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Center for Biological Diversity Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Biological & Life Sciences, Environment, Forest Conservation, Land Resources Conservation, Protection of Endangered Species

Mission: At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature;to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law, and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters, and climate that species need to survive.We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.

Results: According to the LA Weekly, we're "pound for pound, dollar for dollar, the most effective conservation organization in the country."

Programs: Climate Law Institute, Endangered Species, Oceans, Public Lands, Urban Wildlands, Population and Sustainability, International, Environmental Health

Community Stories

1208 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

28

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love my Endangered Earth electronic newsletters! They keep me informed about the business side and political status of many issues I am interested in and would otherwise be unaware. It also provides super convenient opportunities to take action and let my voice be heard with the people that make a difference on the issues. Thanks bunch for all you do for the environment!

38

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The wolves and the eagles tear down the amoebas of pork fat and myopic blundering. Less poetically, this is one of the most effective organizational structures non-profit or not.

25

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is the organization that gets things done, they aren't all about propaganda like green-peace, nor do they squander away your donations by paying big bucks to the executives. The Center gets to the bottom of important issues, and they are the organization which investigates and takes legal actions against those government offices who are supposed to take of the environment, while informing its constituents. Please help protect our precious earth and vote on the Center for Biological Diversity!!!!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is perhaps one of the most important nonprofits known to man, simply because it puts mankind in its place in the broader world of the creatures around us and the environment that we live in. What could be more important than learning about and striving to help maintain the balance of nature-- this is imperative to our own survival. I know from personal discussions with one of the staff that the Center is incredibly dedicated to this mission.

23

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity came to the attention of San Francisco park advocates at a most profound time when we were fighting to retain some federal, state and city park lands from being taken over by off-leash dog activity. CBD showed us grass roots volunteers that there is a way to stand up to single-issue and very squeaky wheel persons who do not see the big picture or consider the long-term effects of their destructive behavior.

24

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is a needed watchdog for endangered species and environmental law. The lawsuits they bring in this effort are won 90% of the time, attesting to the amazing effectiveness of this organization, it's hardworking and dedicated staff, and the many volunteers involved in this fight. Government entities are led to consider policies more carefully due to CBD oversight and forced to change unacceptable practices because of the work of the Center. The research and preparation that goes into these efforts is amazing. It's done on a very tight budget, but is possible because of the strong commitment and dedication to this worthy cause that everybody involved with the Center's work has.

22

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been working with CBD on saving the Verde River in Arizona. Their staff is always professional and totally committed to our cause. I will be a CBD member for life!

19 srutledge

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have enjoyed working with CBD over the past year on threats to species in Nevada as it relates to water use and the encroachment of development on habitat. Their lead in Nevada is a great voice for the Center. His prior work experience with local governments has proven invaluable in terms of gaining access and building power around theses issues. His hire was a great decision by CBD and they should be commended for their thoughtfulness in staffing this position. I also really enjoy hearing from industry and elected's when CBD gets involved in an issue in Las Vegas. CBD's presence raises the bar for accountability and provides a great basis for organizing. Thank you CBD!

22

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Whether it's litigating on behalf of endangered species such as the polar bear or just raising awareness about things such as the botched capture of the last american jaguar, the Center leads the charge to protect all aspects, big and small, of the environment.

24

Donor

Rating: 5

The center for biological diversity is one of the most effective non-profit organizations around. Their work includes the sexy mainstream environmental issues (whales, polar bears, turtles etc) but also less known but equally important issues such as saving sharp park (wetlands vs golf course), the bay area delta and tejon ranch (Calif. condor range). I am very impressed with the work they do and am proud to support them. I love reading their on line newsletter (I feel so informed) and just wish I could give more money to support their work.

19

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is a lean, mean, green machine. There's not another group out there that even comes close to the Center's dedication, integrity, and success rate when it comes to protecting endangered species and their habitat, and they do it with a budget that's a fraction of what most other environmental heavyweights have to work with.

