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Nature Conservancy, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Environmental Education, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: To preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

Programs: In today's world, everything is connected. And that is the crux of how we get conservation done. We build on our work at particular sites, taking successful ideas and growing them into coordinated strategies across many places and countries. We integrate our efforts so that policy, funding, training and science all work together.We look at the big picture, taking a global view of the Earth's habitats -- forests, oceans and estuaries, lakes, deserts and grasslands -- and the major threats to those habitats, such as climate change, habitat fragmentation, and invasive species. Yet we are grounded in the places we aim to conserve. In each place we work, our local staffs and partners tailor conservation actions to reflect an area's unique natural, cultural and economic conditions. We take an integrated, ecosystem-based approach that crosses political boundaries. We depend on local partners and stakeholders to identify, support and help implement realistic conservation solutions.By linking our on-the-ground, in-the-water efforts with our global priorities and strategies, The Nature Conservancy creates conservation results built to last.

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 1

$59 MILLION IN INVESTMENT LOSSES LAST YEAR!!

How does this happen? Charities are obligated to be great stewards of our precious donations. Not here! They have your and my money invested in risky complex investments that are causing massive investment losses. This has to stop and someone needs to be held accountable. Funds are spread amongst 50 to 60 different investment managers for so -called diversification. This is absurd and makes it impossible to monitor the investments in a safe and sound manner. Please help to force management and the Board to fix this situation.

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 1

I've removed them from my will. From Wikipedia: "1900 corporate sponsers ... legislation to allow drilling [in the ANWR] is supported by members of the Conservancy leadership council, which consists of members from BP and ExxonMobil, as well as by Phillips Alaska, Inc.". They're mission has clearly been corrupted.

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Donor

Rating: 1

I was ready to write a check for my annual contribution until I read the review coments.
I agree with the issues of paying too high a salary to the CEO as well as the
cruel results of hunting.

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Donor

Rating: 3

I am not discounting the concerns that many have over the salary of the CEO. Just wanted to provide food for thought. Given how much money this charity has to manage, you may want the best leader you can find and you usually have to pay more to get the best. It could be that this organization is run well because they inveseted more for a top leader. However, the comment about the inhumane practices to deal with non native species sounds horrific to me. If they endorse those practices, that would be a deal breaker for me. Now I wonder if they are not animal sensitive but really more about fighting urban sprawl into wilderness areas. I am a strong animal advocate and maybe this is not the charity for me. Not sure about them now.

Review from CharityNavigator

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Donor

Rating: 3

I am very aware of TNC's mission and some of the activities, as I have been a donor for many years and follow progress. I am very disappointed to see an excessive salary for the CEO, and while it takes good money to keep good people in such roles, this is a bit over the top. Also, I tire of the wasted $ I donate in going to more and more fund raising mailings. I have noted that this organization, as most all of the non-profits soliciting money, hit you with a mailing for support immediately following receipt of your donation. This is a good trick....that is why I keep spreadsheets now. Bottom line: I will give less to TNC and put $'s elsewhere.

Review from CharityNavigator

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Donor

Rating: 1

A good cause but I don't support them any more because they allow hunting on their land and kill
non-native species in very cruel ways like slow strangulation by snare.

Review from CharityNavigator

6

Donor

Rating: 1

They never sent the 'Adopt an Acre' gift pack that was supposed to come with the donation. A phone call every few weeks got nowhere. If they can't efficiently and accurately handle a simple mail out, how can I expect them to help with the real issues they are supposed to address? I'm also sick of the mail outs asking for donations. It's a waste of paper and adding to the carbon footprint.

Review from CharityNavigator

Donor

Rating: 5

great photos, much aid to protecting entire ecosystems to preserve out wonderful natural heritage.

