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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment

Mission: Gulf Restoration Network (GRN) is a 16 year old environmental advocacy organization that works to unite and empower people to protect and restore the natural resources of the Gulf of Mexico region. With an exclusive focus on the ecological health of the Gulf Coast, GRN quickly mobilized resources to respond to the 2005 hurricanes and 2010 BP oil drilling disaster. GRN continues to fight for clean flowing waters, healthy coastal areas, and vibrant offshore ecosystems that are essential to resilient communities and healthy wildlife in the region.

Geographic areas served: Gulf of Mexico region

Programs: Gulf future campaign: the organization independently monitors and assesses the bp/federal government clean up, containment and restoration efforts in the face of the bp drilling disaster through boat excursions and seaplane flights; coordinates a collaborative "gulf future" campaign focused on ensuring ecosystem and coastal community restoration, and works to establish a robust public participation process to make the industry safer and more transparent and accountable to impacted communities.

water resources: the organization works to improve water quality by identifying pollution issues and providing technical assistance, training, and mentoring to numerous communities faced with pollution, as well to improve the development and implementation of watershed and coastal wetlands restoration plans and to prevent damaging projects that destroy wetlands and/or inpact water quality. The organization also works closely with citizen activists, providing frequent updates and action alerts, b

coastal rebuilding: the organization works to build an active and engaged national constituency to support natural storm protection and restoration efforts for the gulf coast region and is an advocate for the establishment of multiple coastal lines of defense to build resiliency and protect communities placed at risk due to the continuing loss of coastal wetlands and increasing sea levels.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is an organization that advocates for the policies needed to protect and restore the Gulf region. They speak truth to power and help give the public a voice in decisions that affect the region. The organization is well-run and the staff are very hard working. Your money is going to a good cause.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Gulf Restoration Network is truly rooted in the communities along the Gulf, and committed to sustaining those communities. They combine this deep commitment with strategic, smartly run campaigns. As both a professional environmental advocate and a native of south Louisiana, I could not be more impressed with and happy about the work that GRN does.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked for the Gulf Restoration Network between 2002 and 2006. I had an amazing time working to protect the Gulf's wetlands, rivers, and streams. It was a wonderful experience to be able to engage citizens in efforts to protect the environment. It has also been a pleasure to see the organization evolve over the past seven years. As I continue to receive the GRN's action alerts and newsletters, I am astounded by the network's growth. The GRN's effectiveness continues to improve in leaps and bounds and they are bringing national attention to a regional issue that has such wide-reaching implications. I believe that the GRN will continue to be a leader in preserving one of our nation's greatest natural treasures and I look forward to continuing to play a role in their success.