19

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hands down the most effective nonprofit environmental group in the U.S. They have an incredible success rate in terms of lawsuits won and campaigns furthered. When I first moved to Arizona a decade ago and was looking for an environmental group to work with/volunteer for, I was told to look up these guys. They were #1 on my list as the "most kick ass group in the country." And I've never been disappointed! Some of the battles are long and can be exhausting - emotionally and financially. But this is the group that will hang in there, stand firm and get the job done. Their quarterly print newsletter is informative and personal, providing glimpses behind the scenes. The online newsletter is quick hits on important issues and successes, an invaluable resource. They also provide alerts with letters, petitions and other actions that the public can take to make a direct impact on an issue. I like having a template letter available that I can add to and personalize for those issues that are dearest to me. I also like to sometimes just "sign" my name knowing that the issue is well-presented by the group and my little contribution both supports them and the cause and might even make a difference. There isn't a group out there that gets more bang for the buck. They've attracted the best and brightest as staff, contractors, and volunteers. That also extends to their membership and donors. Center membership is an elite and growing group of informed and passionate conservationists. May it continue to grow and protect/restore thousands more species and millions more acres; keep water flowing in thousands more miles of streams; and win the catastrophic climate change battle by getting us back to 350ppm.

20

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is ALWAYS on top of the issues. They are my source for up to date environmental and species concerns, and not only are they reporting and investigating on these critical issues, they are steadfastly taking action, with die-hard conviction and the know how of so many intelligent, compassionate people behind it all. I am always pleased to hear of the important steps the Center is taking, and love trying to add my little part, whatever that may be. THank you to all!!!

23

Donor

Rating: 5

The center does an excellent job of presenting critical animal and habitat issues, a convenient online political input format, and informative yet concise online newsletter. I am an avid supporter of the Center for Biological Diversity Inc..

28

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Unfortunately it's sad that we, the public, have to sue our own government to support conservation and climate change initiatives. However, CBDC is fighting the good fight for us. Their presence has helped rally members around the world and the online petitions make you feel empowered and able to have a voice in these dire conservation times.

20

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Petitions help keep our minds involved, but the newsletters that the CBD send out keep your heart involved. I enjoy the stories, photos, and feel as though the stories about legal battles, research and successes all over our country remind us of our inter-dependence. Keep up the good work, and I hope that the greatest nonprofits wins here.

20

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am relatively new to the Center for Biological Diversity Inc. I have been a member or NRDC for a number of years and as a result found (or was found by) CBD Inc. Their concern for all creatures great and small is heartfelt and well researched. My compliments to Kieran and best wishes for the future.

20

Donor

Rating: 5

I first learned about the Center (at that time called the Southwest Center) when I was active in San Diego environmental issues. I continued to interact with them since moving to Arizona in 1995. I hadn't realized how very young they were when I first knew about them. They seemed like a powerhouse already in California.

19

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is one of the best, most dedicated and determined conservation groups. The Center for Biological Diversity is a powerful champion for God's creation and creatures.

21

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The Center for Biological Diversity is my #1 resource for information about the plight of our wildlife and plantlife species. Their newsletters provide information regarding concerns, links to more information from local news sources, and opportunites to engage in actions that improve negative situations affecting the environment that we all share; from amoebas to zebras.

20

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first volunteered for CBD nearly a decade ago. They are my favorite environmental NGO because CBD doesn't let politics or corporate funding get in the way of saving wildlife. Further, CBD has been one of the most aggressive groups in using the law to raise climate change related concerns. CBD has been very active in my home state of Alaska and I hope their presence continues to grow there. There are so many threats - from ice dependent critters in the Arctic to large-scale clearcut logging and wood biofuel development proposed by the so-called Tongass "Futures" Roundtable. Thanks CBD.

19

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I worked for the Fish and Wildlife Service I though Kieran was a pain in the ass. But after a while I realized that we needed him when politics made natural resource decisions and not science. I still work for the govenment with another agency and anm grateful that the Center for Biological Diversity is the watchdog for the environment. Hopefully with the Bush years over we can get species protected again.

22

Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor, it's really satisfying to see the results of the Center for Biological Diversity's campaigns on almost a constant basis. There is never a question that they are using every cent to defend our planet and the creatures who inhabit it. It makes me feel great to be able to be a part of their incredibly important work.

