Charities for Cooter King
World Wildlife Fund
For 60 years, WWF has worked to help people and nature thrive.
As the world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in nearly 100 countries. At every level, we collaborate with people around the world to develop and deliver innovative solutions that protect communities, wildlife, and the places in which they live.
WWF works to help local communities conserve the natural resources they depend upon; transform markets and policies toward sustainability; and protect and restore species and their habitats. Our efforts ensure that the value of nature is reflected in decision-making from a local to a global scale.
WWF connects cutting-edge conservation science with the collective power of our partners in the field, more than 1 million supporters in the United States and 5 million globally, and our partnerships with communities, companies, and governments.
Today, human activities put more pressure on nature than ever before, but it’s also humans who have the power to change this trajectory. Together, we can address the greatest threats to life on this planet and protect the natural resources that sustain and inspire us.
Wildlife Conservation Society
WCS’s goal is to conserve the world’s largest wild places in 14 priority regions, home to more than 50% of the world’s biodiversity.
The challenges are greater than ever, but with the focus, dedication, and passion of a committed staff—combined with a unique mixture of field, zoo, and aquarium expertise—WCS will continue to set the bar for science, conservation action, and education that has driven our success in protecting wildlife and wild places for over a century. We hold ourselves to the highest standards, adhering to core values of respect, accountability and transparency, innovation, diversity and inclusion, collaboration, and integrity.
Wildlife Conservation Network
WCN protects endangered wildlife by supporting conservationists who ensure wildlife and people coexist and thrive.
WCN was founded in 2002 on the premise that one person can truly make a difference for wildlife. Since its inception, WCN’s objective has been to equip effective conservationists with the tools and resources they need to succeed.
With this core mission in mind, we welcomed six independent field-based conservationists into our partner Network for the first time: Cheetah Conservation Fund, Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Project, Okapi Conservation Project, Save the Elephants, Small Wild Cat Conservation Foundation, and Snow Leopard Conservancy.
In addition, we held our first Wildlife Conservation Expo in Los Altos Hills, CA, providing conservationists and wildlife enthusiasts with a place to connect and share ideas.
The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive.
Founded in the U.S. through grassroots action in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than a million members and 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.
Our mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. To achieve this, we must boldly address the biodiversity and climate crises over the next decade. By maximizing our ability to effect change between now and 2030, we can shape a brighter future for people and our planet.
The Sea Turtle Conservancy
The Sea Turtle Conservancy, formerly known as the Caribbean Conservation Corporation, is the world’s oldest sea turtle research and conservation group. An international nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization, Sea Turtle Conservancy was founded in 1959 by world-renowned sea turtle expert Dr. Archie Carr to save sea turtles from eminent extinction through rigorous science-based conservation.
Headquartered in Florida, the organization carries out worldwide programs to conserve and recover sea turtle populations through research, education, advocacy, and protection of the natural habitats upon which they depend. Over the course of over 60 years, Sea Turtle Conservancy’s research programs have yielded much of what is now known about sea turtles and the threats they face, and the organization is applying this knowledge to carry out the world’s most successful sea turtle protection and recovery programs.
Originally founded in 1972 by Bill Kardash as the Delta Organization, the name was changed in 1975 to the Center for Environmental Education (CEE). The primary mission was to educate and encourage people to care about animals, which Kardash and his Board of Directors saw as the first step in developing a broader environmental ethic.
Kardash’s own environmental ethic evolved dramatically after seeing a National Geographic special on whales and the threat to them of overfishing. He was moved to launch the Whale Protection Fund, which focused on saving whales and protesting commercial whaling by various countries. The Whale Protection Fund collected 500,000 petitions from people concerned about the plight of whales and presented them at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) annual meeting in London in 1978.
In a surprising twist, John Denver joined Kardash at the meeting to share his own plea for the whales. At the meeting, Denver presented the petitions and sang one of his original songs in a show-stopping moment that brought attention and action to protecting whales.
In the early years, CEE continued to focus on campaigns for individual species, including seals and sea turtles. While there were a number of victories, we realized we couldn’t protect species without protecting their habitats and ensuring strong and effective policies and regulations. So, we thought bigger, increased our programs and shifted to a broader ecosystem-based approach.
In the 1980s, we fought for key habitats to be protected under the Marine Sanctuary Program, and our staff hosted our very first International Coastal Cleanup® in 1986. In 1989, CEE became the Center for Marine Conservation, more aptly defining our mission and focus on the ocean, and in 2001, we were officially renamed The Ocean Conservancy (later legally dropping the “The”).
Over the years, our mission grew and solidified to make us who we are now: a science-based conservation organization that stands on the absolute conviction that each individual can make a positive difference for our ocean.
Now, Ocean Conservancy is at the forefront of ocean conservation. We work across the world to ensure a healthy ocean and protect the wildlife and communities that depend on it. Because the ocean impacts each one of us—the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat—the ocean is the responsibility of us all.
We remain dedicated to working together to find solutions to the biggest threats facing our ocean. Whether that is working towards sustainable fisheries or ocean-based climate solutions, we take an adaptive, inclusive and holistic approach to conservation. We are grateful for the passion and vision of all who have made this organization what it is today—including you.
Throughout our history, we’ve depended on the support of dedicated ocean advocates like you. Here’s to working together over the next 50 years to accomplish even more for our ocean.