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Rainforest Trust

Rating: 5 stars   13 reviews 1,098

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7078 Airlie Road Warrenton VA 20187 USA

Mission:

Rainforest Trust (formerly World Land Trust-US) protects threatened tropical forests and endangered wildlife by partnering with local and community organizations in and around the areas that are being threatened. After we purchase acres of endangered land, we empower local people to help protect it by offering them education, training and employment. Through these highly effective partnerships, we can ensure sustainable results necessary for the long-term protection of tropical ecosystems and the wildlife they hold.

Results:

To date, we have secured more than 11 million acres throughout the tropics. Thanks to generous support from friends like you, 2015 was Rainforest Trust’s most successful year to date as our work expanded throughout Latin America, Asia and Africa to save 3.7 million acres with great achievements in Peru, Madagascar, Sumatra and Borneo! In Peru, we established the 3.3-million-acre Sierra del Divisor National Park, securing the final link in a 67-million-acre Andes-Amazon Conservation Corridor. In Borneo, we permanently protected 168,032 acres of crucial rainforest habitat for Orangutans and Pygmy Elephants while in Sumatra, we purchased 110,011 acres by securing two logging concessions. And in Madagascar, we created eight new nature reserves that safeguard 95,000 acres for critically endangered lemurs and amphibians.

Geographic areas served:

Throughout the tropics

Programs:

Rainforest Trust protects threatened tropical forests and endangered wildlife by partnering with local and community organizations in and around the areas that are being threatened. Since 1988, Rainforest Trust has purchased and protected more than 11.5 million acres. Through highly effective partnerships, Rainforest Trust can ensure sustainable results necessary for the long-term protection of tropical ecosystems and the wildlife they hold.

 

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is without doubt the best environmental organization I have supported. Not only do they buy rainforest so it perseved now, but they also work with partners in those countries to sustain this change.

 
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This wildlife / rainforest preservation organization is extremely trustworthy and efficient, and you can keep track of where you money donations go! 100% of your money goes to protecting forests (which protects endangered animals) and you can read lots of information about the place you are helping to protect with your donation. This is honestly the only nonprofit organization that I fully trust and respect, as I've learned sketchy things about some other "non-profits" who keep most of their donor money for themselves and promote awful things like "killing for conservation". THIS organization, however, is truly amazing and respectable and doesn't get nearly enough attention. Their website is beautifully set up, too! Just lovely!

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I like the fact that almost 95% of donations to Rainforest Trust (formerly World Land Trust US) goes directly to buy and permanently protect threatened rainforest eco-systems. The land/locations are selected based on high bio-diversity value. If only they could get more donors to fund these projects, many endangered species could be rescued.

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2013

 
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This non-profit preserves critically endangered rainforests that protect many endangered species by purchasing land to prevent development, including buffers and land that would strategically block further development of critical land beyond the purchased land. I have donated numerous times to a number of projects and I feel that my money is being used wisely.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This charity works to buy land to save critical rainforest and dry savannah areas. These projects not only save critical land but may also block access to additional critical habitat for endangered species. Degraded areas are also restored with donated funds. I have always found the customer service to be excellent.

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1 person found this review helpful

I have not donated directly, but donate regularly through buying art from the Trust's supporter, Mystic Dreamer Art. I understand that the organization is run well and efficiently and am happy to buy art, knowing that there is also a benefit to the environment. I work in the clean energy industry and so the environmental impact of my actions is important to me.

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A lot

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2013

 
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I am retired and my retirement service project is to create art and sell it, and then give 100% of the income (not just profits) to save the rainforest. I searched long and hard to find an organization with the proper heart, dedication, and success rate that felt right to me. These people are amazing and highly passionate about their important work, and I feel proud and honored to support them. Thus far my project has saved 1224 acres of rainforest -- a small contribution but one I feel good about. I couldn't have done it without World Land Trust - US as my guiding light! I have recommended many people to them both as donors and as additional collaborators like myself. I donate several times a year.

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

No, I wouldn't. They totally have their act together! The only change I'd make is to have more people support them.

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I donate monthly to World Land Trust - US. After much research on where to donate I have complete faith in this charity, and know that my money is will be used well. This organization does incredible work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

World Land Trust - US is one of the best non profit organizations dedicated to protecting the vanishing Rainforests, Cloud Forests and Dry Savannahs of South America. They do this by partnering with reliable local organizations and helping them purchase and establish forest and wildlife sanctuaries in areas that have very high bio-diversity or areas that are inhabited by critically endangered species. One example is the protection of dry savannahs of Bolivia for the protection of critically endangered blue throat macaw and maned wolf. I have been extremely happy as a donor to WLT US during the past 4 years where more than 95% of donation goes directly to the projects for establishing the sanctuaries and staffing them. I hope WLT US will get the recognition it well deserves.

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WORLD LAND TRUST-US, under the direction of Dr. Paul Salaman, is an incredible organization for its size. The partnerships that it has developed all throughout the new world - from Mexico to the tip of Tierra Del Fuego - have been hugely successful. It is a powerful organization that raises and spends donor funds successfully and transparently, with shockingly low overhead costs. The organization has, on its board, men and women who are incredibly knowledgeable about conservation, international cooperation, and strategic planning. They, along with the Trusts' staff, have launched projects that are making a real difference in how conservation is done. WLT-US is an organization that is worth supporting, letting friends about, and should be a model for any non-profit here or abroad.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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2012

 
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World Land Trust-US is one of _the_ most effective organizations doing the crucial work of saving contiguous habitats and ecosysytems for the entire chain of life that is sustained by them. I first learned about the WLT-US through the WLT-UK, about 10 years ago, when I made a donation "to the World Trust Action Fund to purchase, protect and manage ONE ACRE of threatened elephant habitat " in memory of a friend's mother. The donation was "earmarked for the Wild Lands Elephant Corridor project in the Garo Hills District between the Seiju and Rewak national parks in northern India. The WLT is working here with local partner organisation, the Wildlife Trust of India." The work of the WLT-US focuses on this kind of absolutely essential and critical habitat protection, which also joins with indigenous peoples to protect their homes and lives from the rampant destruction being done to our deeply wounded Earth by senseless "development" and corporate greed. The work of the WLT is dedicated to healing and saving what 4 billion years of evolution on this planet has developed, and to restore balance and health to our only home that sustains us all in an intricate and inseparable web of life, in which we are but a part.

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