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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Environmental Education, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: To preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

Programs: In today's world, everything is connected. And that is the crux of how we get conservation done. We build on our work at particular sites, taking successful ideas and growing them into coordinated strategies across many places and countries. We integrate our efforts so that policy, funding, training and science all work together.We look at the big picture, taking a global view of the Earth's habitats -- forests, oceans and estuaries, lakes, deserts and grasslands -- and the major threats to those habitats, such as climate change, habitat fragmentation, and invasive species. Yet we are grounded in the places we aim to conserve. In each place we work, our local staffs and partners tailor conservation actions to reflect an area's unique natural, cultural and economic conditions. We take an integrated, ecosystem-based approach that crosses political boundaries. We depend on local partners and stakeholders to identify, support and help implement realistic conservation solutions.By linking our on-the-ground, in-the-water efforts with our global priorities and strategies, The Nature Conservancy creates conservation results built to last.

Community Stories

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 1

$59 MILLION IN INVESTMENT LOSSES LAST YEAR!!

How does this happen? Charities are obligated to be great stewards of our precious donations. Not here! They have your and my money invested in risky complex investments that are causing massive investment losses. This has to stop and someone needs to be held accountable. Funds are spread amongst 50 to 60 different investment managers for so -called diversification. This is absurd and makes it impossible to monitor the investments in a safe and sound manner. Please help to force management and the Board to fix this situation.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I had considered past financial donations to , in addition to my previous years of volunteerism and service to assist their paid staffers. After being hounded by them for financial support and subsequently, affter being repeatedly denied full and fair consideration and due process while applying to MANY jobs that I qualified for, I have decided that this organization is NO longer at all worthy of my volunteerism, let alone any financial support, as they continued to deny me full or fair consideration for jobs! Way to go, TNC, including TNC in Northeast region! It seems or appears to yours truly that TNC, its management, including HR and its project leaders and supervisors are ethically and morally bankrupt, or nearly so, and less than grateful or appreciative of ones volunteerism work. All sad and very shameful and pretty woeful too! I'd steer clear of this organization for any contributions and donations. It needs serious top to bottom review, scrutiny and reforms!
Shame on TNC management and its various state chapters. Shame, shame, shame!!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Nature Conservancy is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means The Nature Conservancy meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The Nature Conservancy 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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Donor

Rating: 1

I've removed them from my will. From Wikipedia: "1900 corporate sponsers ... legislation to allow drilling [in the ANWR] is supported by members of the Conservancy leadership council, which consists of members from BP and ExxonMobil, as well as by Phillips Alaska, Inc.". They're mission has clearly been corrupted.

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Donor

Rating: 1

I was ready to write a check for my annual contribution until I read the review coments.
I agree with the issues of paying too high a salary to the CEO as well as the
cruel results of hunting.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Just a thought regarding salaries. I have worked in the non-profit field my entire career, and in my current employment, the CEO is paid a six-figure salary for managing a regional program with a multi-million budget. This CEO compensation, if compared to the for-profit sector is probably in line, for a national company. Too often, the term "non-profit" seems to equal substandard. You do often get what you pay for. I have had to leave jobs, and seen my colleagues leave great organizations, because they could not feed their families. Obviously, this guy can feed his family, but if he is worth the pay in the private sector, and the job is worth the pay in the private sector, then it is not too much. What he will not likely get, by working in the non-profit world, is large bonuses and similar perks.

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Donor

Rating: 3

I am not discounting the concerns that many have over the salary of the CEO. Just wanted to provide food for thought. Given how much money this charity has to manage, you may want the best leader you can find and you usually have to pay more to get the best. It could be that this organization is run well because they inveseted more for a top leader. However, the comment about the inhumane practices to deal with non native species sounds horrific to me. If they endorse those practices, that would be a deal breaker for me. Now I wonder if they are not animal sensitive but really more about fighting urban sprawl into wilderness areas. I am a strong animal advocate and maybe this is not the charity for me. Not sure about them now.

Review from CharityNavigator

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Donor

Rating: 3

I am very aware of TNC's mission and some of the activities, as I have been a donor for many years and follow progress. I am very disappointed to see an excessive salary for the CEO, and while it takes good money to keep good people in such roles, this is a bit over the top. Also, I tire of the wasted $ I donate in going to more and more fund raising mailings. I have noted that this organization, as most all of the non-profits soliciting money, hit you with a mailing for support immediately following receipt of your donation. This is a good trick....that is why I keep spreadsheets now. Bottom line: I will give less to TNC and put $'s elsewhere.

Review from CharityNavigator

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

Count me in as someone who was ready to contribute, until I saw the Director's annual compensation. Are they kidding? I am glad this website reveals this information, it is very informative. Paying someone more than 200K to head a CHARITY is unconsionable.

Review from CharityNavigator

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Donor

Rating: 1

A good cause but I don't support them any more because they allow hunting on their land and kill
non-native species in very cruel ways like slow strangulation by snare.

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