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High Charity and Financial Health Ratings

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.

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World's Most Ethical Companies

The Conservancy has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as one of the 2018 World’s Most Ethical Companies, underscoring our commitment to leading with integrity and prioritizing ethical business practices.


The accreditation seal recognizes that The Nature Conservancy meets national standards for excellence, upholds the public trust and ensures that conservation efforts are permanent.


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.

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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).

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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.

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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."

Charity Navigator

The Nature Conservancy currently holds a three-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.

About the Conservancy

The Conservancy is the leading environmental organization helping to protect the most ecologically important lands and waters around the world for nature and people.

We work in habitats from coral reefs to rainforests, from great rivers to vast grasslands, in all 50 United States and impacts conservation efforts in 72 countries around the world.

The Conservancy strives to devote as much of every dollar as possible to that mission. Learn more.

Your Support is Crucial

Please consider giving to the Conservancy in one of these easy ways: 

  • Donate online now. You can feel confident with our high charity ratings from Charity Navigator that you are helping to protect the most vital habitats on Earth. And you'll receive great benefits such as four issues of the award-winning Nature Conservancy magazine!
  • Become a monthly giver. You can provide the reliable support that is so vital to protecting our most precious natural habitats and be at the center of critical conservation projects around the world, when you join our monthly giving program.
  • Give the gift of nature. Delight your loved ones and share your passion for environmental conservation with this perfect gift. See more green gift ideas.
  • Everyday ways to help. From creating your own nature fund to helping our Plant a Billion Trees campaign in Brazil, you can find the way that's meaningful for you to support nature.



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