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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 30,000 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.

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Melissa W.2

Donor

Rating: 5

We donated on behalf of the 7th grade teachers at Capitol Hill Day School as a holiday gift. The students have been working with the Foundation all school year.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

Living and getting out on the Chesapeake Bay, I am up close and personal with the challenges facing this national treasure and what the CBF is doing to preserve and improve it. It is my key charitable organization and it does not disappoint! I have also signed up to be a volunteer Clear Water Captain, so I am committing both my dollars and my time to the CBF!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Chesapeake bay is vital to our environment, economy, recreation and wildlife. Who wouldn't want to play in a clean bay? It is worth supporting the efforts to improve it.

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Donor

Rating: 5

It is heartbreaking to see the state of the Bay today, even given that it has improved slightly over the last few years. As a boy, I recall the bounty of wildlife that inhabited the water and the land around it. Crabs were plentiful. Sharks would steal the fish from your line before you could land your catch. We would fill up a rowboat with spot with just a hand line. What an amazing resource to trash. I feel terrible that my grandchildren will never experience the Bay as I did. We all need to do everything we can to salvage what is left.

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Thomas79

Donor

Rating: 4

I have long been a contributor to CBF. It is even more critical given the current political climate and the fact that the Bay has a long way to go before we can call it restored.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have lived in the Bay area all of my life. I love the waterways!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I donated to Chesapeake Bay Foundation because Clean water is the Earth's salvation. They are doing a good job of helping the earth and its current and future residents by restoring the Bay and teaching others to do so.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I grew up on a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay and we harvested the fin fish and shellfish of our river as an important part of our diet. There was always good food available to us. It is important that this sustainable resource be protected for generations to come. I am impressed that the Chesapeake Bay Foundation is working so hard to make this happen and I will support them in their efforts as long as I am able.

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1 Sandy I.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Chesapeake Bay needs to be clean & supported for our fresh seafood. That's why crabs are scarce, smaller & extremely expensive. I'm 63 yr.old but when I was a little girl -20's always
bushels of crabs all summer long. Now I just can't afford the price for a dozen that aren't really Maryland crabs.

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Donor

Rating: 5

CBF is an outstanding organization! Their mission to protect the bay and our water resources is one that I can wholeheartedly support, and the money donated goes to programming that will have an impact on the future of water resources in MD.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our turn of the century farmhouse sits on a tidal river just upriver from the Chesapeake Bay.
The beautiful natural setting is a serene getaway that we share with visitors by making
the farmhouse available for vacation rentals. Our guests see bald eagles, eat oysters
and fish from the river and kayak along miles of natural shoreline.

Contributing to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation on a monthly basis is our way of giving
back to an organization dedicated to assuring that the natural bounty of the Bay and its
rivers will be available to future generations to enjoy and appreciate.

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1 Chesapeake F.

Donor

Rating: 4

I am a licensed captain. I have a small sailing business that operates primarily on the Chesapeake Bay. The condition and quality of the Chesapeake Bay is immeasurably important to attracting clients and to my own personal recreation. The news of adding 1500 housing units to Kent Island is extremely alarming and I want to help fight that looming problem.

I recall with some sadness how John Smith and his contemporaries reported the clarity of the water and seeing the biomass of crabs moving across the bottom of the bay and its tributaries. These days, we are lucky to see a foot or below our waterlines. We may never get to THAT level of clarity again but we MUST do better than we are right now.

I am happy to help in this small way.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I were married on the Chesapeake Bay on June 14th, 2013. I arrive on boat via the bay! The wedding was almost as beautiful as the scenery. The Chesapeake Bay is very near and dear to our hearts. We decided to donate to the CBF as part of our wedding favor (along with a small shaker of Old Bay)! Thanks for all your hard work ... together we can save the bay!

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1 Shawn9

Donor

Rating: 5

I've experienced Port Isobel, and the learning experience about the bay and what one can do to preserve it is invaluable!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My SHELLFISH reasons for supporting the valuable work of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation are numerous. My reasons in order of importance to me are:
We must sustain this way of life for the waterman- we can not loose this valuable part of our heritage.
Our bay is a major part of my life and can not imagine not being able to enjoy it.
and most SHELLFISHLY-I love fish and shellfish. Eat a fish-save a steer.

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Blessings B.

Donor

Rating: 5

Sustainability

BLESSINGS BLENDS is dedicated to the principles of sustaining our natural resources while developing premium products for agriculture, horticulture, landscape and home gardening needs. Our products are produced locally on the Delmarva Peninsula. Converting organic waste into beneficial products which help to improve the land and preserve water quality is part of our mission to help restore the Chesapeake and Inland Bays. We firmly support the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and their commitment to protect and restore the bay.

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Donor

Rating: 4

I enjoy CBF and think waterway cleanup of our precious resources as mandatory!

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Zana Z.

Donor

Rating: 5

CBF does a wonderful job in keeping members in the loop as to what is going on with their actions to save the bay and make politicians aware of their actions. They are very proactive in what they do as well as getting people involved in what they are doing. I love the oyster program that they have going, I love their "Call to Arms" emails, and I love the Bay.

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