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Causes: Animals, Environment, Public & Societal Benefit, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: Ducks unlimited, inc. Conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for north america's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.

Programs: Ducks unlimited supports the life cycle of waterfowl in north america by developing, preserving, restoring and maintaining waterfowl habitat. Direct allocations are made to affiliated organizations - ducks unlimited canada ($12,655,084) and ducks unlimited mexico ($985,599).

educating the public about wetlands and waterfowl management is a critical component of sustaining the life cycle needs of migratory waterfowl. Activities include wetlands demonstrations, educational literature, interpretive center, youth programs, and outdoor conservation exhibits.

ducks unlimited provides member services to approximately 723,000 total members (including greenwings) through educational membership materials, ducks unlimited magazine, conservation brochures, and educational components of fundraising events.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Land_Trust_Accreditation_Commission

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ducks Unlimited is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means Ducks Unlimited meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Ducks Unlimited has demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate their commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. Learn More: http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about.

Review from Guidestar

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Rating: 1

In response to Ducksupporter's comments, the numbers he quotes on membership and acres conserved are in error. This is exactly the kind of Koolaid DU gives it's volunteers.

If you really want to find out how bad DU is, go talk to someone that used to work for them. It does not bode well for an organization when all former employees bad mouth the organization.

DU has become the laughing stock of the "critter" non profits. There are so many better, ethical organizations for you guys to volunteer for and support.

It's a miracle that Charity Navigator even gave them 2 stars.

Review from CharityNavigator

Previous Stories

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

As a former employee of DU, I would bet that Ducks Unlimited is the most corrupt non-profit in America. All of their good employees and lead volunteers have left; their membership nationwide has dropped so low they will not publish the numbers; they cook their books so hard it would make the former CFO of Enron blush and their biologists understand that, because their projects are so small in scope, they have no impact on helping waterfowl - They simply can not handle "landscape" size initiatives like The Nature Conservancy. The only reason DU exists is to provide salaries to 6 executives, 50 support employees and about 40 biologists. Anyone who thinks DU really has a mission that involves waterfowl and wetlands conservation is just kidding themselves. It is so sad and unfortunate how the volunteers are duped. If any of the hunting magazines need information on waterfowl numbers or conservation, they go to Delta Waterfowl - DU has disappeared as an authoritative source. DU is truly a despicable and unethical organization.

Review from CharityNavigator

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Referencing the highly inaccurate/deceptive review by Jack Reynolds on this site:

Per my research, there is no former DU employee by that name. DU is very proud of their 544,086 adult members found across the U.S., and does publish that figure quite regularly. DU financials are carefully audited and verified each year. Further, DU's staff, supporters, partners and thousands of volunteers have conserved more than 13 million acres of wetlands and associated habitats in the organization's 76 years. DU is among the largest, mort effective and most respected conservation organizations in the world, and the more than 1/2 million members of DU couldn't be more proud. Those facts are accurate. Mr. Reynold's review is so inaccurate and misleading that it should be removed immediately as a false review.

Review from CharityNavigator

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with Ducks Unlimited as a grassroots donor and volunteer since 1988. I have came through the volunteer ranks and I am very proud of what DU has accomplished over the years before and since I joined them. We are a proud group of volunteers asking only for a better outdoors for our children and grandchildren. I am proud to say that our efficiency is so high as all of the officers are strictly volunteers also. Hence our ability to put money on the ground. For more info on our group please visit www.ducks.org . And if you are interested in supporting us or joining as a volunteer in our mission please check the tabs on that site.

Dale Borske
Michigan Ducks Unlimited State Treasurer

Review from CharityNavigator

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Ducks Unlimited for many years and have held numerous positions, both as a "worker bee" and in a leadership role. I started volunteering when I saw that the funds that were used for conservation programs have always made up at least 85% of funds raisied.