The Nature Conservancy

Protecting Nature. Preserving Life.

aka The Nature Conservancy   |   Arlington, VA   |


The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) 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? Through the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and over 400 scientists, we impact conservation in 76 countries and territories: 37 by direct conservation impact and 39 through partners. With the help of many partners, from individuals and governments to nonprofits and corporations, to Indigenous Peoples and local communities around the world, we use a collaborative approach and pursue our ambitious 2030 Goals. That's how TNC has forged new paths for conservation since our founding in 1951.

Ruling year info


Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Jennifer Morris

Main address

4245 N Fairfax Dr Ste 100

Arlington, VA 22203 USA

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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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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

Our vision for Africa is rooted in its people—and our conservation approach focuses on working with local communities, governments, and organizations to conserve and enhance Africa's shared resources. However, a warming climate, a growing population and our need for natural resources are threatening nature as never before.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Asia Pacific is home to over 4.3 billion people (60 percent of the global population), nurtures some of the oldest cultures on the planet, and offers a wealth of diverse landscapes and seascapes—from the heights of the Himalayas to the depths of the Pacific Ocean.

Population(s) Served

We believe that nature—thriving and full of life—is the foundation of strong communities, a prosperous economy, and a future worth passing on to our grandchildren. Our Canadian affiliate, Nature United, brings together partners in Indigenous and other governments, communities, industries and non-profits to define new pathways towards a sustainable future.

Population(s) Served
First Nations of Canada

The Caribbean is one of the world’s most biologically diverse marine regions. Home to iconic wildlife and vulnerable coastal communities, the region's once abundant ocean, coasts and coral reefs have suffered alarming decline. For more than 40 years, TNC has been protecting the breathtaking beauty that makes the Caribbean the unique paradise that it is and the resources that sustain the millions who live there.

Population(s) Served

Conservation is one of the most critical issues of our time, and Europe’s environmental leadership influences the world. In Europe, The Nature Conservancy leverages science, policy, finance and proven field experience from nearly seven decades of success in over 70 countries to drive globally relevant strategies in Europe and from Europe for large scale and lasting conservation impact.

Population(s) Served

With 8% of the Earth’s biodiversity, India is home to spectacular and diverse natural places, and unique wildlife. India recognizes the need to protect its natural heritage for its intrinsic values, and the well-being of its people. We are working to support India’s vision of “developing without destruction” by finding science-led solutions for challenges at the interface of conservation and development.

Population(s) Served

With 40 percent of the world’s species, more than a quarter of the Earth’s forests and the second largest reef on the planet, Latin America is a beacon of hope for a planet facing a changing climate and growing demands for food, water and energy.

Population(s) Served

TNC works across all 50 states to conserve the lands and waters on which life depends. A leading conservation organization in the United States and around the world, TNC works with public and private partners to ensure our lands and waters are protected for future generations.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

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.

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. TNC has ambitious goals that we are committed to achieving by 2030: our 2030 Goals.

- We will avoid or sequester 3 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions (CO²e) annually.
- We will help 100 million people at severe risk of climate-related emergencies.
- We will conserve 4 billion hectares of ocean.
- We will conserve 650 million hectares of lands.
- We will conserve 1 million kilometers of river systems and 30 million hectares of lakes and wetlands.
- We are supporting the leadership of 45 million people whose well-being and livelihoods depend on healthy ocean, freshwater, and lands.

We are limiting the long-term increase in average global temperature to 1.5° C and helping vulnerable communities adapt to changes already underway.

We must protect the most biodiverse and carbon-rich lands, oceans, and freshwater systems on Earth, and we have a short window of time to do it.

We are supporting food producers and water managers to use practices that improve biodiversity, water supplies and climate outcomes.

We are accelerating partnerships with frontline and Indigenous communities to support their sovereignty and help dismantle barriers to equal access to nature’s benefits.

These are the cross-cutting strategies that support all of our work and help us learn, share and innovate our conservation methods so we can achieve our 2030 goals.


The Conservancy is a world leader in cutting-edge conservation science with more than 400 staff scientists around the globe. With a grounding in rigorous science, we take innovative conservation approaches from idea to impact, scaling to achieve system change.


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.


Lasting conservation must actively involve the people linked to the natural systems we seek to protect. Their voices must be at the center of what we do. We are continually learning and growing in how we show up as an authentic, ethical partner.


We use a practical, nonpartisan approach to show policymakers across the political spectrum how nature can provide effective solutions to major challenges like climate change.


We believe conservation is best advanced when diverse teams, partners and local communities are working together to better understand and protect our planet. We recognize the Conservancy's mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. TNC is dedicated to an inclusive workplace where our staff, volunteers and external partners represent, appreciate and uplift the communities we serve and intend to serve.


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.


By catalyzing more investment in nature's services, protection and restoration throughout the years, The Nature Conservancy has been at the cutting edge of science, land conservation and innovative financing solutions. We are always testing new ways to further our reach — we unlock new sources of capital that allow us to scale up our work far beyond what traditional funding can do alone.

We've protected more than 125 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide — and we operate more than 100 marine conservation projects globally.

We are impacting conservation in 76 countries and territories: 37 by direct conservation impact and 39 through partners.

We address the planet’s most pressing issues today, including climate change, biodiversity loss, food and water security, and city growth.


The Nature Conservancy

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


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The Nature Conservancy

Board of directors
as of 03/12/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Senator William Frist

Frist Cressey Ventures

Term: 2015 - 2024

Vincent Ryan

Schooner Capital, LLC

Ying Wu

China Capital Group

Sally Jewell

Former U.S. Secreatry of Interior

Amy Batchelor

Anchor Point Foundation

Nancy Knowlton

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Harry R. Hagey

Dodge & Cox

Margaret A. Hamburg

National Academy of Medicine

Douglas P. Petno

JPMorgan Chase

Kevin Weil


Kent J. Thiry


John Bernstein

Generation Investment Management

Michelle J. DePass

Meyer Memorial Trust

Shirley Ann Jackson

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Edwin Macharia

Dalberg Advisors

Jennifer Morris

The Nature Conservancy

Brenda Shapiro

Sérgio Rial

Santander Brasil

Anna Skoglund

Goldman Sachs

Fred Hu

Primavera Capital Group

James Attwood

The Carlyle Group

Board leadership practices

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  • 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 3/12/2023

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


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/08/2023

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  • 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.
  • 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.