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Orang Utan Republik Foundation Inc

Rating: 4.85 stars   48 reviews 3,716

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2461 Santa Monica Blvd. #828 Santa Monica CA 90404 USA


the mission of the Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) is to save the orangutans of Indonesia through conservation education, outreach initiatives and innovative collaborative programs that inspire and call people to action.


Funds raised and administered have provided: * 94 scholarships to Indonesian students over the past 10 years; * 8 fellowships to Indonesian and international students over the past 9 years; * programs to thousands of grade school students in N. Sumatra and Jakarta; * formal and informal education programs to villagers in 16 communities near Gunung Leuser National Park; * Orangutan Caring Week activities in Indonesia and venues around the world (since 2005) * support for the Sumatran Orangutan Education Conference, Workshop and Summit (2006) that crafted curricula specific to reduce the killing of orangutans; * support to the Orang Utan Republik Education Initiative Indonesia and Orangutan Caring Clubs to build institutional capacity to further the mission of the foundation (since 2006).

Target demographics:

low-income college bound students in North Sumatra, Aceh and West Kalimantan, Indonesia; grade school through high school students in N. Sumatra and Jakarta, Indonesia; people at all levels of Indonesian society that threaten the survival of orangutans.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

16 college students with scholarships;

Geographic areas served:



* Orangutan Caring Scholarship program, a collaboration with the Orangutan Information Center in Sumatra & Yayasan Palung in Borneo that provides 4-year scholarships to needy students in Biology, Forestry and Veterinary Science; * LP Jenkins Memorial Fellowship, provides funds to graduate students conducting field research on orangutans and rain forest; * Mobile Education & Conservation Unit, a program with the Orangutan Caring Club of N. Sumatra provides education and training to villagers living near orangutans to reduce the human-wildlife conflict and improve their quality of life; * Orangutan Caring Week, a collaboration with orangutan groups, zoos and others to call attention to the plight of the species each November;

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

I've been involved with numerous charitable organizations over the years and strongly believe that OURF is one of the most effective. Although OURF also works on the political level to address human encroachment in orangutan habitats, most of their effort is boots-on-the-ground - developing education and training programs to help the local populations to live and work in a manner that doesn't negatively impact the orangutans. Importantly, a significant proportion of the funds OURF raises goes towards scholarships to train local educators in order to both expand the capacity and sustainability of their programs.

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The Orang Utan Republik Foundation is a stellar nonprofit my wife and I gladly volunteer for. It generates awareness for rampant deforestation in Indonesia and similar locales throughout the world for the sole purpose of sating the palm oil industry. The habitat of orangutans and other fauna and flora is summarily destroyed--and thousands of acres are burned off by fire daily. There exists today far better and cheaper alternatives to palm oil that do NOT involve the destruction of rainforests and jungles. Ecosystems throughout the world are permanently decimated and the damage to our ecological system and its balances are severely compromised. The work of the Orang Utan Foundation works vigorously to combat this threat to our natural environment. It is why I wholeheartedly support and work for this foundation.

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Philip Anthony-Rodriguez

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Seeing first hand what OURF stands for and the people/advocates behind it, I personally felt a connection like no other. They educate and train local people about orangutans and help improve their livelihood without sacrificing their wilderness areas. OURF's commitment to educate and assist with the deforestation problem while aiding the livelihood of orangutans, is not only touching but has made me a strong supporter as well. Their passion, commitment and unrelenting volunteer work is a true example of what every organization (non-profit or not) should strive to be! Gary Shapiro is a genuine and caring leader and advocate -- thank you Gary for introducing me to your wonderful organization.

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It has been such a honor to have had to opportunity to work and learn from Gary Shapiro. He has had lifetime of experience with Orangutans and has been a ground breaker in Orangutan studies in the wild. To this day he dedicates himself to the plight of the critically endangered Orangutan and the other creatures of the forests in Indonesia. Gary also has done amazing work with the Indonesian people and works to provide them with many educational opportunities .

--- Ronna Phelps

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I have been involved with Orang Utan Republik Foundation for a few years, both as a volunteer and then as a recipient of a grant to help me with my scientific research project. In that time, I have been continually impressed by the work OURF has been doing to protect orangutan populations in Indonesia. Their focus on education and providing grants for Indonesian university students to conduct stucies in to biology is unique, and has given over 100 students the opportunity to learn more about environmental issues and inspire the next generation of conservationists. I cannot recommend this charity enough.

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Orang Utan Replublik Foundation knows and cares about orang utan like no others. Gary, founder of this organization has lived with orang utan in the wilderness for many years. his passion and commitment to Orang Utan is without doubt sincere.

So many efforts has been made by this organization. Some the activities that has been done are:
1. giving scholarships and fellowships
2. reduce conflict between human and wild-life, which is a big problem in Indonesia since people are not educated enough
3. give local training about orang utan so that they know more about them. When they know more they will start to care.

Overall a very outstanding organization despite its size. A commitment from the heart of founder is what makes this organization an impactful one.

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I am very thankful to have met Gary and to get to know his foundation Orang Utan Republik. His work to protect the rain forest and its endangered species is outstanding, full of commitment and inspiring. The mission of his charity really will plant the seed to a better educated society with high morals and ethics, instead of a society which is only led by greed and money as it s sadly the current situation. I have myself volunteered in March 2015 to organise a fundraiser for Orang Utan Republic in Bali, Indonesia. We had a fantastic response from wellkown brands who donated vouchers for our prize raffle. As I strongly believe in the work of Orang Utan Republic I will volunteer for future events and help with social media to spread the awareness.

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OURF is doing great work, especially through their scholarship program, which I am most familiar with. They have facilitated over 100 college scholarships now, for students in Borneo and Sumatra, which means that there will soon be 100 more educated and motivated young people leading the charge for orangutan conservation. Through this program, as well as their other activities, OURF is making an invaluable contribution to orangutan conservation in Indonesia.

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I have worked personally with Gary Shapiro and the Orang Utan Republic over the last 3 years. I have witnessed his commitment to the orangutans first hand. Gary goes to Borneo and speaks with tribal people there about poaching and sustainable palm oil practices in order to save the species. I am honored to know of a non-profit where all the proceeds actually go to the intended beneficiary. I wish there were more like him.

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Rating: 5 stars  

OURF provides ongoing education re saving these animals. they give scholarships, do eco-tours to involve the public. they have fundraisers. they are making a HUGE difference in the public education area, and sharing their love of these gentle, intelligent animals,,,

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