Rainforest Partnership

Rating: 4.94 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Animals, Environment, Water

Location: PO Box 49268 Austin TX 78765 USA

Mission: Rainforest Partnership (RP) is an Austin, TX -based nonprofit working on preserving rainforests. We do this by working with Latin American rainforest communities in supporting sustainable means of earning an income that makes it more valuable for our partner communities to keep their forests standing. To develop a global network of partners to protect the Earth’s rainforests by:  * Identifying threats to forest integrity in partnership with local stakeholders; * Working with local communities, businesses, government, and nonprofit agencies to create sustainable economic development alternatives to deforestation, ensuring the integrity of the forest and all its resources for generations to come; * Raising awareness in our communities of the issues relevant to protecting the forest and the need for action to connect activities in each partner community to global impacts on climate change; * Acting as a catalyst - linking people to people - to achieve a sustainable future. And to do so in a way that respects all, protecting human rights and preserving indigenous integrity.
Geographic areas served: Rainforest around the world

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Rating: 5 stars  

I came across the Rainforest Partnership at an event in February and immediately fell in love with the way they conduct their projects on the ground. The blend international development with rainforest conservation in a beautiful, harmonious way that has led to great success on the ground. The office culture is one rich in community and team-work and I thoroughly enjoy each volunteer and staff member I work with. I have learned more about international development, environmental conservation, and nonprofit operations while working here in the past six months than I have in the past four years of college. I would recommend this organization to anyone seeking to volunteer, donate, or get involved in a worthy story.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering with RP for almost a year now. From the time I started I was welcomed, encouraged and engaged in RP's mission. I do web development and tech for Rainforest Partnership. The team is comprised of great, intelligent individuals who are all passionate about the cause and helpful to each other. I have always felt that my work is directly helping the team and the cause. The leadership is excellent and has created a culture of teamwork, efficiency, and continues to be as welcoming and wonderful as the day I started.

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I LOVE volunteering for Rainforest Partnership.
I remember as a kid being so concerned about the rain forest. I once sent a series of pencil drawings to President Clinton, asking for him to help protect it. It is nice that I get to continue playing a roll in raising awareness of what we can do on a local level to protect this valuable resource. Rainforest Partnership is made up of very kind, very hardworking employees and volunteers. The events that I've worked have been fun for me and effective for the participants. I would recommend this volunteer opportunity to everyone.

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

The events I've worked.

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

Add more employees!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering with Rainforest Partnership for close to two years in various roles from event coordinating, sponsor recruitment, donor relationships, general office remodeling, web content/layout development and more. The reason I have stayed with RP for so long and will continue to pledge my commitment is the integrity of their mission and fiscal responsibility beyond any other NPO I have volunteered with. I am confident that the money raised from RP is going directly towards tangibly assisting rainforest communities in need (and want) of positive change. The focus on the relationships that have been established with these sister communities is critical to their (and therefore 'our') successes in limiting deforestation.

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

watching the entries from their films for the forest campaigns, and watching the video documentary made on the communities they assist.

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

create more opportunities for volunteers to bond with various community events throughout the year

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  

As a Project Coordinating Intern for the Rainforest Partnership, I have learned how a successful nonprofit operates. Each employee and volunteer work thoroughly and effectively together to produce tangible products that benefit not only the nonprofit, but the greater Austin community, and Rainforest communities in Peru and Ecuador. I am impressed with how organized the managers and other interns are at distributing tasks and articulating objectives and clear goals. Specifically, I am working on the Films for the Forest Festival and am learning how to market successfully via social media, already established relationships with sponsors and other "green" organizations, and from those volunteers who already put on the first annual festival last year. I am honored to be a part of such a well-established and do-gooder organization!

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

Successful team meetings where we abide by the agenda's objectives for that day and month.

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

Having more volunteers to assist with this project would help accelerate achieving the Film Fest objectives but so far the Rainforest Partnership is impressive in how successful it is in handling logistics.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a senior at the University of Texas at Austin and last year I studied abroad in Ecuador. As part of my program I had to complete an independent study project during the last month of the semester. For my project, I decided to venture to the Amazon and spend four weeks following spider monkeys. While I was in the Jungle (and falling in love with it) I received an email from my school advisor saying that the Rainforest Partnership was looking for interns. It was a sign! While I was sad to leave the monkeys, anacondas and mysterious night noises behind, I was excited to be able to keep my connection with the Amazon in my own home town. The Rainforest Partnership is an incredible organization with a beautiful desire to save the rainforest. We all know how important the rainforest is, but RP is one of the few organizations in this world willing to actually take on the very difficult challenge of actually doing something about it. In the end, RP is successful because it is run by passionate, intelligent and inspired people who understand what is truly important in this world.

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

This is my first experience in the non-profit sector and it has quickly become clear to me how difficult it can be to get by. The Rainforest Partnership is only what it is today because of all the generous people in this world who are willing to devote their time and money to something they really care about. I feel so inspired working with people who are not at RP to get rich fast, but to do their part to help the world in which we all live.

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

I wouldn't!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been interning at Rainforest Partnership for the past five months and my experience has been a true pleasure. Rainforest Partnership's mission is incredible and, backed by the great people, will create the needed environmental change. As an intern, I have learned so much about the non profit sector and have been inspired by the people involved. I wholeheartedly believe in their mission and look forward to the progression and growth that Rainforest Partnership will make as they continue to expand.

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

They've created huge change in their Latin American projects, both through their rainforest conservation and socially.

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

At this point in time, there is no change that I would recommend.

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8 people found this review helpful

I must say as of this date I am impressed with what they have accomplished. In the trying economic time that we are in, the ability to fund and complete the projects they have is quite impressive. They are a youthful organization, not in just in age of personal, but in history of accomplishment. They have performed quite admirably. I would recommend that they, if they do not now, create communication and links with other such related organizations. Should they find similar, which I believe they will, then a collaborative effort could be established. In doing so, they may open the funding opportunities and also expand the attendant Global influence. This would seem to be an opening of the avenue of Foundation support. Sustainability through cooperation is the lasting element of the desire. I wish them success and will continue to support.

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

Donations.

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

See if they were coordinating with other such groups.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The desire to raise the standards of living while creating an environment to accomplish that objective.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Filled with the correct purpose and mindset.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Fulfill a part of the ultimate purpose for which it was established

Ways to make it better...

Nothing more that I stated. It is a difficult time to raise money.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

A tough emvorpnment to raise money.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I could not add amything more as what they are doing at this time.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

My experience with RP has been nothing less than rewarding. The mission is clear and truly embodied by all involved with the organization. Niyanta and Maurine are extremely committed and are an inspiration to the amazing volunteers that help to keep the organization moving. It is refreshing to have a logical resolution to the issues involving the rainforest that takes into consideration both, the indigenous people involved and the international economic environment-all from a local office.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

committed, enthusiastic, intelligent and eager to change the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I have been involved in event coordination for multiple NPO's over 12 years. I enjoy working with Rainforest Partnership because of their mission and the people involved. RP is truly making a difference for our world in a very personal and connected, compassionate, way by linking rainforest communities with resources to protect the forests' (and climate) from total deforestation.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning more about deforestation and climate control.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, generous and compassionate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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