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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Preservation & Protection, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: Defenders of Wildlife is a solution-oriented organization dedicated to saving rare animals and plants, conserving habitat, and building a broad constituency for protecting wildlife and wild places. We harness the skills and expertise of more than 100 scientists, wildlife specialists, educators, activists, economists, and attorneys to work in the halls of Congress, state legislatures, the courts, local communities, and more than a dozen offices in North America. We develop and encourage conservation of entire ecosystems and interconnected habitats while protecting predators that serve as indicator species for ecosystem health. Through this multi-pronged approach of education, advocacy, research and litigation, we specifically work to protect native animals and plants, restore and preserve habitat, and advocate for conservation legislation.

Geographic areas served: North America

Programs: Defenders of Wildlife's operating programs include: (1) Species Conservation, including restoration/protection of wolves and bears in their natural habitat and wild bird conservation; (2) Legal actions and Endangered Species Act reauthorization; (3) Habitat Conservation, including the Habitat for Bears Campaign, Alaska wolf protection and forestry issues; and (4) Oregon Biodiversity Project, a state conservation effort through public education and joint activism joined with the development of technological instruments to survey state biodiversity.

Community Stories

54 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

DOW has been fearless, impassioned, yet reasonable in advocating for the protection of wildlife and natural resources everywhere.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Defenders is like the best all-around conservation group in America and maybe in the world. …I am very proud of DOW's impressive record of achievement and I am honored to participate in their efforts.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

When I think of Defenders I think of action, information and tireless dedication.

7 Writer

Donor

Rating: 1

We purchased a Dolphin for 30 dollars, not understanding the income would go into a random fund and not be for the protection of dolphins. The stuffed animals are made in Indonesia and shipped by boat to the U.S. I called asking questions and was not able to get any help for everyone is collecting income, and bassically i was informed the income for the dolpin was going to protecting Wolves in Oregon! After looking at their 990 reports i found most of all income is going to the president, printing, but not truly doing much at all for wildlife i could find. I guess anyone with this much income can sure paint the pictures and produce great looking documents! I was also informed they are protecting Wolves in Oregon.. With 81 Wolves in oregon here is a artilce. Oregon delists wolves, but protections remain — High Country News


http://www.hcn.org/articles/oregon-delists-wolves-but-protections-remain

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Donor

Rating: 5

Defenders is a beacon in the storm. The flag we can all rally around on the battlefield. Thank you for all you do for wildlife!

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I feel my voice and dollar count and can truly make a difference.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Defenders is honest with us about the difficulties we face. Just when the bad news seems to be unrelenting we get an email from Jamie giving us some good news which helps keep me going.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For decades Defenders has been vigilant protecting our wild things, through creative ideas and collaborative action. Just like the flit of a butterfly wing can impact someone across the world, Defender's action have done so. A leader in re-introducing wolves to Yellowstone and changing the perceptions of this critical species Defenders must take credit for the family of wolves that now calls California home! Thank you!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

As the leading organization in North America to protect and restore imperiled species, I know that my support for Defenders of Wildlife will be strategic, effective, and meaningful. Defenders provides a clear voice for conservation and creates long-term solutions with measurable results.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Defenders of Wildlife has greatly expanded their activism on behalf of endangered species and conservation of secure native habitats over the last 10 - 15 years (if you don't have a place to live and food to eat, you don't survive - bottom line). This has been accomplished by strengthening their staff, working in the courts, testifying in Congress, and building grass roots support for a variety of species. Thus, they have become even more effective in fulfilling their goals at the national, regional and local levels. I recently attended a social event hosted by Defenders and had the chance to interact with their knowledgeable, helpful and energetic staff. The event was well organized and well attended. Their solicitation of support is low key and not pushy. I rate Defenders highly and encourage others to consider supporting them at least on an annual basis.





