At the Center for Biological Diversity, we’ve always been about preserving resources and doing what’s best for the natural world. We never mail out frivolous extras like calendars or stuffed animals to our donors, instead putting those funds directly toward the work you care about. We put together our yearly Greener Giving Guide offering easy, sustainable gift options for your loved ones during the holidays. This year’s guide also features ways you can Simplify the Holidays with tips and ideas from our Population and Sustainability team.

Happier, greener holidays to you, from all of us at the Center.


Polar bears1. Give a gift membership.

For those in your life who love the wild as much as you do, consider a gift membership to the Center for Biological Diversity. They’ll receive our sustainably produced Endangered Earth print newsletter, along with regular email updates on our work — not to mention the satisfaction of knowing their membership has helped fund the Center’s important work to protect the wildlife and wild places they care about.

Explore gift memberships now.


2. Leave a legacy gift.

Burrowing owls

Ensure the species and habitat we fight for get the protections they deserve for generations to come by making a bequest to the Center. Ask your attorney or trusted financial advisor to help you find the best type of bequest for your situation, whether it’s naming the Center in your will or as a beneficiary in a retirement plan, IRA or charitable trust. For more details email Paula Simmonds, Chief Development Officer, or call her at (646) 770-7206.

Learn about the Owls Club.


3. Wear your heart on your sleeve with Center gear.

Anniversary t-shirt

Celebrate 30 years of the Center and the 700-plus species we’ve protected with our latest T-shirt design and browse some of our other eye-catching tees and hats in our webstore. Our shirts are designed and printed locally near our Tucson, Arizona HQ on 100% organic cotton fabric.

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. Give books for those who love the wild.

A Wild Love book cover

Some of our favorite books just might also be new favorites for folks on your holiday-gift list. Whether it’s visually stunning, inspirational or intellectual, each of these books is tied to the others by a common theme: a love for the wild.

Check out our whole list.


. … And get more ideas on how to simplify the holidays.

Simplify the Holidays wildlife-lover graphicSimplify the Holidays — brought to you by our Population and Sustainability team — challenges people to question the mindless drive to shop and refocus the season on what really matters to you and your family. Simplifying the holidays doesn’t mean you have to stop giving your loved ones gifts. It’s about seeking meaningful, wildlife-friendly alternatives. This year we've come up with a few popular gift categories to help you find great experiential gifts at a low environmental cost.

Check out our page for helpful tips, info and shareable social media posts.


Photo credits: Polar bears © Thomas D. Mangelsen/Images of Nature Stock; burrowing owls by William C. Gladdish