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The Nature Conservancy

Working to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends

The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive.  Learn more at

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Why should I support your work?

The challenges facing our natural world have never been greater and the need for bold solutions has never been more urgent. Your generous support of The Nature Conservancy will put the best conservation science into action right now.

We rely on diverse voices and dedicated supporters to achieve unparalleled results.

  • Grounded in Science: More than 400 scientists and 3,600 staff members around the world.
  • Place Based: Conservation work in 79 countries and territories spanning six continents and all 50 United States.
  • A Strong Network of Support: More than 1 million dedicated members and a far-reaching alumni network of conservation leaders worldwide.
  • A Lasting Legacy: More than 119 million acres of land protected, thousands of miles of rivers conserved, and more than 100 marine conservation projects.
Why does your charity exist?

The planet is at a crossroads. The actions we take together right now are important to protecting the natural world we rely on today—and for setting us on the path to a more hopeful, sustainable future.

What specifically do you do?

The Nature Conservancy is taking on the planet’s biggest, most important challenges by focusing on priorities that science shows are the most urgent and where our innovation and expertise can be game changers.

  • Tackle Climate Change: Global temperatures have sharply risen over the last century, and it is clear that swift, bold action is required to avoid the increasingly severe impacts of climate change.
  • Protect Land and Water: We have helped protect more than 119 million acres of land, countless miles of rivers and streams and the world’s largest oceans. And we plan to protect more by 2025.
  • Provide Food and Water Sustainably: Food demand is expected to increase by more than 50 percent in just the next 30 years as the world’s population continues to grow—it’s a challenge that can be met.
  • Build Healthy Cities: By 2050, two-thirds of people will live in cities. Thoughtful planning, smart growth and nature can generate benefits for communities, for people’s health and for the economy.
How will this make a difference?

Every acre we protect, every river mile restored, every species brought back from the brink, begins with you. Your support will help make a lasting difference around the world in 79 countries and territories.

How is your work different from that of other, similar charities?

From our historic work in land acquisition to cutting-edge research that influences global policy, The Nature Conservancy is constantly adapting to take on our planet’s biggest, most important challenges. Our vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives.

What have you accomplished?

Here is a selection of achievements that The Nature Conservancy oversaw in fiscal year 2019:

Helping African Communications Get Paid for Preserving Land
THE HADZABE,  a hunter-gatherer tribe in northern Tanzania, secured tenure to 79,000 acres of traditional hunting grounds with help from TNC and partners. This paved the way for the sale of carbon credits from forests protected by the community. The $300,000 in revenue is sending children to school and employing wildlife rangers—earning  the Hadzabe the UN’s prestigious Equator Prize.

Protected Forest Generates Carbon Credits
THE NATURE CONSERVANCY’S lush Valdivian Coastal Reserve in Chile protects one of the last remaining temperate rainforests on Earth. After halting deforestation in the 124,000-acre reserve, TNC developed Chile’s first certified carbon credit project. The project has now avoided an estimated 580,000 tons of CO2 emissions—equivalent to taking more than 120,000 cars off the road for a year.  

A New Insurance Program for Reefs
REEFS SHELTER fisheries and protect coastal communities from storms, but they can be damaged by hurricanes. Along the coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, TNC worked with hotels, governments and universities to create an innovative trust, funded by state taxes and tourism fees, that purchased the world’s first insurance policy to finance coral-reef and beach repair after severe storms.

Using Vacant Lots of Teach Job Skills
CROSS THE UNITED STATES, TNC collaborates with communities to transform vacant lots into green spaces. In Wilmington, TNC supports Delaware Center for Horticulture’s green jobs program, which provides residents with on-the-job training in landscaping and horticulture.  Similarly, in Rochester, New York, TNC helps Greentopia, which hires young people to cultivate pollinator flower gar-dens while gaining business experience by selling bouquets.

Studying Nature as Preventative Care
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, can breathe just a little bit easier as TNC and the University of Louisville’s Envirome Institute began planting 8,000 trees and shrubs across the city in fall 2019. The program will test how the trees can filter pollution and protect residents from cardiac disease and other ailments. The Green Heart study will follow 735 local people for several years to provide medical evidence of the value of nature.  

Improving Delhi’s Air Through Cleaner Farming
EACH YEAR, farmers in northwestern India burn some 23 million tons of rice residue in their fields, which, on some days in autumn, can generate almost half of Delhi’s record-breaking air pollution. The Nature Conservancy is working to persuade farmers to stop burning and instead use an agricultural machine called the Happy Seeder to prepare their ground for the next crop. Over the past two years, farmers have put some 16,000 Happy Seeders into operation.

Restoring Australia’s Oyster Reefs
THE NATURE CONSERVANCY’S expertise is driving a bold effort in Australia to restore 60 shellfish reefs in six years (left). Native oyster reefs were  almost wiped out in the early 20th century, but at sites such as Windara Reef, where restoration is underway, new oyster reefs are already fostering diverse marine life.

Mapping Soil Health to Track Progress on Farms
FARMERS are increasingly using the latest in  conservation practices to renew soil health while also protecting water quality and capturing atmospheric carbon. To accelerate the adoption of these practices  and better focus assistance efforts, TNC and key  agricultural partners are using publicly available  satellite imagery to map soil conservation trends  across large areas in the Midwest.

Reducing Risks for Whales
THE NATURE CONSERVANCY, California crab fishers and fishery managers are making the seas safer for whales. In 2019, the group improved an early warning system to reduce the risk of humpback and blue whales entangling themselves in fishing gear. The Conservancy also helped NOAA create online courses about how to respond to entangled whales.  

Empowering Indigenous Women to Protect the Amazon
SINCE 2003, TNC has partnered with eight Indigenous groups to manage 12 million acres of the Brazilian Amazon. The work  has a special focus on supporting Indigenous women as forest stewards. The Conservancy  has helped women of the Xikrin Indigenous People produce babaçu oil, a healthy, traditional food similar to coconut oil that can be sustainably harvested and boost the local economy. 

How can I be sure you’ll use my money wisely?

The Nature Conservancy is one of the most effective and efficient environmental organizations in the world.

Building on nearly six decades of experience, we've protected more than 119 million acres of land and 5,000 river miles—and we operate more than 100 marine conservation projects globally.

We are able to accomplish so much because we make careful use of our resources, with 71.2% of our funding going directly toward our science-driven program work. Charity Navigator and the Better Business Bureau applaud program efficiencies above 66%, meaning you can be confident that any investment in The Nature Conservancy will be put to good use.