21

Donor

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity embodies an important new form of environmental activism. In the late 1980s, American biodiversity protection advocates faced a dilemma of choosing between two paths for protecting wildlife, each with notable limitations. The first path was represented by national environmental organizations that relied on the insider strategy commonly used by interest groups in Washington, DC, which depended on privileged access to politicians to influence policy. The problem with this strategy was that it regularly led these organizations to avoid taking strong stands on controversial issues when they believed such stands might hurt their access and influence. The second path consisted of activists who engaged in direct actions such as sitting in old-growth trees to deter loggers from cutting them down. Because these activists did not rely on an insider strategy they could be as bold as needed, but their direct-action tactics rarely saved biodiversity on a large scale. Faced with the limitations of each of these two paths, the founders of the Center chose instead to create a third path. Center activists embraced legal tactics, but rejected the constraints of the insider strategy. They were willing to file lawsuits against the federal government for its failure to enforce its own environmental laws in cases the national organizations avoided as potentially controversial. As a result, the Center has been able to apply the Endangered Species Act far more extensively than had ever been attempted before, achieving an unprecedented increase in species protection over the past two decades. The Center has thus offered the environmental movement an exciting new path for saving biodiversity that is simultaneously bold and influential.

17

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Until I started reading all my emails from CFBDI I was not fully aware of all the tragedies happening around the world. Within a few minutes I was educated and motivated to take action on what we as humans are responsible for maintaining on our planet. Qudos to all the writers who contirbute to the information that keeps us alert and active on these topics.

19

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is one of the most informative, active non-profits ever. Their action alerts enable us "mouse warriors" to contact our elected representatives with ease!

16

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is a great nonprofit because they work to protect all endangered species and ecosystems, not just "popular" species.

20

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I receive newsletters via email from many different environmental and social justice organizations. Though all of these organizations are worthy of support, the Center for Biological Diversity is the one I consistently support the most via their email "action alerts." It is also the organization whose emails I am most likely to forward to friends. Though I am no non-profit expert, the Center attracts me because of the specificity of its causes. It sets very concrete, focused goals - protecting sea turtles from the Gulf of Mexico's bottom longline fishery, for example - and generates many successes through its lawsuits. I'm so happy that an organization like this exists, and I look forward to supporting the Center for Biological Diversity in the future.

16

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is the best run organization of it's kind I have seen. The operative word is "efficient." These professionals believe in and know what they are doing. They are actually making a difference daily in the longevity of the planet and its diversity of inhabitants. I'm so impressed with their abilities and their focus. If I had money to spare, I would give it to them.

18

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you for your spirit to help this planet stay alive. I read my emails from the Center for Bio Div every day in the fight to save this beautiful world and all its creatures. Their efforts are so appreciated. Thank you.

17

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have many forests in North America with a great diversity of animals. They need to be protected too. The Center for Biological Diversity Inc. does not discriminate among the animals they profile for need and spreading information about. They can be frogs and fish to Eagles and Condors. They do a great job of getting the information out and who to contact if you want to support the animal or bills.

20

Donor

Rating: 5

North America is so fortunate to have the Center for Biological Diversity watching out for our precious resources and endangered species. I am continually amazed how they keep a pulse on every little thing that is happening or could happen to harm our environment or our wildlife. The people who work for the Center are such passionate individuals that put all their energy into saving and preserving our natural resources. They deserve to win this award. Their actions speak more than words can express. They are the best.

20

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love, love, love this organization. They keep me in the loop, about so many areas of concern that I would never have known about and only hear about through their E-info sharing. I'm Canadian, but we live on one Earth so I am just as concerned about what is happening there as my own backyard. I also really think that America is ready for a new dream and to lead the world in creating a new relationship with all life. So I like the sense I can get from BDI of where the political will is going, I applaud the methods they use to keep the pressure on and empower others to join in. These days we have positive momentum in environmental causes due in part to BDI's work and education. One thing I'm studying now, that I don't think the public really understands is the Ecosystem, so more that you can do in that area helps. For example when write about the ecosystem in Alaska,or a certain bird that may go extinct, my sense is that people don't really understand how that can affect them directly. So we need to better understand the whole earth ecosystem connection. One earth, one people, one plant and animal life all connected. My final suggestion is overall in your educational process if you could use more diagrams, that help us to picture and also educational video clips. Thank you for you great work Deb Carson

17

Donor

Rating: 4

the newsletter is brief and reads well, a great update on all the issues that are hot, so many of them are under the Center's watch. they are covering so much and taking to many actions to help protect endangered and potentially threatened species, I feel like my donations are well spent and directly applied to actions to help protect our environment. They don't send me junk mail like so many others. I will continue tu supoort them

17

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I love your logo. Also, the Mission Statement is great. I have signed/added to e-mail petitions per your alerts. I do wish there would be more coordination between environmental organizations to achieve a goal ie. work on the Chesepeke Bay clean up. Focus on one or two areas and be more "in your face" about what is happening. I'm glad you're out there trying to change attitudes and actions toward our wonderful planet.

