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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: ABC acts to safeguard the rarest bird species, restore habitats, and reduce threats, while building capacity in the conservationmovement. ABC plays a major role in bringing people and organizations together to benefit birds, uniting them around priority issues through networks that include the Bird Conservation Alliance, North American Bird Conservation Initiative, Partners in Flight, National Pesticide Reform Coalition, Alliance for Zero Extinction, and a growing collaboration of international partners.

Target demographics: wild birds

Geographic areas served: the Americas

Programs: Bird conservation programs - abc works to prevent the extinctions of some of the world's rarest species, protect habitat, and eliminate threats that cumulatively kill billions of birds each year.

outreach - abc disseminates bird conservation information and news through its printed publications, website, and list serves, participates in a variety of birding events and encourages the public to get involved in bird conservation through public action campaigns.

membership services - abc's membership is a growing network of birders and nature lovers making a difference for birds throughout the americas.

Community Stories

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

American Bird Conservancy has a remarkably high impact preventing the extinction of the most threatened bird species across the Americas. Its work is diverse as this organizations has a leading role establishing protected areas, supporting the sustainable development of local people and supporting educative activities aiming to raise the awareness of local people regarding the protection of nature to secure humankind’s own future. ABC collaborates with local organizations in the countries where it works. It is one of the very few organizations that understands that building a solid partnership and keeping it strong is key to achieve its ultimate conservationist goal. As leader of a committed Bolivian conservationist NGO, I have the experience of collaborating with ABC in several projects and I can confidently say that ABC takes care of its partners. I feel like we belong to a committed conservationist family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Amos Butler Audubon Society’s partnership with the American Bird Conservancy. Since the year 2000, our chapter has financially supported a variety of ABC projects. A shared conservation mission is just one reason why we have continued to be long-term supporters of ABC. Its record of accomplishment in achieving its goals and objectives is outstanding. We have come to trust staff management of our projects implicitly. Our chapter has been supporting conservation projects in Latin America for over 30 years through an annual fundraiser called Birdathon. When we send contributions from our donors, we are sure that ABC will use them wisely for maximum conservation benefit. We truly value our association with ABC.
International Projects Director for the Amos Butler Audubon Society

Client Served

Rating: 5

Blue Ridge Audubon Chapter (formerly known as Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society) of Asheville, North Carolina has worked directly with American Bird Conservancy (ABC) since 2010. Our chapter has donated more than $60,000, raised during our annual Birdathon, to support acquisition and conservation of land for three projects, two in Colombia, SA and another in Nicaragua. ABC has provided more than $20,000 in cost share in direct support of these projects.

These projects are especially meaningful to our chapter as they help preserve and restore habitat for neotropical birds that breed in western North Carolina, among which are Cerulean Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler and Wood Thrush, three species that are especially meaningful to our membership. Every year ABC submits several alternative projects so that our chapter can select a project that will inspire our membership and help us maximize our fundraising.

Blue Ridge Audubon Chapter is proud to partner with the American Bird Conservancy to support the work they do to protect birds and the places birds depend on.

Kathleen Poe B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I give American Bird Conservancy (ABC) a 5 Star rating, because of its laser-like focus on protecting bird species & their habitats, both here in North America, but also throughout Central & South America., where they work with local conservation partners. ABC also focuses on critical issues such as threats to birds posted by free-ranging cats, by collisions with glass buildings & wind turbines, & pesticides. I have found the staff of ABC to be incredibly motivated, highly competent individuals with a strong work ethic. I support ABC as a donor because it is an organization which has impact on issues which are important to me.

Scott J.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ABC has been a wonderful partner to the Bahamas National Trust. Through our collaborations, we are learning more about birds such as Kirtland's Warblers and critically endangered Bahamian species, such as the Bahama Oriole. They have helped us gather valuable information about the effects of hurricane Dorian on our birdlife in the northern Bahamas. The staff I had the pleasure of working with within The Bahamas were down to earth, fun to work with, and are fantastic birders with a true passion for birds and a strong desire to conserve them. I look forward to our continued partnership and collaborations with future projects as we strive to protect and conserve Bahamian birdlife and the management of national parks.

