Greenpeace core values are reflected in the environmental campaign work: They 'bear witness' to environmental destruction in a peaceful, non-violent manner. They use non-violent confrontation to raise the level and quality of public debate. In exposing threats to the environment and finding solutions they have no permanent allies or adversaries. They ensure financial independence from political or commercial interests. They seek solutions to environmental dilemmas and promote open, informed debate about society's environmental choices.
A group of thoughtful, committed citizens came together in 1971 to create Greenpeace. A handful of determined activists leased a small fishing vessel, called the Phyllis Cormack, and set sail from Vancouver for Amchitka Island in Alaska. Their mission was to protest U.S. nuclear testing off the coast of Alaska with a brave act of defiance: to place themselves in harm's way. Despite being intercepted by the U.S. Coast Guard, these daring activists sailed into history by bringing worldwide attention to the dangers of nuclear testing.
That was more than 30 years ago, and in that time, Greenpeace has indeed changed the world. And we continue to make the world a better place. Our committed activists and supporters have come together to ban commercial whaling, convince the world's leaders to stop nuclear testing, protect Antarctica, and so much more.
Today, Greenpeace has grown from a small group of dedicated activists to an international organization with offices in more than 30 countries. But their spirit and mission remain the same. Their fight to save the planet has grown more serious – the threat of global warming, destruction of ancient forests, deterioration of our oceans, and the threat of a nuclear disaster loom large. Greenpeace is actively working to address these and other threats.
Greenpeace Fund, Inc. is registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) charitable entity and promotes Greenpeace's mission through public education and grants to other environmental organizations. Contributions to Greenpeace Fund are tax-deductible.
Greenpeace does not solicit contributions from government or corporations, nor will they endorse political candidates. Their 250,000 members in the United States and 2.8 million members worldwide provide virtually all of their funding through individual donations. Please consider making one today.