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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

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

For more than 25 years, I have been a volunteer for the Rainforest Action Network. Consistently great, powerful advocacy for the forests, the atmosphere, and the people affected by environmental stress keeps me there. They "punch above their weight" as so many writers have said, meaning that dollar-for-dollar, donors are getting a return on their investment greater than almost any other group. Not a big non-profit in size, but huge in heart and impact.

1 Jodie E.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started with RAN with Randy Hayes as he founded it; prophet of old growth forests needed for the health of the entire world. Aware the destruction was driven by Corporate greed the focus was corporate campaigns to stop their violent behaviors. Over the years RAN has developed many methods starting with how to be an effective organization that works for the people of the forests as the first reason to keep the forests standing and for the people of the community working to save those forests, connecting all of us. Core to the work is that we are all connected. The team at RAN are rockstars of change on the planet. Supporting them and the network is key. And being relentless, picking a target because it is needed to change behavior and not giving up until that behavior changes, which has a cascading effect to the entire industry. It is brilliant, nimble, connected directly to those most directly affected and those needed to create the Change. The first decade was so effective that old growth wood was no longer sold in any form in the US. houses, furniture, building supplies and paper. All the industries had been shut down. We moved next to banks, taking on the biggest, everyone said it was impossible, but now all banks have staff to relate to activism committed to stopping their investments in the destruction of the planet. Disney and Pepsi Co agreements are so far reaching and global. Asia Pulp and Paper who were on the path to take out all the Indonesian Rainforests left Indonesia because of the Disney deal. The layers of life on earth that saved is beyond understanding. Network is core to the success of RAN and the care of the Rainforest, those in Action and the Network are core to the success.

Board Member

Rating: 5

RAN is an incredibly effective organization that has been in the forefront of the fight for people and the planet for more than three decades. After all this time, RAN's culture is very much grassroots-like, and everyone working at the RAN is an activist in their own right. RAN challenges corporate power and supports local grassroots organizations around the world. It brings allies together making sure our forests keep standing, fossil fuels are kept in the ground, and the rights of indigenous peoples are being respected.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Rainforest Action Network has been a consistently terrific organization over the decades, working at the confluence of climate, forests, and human rights, realizing how one affects the other, no stopping climate change without protecting forests, no protecting forests without respecting the human rights of the people who live in them. RAN has a strong board, an exceptional staff, and is always working at the edge, setting expectations high and the achieving them.
James Gollin

Board Member

Rating: 5

RAN packs a giant punch. If you want to be sure to get impact from your donation, support RAN

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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.

2 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

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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.

2 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.

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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!

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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?

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

RAN is the undisputed expert at scaring companies into good behavior, negotiating with them about what good behavior is, and then staying on top of them to keep them good - punish them when they fall and rewarding them when they succeed. That is why Fortune called them The Mosquito in the Tent". They never give up and they hve saved millions of oacres of earth and thousands of people int eh process. they are the best!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

RAN is a fantastic organization. interned with them last Summer with the Rainforest Agribusiness Campaign. The staff there did everything they could to make me feel welcome, treated me with respect, and helped me to help them with their campaign against destructive agribusiness corporations ADM, Bunge, and Cargill. I helped organize a direct action organizing event where 2000 people all across the US and Canada went to their local supermarkets and placed stickers marked "product may contain rainforest destruction" on products containing palm oil. It was an amazing experience and I highly recommend RAN.

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Donor

Rating: 4

RAN is a terrific grass roots organization that truly focus all their effort into curbing greenhouse gas emissions and stopping the destruction of rainforests around the world. The only slightly negative thing I can say about them is that their devotion to the cause may make their internal organization a little haphazard. I've had my member info mixed up with others, and they actually are kind of slow in follow up for membership renewal.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Hi, i am a horticulturist that loves our planet, i got involved saving eucalyptus trees planted by world war 11 diggers.The local council wanted to rip them out, it wasent much but they were saved, i made enemys of the council, as if i cared.Every little bit helps, the people that know about helping to save our rainforsets the better chance we have of saving them for us and future generations. politices and people should understood the damage they are causing you think they would stop. For me to be alone with nature and surrounded by its beauty is better than being with people, plants have there own way of communicating with us.Thankyou for trying to save our rainforstets so my children and theres can experiance the joy. char

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

RAN helped me organize a very effective protest. The organizers sent me free materials to use, they emailed me to check if I needed help, they helped me get media contacts, they helped me with tips on what to write in my petition, they helped me recruit people. It was a very positive experience for me and I could not have done it without the organizer's help.

