About Environmental Defense Fund

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

Iceland waterfall

Credit: Tyler Stableford

EDF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Our people: We’re one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than 1.5 million members and a staff of 550 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world.

Our values: We believe prosperity and environmental stewardship must go hand in hand. We’re optimists, because we have seen our ideas make a huge difference. And we build strong partnerships across interests to ensure lasting success. See more on our mission and values.

Our focus: We achieve results by finding solutions that benefit people while protecting natural systems.

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 53% of our operating funds.

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Our high charity ratings show 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.

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

Experienced leadership

Fred Krupp

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