You won’t see this on Wall Street folks.
Times are tough for U.S. non-profit organizations, so tough that some employees at one are donating their own money to help stave off layoffs and keep their projects going.
Employees at the National Audubon Society, an environmental group dedicated to habitat conservation, have pledged about $800,000 through voluntary payroll deductions in an internal donation drive to help see it through the recession. You can see my report here.
Conservation groups are often staffed by people who are passionate about their cause and many are facing tough times as the recession bites.
Audubon president John Flicker told me that for many U.S.-based conservation groups, the recession could not come at a worse time as the season is ripe politically for their agenda.
The Democratic-controlled Congress and President Barack Obama are regarded by most conservationists as more friendly to their cause on a range of fronts than former president George W. Bush, who worked with Republican majorities for most of his eight years in office.