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Rainforest Action Network

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Energy Resources Conservation & Development, Environment, Forest Conservation, Land Resources Conservation, Protection of Endangered Species

Mission: Rainforest Action Network preserves forests, protects the climate and upholds human rights by challenging corporate power and systemic injustice through frontline partnerships and strategic campaigns. RAN works toward a world where the rights and dignity of all communities are respected and where healthy forests, a stable climate and wild biodiversity are protected and celebrated.

Geographic areas served: US and International

Programs: RAN fights for people and planet by working at the intersection of three core issues: Preserving Rainforests, Protecting the Climate, and Defending Human Rights. Unlike any other organization, RAN does this through the lens of corporate accountability. That means RAN tackles some of the biggest corporations, banks, and global institutions on the planet. Traditionally, RAN works closely with local leaders to launch strategic corporate campaigns employing tactics such as: high-profile, direct communication and public awareness campaigns; peaceful direct actions against our targets; coordinated media and social media campaigns; highly researched and detailed reports; grassroots organizing; and high-level negotiations — and relentless follow-up to make sure promises are kept. RAN takes on these campaigns not to change the behavior of individual companies, but to change the practices and business culture of whole industrial sectors.

Community Stories

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

RAN is incredible. This is an organization of true, innovative Eco-warriors. They run creative, engaging campaigns that not only threaten but truly begin to dismantle corporate power (instead of paying lip service like so many other nonprofits). They care about land, humans, and nonhuman species and fight for the integrity of all. I have followed their campaigns closely for years and can not say enough positive things--the brilliant bad boys of the environmental movement.

1 Marla9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They provide action and updated info in regards to saving the planet and it's occupants, humans, wildlife and precious resources

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I've followed Rainforest Action Network for many years, and supported as often as I can. In my opinion they are one of the very best conservation organizations in the world. The rainforests have a special place in my heart. RAN never gives up on protecting them and neither will I! With so many organizations out there it's hard to know who really makes a difference and isn't greenwashed. RAN can be trusted and that means everything at this critical juncture in conservation.

1 Maria165

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When thinking about someone being in the forefront fighting for wildlife and the environment you immediately think of RAN as one of the best ones out there With their enthusiasm to protect wild animals as well as the environment you know the future looks much brighter

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The people I have met that work a Rainforest Action Network love what they do and are passionate about saving our planet. They work hard to save rare species and forests.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

RAN love Leuser Ecosystem, Indonesia - the last place on earth where orangutan, rhino, elephant and tiger co-exist in the wild ... then i love RAN.

Hika N.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Rainforest Action Network has an amazing way of inspiring people to not only care, but to also take action. I work for Turnout , where our team strives to help good causes like Rain Forest Action Network. RAN has been a particularly special case though, our team is so inspired by RAN that we want to help the mission in any way possible! We love reading their infographics and following their social media channels! RAN takes the extra step in truly making a difference and getting the public excited.

Wally C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Rainforest Action Network is amazing! They're a great educational resource that truly cares about their cause. They've made some really beautiful and informative papers on palm oil that helped myself and my colleagues learn about such an important topic. Keep up the great work!

Donor

Rating: 5

Your efforts on behalf of the environment and wildlife is what I look forward to seeing. RAN brings items to the forefront that traditional media does not. This allows one to contact legislators and governments to change laws.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I was eight years old my family visited the tallest mountain in my home state of North Carolina, Mt Mitchell. And as we arrived, we looked out at absolute destruction: the mountain's ancient spruce and fir trees decimated by acid rain. More than tragic, it simply looked wrong.

And that moment helped lead me to work for many years on environmental issues. Part of that time was with Rainforest Action Network (RAN). RAN has long worked to perfect the art of pressuring companies to improve their environmental practices. RAN's staff and volunteers will put their bodies on the line, regularly engaging in nonviolent civil disobedience -- even finding themselves thrown in jail.

But after these radical acts the RAN team will put on a suit and go meet with corporate executives and come to a solution that works.

