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Center for Biological Diversity Inc

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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

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374 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

One of the very few organization willing to talk about how human over population is destroying the planet. It's not a popular topic but it is an essential one.

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Donor

Rating: 5

They're one of the few, if not the only, nonprofit to acknowledge that human over population is at the root of the massive animal extinctions, global warming and the world-wide environmental crisis we are facing, and to actually try to do something about it. (Thanks for the condoms, guys!) We need more nonprofits that are willing to tell it like it is.

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Shelly36

Donor

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is one of the few groups I feel I can really trust with my donations to really go after and do some good for our environment and wildlife. The successes they've achieved in court and elsewhere are unparalleled to just about any other preservation group out there. They also feel as I do that human population explosion is the main threat to our planet and their work to do something, anything, as in handing out condoms, goes beyond what anyone else has tried. Good work CFBD!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is one of the best environmental nonprofits around. They are effective, dedicated, and hardworking. They base their cases on scientific evidence and make expert use of environmental laws, getting excellent results. They are alert to all developments in their field. They are often pioneers in bringing issues to wider attention. In particular, they have been more active than most environmental organizations in underlining human population as a major factor in the current environmental crises.
I have supported them for many years and encourage everyone who is concerned about the natural world and its survival to do the same.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have been long-time supporters of the Center for Biological Diversity as its goals and vision match ours well. This year we were especially pleased that Kieran Suckling took the occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge seriously enough to go there himself. In addition, we have been very thankful for the help the Center has provided Protect Monterey County with its initiative to ban fracking and other damaging practices used to extract oil from the county. We hope passage of the initiative will eventually lead to stopping all fossil fuel extraction and adding CO2 to the air and ocean. The Center is with us on that goal.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Center is the best bang for your species preservation buck!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I completely believe in the work this wonderful charity does. I have done a ton of research to make certain this charity does what it says! IT DOES!!!!!!!!!! Your donation will be well spent, not placed in someone's pocket!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I donate annually to CBD because they are at the forefront of many of the issues I am most concerned about, including protections for threatened & endangered species, climate change mitigation, exposing the public and environmental health risks of extreme fossil fuels, and connecting the dots between global population growth and the current extinction crisis. I appreciate the fact that, in addition to educating the public, CBD also uses the law to stop abuses and implement solutions to big problems. CBD has, for example, been instrumental in the Landmark 757 Species Settlement, exposing corporate agriculture's motivations for funding the CA water bond, & suits against offshore fracking, against Ventura County, CA's approval of fracking in Santa Paula Cyn, & Nestlé's theft of public water in the San Bernardino National Forest for private profit through bottling. CBD currently earns an 86.95 Total Score from Charity Navigator, a Charity Watch A rating, a Guide Star Gold rating, and in 2011 was named a Philanthropedia top nonprofit in the area of Animal Welfare, Rights & Protection. CBD consistently earns my financial & activist support year after year.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The State of Oregon's Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) Commission has decided to remove wolves from the state's Endangered Species list, despite a wolf population of only 84 wolves. I was aware of this upcoming hearing and had been lobbying for maintaining these protections with help from The Center for Biological Diversity. The Center's emails kept me informed of the course of the State's actions. I asked for help from The Center in the form of sample letters I could read before writing to ODFW. I got immediate help with my request. Several hearings and letters later, the bad news came in that the ODFW Commission ignored the facts and the science and bowed to the hunting and livestock special interests. I turned to The Center praying that they would have some answers for what to do next and looking to make a donation to fuel any organization that would make a legal challenge to the ODFW Commission. That organization? The Center for Biological Diversity. Just received the kindest thank you for the donation I made to them. What more could anyone expect from a top notch charity?

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Donor

Rating: 5

They say what needs to be said. Limiting fossil fuel use, meat consumption, and family size are the three key actions to solving our environmental problems. However, most organizations are reluctant to mention the problems associated with meat consumption and population growth. The Center for Biological Diversity is one of the few that make a clear statment about the impact of all three.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I find CBD to be the most helpful educator, the most diligent legal action taker, the most conscientious with their donors' money. I can't praise them highly enough!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am most impressed with CBD's fearless side taking in favor of animals, habitat, and all things that take their toll on them. I especially like CBD's willingness to take on over-population with their condoms campaign.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is a great organization advocating animals and the environment. I am happy to give them my support. They are thorough in their coverage of issues and effective in their approach to resolving problems. Their law based approach is very effective. I especially appreciate the way they communicate their programs to members.

