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CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY INC
April 24, 2009

This is one of the hardest-hitting and most effective organizations out there for protecting endangered species and habitat. Their staff is superb, and their public outreach is remarkable. I read their alerts and updates faithfully, because I know I will learn about both the science and the politics in one fell swoop.

The Great!

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

protection of endangered salmon and delta smelt in the SF Bay Delta, as well as protection of orca habitat in the NOrthwest, and wolves in the Rockies. And now they have launched a climate change center to really address impacts of climate change on habitat and species.

Ways to make it better...

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

...have a few more fun, local networking events for members to meet each other and hear about the organization, and meet other supporters, as well as recruit new supporters.

More feedback

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

They care about their members and volunteers, and they are intelligent, effective advocates, scientists, and attorneys - all in one.

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

exceptional and passionate about their work. Period.

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

...quite probably save the world (or maybe a good part of the habitat and species on it!).

Ways to make it better...

...no comment here. I've had great experiences with this organization.

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

...competition for financial resources with other organizations, although I think CBD has really proved itself, and has carved a strong and growing base of supporters. I find it to be much more effective than many of the bigger, established national organizations.

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

...they should keep bringing in younger members, as they've been doing. That is a huge plus to their organization, compared to many others, where membership/support is centered in the 50-plus age groups...not sustainable over time.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & I've worked with this organization to protect and restore fisheries in the west.