“Thanks to Big Life, it is wonderful that Amboseli is more secure, and now one of the few places in Kenya where killing of elephants for ivory is not out of hand.”
- Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Save the Elephants
“I am convinced that Amboseli would have lost many, many elephants over the last three years if Big Life had not come in to save the day."
- Cynthia Moss, Amboseli Trust for Elephants
"[Big Life] has . . . gone a long way to ensure emerging challenges, especially on human wildlife conflict and wildlife poaching, are tackled in a timely manner and therefore ensuring that communities and wildlife coexist for the benefit of conservation as a whole."
- Julius Kimani, Director General, Kenya Wildlife Service
“With its clear agenda and focused action, Big Life is clearly a model to replicate.”
- Africa Geographic Magazine, “Elephant Charities: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”
Big Life Foundation has earned Charity Navigator’s highest possible, coveted and respected 4-star rating, with an overall score of 95.47 out of 100 for our financial performance, accountability, and transparency.
Charity Navigator has become one of the nation's largest, most trusted, and most-utilized evaluators of nonprofit organizations, and has received praise from respected publications such as: TIME Magazine, Forbes, Reader's Digest, PC World, BusinessWeek, and Kiplinger's Financial Magazine.
By meeting all 20 Better Business Bureau (BBB) Charity Standards, including key standards of Board oversight, finances, and results reporting, Big Life Foundation USA achieved accreditation by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance in March 2017. In the words of Art Taylor, CEO of the BBB WGA, this accreditation signifies that Big Life “has earned public trust, having demonstrated its commitment to sound governance, transparency, and achieving its mission.”
The Independent Charities of America Seal of Excellence is awarded to members who have—upon rigorous independent review—been able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness.
Of the roughly 1 million charities operating in the United States today, it is estimated that fewer than 5% meet or exceed these standards, and fewer than 0.25% have been awarded this Seal of Excellence.
As an early adopter of this new standard (the previous highest level was Gold), Big Life was pre-approved for Platinum status when it was first launched in May 2016.
As of 2018, Big Life meets all of the criteria for rating on Charity Navigator, and we have taken our place in a long line of charities awaiting evaluation. In the meantime, we'll continue to operate with full transparency and strive to maximize the impact of all donations.
If you'd like, you can help to speed up the process by voting for us to be rated. It takes less than 2 minutes to create an account, if you don't already have one, and then you'll simply click the "Vote Now" button at the top right of our our profile page.
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- according to a study by Software Advice
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- Bill Gates, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Microsoft
Big Life is proud to be a certified member of the Combined Federal Campaign, the official workplace giving campaign of the US federal government.
Donations are made by federal civilian, postal, and military employees.
In 2014, Big Life Co-Founder and Director of Operations Richard Bonham was awarded, by HRH The Duke of Cambridge himself, the Prince William Lifetime Achievement Award for Conservation in Africa.