Donor

Rating: 5

ABC is leading the efforts to save Hawaii's endangered bird species and is trying to prevent any more extinctions in the Aloha state. They have a very professional and dedicated team focusing on reducing the many problems Hawaii's native birds are currently experiencing. Perhaps the most serious of these is avian malaria and pox which are being transmitted to the birds by introduced mosquitoes. ABC is working diligently with many partners to hopefully find a solution to these serious diseases. The ABC website is updated regularly so all interested parties can follow the important work they are doing towards conservation of birds globally. I highly encourage everyone to generously support ABC

Donor

Rating: 5

American Bird Conservancy is a proven leader in protecting and saving vulnerable birds. Over the years I have had the opportunity to work with their personnel directly in various ways. Each interaction has been friendly and productive in terms of saving endangered birds.
Marci and Brian Swanson

Donor

Rating: 5

American Bird Conservancy does an outstanding job of integrating direct conservation actions with education and inspiration. Partnerships ABC has fostered across the Western Hemisphere have expanded the breadth and capacity of nature reserves vital to rare birds as well as migratory birds. ABC has actively expanded science-based understanding of key threats to wild birds. Members and visitors to the organization's website have easy access to a wide range of information on how they can make practical changes to benefit wild birds, whether it be by making windows in their homes more visible to birds, keeping cats indoors, or reducing use of toxic pesticides. The organization's finances are well managed, with close to 85% of funds going directly to programs, education, and outreach. ABC is doing great work and along the way I have always found the staff to be very friendly, well versed in the issues of the day, and passionate about advancing bird conservation.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have supported ABC for many years and will continue to do so. They are not only top notch in terms of planning and conducting conservation actions for birds and their habitat, and ensuring resources get to the right places to make the biggest impact for species in need, but we really appreciate that they work so closely with local conservation organizations throughout the Americas. For example, they have worked side-by-side with the Fundación de Conservación Jocotoco in Ecuador to preserve important habitat used for roosting by native parrots and to ensure protection of vital habitat for other birds, and have conducted many other similar partnerships with local groups. That type of collaboration is key. We also greatly appreciate their work on education on bird strikes and bird safe glass, and their vision for the future of priority habitat to support bird migration. This is an extraordinary non-profit organization and I'm proud to give them five stars.

Donor

Rating: 5

ABC is what you wish all conservation organizations and charities could be - incorruptible, relentless, effective and responsive Their agenda is untainted by any consideration other than reversing the tragic declines in bird populations, a difficult job in a distracted society oblivious to what it’s losing. The debt the public owes this stellar organization is incalculable. Their funding is assiduously used in service of their conservation goals. Their personnel are both expert and personable, willing to interact at whatever level of expertise you bring to an inquiry. ABC demonstrates perfect integrity and spectacular effectiveness at the extremely complex task of working with various nations and political entities to accomplish their single conservation goal of preserving bird populations. We support many conservation and environmental organizations, but AB is the best among them; their purity and focus are unparalleled.

Donor

Rating: 5

The American Bird Conservancy conserves bird habitats throughout the Americas. Twenty-nine percent of North American breeding adult birds have been lost since 1970, an unsustainable loss that has put many species on a trajectory towards extinction if this trend is not reversed. ABC’s hemispheric approach is essential to reversing this loss since many declining North American breeding species are Neotropical migrants that overwinter in Central and South America, the area experiencing the greatest loss of vertebrate species. Unlike many environmental organizations, the ABC remains focused on the loss of biodiversity, the silent crisis that does not get enough attention or funding. ABC’s Strategic Bird Conservation Framework is a science based approach to conservation that is designed to reverse the decline of bird species in the Americas. It is the most comprehensive and best thought out conservation strategy that I have seen from any environmental organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

While I support many conservation organizations, ABC is clearly one of the most effective in communicating and achieving its challenging mission, through a spectrum of well-managed programs, such as the cats indoors program, the work on preventing bird-building strikes, and conservation partnerships with locals and other organizations in Central and South America. ABC's work is needed now more than ever, and we all should be applauding and supporting this exceptional team of dedicated and talented people. As a birder and leader of bird walks, it has been disheartening to see the decline in bird species and numbers and in their protected habitats. ABC has given me hope for the future of our planet.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ABC was a great partner to work with on the "Managed Forests for Birds" project. Their passion for birds is apparent through the work they've done and continue to do.