Donor

Rating: 5

I appreciate their comprehensive approach to all things environmental. No critter is too small, no corporation is too big, and no politician is too powerful for the CBD to confront. Their newsletters are informative, funny and beautiful. Their action alerts are well-targeted and effective. I'm proud to support the Center for Biological Diversity. Apart from changing my habits and sharing information with others, I believe supporting CBD is among the best things I can do for the health of this little blue ball we all call home.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Very informative and well laid out websites and petitions, which I feel good about signing. I have enjoyed this site for many years and they are on my list of top contributions. Thanks Bio Diversity for all you do!
Eric Fry
Dallas, Tx

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Donor

Rating: 5

In the space of just 6 years, the Center for Biological Diversity has gone from a charity that I read about to the single greatest recipient (by far) of my donation dollars. This is truly an environmental "little engine that could" -- working on a relative shoestring to score big victories, all the while keeping its donors informed of its progress on various fronts. I also appreciate its emphasis on population issues, an integral component of environmentalism which, for purposes of political correctness, most of the larger organizations don't want to touch. For those who want to get a lot of bang for their donation buck, there is no more efficient and effective group than this.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been giving to environmental causes since I earned my first full-time paycheck in 1976. We make substantial annual gifts to about 15 of them right now, and have been so impressed with the Center for Biological Diversity (which we only discovered about 3 years ago) that it is named as a beneficiary in our wills. If the salary information on the Director is any guide, the Center's staff earns a mere pittance considering the out-sized influence they have on protection of the ecosystems our most vulnerable species need to survive. Further, they are extremely responsive to their membership, with regular e-mailed newsletters consisting of short, enjoyable, well-written updates on 8-10 issues they're currently working on, including their successes and direct links within the piece to action e-mails. From time to time they conduct hour-long phone calls on a topic of interest, led by the Director and open to questions from the donors. I've e-mailed the staff a couple of times and have always gotten a timely response. While I enjoy the coddling, it's really my great faith in the enormity of the work they do, and the efficiency with which they do it, that so endears me to the Center. They are committed professionals at the top of my donation list and will always have my support.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My degree is in biology and I've been impressed with the Center's critical focus on preserving biological diversity. I've chosen to donate to them when I can out of the many environmental organizations who need money because they don't mess around! They take action on issues, suing when necessary, and often win because of their deep understanding both of the issue in question and of the law. Recently when I felt especially desperate over the impending destruction of some of our precious wildlands and backcountry communities for the sake of environmentally destructive factory wind energy production (in areas the locals had shown through months of scrupulous weather balloon work had virtually no wind), I reached out to them. Though I had attended community meetings I hadn't heard about their name mentioned. I had also gone to a Sierra Club meeting and found, as in Sierra Magazine, what I interpreted to be an uncritical factory wind farm anywhere any time attitude. So I wrote an email about the problems we are facing and sent it late on a Sunday night. I received a reply that same night. It wasn't a robo reply, it was a detailed note from the human person I sent it to telling me they were aware of the problems and mentioning ways they were actively involved. I think these people must work 24/7. After watching them in action for years, I've concluded they're smart, they are passionate, they understand the plant and animal communities they try to protect, they seem to choose their battles carefully, and they get results.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a part of several organizations that are watchdogs for the environment and wildlife . I am especially proud to be a part of this group, that fights in our courts and through education of the public. In particular, I love getting their regular updates on the causes I support, as well as new projects I am not aware of.

Donor

Rating: 5

CBD has impressed me without exception year after year. Their compassion toward all creatures and their concern for the habitat of all living things is genuine and tireless. Through CBD, I have been made aware of many environmental and animal welfare issues I never would have learned about otherwise. The organization's communications are clear and highly informative, and they are never "commercialized", nor are they burdensome to my inbox. I always research organizations before I support them, and CBD consistently receives high ratings and is referenced by well-regarded scientists and champions of animals and the Earth. I am continually amazed by CBD's abilities to uncover areas of need and to devote its personnel's energies to tackling the problems in the most effective ways possible. And these noble people never stop fighting to protect natural resources and all of our world's precious species. I am deeply grateful for the kindness, intelligence, and tenacity of everyone who works on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity.

Donor

Rating: 5

CBD's work in Az has been fantastic one if not the best non-profit action-oriented environmental agencies in the country.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is a "Get it done" environmental activism group. They take anybody to court and hold their feet to the fire. The Center wades thru the bureaucratic walls and delivers a legal punch that cannot be denied.

Donor

Rating: 5

CBD's mission to protect species and this planet's biodiversity is a noble one, albeit controversial at times. Despite the pushback from many interest groups, the Center for Biological Diversity continues to prove to be extremely successful, overcoming the odds. Well done CBD. Please keep up the great work protecting those on this planet without a voice.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of the most effective environmental organizations I can think of. Thank you CBD for all the hard work. Our planet is better off because of it!

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