What We Do
The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.
We address the most pressing conservation threats at the largest scale. Thanks to the support of our more than 1 million members, we’ve built a tremendous record of success since our founding in 1951:
- We've protected more than 119 million acres of land and thousands of miles of rivers worldwide — and we operate more than 100 marine conservation projects globally.
- We are impacting conservation in more than 70 countries — protecting habitats from grasslands to coral reefs, from Australia to Alaska to Zambia. See where we work.
- We address threats to conservation involving climate change, fresh water, oceans, and conservation lands. Learn how we're responding.
Why We're Successful
It's who we are and how we work that has made the Conservancy so successful — and makes us optimistic that we can expand that great conservation work to meet the challenges ahead:
- Everything we do is rooted in good science — aided by our hundreds of staff scientists. Dive deeper into our science.
- We pursue non-confrontational, pragmatic solutions to conservation challenges. Learn why we're so effective.
- We partner with indigenous communities, businesses, governments, multilateral institutions, and other non-profits. Learn more about our partnerships.
- We have the support of more than 1 million members who enable us to continue working on a scale that matters and implement solutions that endure. Find out how you can support our work.
The Conservancy's strong performance is recognized by Charity Navigator as exceeding or meeting industry standards.
- Watch a video of our 2014 Conservation Highlights
- 2014 Annual Report (.pdf, 13.6 mb)
- 2014 Annual Report en español (.pdf, 8.9 mb)
- 2014 Financial Report with Report of Independent Auditors
(.pdf, 137 kb)
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Transparency and Values
The Conservancy operates openly and transparently. Find out more about the way we do business:
We address the most urgent conservation challenges at the largest scale. Today, more of our natural world is at risk than ever before. So our work is crucial to keep vital habitats and unique species from being lost forever.
But we can’t achieve the large-scale conservation victories necessary without the support and involvement of those who share our passion for preserving our last great places.
There are many ways to support the work of The Nature Conservancy. With so much at stake, we hope you will get involved now:
- Become a member
- Give a gift membership
- Become a Conservation Champion
- Or Adopt an Acre, Adopt a Coral Reef or Plant a Billion Trees
If you have a question about the Conservancy, please call us at (800) 628-6860 or contact us for more information.
The Conservancy has been named a "Top-Rated Charity" by the American Institute of Philanthropy.
The Conservancy complies with the Ethical Guidelines for Fundraising and Other Nonprofit Communications set forth by the Direct Marketing Association.
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission recognizes the Conservancy for meeting national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever.
The Nature Conservancy has been named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for 2013 by the Ethisphere Institute.
Critical to The Nature Conservancy's success in achieving conservation results is its success in securing support from foundations, corporations, and other organizational partners. More on our partners