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Client Served

Rating: 5

United States Fish and Wildlife officials released endangered black-footed ferret kits on our ranch after receiving more than 16,000 messages from Defenders members. Our family is grateful for the support Defenders gave our family in keeping prairie dogs and reintroducing black-footed ferrets. Defenders of Wildlife and their great staff have continued to support our family in protecting all prairie wildlife on our ranch. This is a helpful charity that you can trust. Keep up the good work, Defenders of Wildlife!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Defenders of Wildlife shares my own life tenet that all animals, with special focus on endangered species and their habitats, are an intrinsic part of our own lives, and the world we leave to our children. They are the ONLY major organization dedicated to endangered species and wild places, working through grassroots, legislature, courts and administrate to protect our heritage. Service to Defenders is my most gratifying non-profit work.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I just had the privilege of attending Defenders of Wildlife's three-day, educational and informative workshop in Yellowstone. The experience far exceeded my expectations, from the accommodation, lectures, wolf viewings, meals, outings, professionalism, etc. The planning was meticulous, making for an extraordinary experience. The entire staff was engaged, personable, dedicated, professional and passionate about their work. Participants learned so much about what Defenders does for many animals, including wolves, bears, sharks, prairie dogs and orcas. They are at the forefront of tackling the unrelenting onslaught of daily challenges to wildlife, including those generated in Congress. They are staunch defenders of the Endangered Species Act, which Congress is doing its best to whittle away at.

This is an impressive organization with impressive leadership and vision.Defenders' decisions are based on the best available science, instead of just idealism, and they strive to create solutions instead of just identifying problems. You can feel at ease knowing that your donation is being wisely used for the betterment of the wildlife and natural world you value. It is a relief to know that Defenders is working to ensure that the wonderful, wild creatures we all cherish will be here for future generations to marvel at.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have known the President at Defenders of Wildlife for several years, and have been a monthly giver, as well as making a larger annual contribution for some time. Defenders is an organization that is efficiently run, has powerhouse leaders and program staff, and is making a demonstrated difference on behalf of wildlife. I feel very comfortable investing my money in support of the work they do, both in Washington DC and around the country. The reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone is a milestone in recent conservation victories and was due in large part to Defenders of Wildlife. I was very happy to see them work with tribal nations to reintroduce bison onto Native American lands, and to see the American West take another step toward a balanced ecosystem. Recently, I've followed their work to ensure that the Endangered Species Act is upheld, and have been impressed with their access to key decision-makers in Washington DC to try and defeat many misguided attempts by Congress to strip protection from our Nation's wildlife. I hope they continue to do good work, and I will continue to support their efforts.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It can be really overwhelming to decide which organizations to support, however I believe Defenders of Wildlife stands out among other organizations with their honesty in terms of where donations go, and how they are used.
As someone who is passionate about wolves and other predators, I believe they do great work on education and co-existence. Thank you!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I believe Defenders is one of the most effective environmental and conservation organizations because of the various ways they work to protect wildlife. Unlike other organizations, Defenders works on the ground, in the courts, and on the hill to make sure they are fulfilling their goals. I appreciate their updates on Facebook and Twitter, as well as their emails which provide me with current information on projects they are working on, and petitions I can sign.

Keep up the good work!

16 Ron_38

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

All donors of this organization need to do their research very carefully and not get sucked into the lies and deceptions. Ask to see a detailed report of where your $ is going and why. Ask to see the report on all employees that receive compensation From CEO to secretary's and aides. Get all reports of any special projects such as Reimbursing Farmers and Ranchers due to wolf predation and how many $ was spent in your State. In 2013 Defenders Of Wildlife had a total revenue of $33,192,322. In the past Defenders Of Wildlife has also been very non transparent about how, when, and where they use your money. Just remember the $33.192.322 is your money not theirs to wasted on high salaries and wasted programs. All nonprofit organization are required by law to release any and all finance records. Its your right. In the past Defenders Of Wildlife has stated that legal fees are a large part of their expenses that's not so. Earth Justice is a non profit organization that does their legal work. So before you donate any money to Defenders Of Wildlife do your homework. It may save you headaches down the road.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I believe in their cause and their good reputation of using the majority of funds for direct cause instead of administration and salaries.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I love wolves and want to help protect them. The work they do on behalf of wolves and other wildlife is very important and they are relentless in the face of heavy opposition.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Defenders is one of the most effective animal rights and environmental organizations.