Nature Conservancy, Inc.

Protecting Nature. Preserving Life.

aka The Nature Conservancy   |   Arlington, VA   |  www.nature.org

Mission

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. 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. How do we achieve this mission and vision? Through the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, including more than 600 scientists, all of whom impact conservation in 72 countries. With the help of our many partners, from individuals and governments to local nonprofits and corporations. By using a non-confrontational, collaborative approach and staying true to our five unique core values. That's how The Nature Conservancy has done more than anyone else to advance conservation around the world since our founding in 1951. Visit us at www.nature.org

Ruling year info

1954

Chief Executive Officer

Ms Jennifer Morris

Main address

4245 N Fairfax Dr Ste 100

Arlington, VA 22203 USA

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EIN

53-0242652

NTEE code info

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends.

Our programs

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

The Nature Conservancy creates conservation results built to last.

In today's world, everything is connected. And that is the crux of how we get conservation done.

We build on our work at particular sites, taking successful ideas and growing them into coordinated strategies across many places and countries. We integrate our efforts so that policy, funding, training and science all work together.

We look at the big picture, taking a global view of the Earth's habitats -- forests, oceans and estuaries, lakes, deserts and grasslands -- and the major threats to those habitats, such as climate change, habitat fragmentation, and invasive species.

Yet we are grounded in the places we aim to conserve. In each place we work, our local staffs and partners tailor conservation actions to reflect an area's unique natural, cultural and economic conditions. We take an integrated, ecosystem-based approach that crosses political boundaries. We depend on local partners and stakeholders to identify, support and help implement realistic conservation solutions.

By linking our on-the-ground, in-the-water efforts with our global priorities and strategies, The Nature Conservancy creates conservation results built to last.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In today's world, everything is connected. And that is the crux of how we get conservation done.

We build on our work at particular sites, taking successful ideas and growing them into coordinated strategies across many places and countries. We integrate our efforts so that policy, funding, training and science all work together.

We look at the big picture, taking a global view of the Earth's habitats -- forests, oceans and estuaries, lakes, deserts and grasslands -- and the major threats to those habitats, such as climate change, habitat fragmentation, and invasive species.

Yet we are grounded in the places we aim to conserve. In each place we work, our local staffs and partners tailor conservation actions to reflect an area's unique natural, cultural and economic conditions. We take an integrated, ecosystem-based approach that crosses political boundaries. We depend on local partners and stakeholders to identify, support and help implement realistic conservation solutions.

By linking our on-the-ground, in-the-water efforts with our global priorities and strategies, The Nature Conservancy creates conservation results built to last.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In today's world, everything is connected. And that is the crux of how we get conservation done.

We build on our work at particular sites, taking successful ideas and growing them into coordinated strategies across many places and countries. We integrate our efforts so that policy, funding, training and science all work together.

We look at the big picture, taking a global view of the Earth's habitats -- forests, oceans and estuaries, lakes, deserts and grasslands -- and the major threats to those habitats, such as climate change, habitat fragmentation, and invasive species.

Yet we are grounded in the places we aim to conserve. In each place we work, our local staffs and partners tailor conservation actions to reflect an area's unique natural, cultural and economic conditions. We take an integrated, ecosystem-based approach that crosses political boundaries. We depend on local partners and stakeholders to identify, support and help implement realistic conservation solutions.

By linking our on-the-ground, in-the-water efforts with our global priorities and strategies, The Nature Conservancy creates conservation results built to last.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In today's world, everything is connected. And that is the crux of how we get conservation done.

We build on our work at particular sites, taking successful ideas and growing them into coordinated strategies across many places and countries. We integrate our efforts so that policy, funding, training and science all work together.

We look at the big picture, taking a global view of the Earth's habitats -- forests, oceans and estuaries, lakes, deserts and grasslands -- and the major threats to those habitats, such as climate change, habitat fragmentation, and invasive species.

Yet we are grounded in the places we aim to conserve. In each place we work, our local staffs and partners tailor conservation actions to reflect an area's unique natural, cultural and economic conditions. We take an integrated, ecosystem-based approach that crosses political boundaries. We depend on local partners and stakeholders to identify, support and help implement realistic conservation solutions.

By linking our on-the-ground, in-the-water efforts with our global priorities and strategies, The Nature Conservancy creates conservation results built to last.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

The Nature Conservancy is taking on the tough issues facing conservation today — from climate change to coral reefs, to energy development in a growing world. We are applying high level strategies to our conservation work around the world in the following areas.

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.

OUR SCIENCE

The Conservancy is a world leader in cutting-edge conservation science with 550 staff scientists around the globe.

CONSERVATION BY DESIGN

For more than a decade, The Nature Conservancy's work has been guided by a framework we call Conservation by Design — a systematic approach that determines where to work, what to conserve, what strategies we should use and how effective we have been.

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY

The Nature Conservancy has a strong and abiding commitment to diversity in its workforce and in the people and groups with which it works. We recognize the Conservancy's mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and cultures.

WORKING WITH COMPANIES

For decades, The Nature Conservancy has recognized that the private sector has an important role to play in advancing our conservation mission. We are applying our science, reach, expertise in conservation planning, and on-the-ground experience to help businesses make better decisions, understand the value of nature, and protect it.

INNOVATIVE CONSERVATION FINANCE

The Conservancy has financed hundreds of millions of dollars in conservation, protection and restoration throughout the years, and has been at the cutting edge of science, land conservation and innovative financing solutions. We are always testing new ways to further our reach — like the Conservation Note which allows individual and institutional investors to put their money where their values are by investing in Conservancy projects around the globe.

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 72 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.

Financials

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Nature Conservancy, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 12/10/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Frances Ulmer

Craig McCaw

Eagle River Inc.

Ana Parma

Centro Nacional Patagónico, CONICET

Joseph Gleberman

The Pritzker Organization, LLC

Vincent Ryan

Schooner Capital, LLC

Frances Ulmer

U.S. Arctic Research Commission

Ying Wu

China Capital Group

Claudia Madrazo

Artist and Conservationist

William Frist

Senator, Cressey and Company

Sally Jewell

Amy Batchelor

Anchor Point Foundation

Nancy Knowlton

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Harry Hagey

Dodge & Cox

Margaret Hamburg

National Academy of Medicine

Douglas Petno

JPMorgan Chase

Kevin Weil

Calibra

Kent Thiry

DaVita

John Bernstein

Generation Investment Management

Michelle DePass

Meyer Memorial Trust

Shirley Jackson

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Edwin Macharia

Dalberg Advisors

Jennifer Morris

The Nature Conservancy

Brenda Shapiro

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/04/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.