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Review for Brewster Conservation Trust, Brewster, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I've followed BCT for almost 20 years. It has done a superb job protecting the best land and habitat in Brewster, working with neighborhood groups, the Town, and regional and State organizations, to get the maximum leverage from every dollar donated. It has done lots to protect local water quality. It has also opened up the best town and trust properties with parking and trials, to make them visitor friendly, and prepared a wonderful guide to all the trails in Brewster for all the residents and visitors.

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for International Fund for Animal Welfare, Inc., Yarmouth Port, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Yesterday, IFAW saved 10 dolphins stranded in Wellfleet on Cape Cod, and last month it hosted a Ted talk with Dr. Carl Safina (see picture). He's a MacArthur "Genius Grant” winner who hosts “Saving the Ocean” on PBS. He also wrote the book: "“Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel”, the subject of his talk, which powerfully establishes what many of us believed, that many (perhaps all?) wild and domestic animals have individual personalities and feelings. It isn't just humans, or just primates, or just mammals!

For me, this so well sums up the brilliance of IFAW, which I've followed and supported for decades. It is the only animal protection charity that cares about helping each animal as an individual, not just en masse as a species, AND stretches to the highest levels of international culture, policy and policing to achieve this in the most powerful ways. Amazingly, it successfully reaches from saving individual dolphins on Cape Cod, elephants in Kenya and dogs in South Africa, to quietly leading countries like China and Japan to change their norms and laws to respect, value and protect individual living creatures.

Others are good, but I believe IFAW is the most effective short AND long term protector of wildlife and animal life in the world.

Oh! For those looking at the accounts, it does make sense to raise the point below about the high proportion of corporate expenses to programs - I did as well. There is actually a good explanation! The US accounts include the global HQ in Yarmouth Port, which coordinates work in Africa, China, Europe (especially Holland and UK), Russia, Australia, US, Canada - in fact, all over the world. All those regions have a much higher percentage of spending on programs, but US regional programs come in the same accounts as all the strategic global planning and coordination, which give IFAW tremendous influence for the good of animals - and humans - all around the world.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

... give it a bigger budget, so it could spread its 'tenBoma' surveillance program to catch poachers to more African countries more rapidly. Our elephants are being murdered so quickly, and elephants show deeper feelings for each other than we do.

Role:  Donor
 

Review for International Fund for Animal Welfare, Inc., Yarmouth Port, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

IFAW has many years of experience finding the best ways to make sustainable improvements for creatures. Its accumulated knowledge and dedication leads to the most powerful and profound approach of any organization.

As well as helping individual creatures, IFAW helps the people around them appreciate the value of those creatures by leading culture change that ties the success of the communities to the success of the creatures.

Above that IFAW works on the government, market, law enforcement and educational contexts that create positive forces for the success of all species. What it learns in one area helps influence what it does better in another area. This holistic approach is making great progress.

There is no better value for donations to protect animals everywhere.

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field
 

Review for Infact dba Corporate Accountability International, Boston, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Corporate Accountability International (CAI) does magnificent work to protect ordinary folks in less developed countries from getting crushed under global corporate steamrollers, and by their often unhelpful alliances with the powerful and the corruptible. It works to establish a principled transparent approach to development that respects social justice for all, and it works in a very practical way. First it researches and informs, then it organizes key stakeholders and decision-makers to effectively address the issues, and sets up mechanisms to hold them accountable. For example, it has made huge strides protecting countries against the intention of global tobacco companies to shift their unhealthy marketing to poorer countries. They argue their rights to unbridled free enterprise should not be infringed just because their marketing deceives and eventually kills millions of their customers. CAI is now taking on the issue of privatization of water, where corporations conspire with the World Bank to take the best freely available water where the poor live, and sell it back to them only if they can afford it.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field
 

Review for International Fund for Animal Welfare, Inc., Yarmouth Port, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

IFAW undertakes a brilliant combination of lots of effective work at the grassroots level (eg marine mammal stranding network on Cape Cod, saving wildlife parks in Kenya), and all the clever international political stuff that changes attitudes globally, to level the playing field for the animals (eg seal pups, whales, elephants, bears). Then it links the grassroots learning to drive the best actions at government and international levels to change our global culture. A SUPER EXAMPLE is the BEIJING RAPTOR RESCUE CENTER. Built in a prominent location, it has quietly modelled the highest standards in wildlife protection for ten years, and turned that into respect at the national level and in the government. That respect and learning is now helping all of China to become more wildlife sensitive and friendly! Extraordinarily powerful! http://www.ifaw.org/us/news/spotlight-china-celebrating-beijing-raptor-rescue-center%E2%80%99s-ten-year-anniversary Truly amazing stuff against the odds, and fantastic value for donors!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Kenya, Cape Cod, California, UK, North Atlantic

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand it to be able to operate in more places, and with more species

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What is unique about this organization?

Amazing connection between insightful strategy and impeccable execution! Everything it does - from helping individual animals all over the world (endangered, and after disasters) to influencing mass opinion and public policy globally - is done in a way that gets the maximum value for the animals from the minimum money spent.

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & Visited sites, helped programs.
 

Review for International Fund for Animal Welfare, Inc., Yarmouth Port, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

A superb organisation! I've supported and followed IFAW closely ever since I was in high school in the late 1960s. It delivers a brilliant combination of grassroots help for animals one-by-one, habitat-by-habitat and disaster-by-disaster. This is all carefully integrated with highly effective macro-strategies that create a more sustaining global environment for animals.

The insights it gets from the intensive grassroots experience lead to the most effective initiatives with governments (eg EU/Japan) and in consumer market (eg ivory/seal pup fur). IFAW is uniquely respected as an organisation that does not distort information, or promote animal interests blindly without understanding the others involved and promoting solutions that can work for everyone. With brilliant people in every corner of the world, it cleverly works globally towards a new human culture, one in which we prefer and prioritise preservation of wildlife rather than its destruction.

Africa is a great example. I recently started working in village-level development in Africa, so I took the chance to 'drop in' on the IFAW team in Kenya. It is one of the most impressive NGOs in Africa, hiring smart principled people who VERY carefully design programs that are strategically configured for lasting success, rejecting the “easier” opportunities that mainly help a few people with income, or create a benefit that, because of surrounding forces and trends, won't last.

By paying what it takes to hire the best leaders, I have seen how IFAW turns our donations into more animal and wildlife preservation value across its target species than any other organisation I know.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

UK, USA, Africa

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it more money, so it could take on more programs!

Role:  Donor & Give money each year, and closely track what they do with it.