I support four nonprofit organizations that are environmentally focused. I love them all for different reasons, but This is the one that I would choose if I had to pick just one. They are effective, and focus on a balanced approach to how they deliver protection, as well as their philosophy about the environment they are trying to protect.
The Center for Biological Diversity is one of the best organizations to help animals and the environment. They assist in legal action, protests, lobbying, etc and they also serve to help a great variety of animal species, especially those truly imperilled by humans and other issues. They need everyone's support!
CBD is an exceptional organization structured to fight opponents where they can make the biggest difference, in court. Time and again they get legal loopholes closed and make the government and private sector accountable for greed, myopia, and politicized policies (or lack thereof). CBD is one of the few environmental non-profits that enforce changes on non-supporters, an important strategy against corruption and lobbies that otherwise have greater sway. Their work not only supports Biological Diversity (their namesake), but also concurrently safeguards food supply, protects the environment, and encourages social stewardship and interaction in other ways. It's really a one-stop-shop non-profit group.
In supporting the environment, I only wanted to give to an organization that was dedicated, knowledgeable and effective. I'm not concerned about image or frills. The environment is a critical issue today. I give to the Center for Biological Diversity knowing the money will be effectively distributed and used.
The CBD provides its members with up-to-date and extensive avenues for involvement with endangered species and habitat protections. Over the years it has been amazing to see the sheer quantity of victories and public lands protected by the Center. Much respect to their lawyers and staff who do this most important work for those (animals) with no voices!
CBD concentrates on using the court system to provide protections for thousands of animal species, environmental areas, and humans (through protection of water sources and open areas). These lawsuits are often effective as the group notifies the intent to sue but also works with others to come to a good solution. I personally like the extensive communication the group provides to its donors, volunteers, and followers.
Review from Guidestar
The Center for Biological Diversity files suits frequently to keep wild lands wild, saving habitat for endangered and wild species and also saving their lives by preventing their lands from being destroyed and polluted.
I give to them--modestly, I wish I could donate more! And I write emails in response to their requests to aid in the fight by contacting my elected representatives. They are truly an excellent and strong voice in the ongoing fight to help wildlife and wild lands survive in the future.
Since a biology instructor at our college pointed faculty towards this organization, I've become a fan/reader and a contributor. Their concise and well-written e-communications are based on facts and provide links for more information or to take action. The tone of communication is even, no panic or urgency, just emphasizing continual awareness and constant monitoring as situations require.
Review from Guidestar
The Center for Biological Diversity is given top ratings by charity review sites across the internet and that backs up my experience with their advocacy.
A look at their web site confirms that they stand seriously and honorably for every issue they take on. It is personal, effective and well designed to inspire and motivate interested visitors.
The executives in this non-profit take a modest compensation, not the usual large to huge compensation you see taken in other big name ecology non-profits and that means a lot to low income donor like me.
If you are one who cares about our planet and its creatures, you will love being active with the Center for Biological Diversity.