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Donor

Rating: 5

A very committed group that has always been on the right side of indigenous people, wild lands, and ecologically sound policies.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Rainforest Action Network for 17 years now. They are responsive to both their members, and the urgent issues facing us today. I feel that they maintain great character and integrity. It is important to recognize and support such organizations. Thank you, Amanda Amanda Kuchta

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

i found helpng the rainforest such a rewarding thing to do not only are you helping the enviroment but also global warming and that is two things that are very important if we do not start doing something about it now i hate to think what the outcome would be we need to have rainforests with out them the world wouldn't be the same and aslo we have to think of the surival of the wildlife who live in the rainforests such has all different types of birds i love walking through the rainforests i did that once one i was in cairns and it was breathtaking so beautiful and the serenity was just so unreal the noises of the birds just made it so terrific it is hard to put it into words you have to experience yourself but once you do iam sure you will agree it also makes me sick to the stomach when i hear that we are chopping more trees done everyday .i have been a volunteer for plant a tree done now for 3 years and he enjoyment you get out of it is so great knowing you are healpind the enviroment is such a great thing to do .this organisation does such a great job on making sure the rainforests aren't harmed .thankyou

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

RAN is the most wonderful activist organization I have ever volunteered with! They are extremely effective, and they use unconventional/creative approaches to raising awareness on important issues. This innovation and bold creativity is undoubtedly a major attribute driving their effectiveness as an environmental organization. I look forward to working with RAN in the future, and I really hope I can convince others to get involved with this successful, brilliant organization as well!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

RAN is at the cutting edge of environmental activism. Working with their staff organizers has been an awesome experience, and I encourage people to start their own RAN Chapter in their town/city/or university. RAN is amazingly supportive of grassroots efforts while really supporting the group's autonomy.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I feel privelaged to have been introduced to RAN in 2008 as I was recovering from cancer. I am the parent of a special needs child ,so I support alot of organizations. Global warming & the needless destruction of our Rainforests is something I have always been passionate about as I would like future generations to be able to enjoy this beautiful planet. The rate of destruction of our planet often frightens & leaves me feeling hopeless, but finding RAN has given me a renewed sense of hope for saving the planet. I have found the work done by the incredible people who are working for RAN to be selfless,committed,unyielding and passionate. The information supplied to the general public, such as myself , enlightens and warns of what might happen if the destruction of the rainforests continues yet they are so upbeat & positive THEY will overcome & succeed in stopping these crimes against nature you find yourself more mindful & encouraging everyone you know to join in this fight! I have many organizations to contribute funding to, especially being a cancer fighter & the parent of a mentally ill child, but RAN is always on the top of my list for continued financial support. I am confident every dollar I donate is spent in empowering this organization & not being wasted on the CEO flying first class to meetings like alot of other non profits I know about. In the short time I have been involved with RAN I am proud to say I have recruited about 150 people to join & become a part of RAN and have challenged people to donate. I even am working on getting my company to match donations made by employees to RAN, that is how affected & excited I have become about RAN.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

RAN works tirelessly to protect the world's forests. They've been at it since 1985 and have saved millions of acres and help amplify the voices of indigneous allies and affected communities - from forests to coal fields. They're work to save forests doesn't stop at the logging companies - RAN focuses on greening the energy grid and getting America off Oil and Coal. They target the world's biggest banks to adopt policies that remove their investments from supporting dirty energy. They have helped build and galvanize coalitions of groups to amplify the effectiveness around the campaigns. They are working to save the Amazon from Soy planted by the biggest agribusinesses in teh world. They are fighting to do the same in Indonesia where Oil Palm is the biggest contributor to deforestation (as well as helping put Indonesia in 3rd place globally when it comes to green house gas emissions.) They are also working to stop the Alberta Tar Sands project - dupped the "Most Destructive Project in the World". And they are working in Japan to undermine the market for rainforest fiber from Tasmania which is turned into copy and toilet paper. There's more - check out their web site: http://ww.ran.org