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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Environment, Forest Conservation, Land Resources Conservation, Protection of Endangered Species, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

Mission: Our mission is to protect and regenerate tropical rainforests by working with the people of the forests to develop sustainable livelihoods that empower and respect both people and nature. Our project model: We partner with forest communities to help them make an income that allows them to protect their forests. We do this by working with communities to develop and market products made out of raw materials found only in the rainforest or by providing services that are unique to rainforest. By developing the market for these products, locally, elsewhere in Latin America, and in the U.S., sales of these goods and services give residents a financial stake in protecting their forests.

Target demographics: We partner and work with indigenous rainforest communities help them make a sustainable income that allows them to protect their forests and their way of life.

Geographic areas served: Communities with tropical rainforests

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

RP’s mission almost looks like the last line of a mathematical proof. What’s the biggest, single environmental problem facing the world today? Climate change. What’s the biggest, single cause of climate change? Deforestation. What’s the biggest, single class of endangered forests? Tropical rainforests. Why are rainforests being cut down? A lot of reasons, but mostly because the people who live in the forests need the cash and have no other means to get it. So what’s the single best way to avoid deforestation? Help the people who live there develop another source of income that relies on the forest itself: sustainably harvested products and services. Make the trees more valuable standing than they would be if cut down.

And, just like Euclid’s geometry or Newton’s mechanics, it actually works. Rainforest Partnership’s free market model has protected 200,000 acres of South American rainforest and preserved 31 million trees. It has also provided a steady, sustainable livelihood to nearly 15,000 people, many of whom can afford health care and schools for their kids for the first time in their lives.

What’s the best, single investment you can make to improve the earth’s environment? Donate to Rainforest Partnership, where your donation will help solve the biggest part of our world’s biggest problem, in the smartest possible way.

Cole F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Joined the organization Feb 2016, been with since. It's a committed and vibrant tight knit group of wonderfully dedicated people that do amazing work and have accomplished some great things. They work with almost any person and their skill set to help them grow individually but to really impact their outreach. Most of us volunteers have very different backgrounds but RP has this amazing way of making you feel like you're a part of something special and you get to see your direct impact of what you do and the time you put into it. What honestly sealed the deal when trying to find an organization in Austin to volunteer for in my spare time was their so transparently honest commitment to their indisputably positive impact. RP has allowed me to explore a new avenue of interests and is helping me build experience in business consulting of which I had no previous experience, but they were willing to sit down and listen to all the ideas I had for them and took me in with an open an open mind and heart. Every single time I get together with people in this organization once or twice a week it just completely gives me a rush of inspiration which has carried over into the other parts of my life.

TL:DR Great people. Great work. Amazing impact on the lives of everyone it touches.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Rainforest Partnership (RP) since it began in December 2007. What I have loved most about the way RP works is that it truly partners with communities who want to save their rainforests. Meeting directly with people living in the forests and listening to what they want is a key part of developing the partnerships that result in sustainable economic projects that will survive and flourish long after RP moves on to work with other communities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Currently, it is estimated that 90% of the world’s population is breathing bad air. Rainforests generate 20% of the world’s oxygen. Rainforest Partnership, an Austin based nonprofit, is endeavoring to preserve the rainforests by working with Latin American rainforest communities to help them develop sustainable means of earning an income that don’t involve destroying the rainforest. I have been volunteering with RP from its beginning because I believe that low overhead grassroots efforts like this are a way to help insure that one day we will all have clean air to breath.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a stellar organization! I have worked with the Rainforest Partnership in a couple different capacities over the last 2 years and they have been among the very best to work with! The people at Rainforest Partnership put so much heart into what they do. Being a small organization, it is truly amazing to see what good can be accomplished with a few dedicated people and limited resources. They throw a wonderful Celebration Event each year too! I hope to see them thrive because they are one of the good ones.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a supporter and follower of RP since it's inception more than 7 years ago. What a phenomenal organization! Starting from literally nothing, the Rainforest Partnership ED fleshed out her revolutionary idea for empowering rainforest communities to preserve their critical environment, culture and values; performed a tremendous amount of on-the-ground research to understand the community challenges and determine how best to achieve success; organized a strategic leadership team with a mission; assembled a growing team of volunteers and supporters; identified the key issues and networked at global forums; and made it happen. The process includes many creative avenues for supporting, engaging, and communicating so that all kinds of gifts and talents and interests can contribute to the mission. RP is living proof that big things CAN happen from the ground up.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Had the pleasure of working with this organization some a few years ago. They bring an innovative approach to a pressing problem facing our society.

The idea of working alongside communities within the forests seems like an obvious one after RP explains it, but it's a unique approach that brings amazing results.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rainforest Partnership is a powerfully driven group of passionate conservationists that see the importance of saving tropical rainforests on both fronts- they work locally with people in rainforest communities to develop programs that encourage the people that live in and around these areas to protect the biodiversity and act as protectors of the forests. This model of working from the ground locally, outward is essential- but they also have an incredible presence on the international scale with creative initiatives that allow them to interact with people and communities that are interested in helping on a global level. They have educational initiatives to educate children and adults on matters of climate change and the importance of the ecological preservation of tropical rainforests and I see them continuing to make progress in the fight to save them. Not only does their work promote a healthy balance of our earth's ecosystems, but it does so by giving people opportunities that benefit the sustainability of one of our planet's most precious resources.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with Rainforest Partnership was a wonderful experience. I discovered the organization while I was out of work a few years ago and was excited to find them in my community. I support their mission to work with rainforest communities to give a hand up and not a hand out enabling development of alternative means of sustainable income other than cutting down the rainforest. Volunteers ranged from all ages of students to retired persons with all matter of skills, so I was happy they were able to use my administrative skills. No matter how busy we were, there was always time to gather around the table and share a meal. I was so amazed and thrilled when with their help, the Sani Isla, Ecuador women and community were able to stand together against government and big oil companies to prevent prospecting and drilling on their land. One by one, we can make a difference.

Eileen43

Donor

Rating: 5

Rainforest Partnership gives me muscle. With every cent (and every minute) I donate to this incredible organization, I know that the people of the rainforests will be able to save their cherished world. You see, I am just one person. I can't reach across the world and empower indigenous people to take back the land that has been their home since time began. I can't make sure the governments of countries that envelope our rainforests know of the sensible ways to keep them safe from destruction. But I can donate to the Rainforest Partnership and accomplish these herculean tasks. It's amazing that my small donations enable me to be part of something so very strong.