10 organizations that protect the environment

Mahatma Gandhi once said that “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.” This statement seems to become more true every year, with what Al Gore describes in his book “The Future” as “unsustainable growth in consumption, pollution flows, and depletion of the planet’s strategic resources.”

President Obama is also addressing the environment, announcing at Georgetown University in late June 2013 a plan of executive actions to fight climate change.

With this in mind, we tell you about 10 organizations that are working to reverse this trend by protecting and conserving the environment. All 10 of these organizations have four-star ratings from Charity Navigator and at least $13.5 million in total annual expenses.

1. Conservation Fund

The Conservation Fund was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Arlington, Va.

Since its founding in 1985, the Conservation Fund in Arlington, Va., has protected more than 7 million acres of land in all 50 states. With a mission of saving land for future generations, the fund considers its “win-win” philosophy of balancing environmental and economic interests to be what sets it apart from other groups. The fund’s overall conservation strategy has three units. The first is conservation real estate, or securing lands of both public and private interest; the second is sustainable programs, including a leadership network and a conservation institute; and the third is conservation ventures, some being sustainable forest management and green business lending. This three-pronged conservation strategy is assisted by the fund’s strong partnerships with communities, businesses, and the government. The fund says that the No. 1 reason its partners keep coming back is “we keep finding new ways to get conservation done.”

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