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MONGABAYORG CORPORATION

News and inspiration from Nature's frontline

aka Mongabay.org   |   Menlo Park, CA   |  mongabay.org

Mission

Mongabay.org’s mission is to raise awareness about social and environmental issues relating to tropical forests and other ecosystems, to wildlife, and to the important role that natural ecosystems play in maintaining critical services, including stabilizing the global climate system. To achieve this, Mongabay.org creates educational materials in several languages and provide opportunities for science journalists to report on environmental issues through well-established on-line platforms. Major activities will include the following:

• Serving as a clearinghouse for new scientific information about ecosystems by summarizing and disseminating results of research.
• Offering opportunities for science journalists and science journalism students to report on environmental issues.
• Translating and publishing information about environmental issues in Latin American Spanish, Indonesian, and other languages.
• Creating education materials to improve awareness about the environment and ecosystems. These materials, including modules and activities, will meet standards-based curricula.
• Maintaining a website with accessible information and pictures of the flora and fauna of tropical forests and other ecosystems.
• Other activities that support the organization’s preservation, protection, and awareness functions.

Notes from the nonprofit

Mongabay is an award-winning, nonprofit environmental science and conservation news organization uniquely positioned to provide original content in a frequent (daily outputs), objective (does not advocate), accurate (relies on facts and scientific information) and timely manner to a global audience of conservation scientists, private-sector decision-makers, government policymakers, civil society organizations, journalists in other media outlets, and interested members of the public. The principal areas of Mongabay’s coverage include: • the intersection of human rights and the environment, • governance issues around natural resources extraction and management, • news and analysis relating to ecology and species, and • threats to environmental defenders including indigenous peoples.

Ruling year info

2012

CEO

Mr. Rhett Butler

Main address

1259 El Camino Real #150

Menlo Park, CA 94025 USA

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EIN

45-3714703

NTEE code info

Forest Conservation (C36)

Printing, Publishing (A33)

Media, Communications Organizations (A30)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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

Mongabay-Indonesia

Mongabay-Indonesia is an Indonesian-language environmental news and information service.

Population(s) Served

The Special Reporting Projects (SRP) program enables journalists to do in-depth articles on particular environmental issues. The value of the SRP is that it enables high-quality, detailed, and potentially investigative reporting on a subject that may be otherwise overlooked by the media.

Population(s) Served

Mongabay's education program creates standards-based environmental materials for K-8 students in the United States

Population(s) Served
Teachers
Children and youth

Daily environmental news reporting, with a special focus on conservation, Indigenous peoples and local communities, wildlife, oceans, and tropical forests.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Academics
Teachers
Activists

English and Hindi-language reporting on environmental issues in India, with a special emphasis on climate and energy, air and water pollution, urban issues, wildlife conservation, and natural resources management.

Population(s) Served

Spanish-language news reporting on environmental issues in Latin America.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Children and youth
Activists
Academics
Teachers

Portuguese-language environmental news reporting in Brazil, with emphasis on the Amazon rainforest, Indigenous Peoples, the Cerrado, the Mata Atlantica, and the Pantanal.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Academics
Activists
Teachers
Children and youth
Indigenous peoples
Academics
Activists
Teachers
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

2020 SEAL Environmental Journalism Award 2020

SEAL Journalism Awards

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 press articles published

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

Journalism

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of articles published across Mongabay web sites: Global English, India (Hindi + English), Latam (Spanish), Brasil (Portuguese), Indonesian, French, Italian, German, Chinese, Japanese

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.

Mongabay improves understanding of the concurrent global scale forces undermining the health of Earth’s systems. Mongabay makes science accessible and elevates the voices and knowledge of people directly impacted by environmental change.

Mongabay is an independent, nonprofit media organization reporting on nature and planetary challenges with a global network of local journalists. Mongabay serves a diverse audience by providing free access to news and information in numerous languages and formats to address knowledge gaps and improve transparency. By revealing the evidence of ecosystem destruction and its consequences for people worldwide, Mongabay creates opportunities to hold those responsible accountable.

Mongabay is an award-winning, nonprofit environmental science and conservation news organization uniquely positioned to provide original content in a frequent (daily outputs), objective (does not advocate), accurate (relies on facts and scientific information) and timely manner to a global audience of conservation scientists, private-sector decision-makers, government policymakers, civil society organizations, journalists in other media outlets, and interested members of the public.

The principal areas of Mongabay’s coverage include:
• the intersection of human rights and the environment,
• governance issues around natural resources extraction and management,
• news and analysis relating to ecology and species, and
• threats to environmental defenders including indigenous peoples.

Mongabay addresses known information gaps, accounts for complex social dynamics, and enables information to flow to intended audiences in order to:

• promote an enabling environment for a wide range of communities, often working in isolation on the same set of issues;
• generate real on-the-ground impacts, ranging from awareness-raising to identifying the most meaningful and effective conservation strategies, to providing timely information to critical decision-makers; and
• scale reach and influence via publishing information that is free and open for republication, resulting in dozens of outlets using our stories in several languages.

Audience
The majority of users fall into several distinct groups:

• Practitioners such as environmentalists, conservation scientists and ecologists.
• Private-sector, particularly business leaders and staff working in natural resource industries such as agribusiness, timber, and extractive industries.
• Government bodies, such as ministries that govern land use and development agencies.
• Specialist civil society organizations, including conservation groups, think tanks and academic institutions, and activist/advocacy NGOs.
• Media, particularly those who cite, republish project information or collaborate in its creation.
• Interested members of the public, inclusive of IPLCs directly affected by the loss and degradation of tropical forests.

Assuming that better-informed audiences are more likely to make better decisions and that they have the capacity and resources to act, Mongabay contributes to the below mid-term changes among its readership:

• New or more in-depth research and reporting (practitioner, media and civil society audience).
• Improved sustainability of land use and conservation practice (practitioner and/or government audience).
• Development of new products or frameworks (private sector, civil society, and/or practitioner audiences).
• Changes in investing decisions (institutional and individual private-sector as well as government stakeholders).
• Volunteering/donation efforts as well as changes in purchasing patterns and consumer behavior (interested members of the public).

Mongabay delivers its news and information in six languages, prioritizing coverage in regions facing acute socio-environmental threats. A vast network of 900 individual contributors from more than 70 countries who are locally based are best to identify, understand and report on complex issues.

Mongabay adds considerable depth and relevance to these stories through innovative use of digital media tools including video, podcasts, data visualization and social media to engage a wide range of audiences. Our reach is greatly amplified via syndication by a wide range of outlets.

Mongabay’s readership on its Global, Latin American, Indonesian, and Indian news sites averages 4 million unique visitors each month, which positions the organization as one of the top sources of environmental news, analysis, information, and inspiration on the Internet.

Over the past decade we've produced more than 30,000 news articles and 2,000 short-form videos. We've trained hundreds of journalists through webinars, internship programs, and our fellowships.

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 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • 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 act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome

Financials

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

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MONGABAYORG CORPORATION

Board of directors
as of 06/09/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr Holt Thrasher

Rhett Butler

Tim Kelly

Peter Riggs

Jeanne Sedgwick

Katie LaFleur

Kristin Rechberger

Mark Cappellano

Robin Martin

Steve McCormick

Holt Thrasher

Steve Rhee

Debby Ng

Mike Dye

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? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/20/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability