EcoLogic Development Fund

Rating: 4.8 stars   25 reviews

Issues: Environment, International, Philanthropy, Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: 25 Mount Auburn St Suite 203 Cambridge MA 02138 USA

Mission: EcoLogic empowers rural and indigenous peoples to restore and protect tropical ecosystems in Central America and Mexico.
Geographic areas served: Mexico and Central America
Programs: Rural communities lead in the creation of a sustainable world for both people and nature. We believe that the preservation of biological diversity, ecosystems, and natural places is critically important to the survival of us all—people, plants, and animals alike. In addition to the intrinsic value of nature and wildlife, biological diversity and healthy ecosystems provide humankind with many of the things that sustain our lives, including clean air and water, fertile soil, a stable climate, food, medicines, materials and technologies, and a diversity of genes and species—not to mention recreational opportunities and natural beauty.

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Rating: 2 stars  

While the group makes good things happen for deserving people and places, they proceed with a high level of inefficiency and much less cost effective than many of their peers in $/impact. Overhead rate is chroncially high, dollars translating into concrete change on the ground has become a diminishing portion of total expenses with US staff related expenses likely absorbing half of total expenditures.

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

Retain field staff with the values and skills to sustain respsect of local partners and beneficiaries. Reduce US admin expenses as % of total. End high cost initiatives with little concrete or strategic benefit like CarbonPlus. Improve decision-making and leadership by assuring US staff and board members better represent the people and places served by the organization.

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

Okay

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

A little

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

At CoreSpace, giving back to the community is a big part of our culture here, we stand behind the work that Ecologic is doing and we are constantly impressed by their continuous achievements. The staff that I have met is dedicated, hard-working and inspirational individuals who care deeply in EcoLogic's mission to preserve the environment and the much important culture.

Ecologic does an excellent job proving its progress based on quantifiable achievements while showing tangible accomplishments throughout the year and we can't wait to see what they will do next! Keep up the great work and thanks for the important reminder of how cultures and nature are all tied together and dependent on each other for success. We will happily be a long term donor to Ecologic.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

EcoLogic Development Fund serves as a model for small to medium sized nonprofits around the world. The organization focuses on empowering local communities and local leadership, and is successful because of the passionate and talented staff both in Cambridge and Central America. EcoLogic is one of the most well run and impactful nonprofits I have had the opportunity to engage with, and I highly recommend their cause, people, and current and potential impact!

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

My time as an intern at EcoLogic was wonderful. I greatly appreciated working and learning from staff who are so passionate about community based rural conservation and development. EcoLogic is a one of a kind organization who believes in on the ground environmental projects at the community level specifically with Indigenous peoples. EcoLogic is one of the only NGOs in the northeast doing this kind of work and it was an honor to work with them. The skills and things that I learned there were invaluable. My work with Dave Kramer allowed me to help the organization branch out through the introduction of new networks based on my background in conservation and rural development. If you don't know about know about the organization yet please learn and get involved.

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

I would love to see the organization branch into South America, especially Colombia.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

EcoLogic is a great organization with wonderful staff and an exceptional commitment to working with local communities to protect and sustain the environment.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

I had been looking for awhile for a place to volunteer and since I have always been interested in the environment and saving trees and forests. When I heard about Ecologic through a friend of my families it peaked my interest. I have been volunteering here 1 day a week since August. It has been a lot of fun to listen to the everyone here talk about what they do with a smile. It is also fun learning from people who know what they are talking about and are always willing to answer questions.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a college student studying environmental issues and sustainability through the lenses of biology and politics. EcoLogic puts what I study into action and creates positive, meaningful change. EcoLogic is unique in its ability to address issues sustainably in every sense of the word, especially in giving local people the tools and knowledge to make a difference in their communities long after a project is over. One of the best things about EcoLogic is the people--this is a small organization with tons of passion. Every member of the team gives 100% and believes in the organization's mission and goals. EcoLogic is building long-lasting connections and does an incredible job of connecting people to opportunities and to each other.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

EcoLogic is an incredible nonprofit organization that works to educate and strengthen sustainable and fair labor and societal practices in Central America. As an intern last fall, I worked with the Institutional Development Team and got a hands on look at the inner workings of such an agency. Not only does the staff enjoy their work, but they strive to surpass their goals each day and are some of the most driven, hardworking people I've ever met. EcoLogic is unique in its mission and the people that carry that mission out everyday. I am honored to have worked with such an organization.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

EcoLogic Development Fund is a non-profit committed to implementing effective and comprehensive conservation and development programs in Central America and Mexico. As a donor, I feel confident that EcoLogic directs my donations to the greatest need to produce the most efficient results. Their focused, pointed approach to development gives me confidence that they are working intimately with rural communities and basing their projects on community desires and needs. This aspect is what is most important to me when I consider organizations to donate to.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

EcoLogic is an amazing nonprofit with a wonderful mission. As an intern, I have truly enjoyed my time working with EcoLogic staff. It is incredibly gratifying to work with an organization that is such a positive force for development and conservation in Central America. As a student studying sustainable development in Latin America, it is really inspiring to be a part of a group that is implementing conservation and development concepts that I have learned about in the classroom. The staff of EcoLogic are an inspired, enthusiastic and driven group of people and I have already learned so much from them in my short time working here!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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