Philanthropedia Names The Nature Conservancy a “High-Impact Nonprofit” Working on Climate Change

Written by Lisa Hayden on . Posted in Learn

We were honored to learn Friday that Philanthropedia named The Nature Conservancy one of 18 high-impact nonprofits working on the climate change issue.

Philanthropedia conducted crowd-sourced research of 121 experts to determine their award list.

Some of the reviews experts had about The Nature Conservancy’s impact were:

  • “TNC has an action orientation that sets them apart from many other conservation organizations. They also have highly qualified technical people involved with a passion for their projects.”
  • “They are addressing climate change from many different approaches, not purely energy and related issues.”
  • “They have great original ideas and on-the-ground implementation.”

Though the roughly two-dozen members of The Nature Conservancy’s Global Climate Change Team live and breathe the issue of global warming and climate change on a daily basis (from specializing in forest carbon to adaptation and policy), there are many hundreds of other individuals throughout the Conservancy’s 50 U.S. state chapters and more than 30 country programs whose work supports conservation solutions to climate change.

Staff from The Nature Conservancy might be on a burn crew setting “controlled burns,” to clear excess fuel from forests to prevent future wild fires as conditions become more extreme; they could be a marine scientist performing surveys of coral reefs to identify characteristics that make some reefs more resilient to warming waters; they might be a conservation planner who coordinates strategic land purchases that will support the future health of a larger eco-region even as the landscape changes.  

The mission of Philanthropedia, a division of GuideStar, is to improve nonprofit effectiveness by helping donors give more strategically. A nonprofit that surveys large groups of experts (foundation professionals, nonprofit senior staff, academics and researchers, etc.), Philanthropedia asks them to identify some of the highest-impact nonprofits working in their sector. According to Philanthropedia, the experts interviewed have on average 10-20 years of experience and they do not allow experts to “vote” for their own organization.

To read more about what experts in the climate change field have to say about The Nature Conservancy, click on the Expert Reviews section on our organization’s profile. And visit Planet Change often to keep up with our on-going conversation about climate change solutions.

Lisa Hayden is a blogger and writer for The Nature Conservancy

Featured photo by Oliverio Cortez (Mark Ashton (left), a global forest restoration expert from Yale University, confers with Bronson Griscom, (2nd from left) director of Forest Carbon Science at The Nature Conservancy, and other team members during a trek to forest patches near the Xingu River in Brazil.) 

Inset photo courtesy The Nature Conservancy (Members of the Conservancy’s Global Climate Change Team.)

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