Donor

Rating: 5

Small,lean organization that gets great results. Also the only bird organization that addresses the birds' needs in the Southern Hemisphere,where they spend their winters. They are small enough to be open to input and help you identify a bird ,if necessary. All the the staff I've encountered are friendly,knowledgeable,and dedicated. They are at the top of my list of nonprofits to support!

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife Cathy and I have been supporters of the American Bird Conservancy for over a decade now, starting as members and individual donors and gradually moving up to Leadership level and Legacy Circle members. For two midlevel retired government employees, such a financial commitment was only made after many years of involvement and interaction with ABC and its outstanding and dedicated staff. We do support other preservation and conservation groups but in our view none of the others, as good as they are can match the record of ABC in identifying threats and challenges primarily, but not exclusively, relating to bird life and birdscapes throughout the Western hemisphere. Their strategic, comprehensive and balanced approach to their cause is fact-based, priority driven and seeks to develop partners and local resources to help advance their priority goals. While they prefer to solve problems by building bridges to success (which we as public servants have always favored) they are not afraid to litigate on critical issues if they have to. Whether it's feral cats, reducing bird deaths from window collisions, saving and restoring critical bird habitat throughout the western hemisphere and many other areas, I know of no other pro conservation group that has been more effective with so small a budget. They have shown time and again that they can produce vitally important successes and with more financial assistance I am confident that they can do far more. And in today's world it should be obvious that much more needs to be done!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

American Bird Conservancy's work to understand and remedy the design features that lead birds to collide with buildings is more than enough to qualify the organization as a five-star nonprofit, but ABC's work embraces much more than that, reaching from the preservation of the habitat in Central and South America used by Neotropical migrants to providing much-needed leadership on keeping cats indoors. The hemisphere's birds are healthier and safer because of ABC.

Darren M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of working with The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) on a project to understand contributions of private forests for bird conservation. The American Bird Conservancy has been an exemplary partner. They bring exceptional avian conservation expertise to the table and are very collaborative in their approach. Our partnership, with leadership from ABC, is positively influencing bird conservation on private, working forests across the southeastern U.S. This partnership could eventually influence literally millions of acres of productive, southern forests. Their conservation message is grounded in reality and they are excellent at translating research results into practical information for forest managers. I cannot say enough about the qualities of ABC.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ABC focuses on landscape scale habitat restoration with an incredible network of partners to save endangered and rare bird species. Complex problems like saving endangered species can only be solved by organizations collaborating under a common goal. The recent delisting of the Kirkland Warbler is a wonderful example of the impact of this type of true collaboration. ABC along with other partners showed both the strategic leadership and strategic doing that get results and uses donor funds to make a tremendous impact!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ABC is a very collaborative organization to work with. They effectively build strong relationships that help carry out their mission. ABC is skilled at understanding and balancing the complexities of working with the private sector, and they are very impactful in the field of conservation.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is my favorite nature charity and I have been an enthusiastic supporter for many years. There are many nature charities out there that promise to do too much and fill up your mailbox every month, but you end up wondering if all they are really doing is selling mugs, teashirts, and other nick-nacks. ABC is different. It is small (budget under $20 million) and focused. They target endangered species one by one that are ripe for protection. They research that bird and then act to protect it, often working together with the people who live where the bird summers or winters; they always try to use local labor, encouraging and educating local people to treasure their own native birds and protecting their habitat. Often they coordinate with similar organizations, especially in South America, to expand their reach. In addition, ABC researches and publicizes other significant threats to birds such as window collisions, cats, and pesticides. This is a charity worth supporting, and its small size and strong focus mean that your contribution can make a difference.

