Who is Rare?

Rare is  a global leader in accelerating social change for people and nature. For 50 years, across 60 countries, we have supported millions of people and thousands of communities to shift their behaviors and practices to protect our shared planet.

Change is what we do. That’s what makes us Rare.

Our Mission

Rare inspires change so people and nature thrive.

Our Vision

We envision a world in which the cumulative power of individual and community action restores and protects the shared waters, lands, and climate on which life depends. We believe everyone can play a role in ensuring a bountiful future for people and nature. And we believe in the power of community to ignite change and drive action for nature.

Watch this video to learn about our work.

Our Priorities

Rare is committed to ensuring the well-being and prosperity of all life on earth. To achieve this, we focus on tackling climate change, protecting biodiversity, securing food systems, promoting equity in conservation, and driving public funds and private capital toward better environmental outcomes, among other priorities.

Our Programs

Rare’s programs – The Center for Behavior & the Environment, Fish Forever, Lands for Life, and Climate Culture – support the shared goal of driving collective action at the local level to address global challenges.

Our Origin

In 1977, a young student named Paul Butler arrived on the island nation of St. Lucia to find the beautiful St. Lucia parrot was in critical danger. Fewer than 100 remained. Paul knew that to save the parrot, he would need to inspire St. Lucians to be part of the solution. Working with the Forestry Department, Paul led a social marketing campaign to inspire pride in the bird. He visited schools and churches, recorded radio spots, produced bumper stickers and billboards, and he even created a parrot mascot named Jacquot.

The campaign worked. The community embraced the parrot as a national treasure, and its population surged. What made this underdog campaign successful?  Pride. The campaign stirred an emotional connection. A Rare approach was born.

Read the full inspiring story

Rare Careers

We are a team of diverse and driven colleagues, and we are committed to making Rare not only diverse, equitable and inclusive, but anti-racist.

Rare looks for people who are curious about the world, willing to try new things and build their skills to better advance Rare’s mission to inspire change so people and nature thrive.

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Contact Us

Email us at info@rare.org or contact one of our local offices around the world.

  • United States
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Europe
  • Indonesia
  • Central America
  • Mozambique
  • Philippines and the Pacific Islands

Global Headquarters

1310 N. Courthouse Road, Suite 110, Arlington, VA, 22201

Email: info@rare.org

Phone: 703.522.5070


Avenida Governador José Malcher, 153
Nazaré, Belém – PA, Brasil, 66035-065

São Paulo
Rua Doutor Virgílio de Carvalho Pinto, 445
Pinheiros, São Paulo – SP, Brasil, 05415-030

Email: brazil@rare.org


Crr 16 N° 96 – 64
Oficina 410
Bogota D.C. Colombia

Email: colombia@rare.org


Große Hamburger Straße 30,
D-10115 Berlin, Germany

Email: europe@rare.org

Phone: +49 30 4990 8438


Jalan Cikuray No. 4,
Taman Kencana, Babakan, Bogor 16128
West Java – Indonesia

Email: indonesia@rare.org

Phone: +62 251 8325418

Central America

Email: dvasquez@rare.org


41 Business Centre, 12 Beijo da Mulata Road, Sommerschield 2,
Maputo, Mozambique

Email: mozambique-info@rare.org

Philippines and the Pacific Islands

100 Siesta Lane, Apas
6000 Cebu City, Philippines

Email: partnerships.philippines@rare.org

Phone: +63 32 503 1809

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