Izilwane--Voices for Biodiversity

Rating: 4.86 stars   36 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Animals, Children & Youth, Education

Location: PO Box 2160 El Prado NM 87529 USA

Mission: We are a global online community sharing stories to connect humans with the natural world and help other species flourish. We believe that as humans become aware that we are human animals and are part of local and global ecosystems, we will choose to live in ways that value all species and will protect and cherish the ecosystems that support us all.
Results: Izilwane shares your articles, interviews, photos, videos, podcasts that related to enhancing our human relationship to the natural world. We have received positive responses from organizations ranging from the American Anthropological Association to the International Primatological Association. We share content with ecology.com and we also blog for National Geographic.
Target demographics: Teens and adults.
Geographic areas served: Global
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I wanted to volunteer with Izilwane because of their interest in connecting the human animal to biodiversity conservation. People often forget that we influence lives of other species around the globe. Iz provides articles and information about our influence on other animal demise. Izilwane has provided me with experience in writing that I would like to pursue as a career. Everyone is welcoming and helpful. I am glad that I have had the opportunity to work with such interesting people and a great 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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I started interning for Izilwane in November because I was attracted to their vision to change perceptions about The Sixth Great Extinction in order to alter human being's negative impacts on biodiversity. Izilwane makes the connection between humans and the natural environment that needs to be understood in order to change the actions of all people. Izilwane takes an anthropological approach unlike any other nonprofit that I've seen. My experiences interning with Izilwane as an Outreach Assistant have taught me about the hard work that is put into running a successful nonprofit and the importance of organization, communication, and leadership. The Izilwane adventure is an awesome organization that is making strides to bring together the human animal and the global ecosystem.

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?

Quite 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  

Izilwane's approach to the biodiversity global issue is unique. They're idea of teaching young people to become eco reporters is Great! It's through educating our young that lasting change will become a reality. What better way than teaching them a very useable writing skill while at the same time the young peole learn the importance of biodiversity at.

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

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Izilwane reminds me everyday that this earth is a home we share with all creatures. As the species that has carved out the largest claim on the planet we have a responsibility to be good stewards, a job we often dismally fail at and sometimes rise to the challenge. Izilwane brings both to light and informs across continents the work that needs to be done. I have written articles for this non-profit that focuses on the science and politics of our threatened biodiversity, while celebrating the beauty and soul of the natural world.

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

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

When I first heard about Izilwane, I was puzzled by the name. It means "animals" in Zulu, with the richness of a language that ties everything in the biosphere together, the human animal included. The mission of this non-profit organization is to hold the tide of extinction before our eyes. The losses of species, traditional land-based societies, and our precious wild places may seem to be as inexorable as the tug of the moon on our watery planet, but there is hope in this call to attention. Izilwane calls us to notice what is passing before it is too late. It gives hope with the stories of research and activism that touch our deep connection to nature and remind us that in caring, we can work to boom the tide, all of us, together.

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

Everyday the articles posted on their Facebook page, and the ones on their website are filled with information about areas of concern, and positive actions regarding loss of biodiversity around the planet.

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

More outreach to organizations engaged in this work, links and information sharing. Broader community involvement through social networking.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Izilwane is the perfect place to engage with the nexus between people and the environment. It functions as a tremendous public service, illuminating contemporary environmental information in thorough, creative ways. I admire the mission of this nonprofit as well as the countless hours of free hard work that go into making sure it operates. I am proud to be associated with such a progressive, interdisciplinary news source that raises awareness about one of the most crucial issues of our time.

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

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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  

Izilwane is truly a remarkable online magazine. I began volunteering for Izilwane in June of 2010 and I continue to find the work rewarding and educational. Contributing to the content of the magazine and helping with outreach truly makes me feel that I am making a positive impact on the world.

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first encountered Izilwane.org and Perception Inc. in June of 2010 and was immediately touched by the mission of connecting the human animal to the global ecosystem. I immediately wanted to be involved. By helping enhance the global human population's perceptions of the natural world, izilwane and Perception Inc are making a huge impact on the quest to preserve biodiversity. By sharing articles ranging from academic to personal experiences, and by sharing photos, video and interviews there is something for any individual to connect to on Izilwane.

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

Responses to our articles and photo galleries. Comments regarding how the information we have provided has changed peoples perceptions

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

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Rating: 4 stars  

Izilwane is innovative in its mission: teach the human animal how imperative all other animals (and all wildlife, for that matter) are to our ecosystem, well-being and livelihood. Izilwane decrees that humanity is not superior to all other life on earth, but, instead, integral to the planet's welfare. With compelling photo essays, videos and articles that share how people across the planet are impacting change, Izilwane is reshaping how humans think about humanity.

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?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Izilwane offered me the opportunity to get involved and give back to the community in ways that most 18-year-olds can't. I don't know many peers who have had the opportunity to work with volunteers from all over the world, working to spread a positive message and contribute to global discussions. If it weren't for this organization, I would have spent my freshman year doing "normal" things, and not getting involved with a group that's trying to make a difference.

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?

Quite 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  

I first came on board at Izilwane because of their unique perspective on conservation: instead of focusing JUST on the hard science, they attempt also to examine and evaluate humans' connections to the environment and what makes us want to protect it. They use a fascinating, multi-media platform in order to engage the general public and encourage them to participate in their discussions of conservation and our role in conservation actions. Izilwane is made up of passionate, creative individuals who each bring to the organization their unique perspectives on culture and the natural world, and I'm glad to see their reach growing far and wide! What a great group!

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

This small, brand-new online magazine approaches conservation from a completely different standpoint: rather than focusing on the science, per say (though there is plenty of it!), the writers focus on the human experience with conservation and the natural world. Instead of talking about the science of trees, they look at why human beings love trees and the culture surrounding hiking, picnics, climbing trees and other outdoor activities. Instead of talking about how the wolves fit into a great ecosystem, they talk about the cultural connections people have with wolves and the role wolves can play in the culture of tourism. It's a brilliant and new way to look at the roles we, as humans, play in conservation.

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

We get emails from people saying things like "I never thought if it that way before" and "What a unique points of view! Makes more sense than a lot of points of view..." Each person that reads Izilwane's work and begins to see themselves and conservation in a new way, especially those who may have been skeptical before, makes a huge impact.

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

have more writers from different backgrounds. I understand that as an organization completely run by volunteers, sometimes it is difficult to find reliable writers from a variety of backgrounds. It would be good to see a few more scientific or analytical pieces, as well.

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Izilwane rocks. I "liked" them on FB because they have truly interesting articles that i often "share" with my FB friends. Izilwane keeps me educated and up to date about animal/human/environmental issues. I learn things that i wouldn't learn otherwise, and i really appreciate that. Hope they are able to continue to offer such a great service to the public.

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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