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Whale and Dolphin Conservation Inc.

Save the whales, save the world.

aka WDC   |   Plymouth, MA   |  http://us.whales.org/

Mission

WDC's vision of a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free is not a noble gesture, but an essential means to sustain the future of the planet.

The sunlit surface of the ocean is home to phytoplankton, tiny plant-like creatures which produce at least half of the Earth's oxygen and serve as the base of the marine food web. Whales recycle and move nutrients to surface waters where they act as the oceans' gardeners, fertilizing the phytoplankton on which our planet depends. Even in death, whales sustain life. When whales die naturally they sink to the seabed and become mini-ecosystems sustaining all manner of marine life. Taking with them huge amounts of carbon, whale carcasses fight climate change.

Our mission is to amaze people with the wonder of whales and dolphins and inspire global action to protect them. By educating more people on the key role whales play, we are motivating individuals to help us allow whale populations to survive and thrive.

Ruling year info

2006

CEO

Mr Chris Butler-Stroud

Main address

7 Nelson Street

Plymouth, MA 02360 USA

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Formerly known as

Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society

EIN

02-0749188

NTEE code info

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (D05)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

"Whales play a vital role in the marine ecosystem where they help provide at least half of the oxygen you breathe, combat climate change, and sustain fish stocks. Whales are the ocean’s gardeners, tending the forest of phytoplankton on which we all depend. And because whales migrate, they re-distribute nutrients across latitudes. This process is called the ""Whale Pump"". When whales die, they sink to the seabed they become “whale falls” and like phytoplankton, they take vast amounts of carbon with them helping to balance our climate. However, whale populations were devastated by centuries of hunting and populations were dramatically reduced. Along with whaling, whales and dolphins now face modern day threats from accidental bycatch in fishing gear, vessel strikes, chemical and noise pollution, habitat degradation, and wild captures for human entertainment. WDC believes the recovery and protection of whales and dolphins is not only a moral obligation, it is a global necessity.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Stop Whaling

Goal: To end the hunting of whales and dolphins through both the reduction in the numbers killed and a reduction in the numbers of countries whaling

Population(s) Served
Adults

Goal: To end the captive display of whales and dolphins through the reduction of the number held in captivity and by increasing the number returned to the wild.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Goal: To increase the number of effectively implemented important habitat areas for whales and dolphins in national waters and on the high seas.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Goal: To end bycatch by reducing the number of whale and dolphins killed and injured through entanglement in fishing gear.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Environmental Merit Award 2016

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of testimonies offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Comments in 2021: 67 marine conservation issues 28 offshore wind Please contact us for specifics on comment topics, recipients, date of submission, etc.

Number of critically endangered species for which conservation measures have been launched or supported

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

The two endangered species are the North American Right Whale and the population of Southern Resident Orcas.

Number of unique website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number is comprised of website visitors includes both whales.org and our ecomm site, adopt-us.whales.org.

Number of return website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Ending Bycatch

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of attendees present at rallies/events

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This includes virtual presentations.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Our vision is a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free. WDC's core belief is that all whales and dolphins have the right to exist as nature intends, not as humans decide. To be able to live free from hunting, captivity, entanglement in fishing gear and nets, and to swim in clean, noise-free waters where boats won't injure them. Our goals relate directly to our major programs of work: Stop whaling, end captivity, Safe Homes for Whales and Dolphins and Ending Bycatch. We also work to ensure that healthy whale populations consider the culture, not just the number, of whales remaining. Our work acknowledges that whales learn, adapt, change, and teach within their communities. The protection of individuals and community cultures is integral in the protection of each species.

