Defenders of Wildlife wins $200,000 through Members Project

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WASHINGTON (03/02/2011) -

Defenders of Wildlife is excited and honored to be chosen as a winner in the Environment & Wildlife category of the Members Project program from American Express. The $200,000 prize will help Defenders to continue its work to conserve native plants and animals and to develop innovative, science-based solutions to the many challenges facing wildlife and wild lands today.

The following is a statement from Rodger Schlickeisen, President of Defenders of Wildlife:

“We’re so grateful to all of our supporters who helped to vote us into first place! For more than 65 years, Defenders of Wildlife has led the fight to save threatened and endangered species with innovative approaches that help imperiled wildlife survive in an ever-changing world.

“Defenders of Wildlife works every day to save something wild, whether it be fighting for the survival of polar bears, helping wolves where they are most imperiled, protecting sea turtles from dangerous fishing practices, or promoting new safeguards for Florida panthers and California’s sea otters. We’re responding to the increasing threats posed by global climate change to our wildlife and wild places, and advocating for clean energy solutions that keep wildlife out of harm’s way.

“Thanks to Members Project and our incredibly supportive members and activists, we’ll be able to ramp up our ongoing efforts to protect our world’s wildlife heritage.”

Background:

Members Project is a partnership between American Express and TakePart, a social action network. Members Project encourages everyone, including non-American Express® Cardmembers, to help support worthy causes and charitable organizations.

Anyone can get involved in Members Project by volunteering or donating. Members Project provides a platform to help make taking action easier with organizations like Defenders of Wildlife. Read more about Members Project at: http://www.takepart.com/membersproject

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Links:

Read Take Part's blog post about all of this week's Members Project winners

Read more about Members Project at: http://www.takepart.com/membersproject

Contact(s):

Cat Lazaroff, 202-772-3270