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World Population Balance

Shrink Toward Abundance

aka Population Balance   |   St. Paul, MN   |  http://www.populationbalance.org

Mission

We envision a future where our human footprint is in balance with life on Earth, enabling all species to thrive. We inspire narrative, behavioral, and system change toward substantially downscaling human impact to enable natural ecosystems, nonhuman animals, and humanity to flourish together.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Nandita Bajaj

Main address

PO Box 14175

St. Paul, MN 55114 USA

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EIN

41-1724149

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We offer education and solutions to address the impacts of human overpopulation and overconsumption on the planet, people, and animals. We do this by: - Empowering people to make liberated and informed family choices free from the pervasive forces of pronatalism that diminish reproductive autonomy; - Advocating for a radical shift in our relationship to animals and the rest of the natural world—from that of dominion to one of reverence and stewardship; - Challenging unjust and growth-driven cultural, political, and economic systems that exploit marginalized human communities and threaten all life on earth.

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?

Classroom/Community Guest Speaker Sessions

Our outreach strategy focuses on inspiring global narrative, behavioral, and system change toward substantially downscaling the human impact in order to enable natural ecosystems, nonhuman animals, and humanity to flourish together. Toward that goal, we offer podcast interviews, conference talks, and high school and university presentations. Our interviews and presentations by executive director Nandita Bajaj, covering any of the following themes, can range from 30-90 minutes and can be customized to any audience: Ecological Overshoot, Population, Consumption, and Population Denialism; Pronatalism, Reproductive Rights and Responsibilities, and Childrens Rights; Human Supremacy, Ecocentrism, Animal Rights, and Rights of Nature; Alternative Economic Models and Degrowth for a Post-Growth Society

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Activists
Academics
Students

The Overpopulation Podcast features enlightening conversations between executive director Nandita Bajaj, researcher Alan Ware, and expert guests (such as Dr. William Rees, Dr. Carl Safina, Dr. Eileen Crist, Dr. Amrita Nandy, etc.) to discuss the often misunderstood impacts of our expanding human footprint on human rights, animal protection, and environmental sustainability, as well as individual and collective solutions.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents
Academics
Students

We offer a heavily subsidized graduate-level 14-week course on that draws the connections between pronatalism, human supremacy, and ecological overshoot and offers solutions to address their combined impacts on the planet, people, and animals.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Academics
Students

We regularly write Letters to the Editors and Opinion Editorials to counter the pronatalist, anthropocentric, growth-biased, and baby-bust alarmist media pieces. Our contributions have been featured in Ms. Magazine, The Washington Post, New York Times, The Globe and Mail, and Inside Climate News.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Change Champion - Best Online Campaign for The Overpopulation Podcast 2023

Population Matters

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 stories successfully placed in the media

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Media Advocacy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have been featured in The Guardian, The Washington Post, Ms. Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Counterpunch, CBC, and Newsweek: https://www.populationbalance.org/media

Number of grants received

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of invitations for advocates to speak as experts

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Classroom/Community Guest Speaker Sessions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of high-profile speakers or participants participating

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

The Overpopulation Podcast

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

We seek to promote reproductive choice and small families through education of young people, media outreach, and advocacy on the importance of family planning and simple living to address the many harmful environmental impacts of population growth and overconsumption. We seek to expand our outreach and education programs to counter pronatalism––the many societal and institutional forces that compel people to have children—in our media and culture, empower young people around reproductive choice, and make the connection between unsustainable human population and consumption growth and environmental crises such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and habitat destruction.

We build connections and community via classroom and conference visits, podcasts, webinars, meetups, newsletters, social media, letters to the editor, and media interviews. Our programs stimulate awareness on how small family and childfree choices, along with low-consumptive lifestyles are essential to correct social injustice, improve human well-being, protect nonhuman animals, and bring human society into balance with the natural world.

For our podcast production, we have an established and trained team that researches, interviews, records, edits, publishes, and disseminates the monthly episodes in a timely manner. Our podcast is in the top 2.5% of all podcasts (3 million) globally. We release 12-15 episodes each year.

For our classroom and community presentations, we have two trained researchers and presenters, one of whom is a certified educator, who offer virtual presentations to colleges, high schools, and community groups globally. We also have a roster of institutions that invite us back regularly. We offer between 30-40 presentations each year.

For our media outreach, we have a professional writer and copy-editor who writes timely LTEs and OpEds in response to relevant media pieces. We have appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, Ms. Magazine, and Inside Climate News in one year alone.

Our podcast, featuring world renowned experts, is in the top 2.5% of all podcasts (3 million) globally: https://www.populationbalance.org/podcasts.
Our testimonials can be found here: https://www.populationbalance.org/testimonials

We have appeared in the top media outlets in one year alone. Our pieces can be found here: https://www.populationbalance.org/news

We deliver 30-40 presentations in classrooms, conferences, and community groups each year:
https://www.populationbalance.org/speaker

Until 2021, our ED position was part-time and we only had one more part-time staff member. Since 2021, the ED position became full-time, we have two part-time staff members, two interns, and two volunteers.

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 and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, 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?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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World Population Balance

Board of directors
as of 02/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lukas Eddy

Eileen Crist

Andrew Kyamagero

Williane Tomas

Zee Berl

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/19/2024

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
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/03/2023

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 ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.