Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

National Audubon Society, Inc.

Protect the birds and we protect the Earth

New York, NY

Mission

The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.

Ruling Year

1972

President & CEO

Mr. David Yarnold

Main Address

225 Varick Street, 7th Floor

New York, NY 10014 USA

Keywords

birds, nature centers, environmental education,conservation,wildlife,environment

EIN

13-1624102

 Number

4953509102

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

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

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Our programs

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Conservation Programs

Where we work

Our Results

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Total number of organization members

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No target populations selected

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Audubon will report membership each year as of June 30th. We define a member as any supporter who has given us either an email or mailing address AND who has taken an action in the last 12 months.

Programmatic Efficiency

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No target populations selected

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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We will spend at least 80 cents of every dollar raised to deliver programming. This will be measured annually based on Audubon’s audited financial statements.

Revenue Growth

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Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

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12%: Revenue growth and fundraising efficiency based on our audited financials.

Cost to raise $1

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No target populations selected

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Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

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16 Cents: The cost to raise $1 is the cost of our development efforts after joint cost allocation is divided by total revenues raised

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The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.

Coasts Audubon’s work focuses on the most important breeding, stopover, and wintering sites for birds in each flyway throughout the emisphere. Water Audubon engages and involves the public on issues surrounding water rights and water quality; restores habitats along rivers, wetlands, and deltas; and explores and implements market-based solutions that contribute to the achievement of our water goals. Bird-friendly Communities Audubon protects bird populations in America’s cities and towns by providing food, shelter, safe passage, and places for birds to raise their young. Communities meet those needs through individual and collective actions—actions that also contribute to more sustainable human societies. Working Lands Audubon collaborates with landowners, land managers, government agencies, and private industry across the hemisphere to increase the quality of habitat on privately managed lands. Climate Leveraging our climate science, Audubon creates far greater demand for change on the climate issue by tapping into people’s passion for birds.

The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. Audubon works throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. State programs, nature centers, chapters, and partners give Audubon an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. A nonprofit conservation organization since 1905, Audubon believes in a world in which people and wildlife thrive.

Over the next three years, Audubon is focused on creating improved conservation outcomes for 64 priority birds species on 118 million acres throughout the Western Hemisphere.

Two years after Audubon hit the ground with our 2012-2015 strategic plan, we are seeing conservation results at an unprecedented scale. Aligning the Audubon network along shared strategic goals has given us a greater impact everywhere we work. But we also know that to be successful over the long term, we must continue to address needs for technology and data access throughout our network, modernize our communications strategies, exercise innovation in grassroots mobilization tactics, and deepen efforts to ensure that our network of staff, volunteers, members, and supporters fully reflects the nation's changing demographics.
Restoring America's Gulf Coast
Audubon was critical in passing the RESTORE Act—ensuring maximum funds will flow to Gulf Coast conservation in the wake of the BP oil spill. Now we're establishing a Gulf-wide stewardship plan with 21 shovel-ready projects already lined up across five states.
Data-driven victory in Alaska
Science and advocacy efforts culminated in a huge victory when our recommended map was accepted by the Department of the Interior in its final management plan for the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, protecting 11 million acres from energy development.
Safeguarding California wildlife from toxic lead
Thanks in part to extensive advocacy work by Audubon California, this year California became the first state to ban the use of lead ammunition in hunting.
Protecting Panama Bay
Audubon is working with local organizations to safeguard Panama Bay, a Globally Important Bird Area critical for migrating shorebirds and surrounded by development. This year the Panama Supreme Court reinstated the bay's protected status—a major step toward ensuring the bay remains a safe haven for birds.
Local advocacy for smart energy siting
Audubon chapters and state offices are using GIS technology to identify the safest areas for renewable energy siting. For example, Golden Eagle Audubon Society in Boise, Idaho, used GIS mapping to identify and advocate for an alternative route for a transmission line that would have impacted Greater Sage-Grouse habitat. Every chapter now has access to GIS tools and training through Audubon's partnership with GIS industry leader Esri.
Saving Western rivers
A coalition of organizations led by Audubon is scoring major conservation victories by mobilizing activists to protect water rights and save habitat along Western rivers threatened by drought, invasive species, and unsustainable water management.
Protecting bird habitat across the hemisphere
Audubon and its Nicaraguan conservation partners are using data from birds fitted with geolocators to home in on the most important Wood Thrush habitat to conserve—from the species' breeding grounds in the United States to its wintering grounds in Central and South America.

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Financials

National Audubon Society, Inc.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & 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

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Yes

Organizational Demographics

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Leadership

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Race & Ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender Identity
Male, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability Status
Person without a disability

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