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Causes: Animals, Education, Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: Since 1967, CBF has been the voice of those who care about restoring the United States' largest estuary. Our motto “Save the Bay” has defined that mission to the more than 17 million people who live in the six-state Chesapeake Bay Watershed. CBF is the largest and only independent, Bay-wide organization that exists solely to restore and protect the vitality of the Bay.

Target demographics: Residents of Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, and New York who live within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 40,000 citizens take action; 32,500+ students and teachers learn about the environment.

Geographic areas served: Chesapeake Bay Watershed, including Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, and New York

Programs: Education: CBF has provided more than 40,000 students and teachers with field-based, hands-on inspiring education programs at 14 centers in VA, MD, PA, and DC. Advocacy: We help tens of thousands of citizens take action for clean water; successfully lobby for legislation and funding to restore the Chesapeake Bay and the rivers and streams that feed it. Restoration: planted millions of juvenile oysters on sanctuary reefs, planted tens of thousands of trees, restored hundreds of acres of wetlands. Litigation: Successfully make the case for clean air, clean water, and protection of critical areas.

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with employees from this organization for many years. The work they do is so important and essential for Chesapeake Bay Restoration. As a result of the new federal tax laws, I found my take home pay to be slightly larger. I would rather this money go to environmental and social justice causes and have pledged to donate my tax savings each paycheck. CBF was my first organization to donate to!

Review from Guidestar

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Rating: 5

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is leading efforts across the Bay watershed to focus attention, resources and action to properly manage this unique ecosystem for the benefit of the many, and to fight those few who attempt to use government to delay, derail and destroy the collective and individual actions that build participation in preserving, protecting and prospering from the Chesapeake Bay.

Review from Guidestar