Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and other Non-Profit Organizations in California's Central Coast Region
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) are citizen founded organizations that are independent of governments and international governmental organizations . The term NGO is an informal phrase for organizations that are usually non-profit, or tax exempt, and can be organized at a local (city or county), state, national, or international level . NGOs are supported by individual citizens, grants, businesses, educational institutions, and sometimes through government agencies . They focus on advancing an objective related to social, political, or environmental issues such as human rights, education, health care, economic development, conflict resolution, and environmental protection .
The following table provides an alphabetical sample list of environmental NGOs located in the central coast of California. Some are locally focused while others strive for global action.
|Organizataion||Location and area of operation||Scale||Status||Main Focus||Year Founded||Website|
|Bike Santa Cruz County
(Formerly People Power)
|Santa Cruz||Santa Cruz County||501(c)(4) non-profit||Promotes bicycling through advocacy, education and community building.||1991||http://www.bikesantacruzcounty.org/|
|California Native Plant Society||Monterey and Santa Cruz chapters||Statewide||501(c)(3) non-profit||Conservation of California native plants through science, education, conservation, and gardening. Find solutions for invasive species such as Arudo donax.||1965||https://www.cnps.org/|
|Carmel River Watershed Conservancy||Carmel headquarters||Carmel River Watershed||501(c)(3) non-profit||Protect the Carmel River through outreach, advocacy, and education||2000||https://www.carmelriverwatershed.org/|
|Clean Oceans International||Santa Cruz headquarters||Global||501(c)(3) non-profit||Developing practical solutions to plastic pollution through innovation education, and direct action.||2008||https://cleanoceansinternational.org/|
|Coastal Watershed Council||Santa Cruz headquarters||Santa Cruz County||501(c)(3) non-profit||Preserves and protect coastal watersheds through community stewardship, education and monitoring||1995||https://coastal-watershed.org/|
|Communities for Sustainable Monterey County||Monterey||Monterey County||501(c)(3) non-profit||Meet the challenge of declining resources and climate change by helping our communities transition to sustainable practices||2005||http://www.sustainablemontereycounty.org/|
|Ecology Action||Santa Cruz headquarters||Statewide||501(c)(3) non-profit||Work with utilities, local and federal government, foundations, and communities to influence policy and create effective programs to reduce green house gas emissions.||1970||https://ecoact.org/|
|Farm Discovery||Watsonville||Santa Cruz County||501(c)(3) non-profit||Transform personal and community health and improve our impact on earth by building and sustaining collaborative agricultural, ecological and social systems.||http://farmdiscovery.org/|
|MEarth||Carmel-By-The-Sea||Greater Carmel Community||501(c)(3) non-profit||Building an interconnected community of engaged citizens and future leaders by promoting analytical thinking through experience-based learning at the Hilton Bialek Habitat||1995||http://mearthcarmel.org/|
|Monterey Audubon Society||Monterey region||National||501(c)(3) non-profit||Dedicated to conserving and celebrating the birds and wildlife of the greater Monterey Bay region. Currently engage in an array of educational, citizen-science, and advocacy initiatives geared toward protecting the region's birds and its biological diversity.||1905||https://www.montereyaudubon.org/|
|Mountain Parks Foundation||Felton headquarters||Santa Cruz county||501(c)(3) non-profit||Supports the nature education and enrichment programs offered at Henry Cowell and Big Basin Redwoods State Parks.||1973||http://www.mountainparks.org/|
|The Nature Conservancy||Monterey||United States||501(c)(3) non-profit||Combining land protection with community-based conservation and a sustained effort to introduce good conservation principles into public policy and land-use planning.||1951||https://www.nature.org/|
|O'Neil Sea Odyssey||Santa Cruz headquarters||Central California||501(c)(3) non-profit||Provide school programs to educate youth about ocean science and how human actions in a watershed impact the sea.||1996||http://oneillseaodyssey.org/|
|Save Our Shores||Santa Cruz headquarters||Monterey Bay||501(c)(3) non-profit||Keeping coastal areas clean by organizing beach clean-ups, monitoring and restoring coastal habitat, and combating Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia by encouraging community members to alter behaviors that can contribute to climate change.||1978||http://saveourshores.org/|
|Save the Whales||Seaside headquarters||Local, state, national||501(c)(3) non-profit||Preserve and protect the ocean and its inhabitants through educating the public and influencing policy.||1977||https://savethewhales.org/|
|Sierra Club - Ventana Chapter, Santa Cruz Chapter||Santa Cruz and Monterey||Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties||501(c)(4)||To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth;
To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources; To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.
|Surfrider Foundation||Monterey and Santa Cruz Chapters||Global||501(c)(3) non-profit||Project beaches and coastal surf through beach clean-ups, water testing, and education. Take action to prevent Coastal Erosion by eliminating Sand Mining.||1991||https://monterey.surfrider.org/|
|Trout Unlimited||Monterey, San Jose, Central Coast to San Luis Obispo||National||501(c)(3) non-profit||Conserve, protect and restore North America's coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.||1959||https://www.californiatu.org/|
|Ventana Wilderness Alliance||Santa Cruz/Ventana Wilderness||Monterey county||501(c)(3) non-profit||Protect, preserve, and restore the wilderness qualities and biodiversity of the public lands within California's northern Santa Lucia Mountains and Big Sur coast. Advocate for CEQA and NEPA related issues and incorporate Wildfire planning.||1998||http://www.ventanawild.org/|
|Ventana Wildlife Society||Monterey/Ventana Wilderness||Monterey county||501(c)(3) non-profit||Conserving native wildlife and their habitats through education, species recovery, ecological services, and research. Provide consulting services for Special Status Animals in the Central Coast Region.||1977||http://www.ventanaws.org/|
|Wild Farm Alliance||Watsonville headquarters||Monterey and Santa Cruz counties||501(c)(3) non-profit||Protect biological diversity by diversifying farms, food, and the wider landscapes by empowering farmers, connecting consumers, and protecting wild nature.||2000||https://www.wildfarmalliance.org/|
- English Oxford Living Dictionaries - NGO definition. https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/ngo
- Encyclopaedia Britannica - Nongovernmental organization definition. https://www.britannica.com/topic/nongovernmental-organization
- Macmillian Dictionary - NGO definition. http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/american/ngo
- United States Institute of Peace - Nongovernmental Organization (NGO) description. https://www.usip.org/glossary/nongovernmental-organization-ngo
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