You can feel confident with The Nature Conservancy’s high charity ratings that your donation in support of nature will make a difference by putting you at the center of critical conservation projects underway all across the globe.
The Conservancy consistently receives high charity ratings from charity watchdog organizations, including the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance and the American Institute of Philanthropy, as well as from the leading global investors services companies.
The Conservancy is a BBB Wise Giving Alliance Accredited Charity. We meet all of the Alliance's Standards for Charity Accountability, which exist to help donors make informed giving decisions.
The Conservancy is named a "Top-Rated Charity" by the American Institute of Philanthropy. In addition, The Nature Conservancy receives high charity ratings from this charity watchdog organization whose mission is to maximize the effectiveness of every dollar contributed to charity.
The Nature Conservancy complies with ethical guidelines. The Conservancy complies with the Ethical Guidelines for Fundraising and Other Nonprofit Communications set forth by the Direct Marketing Association (DMA).
Standard and Poor's Rating Services has assigned to the Conservancy a AA- rating. AA ratings mean the organization has a "very strong capacity to meet financial commitments." In its rating report S&P reports the Conservancy has "good liquidity position and solid levels of cash and investments." The report goes on to say the Conservancy has "positive operating performance based on generally accepted accounting principles," and a "seasoned management team, with established debt policy, and financial planning guidelines." The S&P Rating Services report on the Conservancy can be ordered here.
Moody's Investors Service has assigned to the Conservancy a Aa2 rating. An Aa2 rating means the rated obligations "are judged to be of high quality and subject to very low credit risk." In its ratings report, Moody's says the Conservancy demonstrates "effective budgeting practices and financial management."
The Nature Conservancy currently holds a two-star rating from Charity Navigator. One of the Conservancy's key conservation strategies is acquiring and managing ecologically-important lands and waters. As a result of the significant year-to-year changes in the amount of funds we raise and spend on land, the Conservancy's Charity Navigator financial health rating can go down, affecting our overall Charity Navigator rating. Due to the fluctuations in revenue as a result of land acquisition work, Charity Navigator does not rate land trusts (see their FAQ on this subject here). Although our revenue and spending numbers are subject to similar volatility as land trusts, Charity Navigator continues to rate the Conservancy, as land acquisition is just one of the many key conservation strategies we employ around the world.
As noted above, the Conservancy is in excellent financial health. Both Moody's Investors Service and Standard & Poor Rating Services give the Conservancy double A ratings. These very high ratings are based on extensive, professional examinations of our finances and management. Major investors use these companies' ratings and data to guide decision making on where to make significant investments.
The Conservancy is the leading environmental organization helping to protect the most ecologically important lands and waters around the world for nature and people.
The Conservancy strives to devote as much of every dollar as possible to that mission. Learn more.
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