The Nature Conservancy: Commitment & Science
The Nature Conservancy has been doing great work preserving the lands and waters of the Mississippi as well as all across the United States and abroad. But to say that they are conservationists almost doesn’t do them justice.
Founded in Arlington, Virginia in the early 1950s, the national organization has protected over 119 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide. Working in more than 35 countries, including all 50 of the U.S. states, they are run and funded by member donations, partnerships and volunteer work. The Conservation has over a million members and with $6.18 billion of assets, it has the largest nonprofit monies dedicated to conservation work in North & South Americas – with an 88 percent fundraising efficiency rate in the the U.S. according to a Forbes magazine.
Honored with numerous high ratings, including the coveted a three-star rating from Charity Navigator, a two-star rating in 2012 and listed as the “10 of the Best Charities Everyone’s Heard Of”. And the American Institute of Philanthropy grades the nonprofit an A-rating, including it on its list of “Top-Rated Charities”.
Since 1965, The Nature Conservancy has worked to conserve lands and waters in Mississippi, which has provided a sense of pride and connection to the heritage of the South, having protected some of the most well-known important landscapes. From the Gulf Coast to the Delta, The Conservancy can list places with historic native plant species, provided habitats for the federally endangered species, as well as geological fossils.
The Conservancy combines a sense of duty to preservation with scientific methods, and a dedicated staff to accomplish its mission, with the efficiency for which it is known. Selecting areas that seek the most care using scientific analysis, the organization works with partnerships, membership donations and volunteers and the surrounding people and communities to effectively preserve the ecosystems of the area.
Becoming a pioneer in new methods of land preservation techniques, such as the conservation easement (a way for landowners to keep their natural integrity while utilizing the development simultaneously) and debt for nature swaps (tools used to preserve natural areas and boost the economy in third world nations by swapping foreign debt for land).
Using sentiment, partnerships and memberships – as well as science – the Conservancy have used a multi-pronged system to protect the environment effectively and efficiently. Most importantly the Nature Conservancy has offered hope in protecting the bio and ecosystems that desperately need human aid.
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