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Voices for Biodiversity

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Anthropology & Sociology, Arts & Culture, Fisheries Resources, Printing & Publishing

Mission: VoicesforBiodiversity enhances biodiversity conservation through storytelling, collaboration, community and advocacy. We focus on sharing the stories of those who would not otherwise have a way of being heard. Then we help those same individuals create or improve local environmental projects that help protect biodiversity or we help them enact advocacy to protect nature where they live.

Results: We believe that when people share their stories about nature and other species we learn to live in healthy relationship with the natural world and protect biodiversity. Voices for Biodiversity (V4B) has shared feature articles, interviews, reviews, dispatches, articles by youth, photos, videos, and more from people all around the globe who care about other species. We have published hundreds of articles in the past decade. We also produce content for National Geographic News Watch. Voices for Biodiversity has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Anthropology in Media Award from the American Anthropological Association in 2014; top honors from New Mexico Press Women for Best Nonprofit Website in 2018, 2016 and 2015; and first place for Best Website Edited or Managed by a Nonprofit, Government Agency or Educational Organization from the National Federation of Press Women in 2015 and honorable mention in 2016 and 2018.

Target demographics: Protect biodiversity and increase cultural diversity in the environmental movement.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Storytellers share their stories and enact local conservation advocacy and programs.

Geographic areas served: Global

Programs: Storytellers in Action through which Voices for Biodiversity enhances biodiversity conservation through storytelling, collaboration, community and advocacy.

Community Stories

76 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the way that Voices for Biodiversity shares a range of stories related to conservation from a variety of perspectives. I've learned so much from volunteering with this organization, and I really enjoy learning about conservation issues on many different levels. As someone who works both in communications and environmental science, I really appreciate the way the organization shares the stories of the species and ecosystems I value so much.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with this nonprofit is inspiring and uplifting – they are working to change the world for the better in such a unique way. Aiming to get everyone involved in conversations about biodiversity is just one of the ways Voices for Biodiversity is making a difference for ALL species on our increasingly fragile planet. Keep up the great work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a copy editor at Voices for Biodiversity and am thrilled to be a part of their important mission. V4B endeavors to bridge the gap between society and the scientific community in order to get everyone on the same page about protecting biodiversity—essential work at this critical junction for our planet.

Kathy268

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If you love animals and/or are an advocate for environmental issues, it's difficult to find one organization that can easily--and interestingly--give you one stop shopping for current information. But Voices for Biodiversity does just that....and with an all-volunteer staff to boot (which is amazing). Stories are the key to change in the world, and with Voices for Biodiversity, you can find stories written by experts in their field, to better understand the issues facing the planet. Amazing organization shining the light on critical issues.

Megan130

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great articles containing quality content, making biodiversity accessible!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently found this website and am so glad that I did. I really appreciate the well written and thought-provoking articles that provide me with exposure to diversity issues from around the world. The photography is also outstanding.
Thanks so much for a great website!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This non profit ezine provides very thought provoking articles about the environment. I enjoy the original content by top experts and beautiful photography. I always learn new things here and am exposed to ideas that may or may not conflict with my own. Through this site they open my mind to new thoughts and considerations and I appreciate this. I have learned a lot here and have passed the site on to many others!

Donor

Rating: 5

What an exceptional website with a tremendous variety of info from around the world - from polar bears in the arctic to salamanders in West Virginia. Love the pictures!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I rely on Voices for Biodiversity to keep me relevant and informed of the issues concerning our natural environment. For example, I first heard about the "Sixth Mass Extinction" on V4B and not the issue is cropping up everywhere.
V4B attracts passionate and compassionate individuals who bring us stories of this astonishing earth in compelling and vivid detail. Thank you, V4B!!

Hilary13

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an inspiring, thoughtful, and educational web-magazine focused on issues pertaining to biodiversity as relayed through global stories. I enjoy everything from looking at photographs of elephants from Africa to reading a first-hand Massai accounting of indigenous culture and spirituality. V4B uses the power of storytelling to help us become conscious of our interdependence and thus shift our behaviors and habits to better serve the whole of life. Excellent organization and web magazine!

