Confronting nature’s biggest challenges depends on steady, reliable support from committed nature lovers like you.
The Nature Conservancy Australia is a fully accredited member of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission, and the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association.
Our ambitious mission
The Nature Conservancy's mission is to conserve the land 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.
We are one of the world’s largest conservation organisations. Founded in 1951 in the United States of America, we now work in 70 countries, with nearly 4,000 staff – including 400 scientists. We’re a not for profit, non-government, non-partisan organisation.
Large-scale Impact across Australia
To date, our passionate supporters have helped us conserve around 127 MILLION HECTARES of Australia’s lands and waters. That’s nearly the size of the Northern Territory! There is no other conservation organisation that can make such large-scale impact like this. And large-scale impact is vitally important to protect our precious habitat for years to come.
What makes us different?
Striving to make a real difference to protect and conserve the Australian environment for the benefit of people and nature, we pride ourselves on five key strengths in the way we work.
1. We get things done
We’re proud to be very action-oriented in our approach to conservation. While we invest in policy formulation, public awareness campaigns and other forms of indirect conservation action, most of our efforts are applied directly in the field to make an immediate difference for conservation.
See for yourself with these examples:
- Making history with Australia's largest land purchase for conservation.
- Restoring critically endangered shellfish reefs across the southern coasts of Australia. Once abundant, now over 90% of them are wiped out. We're leading the world's largest nation-wide marine restoration effort to build 60 shellfish reefs by 2025.
- Reducing destructive late season wildfires in the Northern Australia with Indigenous land managers and reducing carbon emissions.
- Conserving part of the world’s largest intact desert in Western Australia.
- Developed the world's first metropolitan-wide urban forest strategy.
2. We’re highly trusted
In 2018, for the fifth time, The Nature Conservancy was named as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute, an independent research centre. This honour recognises our focus on ethics and integrity in everything we do. We were the only philanthropic organisation to be recognised. The diversity of partners we work with here in Australia in business, government and local communities also demonstrates the high levels of trust these entities place in us.
3. We’re efficient
Working closely with a range of partners such as farmers, fishers, Indigenous rangers and other environmental groups means we conduct our work in the most efficient way possible. In fact, 76% of our funding goes directly to supporting our conservation projects. We’ve had about 70 years’ experience in getting this right.
4. We’re experts in our field
Our Australian team includes a range of expert specialists, about half of whom are scientists with marine biology, ecology, zoology or forest conservation backgrounds. You can meet each of our Australian program scientists and learn about what they do here.
Being part of a global team working across 70 countries means we can also draw on the 400 other scientists employed by The Nature Conservancy globally including the talents of our global Chief Scientist, Dr Hugh Possingham.
5. Our work has the highest impact
We’re highly focused on conservation work that has the highest possible impact on a landscape or seascape scale. Take for example:
- Our shellfish reef restoration projects underway in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland. We're leading the world's largest nation-wide marine restoration effort to build 60 shellfish reefs by 2025.
- Our impact investment project in the Murray-Darling Basin balancing agriculture, finance and the environment – an Australian first.
- Our urban forest strategy for metropolitan Melbourne. Another first for Australia and the world.
- The most valuable land purchase in Australia's history, the Great Cumbung swamp located in NSW, the southern Murray-Darling Basin.
You can learn more about the impacts we’re having across Australia here.
Become a Conservation Champion
Supporting The Nature Conservancy Australia means being a champion for conservation. Your monthly gifts will help to achieve a healthy environment for all Australians today and for generations to come. Conservation Champions are a special group of our most passionate and forward-thinking supporters, who are committed to conserving Australia’s natural landscapes and crucial wildlife habitats.
Australia’s natural environment is world renowned and iconic. We need to save it—and you can, when you become a Conservation Champion. Regular giving is the easiest and most efficient way to support our work. All funds support our projects here in Australia and you’ll receive regular updates, ensuring you never miss our news, updates and conservation successes.
Best of all, you will maximise the impact of your conservation support for your community and across Australia. Become a champion for conservation today.
For more information contact our Supporter Care team on 1300 62 86 86.
The most efficient way to give
Your monthly support as a Conservation Champion is the best way to ensure your generous contributions can do the most good for nature.
Where your money goes
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has been protecting the environment for around 70 years. From our historic work in land acquisition to cutting-edge research that influences global policy, TNC is constantly adapting to take on our planet’s biggest, most important challenges.
Our vision is to create a world where people and nature can thrive. With your support, we can put the best conservation science into action right now.
In the last financial year, 76% of gifts have gone straight into conservation programs. We strive to ensure your vital donations make the largest impact for nature now and for the future of our planet.
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Where we work
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