My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for American Bird Conservancy, The Plains, VA, USA
This is my favorite nature charity and I have been an enthusiastic supporter for many years. There are many nature charities out there that promise to do too much and fill up your mailbox every month, but you end up wondering if all they are really doing is selling mugs, teashirts, and other nick-nacks. ABC is different. It is small (budget under $20 million) and focused. They target endangered species one by one that are ripe for protection. They research that bird and then act to protect it, often working together with the people who live where the bird summers or winters; they always try to use local labor, encouraging and educating local people to treasure their own native birds and protecting their habitat. Often they coordinate with similar organizations, especially in South America, to expand their reach. In addition, ABC researches and publicizes other significant threats to birds such as window collisions, cats, and pesticides. This is a charity worth supporting, and its small size and strong focus mean that your contribution can make a difference.