Teresita D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer translator at the organization. Voices for Biodiversity is doing a great job, informing about the environment and society’s interaction with it. This is an anthropological, conservation-media platform that needs all the support it can get, for the sake of La Tierra, our Mother Earth and all the species that live on it.

Jean77

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am the Director of the Taos Environmental Film Festival and the Voices of Biodiversity has been a great resource for information on films, scientists, and professionals who are seeking solutions to the serious issues facing our planet.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great resource for information on biodiversity from around the world. The stories are both thought-provoking and well-written. I love the photos!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I signed on with Voices for Biodiversity as the Outreach Coordinator in October of 2015, as it sparked my interest in calling the attention to the relationship between humans and their environments.

The organization is swiftly moving in exciting directions and has a great potential to grow into something much bigger with additional funding. I highly recommend supporting this organization through donations and volunteer time!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been working with V4B for 2 years. Just love working here and deeply believe in its mission.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with Voices for Biodiversity has been a fantastic experience! The organization sets itself apart from others by elevating the voices of local people and community members from around the world. I am fascinated by how much the world can learn from these people whose lives and cultures are so closely intertwined with their surrounding environments. Their worldviews can inspire the entire world to adopt a less self-centered, and more mindful and respectful approach to conservation.

Catherine16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wanted to volunteer with Izilwane because of their interest in connecting the human animal to biodiversity conservation. People often forget that we influence lives of other species around the globe. Iz provides articles and information about our influence on other animal demise. Izilwane has provided me with experience in writing that I would like to pursue as a career. Everyone is welcoming and helpful. I am glad that I have had the opportunity to work with such interesting people and a great organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started interning for Izilwane in November because I was attracted to their vision to change perceptions about The Sixth Great Extinction in order to alter human being's negative impacts on biodiversity. Izilwane makes the connection between humans and the natural environment that needs to be understood in order to change the actions of all people. Izilwane takes an anthropological approach unlike any other nonprofit that I've seen. My experiences interning with Izilwane as an Outreach Assistant have taught me about the hard work that is put into running a successful nonprofit and the importance of organization, communication, and leadership. The Izilwane adventure is an awesome organization that is making strides to bring together the human animal and the global ecosystem.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Izilwane's approach to the biodiversity global issue is unique. They're idea of teaching young people to become eco reporters is Great! It's through educating our young that lasting change will become a reality. What better way than teaching them a very useable writing skill while at the same time the young peole learn the importance of biodiversity at.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Izilwane reminds me everyday that this earth is a home we share with all creatures. As the species that has carved out the largest claim on the planet we have a responsibility to be good stewards, a job we often dismally fail at and sometimes rise to the challenge. Izilwane brings both to light and informs across continents the work that needs to be done. I have written articles for this non-profit that focuses on the science and politics of our threatened biodiversity, while celebrating the beauty and soul of the natural world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

When I first heard about Izilwane, I was puzzled by the name. It means "animals" in Zulu, with the richness of a language that ties everything in the biosphere together, the human animal included. The mission of this non-profit organization is to hold the tide of extinction before our eyes. The losses of species, traditional land-based societies, and our precious wild places may seem to be as inexorable as the tug of the moon on our watery planet, but there is hope in this call to attention. Izilwane calls us to notice what is passing before it is too late. It gives hope with the stories of research and activism that touch our deep connection to nature and remind us that in caring, we can work to boom the tide, all of us, together.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Izilwane is the perfect place to engage with the nexus between people and the environment. It functions as a tremendous public service, illuminating contemporary environmental information in thorough, creative ways. I admire the mission of this nonprofit as well as the countless hours of free hard work that go into making sure it operates. I am proud to be associated with such a progressive, interdisciplinary news source that raises awareness about one of the most crucial issues of our time.