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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment

Mission: Gulf Restoration Network (GRN) is a 16 year old environmental advocacy organization that works to unite and empower people to protect and restore the natural resources of the Gulf of Mexico region. With an exclusive focus on the ecological health of the Gulf Coast, GRN quickly mobilized resources to respond to the 2005 hurricanes and 2010 BP oil drilling disaster. GRN continues to fight for clean flowing waters, healthy coastal areas, and vibrant offshore ecosystems that are essential to resilient communities and healthy wildlife in the region.

Geographic areas served: Gulf of Mexico region

Programs: Gulf future campaign: the organization independently monitors and assesses the bp/federal government clean up, containment and restoration efforts in the face of the bp drilling disaster through boat excursions and seaplane flights; coordinates a collaborative "gulf future" campaign focused on ensuring ecosystem and coastal community restoration, and works to establish a robust public participation process to make the industry safer and more transparent and accountable to impacted communities.

water resources: the organization works to improve water quality by identifying pollution issues and providing technical assistance, training, and mentoring to numerous communities faced with pollution, as well to improve the development and implementation of watershed and coastal wetlands restoration plans and to prevent damaging projects that destroy wetlands and/or inpact water quality. The organization also works closely with citizen activists, providing frequent updates and action alerts, b

coastal rebuilding: the organization works to build an active and engaged national constituency to support natural storm protection and restoration efforts for the gulf coast region and is an advocate for the establishment of multiple coastal lines of defense to build resiliency and protect communities placed at risk due to the continuing loss of coastal wetlands and increasing sea levels.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I'm grateful to be given a opportunity to express my opinion about the Gulf Restoration Network. I experienced a bad experience with them, something that I feel that could have been dealt with to better the environment and help the offshore community out.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is an organization that advocates for the policies needed to protect and restore the Gulf region. They speak truth to power and help give the public a voice in decisions that affect the region. The organization is well-run and the staff are very hard working. Your money is going to a good cause.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm a member of the Gulf Restoration Network, and I love their creative approach to campaigns and programs. They are always thinking outside the box when it come to how they can get the word out and motivate the public and our decision makers to take action!

They also commit to the issues and see campaigns through to the end. I know they will continue their work on BPs Oil Drilling Disaster, protecting cypress forests and sustainable fishing AND continue to evaluate the issues to find new ways to protect the Gulf.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

The Gulf Restoration Network leads the charge when it comes to defending the environment, culture, and communities of this region. I'm a proud monthly donor, and I encourage everyone who cares about stopping global warming, preventing crises like the BP oil disaster, and saving our wetlands to join me!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure to work with the Gulf Restoration Network in 3/5 Gulf states. They are generally the only ones on the ground, pounding the pavement, and garnering grassroots support on environmental issues facing the Gulf. GRN tends to push for what's actually needed to protect and restore the regions ecosystems, rather than compromise with polluters who do not feel they have to in order to protect the bottom line.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Gulf Restoration Network is truly rooted in the communities along the Gulf, and committed to sustaining those communities. They combine this deep commitment with strategic, smartly run campaigns. As both a professional environmental advocate and a native of south Louisiana, I could not be more impressed with and happy about the work that GRN does.

3 Mark B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GRN's focus on the Gulf is more important now than ever- after Katrina and the Gulf oil spill America needs an experienced organization that is committed to keeping the focus on environmental problems that effect the whole region.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The GRN is an amazing regional organization that covers the entire Gulf of Mexico from Florida to Texas. The GRN is the only organization I know of that has been doing this work in every gulf state for so long - before Katrina, before Rita, before Gustav, before Ike and before the BP Oil Disaster, the Gulf Restoration Network was there. They've working to care for the Gulf and it's coastline for 15 plus years and really know their stuff.

I've volunteered with them since before the oil disaster, back when the big issue was wetlands loss. My role has been to let folks outside the region (in my case the Boston area) know what's REALLY going on in the Gulf and how folks can help to advocate for and protect it. Since the BP Oil Drilling Disaster, the GRN has been the eyes and ears of the gulf - flying over to get aerial views, having photographers out on the water, and letting us all know what's really going on. This has been very important because the media is not reporting the true extent of the damage. Through the GRN, I've been able to become a better-informed citizen and have been able to show others the importance of the Gulf Coast ecosystem.

Thank you, Gulf Restoration Network!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked for the Gulf Restoration Network between 2002 and 2006. I had an amazing time working to protect the Gulf's wetlands, rivers, and streams. It was a wonderful experience to be able to engage citizens in efforts to protect the environment. It has also been a pleasure to see the organization evolve over the past seven years. As I continue to receive the GRN's action alerts and newsletters, I am astounded by the network's growth. The GRN's effectiveness continues to improve in leaps and bounds and they are bringing national attention to a regional issue that has such wide-reaching implications. I believe that the GRN will continue to be a leader in preserving one of our nation's greatest natural treasures and I look forward to continuing to play a role in their success.