2010

We've adopted several greyhounds through GFFL over the last decade, and would not hesitate to recommend them to other potential adopters. They have a marvelous facility in Auburn where people can meet available dogs. Greyhounds are absolutely amazing family members!

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

the great dogs we've had

Ways to make it better...

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

n/a

MY ROLE:
Client Served & adopted dogs.

CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY INC
April 30, 2010

CBD is hands down the best bang for your environmental buck. They quietly go about the business of calling truth to power, and they are very successful. They don't waste a lot of money on fancy mailers or mahogany office furniture. They're the major beneficiary in our wills because they get the job done. When other enviro groups are afraid to buck the tide, CBD will be jumping right in.

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

save huge amounts of habitat for many, many animals.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Donor & donate monthly.