That combination of raw passion and grounded pragmatism is extraordinary. And, indeed, that combination is exactly what forests like Mt Mitchell's need.

So now, every year, I think of the forests of the world, and of me as a young boy, when I proudly give to Rainforest Action Network.

Review from #MyGivingStory

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Rainforest Action Network is on my top ten list as one of the best charities I support because it works in creative and hard-hitting ways to get corporations, often large global corporations, like Disney, Chevron, and Bank of America to clean up their acts with regard to both direct and indirect environmental destruction. And this isn't green washing -- this is true change in concert with people on the ground in the countries being affected.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am really passionate about rainforests. RAN has inspired me in so many ways…in all the campaigns that it runs…in its education campaigns…and its tireless efforts to protect the world’s forests.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Rainforest Action Network is awesome! They take on the corporate powers in the only way that matters to them: hitting their bottom line. Organizing the public to combat corporate polluters is the only way to make effective change, and RAN does this.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

RAN is truly stand out in the field of environmental organizing. In a world in which multinational corporations are not beholden to the jurisdiction of a single nation-state or responsive to minuscule fines imposed by the world's governments, RAN looks beyond traditional lobbying to address the root of the problem. Working in concert with (not on behalf of) affected communities, RAN pulls activists from human rights, ecosystem preservation, and climate justice into unstoppable coalitions that use creative rhetorical tactics, non-violent civil disobedience and traditional campaign strategies to make real change in the world. This fresh perspective is the reason the Rainforest Action Network has triumphed over notoriously destructive corporations like Home Depot, Citigroup, and Boise Cascade for over 20 years and with our help can continue to fight and win battles with far reaching effects for years to come.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The rainforest is my passion. This group gives me a chance to get involved and make a difference from where I am. This is one of the most active and visible rainforest conservation organizations in existance. They also care about global action, seeing the big picture.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have several friends who are members with RAN, and I've always loved their actions. I participated in street protests which we cordoned off citigroup ATMS with witty yellow tape saying "Warning: Global warming zone" and we had screen sized stickers giving you fake options! They also sent us stickers to put on candy warning about the deforestation chocolate corporations are causing. The protests this organization comes up with are always fun and interesting, and at the same time giving a nobody like me the chance to fight back! I also helped table for RAN during powershift, and their volunteers know their stuff, and I helped them close down the capitol hill power plants! This organization is the realization of several generations unhappy with environmentally-apathetic businessmen, and they know how to fight back!

28 The_Lorax

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

RAN works in alliance with environmental and human rights groups around the world, including Indigenous forest communities and non-governmental organizations in rain forest countries. They campaign for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life by transforming the global marketplace through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

RAN moves people, policymakers, and companies to make change. RAN is run by a smart, talented, committed group of people who are not afraid to take on big challenges. RAN is an effective organizer and partner with others. RAN runs lean and mean, and puts its dollars and energy where they can have the most leverage, and their creativity spurs people to action. They also know how to have fun.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

RAN is simply the most effecive organization working for envioronmental justice in the US today. They are small but strategic and scrappy. If you are a corporation profiting from global destruction and RAN sets it's sights on you- look out! They just may pull out the good inside your corporation and get you to Do The Right Thing.Your corporation probably knows that they are destroying the planet for profit, but profit is the bottom line - right? Well the planet is the bottom line for RAN, and RAN gets reesults. I am honored to have worked with RAN in various, primarily contract positions over the last ten years. I keep coming back, because RAN keeps winning!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent orginization that really sees the world in a great light and works to make it better for my family and my family's family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked on the Boise campaign a couple of years back when being an environmentalist was not hip and issues were rarely in mainstream news like it is today. I experienced the epic battle RAN had to go through in order to get through to large multinational corporations who were systematically and regularly destroying our environment. These corporations did not want to change and very often saw RAN as the enemy and used all the power they had (which was quite a lot - billions of $$) to discredit and crush RAN. But, that was not so easy when you have a highly organized and passionate organization whose aim is to do good. RAN uses creative and intelligent solutions for a win-win outcome. In the end, one wonders why all the resistance in the first place?