Earth University Foundation

Rating: 5 stars   8 reviews

Issues: Education, Food, International

Location: Five Piedmont Center Suite 215 3525 Piedmont Road Ne Atlanta GA 30305 USA

Mission:

EARTH University Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to support scholarships and programs for EARTH University in Costa Rica.  EARTH is an international, private, non-profit university located in Costa Rica, dedicated to education in the agricultural sciences. EARTH strives to prepare leaders with ethical values to contribute to the sustainable development of the world and to construct a prosperous and just society. EARTH’s actions are aimed at building a future in which all countries and their communities achieve social, economic and environmental well-being.


Programs: As part of EARTH University's rigorous curriculum and concentration on ethical values, the following three programs were developed:The Community Development Program (CDP) trains students to become leaders in their local communities, working as professionals with strong ethical and social values. The Program, which consists of two modules: community work and family experience-creates space for interaction, research, and educational processes between local farmers, students, and professors. The Program promotes students' social consciousness, encouraging them to remain involved and continue to work for holistic social development after leaving the university. The Entrepreneurial Projects Program systematically develops in each student an entrepreneurial mentality as well as the business skills required by agricultural professionals in the twenty-first century. The goals of this Program are to: Train students to become entrepreneurs, capable of integrating the economic, social, and environmental aspects of a business; Promote the creation of economically profitable, ecologically viable, and socially acceptable food production enterprises, and to develop value added businesses in the agricultural food system; and develop students? leadership skills.The Center for Entrepreneurial Formation (CFE), was created as the point of entry for graduates seeking financing through the Graduate Business Initiatives Program. The potential clients of this loan program, who must be EARTH University graduates, submit a fully developed business plan to the CFE for review. The CFE evaluates the proposals, provides feedback, prepares detailed profiles of all applicants, and makes a recommendation to approve or decline all proposals. Successful proposals, in addition to being financially sound, will embody EARTH's mission to promote sustainable development. Other programs include student recruitment, research, and internships.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have the honor of working with two of Earth University's alumni for the past four years. I admire their deep connection to their alma mater's beliefs and mission. They have inspired children at our school to become greener citizens by sponsoring The Green Team, a group of students that stay after school to go room by room to collect and dispose of paper for our city to recycle. These alumni celebrated last year's Earth Day by finding tree donors and having all of the schools in our learning commmunity plant trees. If you ask these two global citizens where their drive comes from to make all of us global thinkers as well they will inevitably trace their passion back to Earth University.

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The ex-alumni I have the priviledge of working with every day that are dedicated teachers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them promote their organization so students from all over the world had the opportunity to choose it as their higher education home.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the pleasure and honor to host three EARTH student Interns in my Cooperative Extension office here in the US. I have been impressed with the outstanding quality of the students - their skills & character.

I have also found EARTH to be an excellent organization to work with in the internship program.

My community and my Extension program gained immensely from our experiences with these students.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing the high quality of their students.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide them with all the resources they need to continue to focus on students instead of seeking funding.

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EARTH does exactly what it says it does - It is 'down to earth' and trains the most responsive students available to be more than they ever imagined they could be in caring for the earth and their communities. Planting trees is what we do for our grandchildren. Teaching future leaders is what EARTH does for them too.
Ivor Freeman

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visit to campus to see the actual activities

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand the proportion of girls they take in.

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My undergraduate studies at EARTH University provided me with a strong scholastic background as well as the understanding of changing conditions and challenges in the development of sustainable production systems. These systems require taking into consideration not only technical and economic decisions, but also the repercussions on the environment and society that each decision will have. EARTH University Foundation supports not only an agricultural engineering school but an institution that promotes a solid education based on principles and ethical values that a pluralistic society needs. The powerful experiences from EARTH made us, graduates, conscious about our sociological and ecological responsibilities in our communities. Thank you for supporting EARTH Foundation.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

EARTH PLANTS THE FUTURE 2010

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add a graduate program.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

Supports a one of a kind institution.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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I am an alumna of EARTH University, from Ecuador. I am currently a PhD student in Public Policy, Entrepreneurship, and Sustainable Development. The education I received at EARTH was the most valuable tool for the applied research I conduct today. Development projects in the developing world need expertise and experience from their own people. Please help these young leaders change the world!

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I was a full scholarship recipient 2001-2004. My education at EARTH, made possible by EARTH University Foundation fundraising, is the best that could have happened to me! I am now giving back to my community with applied research on sustainable development.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

call for more people to support EARTH University endeavors!

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I am an alumna of EARTH University, from Ecuador. I am currently a PhD student in Public Policy, Entrepreneurship, and Sustainable Development. The education I received at EARTH was the most valuable tool for the applied research I conduct today. Development projects in the developing world need expertise and experience from their own people. Please help these young leaders change the world!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I was a full scholarship recipient 2001-2004. My education at EARTH, made possible by EARTH University Foundation fundraising, is the best that could have happened to me! I am now giving back to my community with applied research on sustainable development.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

call for more people to support EARTH University endeavors!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The most amazing vision for a sustainable world! Leadership and education of rural scholars, addressing food security, rural economy, energy....truly a structure that could serve and be replicated all over the planet.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the graduates as they emerge into the agricultural sector as leaders, educators.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

work there myself....

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Ever since I first heard a presentation about Earth University, I've been in love with it's philosophy, educational approach and impact on those it reaches. Earth faculty (not just "recruiters) recruit students from small towns and villages, young community leaders that may not have ever gone far from home but have leadership potential.

During the first week of school they ensure that all students are able to share their expertise creating an environment of equity and respect that crosses economic and ethnic lines.

The curriculum includes a focus on sustainable agriculture, community service and entreprenurism. All students participate in a project that creates a product or service related to sustainable agriculture that earns money. The balancing of sustainable economic development and stewardship of the earth is what we need for future generations to have a viable place on this earth our common home.

Jane

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hearing students speak at presentations in the Bay Area, learning about projects that cumulatively have substantive impact on sustainable rainforest agriculture, and meeting with staff and faculty over the years.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it easier for donors and interested citizens to visit Earth in Costa Rica.

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