I have been a long time contributor to WWF and believe they are by far the most globally effective environmental organization out there. I appreciate that they try to minimize their overhead expenses, but think they could have spent the money necessary to notify us upfront of a change in one of their donor policies. For years I had been a "Partner In Conservation" (based on giving several donations each year that would add up to a total of $1,000 by the end of the year). One of the benefits of being a "Partner" was that I did not receive the general membership appeals, but only the much less frequent "Partner" appeals. Earlier this year, I began to receive those general appeals and when I asked, I was told that I no longer had "Partner" status because the criteria had been changed to eliminate those who did not contribute at least $1,000 in one gift (versus the several smaller amounts I gave that added up to $1,000). It was apparently getting too difficult administratively to keep track of multiple donations to see if they added up to the minimum amount in the course of a year, and it was hard to establish a "cut-off" date by which a contributor would have had to make their last contribution to meet the $1,000 yearly minimum. What is MOST disappointing, however, is that I did not receive "advance notice" of the change in the "Partner" criteria, but was automatically converted to a general member without explanation (until I inquired myself). I am sure it cost them more to deal with my phone calls and emails regarding this matter then if they had sent a letter regarding this policy change before it became effective. In any event, I will continue contributing to WWF for the sake of their good conservation work.
Review from Guidestar
This nonprofit falsely claims on their materials and collateral that 85% of their expenses go directly to program funding (showing a picture of a recent piece I received from today's mail package from them); however other resources, such as Charity Navigator, shows that less than 75% of expenses go to program funding. Charity Navigator pulls directly from 990s, which is a tax form completed by nonprofit organizations for the IRS. At 75%, that leaves more than $57 million going to other expenses (based on reported expenses from 990 displayed on Charity Navigator).
YES, nonprofits need to spend money on things like overhead, payroll, advertising, and advertising, including direct mail. But they're completely throwing money down the drain. I've been asking for MONTHS to be taken off their mailing list. I've never donated to them or provided them with my contact information, so they've purchased it from somewhere (most likely because I donate to other environmental nonprofits). Their mail packages are hefty, including things like cards, stickers, and things like vouchers for free umbrellas and clothing apparel. Way to spend donors' hard-earned money that they've trusted you with!
I've reported my dissatisfaction directly to the organization and to Charity Navigator, and hope that WWF is forced to report more truthful data and respect the public's requests to be left out of their wasteful mailings.
I donated towards a symbolic elephant adoption as a Christmas present and got scammed by this nonprofit. They claimed to have sent the certificate, it never showed. They claimed to have sent it again but when it didn't show up and I called the gentlemen claimed to need to talk to his manager to track the certificate and would call me back. He never called back so two days later I called for a refund. After two more calls I still have not been refunded. The symbolic adoption is a scam.
I sadly donated over $100 to this organization when I was younger... and since then I have learned some very disturbing news. Apparently they support "KILLING FOR CONSERVATION" which obviously is a ridiculous ideology and does absolutely nothing to protect anyone. They have obscene amounts of donor money that is very difficult to track- I've heard from many that they pocket most of the money for themselves. They have also recently teamed up with MONSANTO and support filling our Amazon Rainforest with GMO'd plants!!!! This "non-profit" does not deserve its label at all and should be stripped of its non-profit status because they are untrustworthy, go against their own stances, and the only "successes" they ever report are those done by OTHER ORGANIZATIONS.
This a great charity for wild life and climate change. Leonardo Dicaprio just donated 20 million and he is not stupid.
These bad reviews are ridiculous. Where are the claims of corruption etc coming from?
Here is another dishonest organization using lies to get money to supposedly help animals. If they lie to get the money then they are more then likely not using most if any of the money to help any animals.
They keep lying about global warming saying the polar bears habitat is shrinking when it has grown by 50% going along with the bankers and power companies who are making billions of dollars on these lies.
Never ever give any organization money who lies to get support.
Contrary to many of the reviews here, WWF is an organization which is very much "boots on the ground" - more so than most other large conservation NGOs. That's not saying they could not improve, but they work on long term initiatives, with collaborating with many partners, to make lasting impacts to wildlife through management improvement, laws and regulations, and innovative initiatives.
When considering the amount of overhead for any NGO it's important to consider this in relation to the scale of the company, and also keeping in mind that for profit businesses wouldn't be successful if they couldn't pay their employees a decent salary and spend money on research and development or training of employees or other expenses that are not "boots on the ground" but that make those boots SOOOO much more effective when they are on the ground (and make sure that boots are trampling the correct ground/direction).
Regarding the hunting aspect - well controlled and regulated trophy hunting is one of the best conservation tools out there. As animal lovers we might not like it, but this is the truth. It is incredible brave and forward thinking for WWF to be working on well managed trophy hunting for the long term preservation of species - even though people sitting in their comfy house in the US with their pets don't agree.
Why does the CEO make $495,806????? I am not sending my hard earned dollars to here. Sorry, but that is too much. there are may charities out there that don't spend so much on salaries. That's just not right.
Review from CharityNavigator