20 ne11e

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learn so much from the Center for Biological Diversity's e-newsletter; it really keeps me informed! CBD sues when necessary and fights for issues that I care about. Thank you!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity has accomplished a tremendous amount of success towards conserving America's environment. Their professional legal and scientific staff consistently acheive great strides towards creating environmental sustainability of our nation's natural heritage.

16

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The site is informative, interesting, inspiring. It shows where we've made progress and how we can help meet challenges of the future.

15

Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor and a professional who has worked on some of the issues this organization addresses, I know that the Center for Biological Diversity is a first class organization making a real difference for the environment, our planet and its inhabitants (us!). Their newsletter is first rate and their effective use of donations to fight for environmental stewardship in a wide range of areas is impressive. They are among the best!

18

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Great cause. Good overall look to the profile page. Emails are very informative and easy to read. I don't mind signing my name on any of the petitions I get from this organization, as they are all meant to keep wildlife safe and in existence.

25

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The weekly emails and alerts keep me up-to-date on the latest issues affecting living creatures throughout the world. CBD makes it so easy to help make a difference too. I can add my name to a petition, write my congressmen or make a donation in just a click or two. It's an organization that keeps me informed and makes me feel empowered too.

18

Donor

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a member. I go from despair to hope when I see how effectively the Center for Biological Diversity carries out its mission. When I think of my wonderful nephews aged 12 and 7, I am so thankful there is an organization like this fighting for their opportunity to live on a planet with life. It's easy to be informed and take action on issues dear to my heart and in natural areas I love with this group.

25 xuzi

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am always impressed with the thoroughness of the Center for Biological Diversity newsletters. Their stories tell me of specific needs and issues I would otherwise know nothing about. They are actively on-top of these stories and take strong effective actions that often result in important steps forward for conservation and habitat protection. Kudos!

22 jotown1434

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Not only does the Center for Biological Diversity keep us apprised of the true acute problems that we as citizens must address and be pro-active, it also punctuates the problems with wonderful graphics which show how immediate the dangers are through the compelling pictures on the site!

16

Donor

Rating: 5

The Center For Biological Diversity is a fantastic environmental nonprofit group. They keep me informed with weekly email updates about endangered animals, pollution and the governments agenda on these issues. This nonprofit is key in helping all living things survive in a world that is clean and safe.

19

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

THE BEST! Ethical organization deeply rooted in reality works passionately for environment as a whole. Communication is amazing with frequent emails suggesting timely actions and follow-up on progress. Center for Biological Diversity has helped me be a much more informed and active environmentalist and I thought I was pretty good before! It has also made it much easier to convey the info to my friends who are not as motivated as I to follow environmental issues. It is so heartening to get the news that our actions have succeeded. They actually leave me feeling hopeful about our environment which is a very tough thing to do. And that keeps me motivated to continue working.

17

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is great for keeping people informed about endagered species and other environmental issues. Their weekly newsletters provide readers with news about legislation and opportunities to voice opinions about policy decisions and legal actions that impact our world. For me, they are an extremely useful source of information about environmental issues and I look forward to the updates.

26

Donor

Rating: 5

10 years ago, I didn't know very much about biological diversity except for being generally concerned about the plight of endangered species. When I learned about this organization and the global implications of species extinction and habitat destruction, I became a true believer and ardent supporter of their work. I donate at least once a year, alert everyone I know about urgent petitions and their good work and stay informed about environmental and endangered species issues. They are the most amazing, tireless and fearless defenders of this incredible planet of ours and deserve constant support.

17

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am truly amazed at the depth and swiftness that this organization works. I read all of the news emails and I am always impressed on the results from this group of dedicated people.

