The Cheatsheet - 7 World-Leading Environmental NFPs
I admit, I love that these guys are self-confessed pirates, for good.
It’s coming up to the EOFY aka End of Financial Year time of year again (at least here in Australia) and all the ads are telling us about EFOY SALES!
But instead (or as well!) many of us are considering giving to a cause that we love.
Generosity is an incredibly important value for me, and I love the idea of strategic generosity. I purposefully spend time in June analysing how my budget went in the past financial year and planning ahead for my giving budget for the next fiscal year.
Coming into this next financial year I’m integrating some new NFP giving into my budget, all focused around building justice for our shared planet. I decided to do some research on some of the leading global environmental NFPs.
Check out the list below. Would you consider giving to one of these NFPs in the coming financial year, or as a one-off donation this EOFY?
World Wildlife Fund
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) bases its strategy on six key areas: forests, marine, freshwater, wildlife, food and climate and work globally. Strategically linking these six areas, WWF works to protect vulnerable places, species, and communities, often connecting how their work benefits people as well as the planet. Their website also has heaps of useful resources on the issues they are addressing and on their programs. WWF are incredibly well known around the world (that panda logo!) and are a great place to learn more about environmental and wildlife concerns, and begin to contribute.
85% of spending is on program expenses, with 15% on administration and fundraising. Many past financial reports are available on their website.
Registered for tax-deductible giving in locations around the world (including Australia), check your local website to see if this applies to you.
Rainforest Action Network
Rainforest Action Network (RAN) uses people power to challenge business as usual. RAN recognises the intersectionality of systems of oppression and interdependence in the fight for social justice. This is seen through three key issues where RAN works to preserve the rainforest, protect the climate, and uphold human rights. RAN challenges corporate power and exposes institutional systems of injustice to drive positive systemic change. RAN works with Indigenous and frontline communities, incorporates racial justice analysis into programs and operations, and understands that there is an intrinsic value in biodiversity and wilderness, and seeks to maintain integrity, richness and abundance of life. These guys also have heaps of useful resources available on their website to learn more about their work and the issues they are tackling. I love the intersectionality of their work, and that they place an intrinsic value on the environment.
82% of spending is on program expenses, with 18% on management, general costs and fundraising. Past financial reports are available on their website.
Registered for tax-deductible giving in locations around the world (unfortunately, not Australia, as far as I can tell), check your local website to see if this applies to you.
The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy aims to build a world with diverse life, where people act to conserve nature for its intrinsic value as well as for its benefits to humanity. They work to conserve the land and waters on which all life depends, not only through traditional strategies involving setting land aside but through solutions around the world targeting land, waters, oceans, cities and climate. For example, in Australia, this currently includes the development an urban forest strategy for Melbourne, finding balanced solutions to water allocation in the Murray-Darling Basin, and working with the Indigenous Land Corporation in the Northern Territory to reduce destructive bushfires through fire programs that reduce carbon and help restore the land. I love the variety of strategies and solutions they use.
76% of spending is on program expenses, with 22% on fundraising, marking and general administration.
Registered for tax-deductible giving in many locations (including Australia), check your local website to see if this applies to you. They have a reputation for their ethical commitment to accountability and transparency.
Over 40 years Greenpeace has become well known for their campaigns defending the natural world and advocating for people’s rights. Greenpeace investigates environmental crimes and the people, companies and governments that are responsible, and bring about change through peaceful direct action and creative communication. Their current campaigns are to save the Arctic, protect forests, fight global warming, protect the oceans, live toxic-free, promote sustainable agriculture, and defend democracy. Their website also has a lot of useful information available for learning more.
Greenpeace states on its website (Australian website) that its annual report is available, but unfortunately, I couldn’t find it (I’d love to be shown this if you know where to get a hold of it!). So I'm not sure what percentage is spent on programs versus administration and marketing.
Registered for tax-deductible giving in locations around the world (including Australia), check your local website to see if this applies to you. They refuse to accept funds from any companies, governments or political parties, for their own independence.
I first came across these guys in the last half year or so through their incredible Instagram feed and the feeds of their creative team members. Sea Legacy’s mission desires healthy and abundant oceans for us and for the planet. They achieve this through three steps: expeditions, campaigns, and solutions. They send expeditions out with world-leading photographers and filmmakers to capture the beauty and threats to the oceans. This media is then used in campaigns that trigger change (this is how I found out about them!). They also amplify and fund projects from around the world that meet their mission.
100% of public giving is allocated to expeditions, campaigns and solutions, with the majority going to expedition costs. This percentage is possible because private donors and corporate sponsors cover all operational expenses.
Registered for tax-deductible giving for those in Canada and USA.
Oceana is the major global advocacy organisation focused solely on ocean conservation, aiming to make our oceans more biodiverse and abundant. Science-based fishery management and restoration of the world’s oceans are vital goals. For example, one of their primary campaigns at present has the tagline ‘save the oceans, feed the world’. There is a good amount of information available on their website, including practical ways to become a changemaker for the oceans.
72% of funds are allocated to programs, with the remainder going to administration, fundraising and other expenses.
Registered for tax-deductible giving in locations around the world (unfortunately, not Australia, as far as I can tell). Check your local website to see if this applies to you.
Over 40 years old, Sea Shepherd is a direct-action ocean conservation organisation who work to protect the biodiversity of our marine ecosystems around the world. This takes place through investigation, documentation and direct action exposing and confronting illegal activities in our oceans. For example, the recent Operation Icefish saw one of their ships spent 110 days tracking an illegal fishing vessel that had exploited some of the most pristine remaining ecosystems in our oceans. Across 19,000 miles, the Sea Shepherd vessel was engaged in a pirate pursuit to catch a pirate ship. I admit, I love that these guys are self-confessed pirates, for good.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find an annual report or declaration of what percentage is spent on campaign costs versus administration and marketing for the global or Australian website.
With independent regional and national organisations united by the common Sea Shepherd global mission, Sea Shepherd is registered for tax-deductible giving in locations around the world (including Australia). Check your local website to see if this applies to you.
I hope this information has given you a strong starting point for your understanding of some leading global environmental NFPs – whether you’d like to give this EOFY season or whether you’re planning your giving budget for this coming financial year.
I’d love to know of any other NFPs that are fighting for our planet oceans and creatures, and the unique work that they do as well! Shoot me an email or comment below x