Planet- Marine mammals play a key role in the ocean's ability to store carbon. WDC's work to reduce human caused impacts to marine mammals, including whaling, prey depletion, accidental entanglements in fishing gear and vessel strikes, will help to recover and/or sustain marine mammal populations enabling them to function as ecosystem engineers. Prosperity and Peace- We recognize that the field of marine mammal conservation lacks diversity, including within our own organization. Education, internships, hiring, and job retention are the barriers that are sometimes seen in introducing diversity to the marine mammal conservation field. WDC has revised its hiring practices to increase accessibility. We have secured funding to develop a paid intern program to ensure that economic hurdles are removed for those passionate about gaining experience in this field and we are developing an inclusive educational curriculum for elementary school students. Partnership- WDC North America is part of a global family of Whale and Dolphin Conservation offices whose collective global work at the Convention of Migratory Species, International Whaling Commission, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, and other global stakeholder groups prioritizes the recovery of marine mammals in an equitable and inclusive manner.

WDC's strategic five-year plan articulates the organizations' overarching policy goals, and identifies the steps necessary to reach them. WDC's operational budget is dedicated to the achievement of those goals.
WDC global staff includes many renowned marine scientists and researchers, and they regularly present their work at local, national and international meetings and conferences. In addition to our qualified and dedicated staff, WDC has built a global supporter base through public awareness campaigns and social media, and will continue to grow their digital presence.
Every year WDC produces or commissions a number of reports on a variety of issues concerning whales and dolphins.
WDC has an ongoing connection with schools and communities across the globe through a range of educational programs, including visits, talks, and workshops with thousands of school pupils.

"END CAPTIVITY:
Accomplished:
• In partnership with SeaLife Trust, WDC successfully established the first open water sanctuary for formerly captive beluga whales
• WDC was one of several official intervening parties and assisted with briefings supporting the case to deny the importation of 18 wild-caught beluga whales from Russia.
• Through our Tour Operators Campaign we successfully ended travel promotions of captive facilities by Trip Advisor, British Airways and Virgin Holidays
Not yet accomplished:
• Ban captive breeding and imports to US
• Ban wild captures of cetaceans in US waters

HOME FOR WHALES:
Accomplished:
• WDC helped secure a 10-fold increase in the federally designated critical habitat for critically endangered North Atlantic right whales with nearly 40,000 square miles of the US east coast now federally protected for the species.
• WDC and its partners successfully petitioned the US government to enact a ship strike speed rule, reducing the risk of right whale ship strikes in US waters by up to 90%
• WDC helped to revise critical habitat for endangered Southern Resident Orcas, adding nearly 16,000 square miles of protected ocean habitat for this community.

Not yet accomplished:
• Increase the vessel class sizes and area covered by the vessel strike reduction rule
• Final removal of dams blocking salmon, the key prey for Southern Resident Orcas in the Pacific Northwest

STOP WHALING:
Accomplished:
• WDC was a co-convener of the 2021 international workshop on the Ecosystem Function of Cetaceans, co-hosted by the International Whaling Commission and the Conservation of Migratory Species.
• WDC exposed the commercial sale of whale meat in Denmark, prompting Danish authorities to change laws and restrict further imports of the meat. This was a particularly lengthy process and WDC spent months supplying evidence and legal analysis to the Danish and EU authorities.
• WDC has helped to reduce tourist demand for whale meat in Iceland by a measurable amount (reduced from 40% of tourists stating they had eaten whale meat in 2009, to 18% by 2014) thanks to public information campaigns and outreach.

Not yet accomplished:
• Ensuring that the European Union (EU) adopts stricter measures to ban transit
• Improve global agreements and protections to end dolphin hunts globally

PREVENT BYCATCH:
Accomplished:
• As a federally-appointed member of the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team, we secured a new rule to be released in 2021 which aims to reduce entanglement risk from US fisheries for critically endangered North Atlantic right whales by 60%.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To mobilize our supporteres when we need to take legislative or regulatory action.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to identify actionable feedback, It is difficult to get supporters to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Whale and Dolphin Conservation Inc.

Board of directors
as of 03/22/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Chris Butler-Stroud

No affiliation

Chris Butler-Stroud

Whale and Dolphin Conservation, UK

Christopher Vick

Whale and Dolphin Conservation, UK

Sian Davies-Hamilton

Whale and Dolphin Conservation, UK

Jane Bryan

Retired Chartered Accountant

Marisa DeLoatch

Conservation Law Foundation

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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/10/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/13/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
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.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.