About Environmental Defense Fund

Guided by science and economics, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions

Iceland waterfall

Credit: Tyler Stableford

Our mission: To preserve the natural systems on which all life depends.

Our values: We are environmental problem-solvers who believe that economic prosperity and environmental stewardship can go hand in hand. Partnerships are the groundwork of everything we do. Learn more about our mission and values.

Our people: More than one million members and a staff of 500 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world.

America's most economically literate green campaigners.

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A vision for the future

The objectives of Blueprint 2020, our current five-year strategic plan, reflect a careful consideration of where our resources and expertise can have the biggest impact.

Decades of new ideas: In 1975, we were the first environmental group to hire economists to help solve environmental problems. More recently, an environmental data project with Google Earth Outreach is one of the first of its kind.

People like you fund our work

We rely on the support of committed members like you to make our work possible. Individual donors provide 54% of our operating funds.

2014 sources of support chart

Our high charity ratings guarantee that your support is used effectively. We follow a strict corporate donation policy. To remain accountable and transparent, we share our annual reports and finances.

"The Way Forward," our 2014 annual report, details our advancements in improving the world's climate, oceans, ecosystems and health.

Your support is essential

By standing up for clean air, diverse wildlife and a stable climate, you will join more than a million passionate EDF supporters.

EDF is creative and relentless in its search for solutions that will work.

EDF supporter Katherine S. from New York

Global impact

EDF is headquartered in New York, with offices around the world.



Experienced leadership

Fred Krupp

EDF President Fred Krupp was named one of America's Best Leaders by U.S. News and World Report.