Donor

Rating: 5

American Bird Conservancy has been an amazing partner as our foundation looked at recovery plans for endangered bird species in the West. ABC consistently pursued thoughtful, creative, patient, and persistent interactions to protect these species - and reported back to us when there were challenges as well as successes. They are still in the fight and we are grateful for their long-term approach.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The American Bird Conservancy has been instrumental with helping me and the organization I represent implement on the ground bird conservation measures in the US South. Their staff is fantastic and overall just a great non profit to partner with.

Donor

Rating: 5

American Bird Conservancy puts your donation to work, in the best possible way, advocating for migratory birds. They provide opportunities for habitat preservation, education and policy. The staff is dedicated, knowledgeable and always willing to answer questions. In supporting their efforts, we have learned so much about bird conservation and A.B.C.'s highly effective programs making our world a better place for our most precious natural resources.

Donor

Rating: 5

I continue to support ABC because they are both efficient and effective. They are particularly good at finding qualified partners to manage their reserves and to multiply their effectiveness. They are a small but mighty organization .

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a member of American Bird Conservancy (ABC) for many years now because of the important work ABC does to protect and preserve birds in the Americas. Their work encompasses preserving needed habitat not only in North America, but also in Central and South America where our birds migrate to in the winter. Without this critical connection, many of the birds we see everyday wouldn't survive because there would not be suitable habitat for them in their winter environment. ABC does this by partnering with local environmental organizations in these countries to buy and protect the habitat and through important educational programs to the local people. ABC also has partnered with farmers, hunters, businesses and other organizations in the US to promote education about bird species in decline and preserve habitat necessary for survival of these species. There are also outreach programs to cities about reducing light emissions at night during migration season as well as implementing safer, bird-friendly construction of buildings. All of these activities are ensuring birds will be here for our grandchildren and beyond. And on a personal level, I feel connected to ABC because they take the time to answer questions I pose and to lead local birdwalks that help me see and realize how beautiful and diverse our bird population is. I've never felt connected to a charitable organization the way that I feel to ABC. I know donations I make to ABC, no matter how small, are appreciated and used entirely to protect birds. It is truly the best charitable organization I belong to!

Donor

Rating: 5

One of the reasons I support ABC is they are very effective at collaborating with other organizations, governmental and NGOs, to protect critical bird habitats in both North and South America. They apply science to identify and address issues that are threatening wild birds on both ends of their migrations. By focusing their efforts they have been able to get results protecting birds and their habitats.

CynthiaFerguson

Donor

Rating: 5

American Bird Conservancy is best aligned with my goals of advancing a strong bird conservation agenda. ABC creates and protects habitats; develops and shares best practices that ground its work; leads collaborations to leverage resources and multiply the results; and takes on difficult challenges to reduce threats to birds. In my experience, no organization has done as much as ABC to protect birds across the Americas.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I became a member of American Bird Conservancy in 2006 and was so impressed with the organization that I joined ABC's Legacy Circle in 2007. I am involved with and provide financial support to a number of well-known bird conservation and environmental organizations, yet, it is ABC that is best aligned with my goals of advancing a strong bird conservation agenda and achieving strategic and meaningful results. ABC creates and protects habitats, develops and shares best practices that ground its work, leads collaborations to leverage resources and multiply the results, and takes on difficult challenges to reduce threats to birds. The staff of ABC is incredibly effective and committed and and it is a privilege to be associated with this outstanding organization now and in the future.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The welfare of wildlife has been a lifelong priority of mine. Clearly, donating to every single organization dedicated to the advocacy of wildlife is simply not feasible. I have had to be selective and in my search for my top three, the American Bird Conservancy is among them.
The staff members with whom I have interacted are simply unparalleled in their commitment to their area of expertise and their knowledge base is beyond stellar. I am particularly impressed with the work of Rob Anderson in Development and the inimitable Grant Sizemore who spearheads the Invasive Species Program. Rob is creative and driven. His communication style is open and engaging which is critical to his effectiveness in his department. Grant is innovative in his approach and identifies unique opportunities to deliver critical messages to the public about an issue that is alarming and yet sensitive. He has done wonders with the Cats Indoors campaign. This is a commendable feat because if a message is conveyed without just the right tone, balancing the urgent need for action while not putting audiences on the defensive, a campaign could misfire or fail. Grant will always have my admiration because he is able to successfully navigate that delicate balance, always delivering highly compelling copy and memorable messages that spur action and that create awareness. People will always need to be educated about the benefits of keeping cats indoors---not only for the birds we love but for the welfare of the cats themselves as well as the protection of human health.
The American Bird Conservancy is an organization that uses its funding resourcefully. I am truly grateful for the work that comes out of this truly great nonprofit.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been interested in natural history, conservation and in particular birds, for most of my 82 years. I pursue that interest by active birding. There are many organizations that support my interests and I have been a member of several for years. However, a few years ago I concluded that my annual memberships were spread widely and that it made sense to concentrate the support where it would make a significant difference. After carefully evaluating the options it is clear to me that ABC has the highest ROI for my dollars and efforts. What appeals to me is the clarity of their objectives and strategies, what they have accomplished, the leverage on their investments that they achieve and ABC's low overhead.
Gary Filerman

