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Orang Utan Republik Foundation Inc

Rating: 4.88 stars   60 reviews 4,118

Address:

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

Mission:

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.

Results:

Funds raised and administered have provided: * 112 scholarships to Indonesian students over the past 11 years; * 8 fellowships to Indonesian and international students over the past 10 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:

18 college students with scholarships; and hundreds of villagers in N. Sumatra.

Geographic areas served:

Indonesia

Programs:

* 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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(310) 401-6602
http://www.orangutanrepublik.org/

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

1 person found this review helpful

Never has there been a group of people so dedicated and committed to such an important cause. Their passion for the Orang Utan community is not only immeasurable but also addicting. The incredible research that has been done by these folks on the habitats and preservation of these fantastic creatures would amaze anyone! After hearing several hands-on experts speak along with their extremely informative video presentations, I knew right away that as long as this Foundation is around and supported , that Orang Utans would have the best chance to be protected and nurtured. What a wonderful, professional, well organized, educated and essential cause to protect such beautiful creatures!!

 
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Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) is a great organisation that I have been supporting and working along side for years and now have the privileged to work within - OURF is protecting the environment through education and inspiring the next generation of protectors of the environment.

 
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I contacted OURF founder Dr. Gary Shapiro a year ago when I was writing and illustrating a children's picture book about orangutan. We wanted it to be scientifically accurate, even though aimed at young kids. Gary offered to fact-check the book and was very helpful with both the text and the pictures. His professionalism and knowledge are very extensive. Since then I've been following OURF on social media, and I see that his passion, and that of his staff, is extensive too. The work they do makes a real difference in the orangutan world.

 
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This organization is top notch. They tirelessly work to save orangutans and educate and inspire the young people of Indinesia to take an active role in orangutan conservation and protection. I have supported this group since 2006 and will continue to recommend them to anyone who wants to help make a difference in an increasingly tough battle to save orangutans.

 
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This is a great organization that is helping orangutans by educating the Indonesian people and most importantly young people on how criticallly endangered orangutans are and what can be done to help them fight off extinction. Gary is the most passionate person i know when it comes to orangutans. Since the 70's he has tirelessly worked on their behalf and now heads up Orangutan Republik. I am honored to be able to help in what little ways i can by donating sculptures and raising money through them to help them out. I truly want to see this organization flourish and keep doing what they do best... SAVING ORANGUTANS

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

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How likely are you to donate to this group again?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Without OURF there might not be any of these majestic animals left in the wild in our lifetime! Education and awareness are the key elements needed to protect orangutans. OURF is doing a great job of BOTH.

 
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After my first visit to Borneo and seeing wild and rehabilitated orangutans both, I wanted to know more about how to help save these amazing animals. After researching numerous organizations that claim to help orangutans, I chose the ORANG UTAN REPUBLIK FOUNDATION because they are going after the ROOT of the problem which is the education of the very people that can save them. While on a layover at LAX Dr. Shapiro even drove to the airport to meet with me to discuss the organization and how to best help out.

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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This group is The best of the best, truly dedicated to conservation of the beloved orangutan, and all those who live in Indonesia, human and nonhuman alike.

 
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Wonderful group! Their work is vital to save primates!

 
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OURF works with heart and passion educating and inspiring. More can be done with greater resources.

 
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Orang Utan Republik Foundation (ORIF) is a small, but effective non-profit organization. Since 2006, ORIF has supported over 100 scholarships and fellowships for Indonesian students pursuing degrees in biology, conservation, and other orangutan-related fields. ORIF's founder Gary Shapiro is well-respected for his long-term involvement in and dedication to orangutan conservation. In addition to leading his own organization, Gary has been an active member and strong supporter of my organization's mission to empower educators and protect primates. I give ORIF and Gary my strongest recommendation.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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I met Dr. Shapiro long time ago in Los Angeles while he was helping the Orang Utan Foundation. I became his wife's friend and later become a friend of the family. I know how much he loves Orang Utans and tries so hard to do good things for them so they will have a good life like us which are part of earth population. Aren't we supposed to share the good life with God's other creatures? I am glad to know that he finally has found his own foundation, so he will have more control. By educating people to love Orang Utans, to preserve their habitat, and to save our planet . I believe in him, so I am happy to support him. Dr. Shapiro is the right person to do it.

 
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