Friends of BirdLife International, Inc.

Mission

The purpose of Friends of BirdLife International, Inc. is to fund grants for BirdLife International’s global conservation work. BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation partnership, uniting over 100 national Partners worldwide. Through our unique local-to-global approach, we deliver high impact and long-term conservation for the benefit of wildlife and people. We are proud to be the world leader in bird conservation. Underpinned by cutting-edge scientific research, we work on the ground to prevent extinctions, preserve important habitats and sustain the vital ecological systems that underpin human livelihoods, thus enriching people’s quality of life. Through the power of many, we build the capacity of local organisations, combining knowledge and resources

Ruling year info

2004

Principal Officer

Ms Patricia Zurita

Main address

1350 Avenue of the Americas Floor 2, Suite 266

NEW YORK, NY 10019 USA

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Formerly known as

American Friends of BirdLife International, Inc.

EIN

30-0265343

NTEE code info

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Bird Sanctuary/Preserve (D32)

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

For nearly 100 years, BirdLife International has been documenting the health of bird populations. The BirdLife 2018 State of the World’s Birds report (https://www.birdlife.org/sites/default/files/attachments/BL_ReportENG_V11_spreads.pdf ) shows that one in eight bird species are now threatened with extinction. This shocking statistic is symptomatic of a wider problem: the impact of humans is now so huge that the planet is said to be on the verge of its sixth mass extinction event. All across the world, habitats are being destroyed by conversion to farmland, soil degradation, over-consumption, and pollution – impacting human well-being as well as nature. The situation is urgent, but we know from decades of experience that conservation can, and does, work, especially when local communities are engaged and empowered to take action.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

BirdLife operates across 4 pillars: Species, Sites, Sustainability and People

Species:
There are more than 10,000 bird species on the planet – we know this, because as the avian authority for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, we’re responsible for assessing the extinction risk of every one. This information helps inform global conservation priorities, and ensures we keep track of wider trends. Our Preventing Extinctions Programme directs conservation action, awareness-raising and funding towards endangered species that need is most. At the other end of the scale, our Flyways Programme protects entire populations of migratory birds through coordinated action and advocacy along every step of their migration routes.

Sites:
Conservation resources are often limited – but if we identify the most vital habitats, and ensure that protecting them is pushed to the top of national and international agendas, we are well on the way to preserving the world’s birds and wider wildlife. That’s why BirdLife began identifying and documenting the world’s Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) in the late 1970s. Nearly 40 years on, we have identified more than 15,000 IBAs, over sea and land, making it the largest global network of key conservation areas in existence. Our habitat conservation solutions are as diverse as the wildlife they protect, ranging from removing invasive species to introducing wildlife-friendly fishing techniques.

Sustainability:
When many voices unite, we can make lasting changes to the laws that govern our earth. While it can be hard work, environmental policy sets the wider framework into which all conservation efforts fit – and we’re already seeing our impact. Our Forest Conservation Programme has active projects in over 50 countries, often focusing on sustainable development for local communities. We advocate for sustainable agriculture and for nature-based solutions to climate change, such as mangrove and wetland conservation. We also communicate the value of nature to some of the biggest companies in the world, helping them to make decisions that leave as small a footprint as possible.

People:
Ever since we came together in 1922, our vision has always been a world where nature and people can live in harmony. Community engagement and environmental education are essential if we want to make this vision a lasting reality. That’s why we work alongside people living around some of the world’s most biodiverse habitats, empowering them to love and protect their natural landscapes, and providing opportunities for land stewardship and sustainable development. Our environmental outreach encompasses nature centers, schools, workplaces and boardrooms, changing minds and inspiring others to carry our message forward.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our vision is a world where nature and people live in greater harmony, more equitably and sustainably. The BirdLife Partnership strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards the sustainable use of natural resources.

As a charity, BirdLife depends on funding support from a range of sources, to carry out the vital work that we do.

BirdLife's priorities and programmes are based firmly on science, compiled using the expertise of our ornithologists and through the reach, research and hands-on fieldwork of the entire Partnership. Our wildlife protection focuses on birds because, as well as being important in their own right, they are excellent indicators for the health of the environment as a whole.
As the popularity of birdwatching demonstrates, birds are much-loved, appealing and – as a result – exceptionally well-known, providing an excellent scientific foundation for BirdLife's work. By saving the habitats and ecosystems important for birds, we effectively conserve a much broader array of biodiversity.

BirdLife is a unique Partnership of national, membership-based conservation organisations in over 100 countries and territories across the world. Partners plan and work together, sharing ideas, information, experience and support. BirdLife is governed through a panel of elected Partner representatives.
BirdLife takes practical action. We work with and for people – to improve their quality of life alongside, and as a result of, nature conservation. We collaborate with others wherever possible, at local, national, regional or global levels, linking with community groups, governments, businesses, universities and other non-governmental organisations to increase the impact of our efforts. Because of this structure, we are one of the most efficient organisations at converting limited resources into effective local action.

BirdLife will soon be celebrating our hundred-year anniversary. Over the past century, we have been instrumental in forming new, collaborative model for global conservation. The work of the BirdLife Partnership has brought multiple birds back from the very brink of extinction, including the Azores Bullfinch and the Blue-throated Macaw. Our campaigning has saved the fates of scores of vital habitats including Christmas Island, where a mining proposal was overturned after tireless advocacy.

We have facilitated the formation of brand new BirdLife Partners who have since become powerful, independent names in their country. A recently study found that bird extinction rates have been reduced by 40% thanks to conservation action, and we are proud to have played a part in this success.

The following summaries are just a taste of our accomplishments:
https://www.birdlife.org/worldwide/news/our-preventing-extinctions-programme-10-year-heres-what-it-has-achieved
https://www.birdlife.org/worldwide/news/10-vital-bird-habitats-saved-through-conservation-action
https://www.birdlife.org/worldwide/news/7-amazing-things-albatross-task-force-has-achieved-past-year

2020 is a big year for conservation, as world governments unite to decide the next set of biodiversity targets. In addition to continuing our current programmes, our upcoming work will focus on influencing biodiversity legislation and promoting large-scale, nature-based solutions to tackle the urgent environmental problems our planet now faces.

Financials

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Friends of BirdLife International, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 7/23/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr Gerard Bertrand

Gerard Bertrand

Benjamin Olewine III

Deb Rivel

Author

Patricia Zurita

BirdLife International

Ian Davidson

BirdLife International

Organizational demographics

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