Donor

Rating: 5

During my 40 year career in public service I have interacted with and served on a number of non profit boards. The American Bird Conservancy has always been my favorite for one simple reason, They have a laser like focus on there mission: protecting endangered species. The have the best strategic plan of any organization I have worked with and in unifies the alignment of mission, values and goals from the board throughout the organization. Bravo ABC!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

American Bird Conservancy is the only organization making an attempt to deal with the problem of the proliferation of feral cats . Feral cats kill millions of birds each year. They are mounting a campaign to encourage pet owners to keep their cats safe and indoors. They also are trying to address the problem of large feral cat colonies that are feed by local people who do not understand the staggering effect this is having on own native bird populations.
They deserve funding to expand the excellent work they are doing.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I enthusiastically recommend American Bird Conservancy as a Great Nonprofit. ABC is the most effective bird conservation in the Americas. It has logical, well defined and ambitious programs dealing with anthropomorphic threats (e. g., pesticides, cats, collisions), habitat in North, Central and South America and public/governmental support for bird conservation. ABC is willing to take actions which are potentially controversial, but are absolutely the right things to do for birds. Although relatively small, ABC "punches way above its weight" and achieves conservation results disproportionate with its size.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband & I are birders. We of course enjoy spotting birds, but we also consider birds key indicators of healthy ecosystems, which are ultimately critical to everyone's health.

American Bird Conservancy is an organization which has my utmost respect, as it focuses like a laser on issues affecting birds, such as identifying, preserving, restoring habitat along migration routes of endangered birds species. On broader front, ABC also works on key issues that are decimating bird populations: outdoor cats, wind turbines, collisions with glass windows, as well as critical legislative issues.
When I have met ABC personnel, I invariably come away impressed by their personal dedication to the work, their intense focus & work ethic, and the team spirit that moves this org forward. ABC is results-oriented, with impact throughout extending through North, Central, and South America.
ABC consistently earns 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator. As a donor, I am confident that my donations have a role in the impact that ABC is having on birds and ecosystems.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a long-time donor to American Bird Conservancy, I have been consistently impressed with the excellence and dedication of its staff. Every year when I read ABC's annual report I am wowed by all of its accomplishments. It is a relatively small organization, but is unmatched in advancing bird conservation.

Donor

Rating: 5

I support many environmentally related organizations but the American Bird Conservancy is unique among them and merit my major support. It's the only non-profit whose only and highly focused mission is to protect wild birds and the habitats they need to survive, throughout the Western Hemisphere. Moreover they do this with notable success and with the greatest possible efficiency. Their staff is highly professional, many of whom are Ph.d's. The results in habitats protected and bird extinctions mostly stopped has been remarkable over the past 20 years. Further, they get a 4 star rating from Charity Navigator.