Janet56

Donor

Rating: 5

Out of the many excellent conservation efforts underway, I have chosen to support the Nature Conservancy above all others. It has been instrumental in obtaining properties in Northeaster Illinois and in facilitating habitat restoration through local public education programs and activities. It has been beautiful to see the return of area wildflowers, birds, and animals that nearly went extinct in my own lifespan of 63 years. In observing the tragic wreckage of hurricanes, tornadoes, dust storms, and earthquakes it may seem that the destruction of life on earth is always dramatic, giant, impactful, and demolishing. Meanwhile, the long-term demise of our entire species is in the almost unnoticeable, slow, and steady decay caused by the habits of humans who often do not even know what they are doing. The Nature Conservancy does a great service on behalf of our planet and ALL of her inhabitants. I hope my review will place the Nature Conservancy's enduring, subtle, humble, and effective efforts in the limelight it deserves. Best regards, Janet Horton, Wonder Lake, IL

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Donor

Rating: 1

I have The Nature Conservancy named in my Trust. I like what it does. But after seeing the CEO's salary I wonder if I should reconsider.

Review from CharityNavigator

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Donor

Rating: 2

i was planning on donating until I saw the ceo's salary

Review from CharityNavigator

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Donor

Rating: 2

I donated in late 2010. Since then, I regularly receive multiple-sheet mailings from them telling me that my membership is expiring and to "RENEW NOW." It seems like these Asks come monthly, or more frequently. This would feel excessive and frustrating if the letters were from a credit card company, but from an organization dedicated to protecting "Earth's natural systems [which are] at risk," this is particularly maddening. I feel vaguely hounded by them and believe that their frequent mailings undermine their goals of conservation. I'm writing this in May 2012. More than a year after my contribution, I continue to receive their "renewal notices."

Review from CharityNavigator

Donor

Rating: 2

I can't contribute any longer while the CEO makes a half million dollars per year.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Nature Conservancy is a great organization that pursues what I call "practical environmentalism". They don't get mired down in political controversy; they just go about the business of protecting lands, waters, and diversity of life.

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Donor

Rating: 2

I've given to the Nature Conservancy for over 20 years, but no more. I live on less than 25,000 a year and don't see why I should give my hard earned money so the CEO of the organization can make almost $500,000 per year.

I love the mission of the Nature Conservancy but in the future I am donating to the Salvation Army.

L Burton

Review from CharityNavigator

Donor

Rating: 5

I too only have rave reviews for TNC. I learned about them a few years ago with the Plant a Billion Trees campaign. To be able to plant 1 billion trees is such an undertaking. They can do it. They use science and they are strategic. We need more to work on the ground like TNC. All my interactions are only positive and I encourage all reading this to donate today.

Donor

Rating: 5

I just called the membership department toll-free and they addressed my need immediately. My experience for nine years is only positive. Best of all, I see the results of The Nature Conservancy in my home state as they help to protect very important places in Vermont.

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Donor

Rating: 1

Terrible customer service, and apalling lack of urgency. I have donated twice to The Nature Conservancy (TNC). The first time they charged my account twice and failed to correct the error until I had called a total of 4 times over 3 weeks. I had to literally harrass them until they did something about it.

The second time was about 5 weeks ago when I made a donation to "Save Coral Reef" for my wife's birthday. I made it well in advance hoping she would receive her gift pack and certificate in time. 2 weeks after her birthday, still nothing. I emailed TNC to let them know we had gotten nothing in the post. It took them a week just to respond to my email! When they finally did, they apologised and insisted they would immediately send out a new gift pack and certificate. It has now been 5 weeks since I made the donation. We have received ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Disgraceful.

I will not be making any donations to this charity again, and will be sure to let other conservationists know of their incompetence and lack of customer care.

If you are considering of donating to this charity, do yourself a favour - pick another one instead.

Review from CharityNavigator

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Donor

Rating: 1

I beleive that TNC has lost its way in its corporate structure. While the organization has fantastic staff working at the local, state and foreign country levels in many programs; the regional / national / international corporate structure is destroying this organization. Unfortunately, a lack of ethical commitment to conservation continues to drive TNC into making bad decisions based on poor ethical choices. At TNC the money always wins and the loser is typically true cosnervation.

Review from CharityNavigator

4

Donor

Rating: 1

This charity is the lackey of big business who want to assuage their guilt by donating to an environmental charity who will not bite them in the ass. Better to donate to a 4 star charity that is smaller, more focused and supportive of the environment.

Review from CharityNavigator