16

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is one of the hardest-hitting and most effective organizations out there for protecting endangered species and habitat. Their staff is superb, and their public outreach is remarkable. I read their alerts and updates faithfully, because I know I will learn about both the science and the politics in one fell swoop.

17

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I love their weekly e-newsletter. Not only do you get "calls for action" but you also get updates...both good and bad.

20

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Center is at the forefront of most major environmental issues facing our world today, and certainly of the most urgent ones. Their staff are incredibly dedicated and intelligent, and they work tirelessly towards the organization's goals. The result is an extremely successful organization that is helping to make this world a better place, for people and for the critters.

21

Donor

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity continues to impress me. I have been following their work for nearly two years through their email alerts and newsletters (which are well written and informative) and have been so impressed not only by not only their efforts, but their amazing results. In addition, their financials are quite impressive, especially considering the scope of their work and the talent needed to make their programs a success. Hands down, one of the best nonprofits I donate to with regards for getting the most "bang for your buck." I believe so much in this nonprofit, that I designated them as the recepient of 30% of profits from one of my company's products!

25

Volunteer

Rating: 3

the work this organization is doing is amazing.To protect the many animals from extinction is indeed a fabulous job.# cheers to this institution.

17

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am repeatedly amazed by The Center's determination to help with the environmental crisis. Every few weeks I receive their news letter packed with information on not only their amazing successes, but with environmental news that I don't see anywhere else. The Center is one of the best environmental organizations I know of.

19

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Center has raised my personal awareness of so many essential issues facing our planet today. I think that their work is extremely important, and I am so glad to be a supporter.

19

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I find that the Center for Biological Diversity is always on top of the most important environmental issues. When I receive their e-newsletter or a call for action, I know that I'm getting accurate and excellent information. They are the best for information and advocacy.

21

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Center is the best environmental non-profit organization currently active in the U.S. They have proven time and again to be the only group willing to take a realistic view of what is necessary to save endangered species and habitat, especially with regard to global warming. The Center realizes that we can't settle for the easy way out or politically beneficial positions. Instead, it is necessary to take positions that will have meaningful benefits for wildlife and humanity, regardless of the political obstacles.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is an incredibly effective organization! They are unique in their approach and able to maximize their resources in such a way that their success is unmatched. CBD's influence exceeds organizations of much greater size. Victories such adding the Polar Bear to the Endangered Species List illustrate that they have a huge vision and mission and will do what it takes to save our planet.

27

Donor

Rating: 5

I only recently began to receive the Center of Biological Diversity Weekly E-Mail Newsletter. It is a great source for keeping up on what various governmental institutions and private organizations are doing and how their activities affect the environment. Information is empowering. We have to know what the threats are and what the possible solutions are in order to act effectively.

22

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a long time resident of Tucson and became aware of the Center for Biological Diversity many years ago. The Center is fabulous. In many ways it is a news service for endangered nature, with fantastic, detailed stories and updates on the species and habitats themselves and on legislative or policy developments that impact them. The webpage is a unique, rich source of information for any one interested in environmental issues. Their primary role, following and challenging activities that illegally harm wildlife or wildlands, is much needed, and they are absolutely professional and expert in this. This is also a grassroots organization in which it is obvious that every penny is used well. The people working at the Center are dedicated and work for very little pay. Clearly for them one of the major benefits is the reward of doing something useful, and they are passionate about what they are doing.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I really appreciate that the Center for Biological Diversity advocates for big picture solutions - and yet never forgets the "little guy." Plants and snails and fish are all important - every species, a role to play in their ecosystem. So much has already been compromised when it comes to loss of habitat and wild places, we need a science-based advocacy group like the Center. Not to mention... they are SO successful with a relatively trim budget. I'm consistently impressed and continue to support the Center.

19

Donor

Rating: 5

The Center is an amazing group that really gets things done, both in court and out. They wrote the petition that got the polar bear listed under the Endangered Species Act, work to enforce laws to help fight global warming, and help protect public lands and all kinds of species from destructive activities. I don't know exactly how many species they've gotten federally protected, but it's a lot. I'm not what you'd call wealthy, but I give to CBD regularly because what they do is crucial.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great organization that gets great results -- 93% success rate, millions of acres of habitat protected, great staff, lean mean endangered species machine.