Donor

Rating: 5

Supporting a nonprofit is not like buying a product. How does one evaluate whether they are getting their money’s worth? An organization may support your values, but are they getting results? When I began supporting The American Bird Conservancy some decades ago, my main concern was legal manpower to take on large corporations and governments big and small in relation to the siting of wind turbines and their effect on birds, and ABC has gotten consistent results: sites re-evaluated, protected land acquired, people educated. But ABC does so much more, from glass collision awareness down to the grass roots level of building nest boxes for the rarest of parrots and even taking some of us lucky supporters on guided bird tours personally. If you love birds and understand their value, I encourage you to visit their website or FB page to learn about their, and their partner organizations’, many diverse projects for saving and protecting birds and their habitats in the Americas.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with the American Bird Conservancy. They work throughout the Americas to protect birds and the habitat they need to survive. What is particularly notable is how they work with local groups in South and Central America to create conditions that are good for both the local people and the birds. One of the best!

Donor

Rating: 5

I've included ABC in my gift giving and Will, since their staff stand out in the field of bird/wildlife conservation as being the most passionate, proactive and tireless in their campaigns to protect our feathered treasures. I respect their working smart and in unison with other high profile groups to accomplish their goals.

Donor

Rating: 5

The American Bird Conservancy is in my mind the most effective general bird conservation organization in the Americas. They have an experienced and dedicated staff and have been in the forefront of conceiving and executing important bird conservation strategies. They partner well with other conservation organizations to achieve the best conservation solution without seeking to claim credit at the expense of their partners. They have very effectively worked in Latina America to secure protected lands for endemic and migratory birds and have innovated by augmenting the protected areas with ecotourist lodges to secure greater funding and greater exposure for those lands and the conservation they promote. They are not afraid to take controversial positions if it means saving birds. For example, their cats indoors program is one that others have not adopted for fear of offending donors but is absolutely essential to prevent the needless loss of millions of birds. They are a lean organization and as a donor you know that your money will be effectively used. They try to persuade but reasoned persuasion fails, they are not afraid to litigate. I served on their board from 2003 to 2013. I have been off the board for five years but still donate and follow their activities. James Brumm jamesbrumm@icloud.com

Donor

Rating: 5

For anyone who is interested in supporting wildlife conservation in the Americas, and who is looking for an organization doing the difficult work of combating habitat and biodiversity loss, they should seriously consider contacting The American Bird Conservancy. The ABC staff at all levels is highly qualified, extremely knowledgeable, and laser focused in their understanding and dedication to solving the complex and critical issues of endangered species conservation. Communication with ABC is easy, personable, transparent, and they are very creative in their approach to fund raising. Most important is their ability to be flexible in funding distribution, which on so many levels makes you feel like you’re part of a team. No matter what your ability of financial participation may be, the gratitude and appreciation expressed by the wonderful people at The American Bird Conservancy is extremely comforting, inspiring and always genuine. A first rate and professional organization. Michael Reid

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked in the environmental field for more than 35 years, both as a funder and as a practitioner. In all my work, there are only a handful of organizations that demonstrate the efficiency and effectiveness of American Bird Conservancy. For a relatively small staff, they cover a huge geography, a wide range of issues, and they punch way above their weight in terms of affecting the outcomes of legislative and regulatory discussions and protecting resources on the ground. ABC is a partner-oriented organization that helps build local capacity across the Latin American countries in which they operate. ABC's overhead is very low and its program allocation - how much of every dollar that goes directly to program - is very high, truly a winning combination for any donor, partner or prospective employee.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is the leading bird conservation organization for the Western Hemisphere--focusing projects on the US & Canada, Central America, and the Andes of South America. Many years ago I served on ABC's board and saw, first-hand, how innovative and courageous this institution is. It is not a large organization but it is very nimble and strategic about how it invests its hard-earned funds. It is not afraid of taking on powerful interests in order to change bad policies that harm our birdlife. There is no other institution like it! I donate to this organization...