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Causes: Animals, Education, Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: Since 1967, CBF has been the voice of those who care about restoring the United States' largest estuary. Our motto “Save the Bay” has defined that mission to the more than 17 million people who live in the six-state Chesapeake Bay Watershed. CBF is the largest and only independent, Bay-wide organization that exists solely to restore and protect the vitality of the Bay.

Target demographics: Residents of Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, and New York who live within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 40,000 citizens take action; 32,500+ students and teachers learn about the environment.

Geographic areas served: Chesapeake Bay Watershed, including Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, and New York

Programs: Education: CBF has provided more than 30,000 students and teachers with field-based, hands-on inspiring education programs at 14 centers in VA, MD, PA, and DC. Advocacy: We help tens of thousands of citizens take action for clean water; successfully lobby for legislation and funding to restore the Chesapeake Bay and the rivers and streams that feed it. Restoration: planted millions of juvenile oysters on sanctuary reefs, planted tens of thousands of trees, restored hundreds of acres of wetlands. Litigation: Successfully make the case for clean air, clean water, and protection of critical areas.

Community Stories

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jonathan9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I moved to Severna Park Maryland, I was thrilled to have close access to one of the most incredible water environments in the world, the Chesapeake Bay. As I spent time on the Bay fishing, kayaking, and sailing, I saw up close its vulnerability from pollution, uncontrolled development and "take no prisoner" stripping of the Bay's resources. I felt like I had arrived
too late to enjoy the Bay at its best.

As I researched what was being done and what could be done, the organization that kept coming to the top of the list was the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF). Not a group of "tree huggers" or extremists, but instead a group of passionate staff and volunteers who want what is best for the Cheasapeake Bay back by science not greed. Despite the fact that there are so many issues that need attention and that we all live downstream from sources that view the Bay's issues as out of sight out of mind, they still manage to balance the issues and make a difference.

As a result of my research I first became a donor to the CBF and use matching grants from my employer to leverage my small donations. As time went on and I saw the difference that the CBF has been making since I first came to the area 14th years ago, I found myself volunteering first on projects and then as a Clean Water Captain helping to educate and rally neighborhoods on the Bay and to carry the message of why preserving and improving the Chesapeake Bay is so important to everyone and not just those who live on its shores. Every time I get out on the water I see the impact the CBF is having first hand, from more fish and crabs to cleaner water with less dead spots void of aquatic life. It is especially rewarding to personally see that donating and volunteering does make a difference for this national treasure, the Chesapeake Bay. While I might donate to other charities this is the only one that I see the results of first hand, and makes me want to do more to continue the positive results!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with employees from this organization for many years. The work they do is so important and essential for Chesapeake Bay Restoration. As a result of the new federal tax laws, I found my take home pay to be slightly larger. I would rather this money go to environmental and social justice causes and have pledged to donate my tax savings each paycheck. CBF was my first organization to donate to!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The BAY is one of the MOST important areas in the US of A !!! I have donated for yrs. , CBF is VERY GOOD at what they do & I am proud to donate !! SAVE THE WHALES, OYSTERS< MENHADDEN !! ET AL !! I don't know how MOTHER NATURE supports the EARTH (humans) !!!! GOD BLESS !!! JG

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Melissa W.2

Donor

Rating: 5

We donated on behalf of the 7th grade teachers at Capitol Hill Day School as a holiday gift. The students have been working with the Foundation all school year.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Living and getting out on the Chesapeake Bay, I am up close and personal with the challenges facing this national treasure and what the CBF is doing to preserve and improve it. It is my key charitable organization and it does not disappoint! I have also signed up to be a volunteer Clear Water Captain, so I am committing both my dollars and my time to the CBF!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Chesapeake bay is vital to our environment, economy, recreation and wildlife. Who wouldn't want to play in a clean bay? It is worth supporting the efforts to improve it.

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Donor

Rating: 5

It is heartbreaking to see the state of the Bay today, even given that it has improved slightly over the last few years. As a boy, I recall the bounty of wildlife that inhabited the water and the land around it. Crabs were plentiful. Sharks would steal the fish from your line before you could land your catch. We would fill up a rowboat with spot with just a hand line. What an amazing resource to trash. I feel terrible that my grandchildren will never experience the Bay as I did. We all need to do everything we can to salvage what is left.

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Thomas79

Donor

Rating: 4

I have long been a contributor to CBF. It is even more critical given the current political climate and the fact that the Bay has a long way to go before we can call it restored.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have lived in the Bay area all of my life. I love the waterways!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My dad took us crabbing on the Chesapeake Bay when we were growing up. He had a small boat and a trot line. We would get so excited seeing a crab on the line and had great fun netting them and putting them in the boat! They sure were quick as they scooted around the boat! Dad would measure them to see if they were "keepers" and put them in a basket. Mom boiled them when we got home and we would eat them on the back porch picnic table which was covered with newspaper. Great times! Dad is gone now and as a memorial to him I became a member. The automatic withdrawal from my account each month makes me think of Dad and the great times on the Bay.

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Karen421

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have lived near and played in and on the Chesapeake all my life. Already, in those 60+ years, I have seen a dramatic decrease in the quality of the Bay as well as the Patuxent, Susquehanna and Chester Rivers. In order to learn more about the history of the area surrounding the Bay as well as what can be done to improve it, I have joined CBEC and become a LIFE volunteer there. I also am a board member of KIBCU, Kent Island Beach Clean Ups, which holds frequent clean ups at Terrapin Beach, Matapeake Landing, and for a second year, I will be heading up a cleanup team for the Ocean Conservancy in September. As a Leadership Society Member of MPT, I was invited to attend two panel discussions regarding the state of the Bay, the Conowingo Dam and the sediment problem resulting from it. So, it just makes sense that I also belong to and support the CBF in your efforts.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is leading efforts across the Bay watershed to focus attention, resources and action to properly manage this unique ecosystem for the benefit of the many, and to fight those few who attempt to use government to delay, derail and destroy the collective and individual actions that build participation in preserving, protecting and prospering from the Chesapeake Bay.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

the CBF has been a big part of my life since I discovered it about 5 years ago. It is an incredible program with nothing but members and volunteers who care deeply about the Bay and the organisms that call it home. Without this organization, the Bay would be in much worse shape than it already is, and we need to make a joined effort to save our Bay, because it is vital for so many important reasons. Together, with the CBF, we can stop the downhill direction of the Bay's health, and we will make it a better, clean, healthy home for its organisms and plants. Save the Bay!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I donated to Chesapeake Bay Foundation because Clean water is the Earth's salvation. They are doing a good job of helping the earth and its current and future residents by restoring the Bay and teaching others to do so.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group does a fantastic job in many ways: 1) fighting in courts to uphold our clean water act / bay blueprint for clean water. unbelievable that people are fighting in court to be able to pollute 2) oyster restoration, unbelievably important to rebalance the filtration system on the bay 3) education - getting kids (and adults too) on board with the science and economics of a healthy Bay

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Donor

Rating: 5

I grew up on a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay and we harvested the fin fish and shellfish of our river as an important part of our diet. There was always good food available to us. It is important that this sustainable resource be protected for generations to come. I am impressed that the Chesapeake Bay Foundation is working so hard to make this happen and I will support them in their efforts as long as I am able.

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1 Sandy I.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Chesapeake Bay needs to be clean & supported for our fresh seafood. That's why crabs are scarce, smaller & extremely expensive. I'm 63 yr.old but when I was a little girl -20's always
bushels of crabs all summer long. Now I just can't afford the price for a dozen that aren't really Maryland crabs.

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Donor

Rating: 5

CBF is an outstanding organization! Their mission to protect the bay and our water resources is one that I can wholeheartedly support, and the money donated goes to programming that will have an impact on the future of water resources in MD.

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1 Elisabeth F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We need to save our natural resources for the survival of the animals and plants who depend on them, as well as human-kind. Without these resources, we are all on the road to extinction. Our destruction of our environment is going to be felt by all. The sooner all of us step up and stop this senseless disregard for our environment, the better.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our turn of the century farmhouse sits on a tidal river just upriver from the Chesapeake Bay.
The beautiful natural setting is a serene getaway that we share with visitors by making
the farmhouse available for vacation rentals. Our guests see bald eagles, eat oysters
and fish from the river and kayak along miles of natural shoreline.

Contributing to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation on a monthly basis is our way of giving
back to an organization dedicated to assuring that the natural bounty of the Bay and its
rivers will be available to future generations to enjoy and appreciate.

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