Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation Inc.

Rating: 4.97 stars   29 reviews

Issues: Technology, Education, Environment

Location: 1202 Williamson St. Madison WI 53703 USA

Mission: Tropical habitats contain 50% of the world’s biodiversity, yet are threatened by accelerating rates of deforestation.  Most of the remaining unprotected lands are privately held, and new means are needed to conserve these forests.  Ceiba works to protect habitat and the biodiversity found there through a combination of land purchase and legal conservation agreements, public education about the value of wild nature, and encouragement of new means for landowners to sustainably earn a living while safeguarding habitat on their property.
Geographic areas served: Ecuador, South America
Programs: - Forest Partners program - Lalo Loor Dry Forest reserve - El Pahuma Orchid reserve - Tropical Ecosystems: Andes to Amazon summer field course - Tropical Conservation Semester: Galapagos, Andes and Amazon study abroad program
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 31-1565636
68-230-5550
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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

My experience with Ceiba was life changing. I've always wanted to join the Peace Corps, but was always undecided about where to go and want I would do. But, after my time with Ceiba, I would really love to go back to South America and work on forest conservation and education. The program teaches students about the ecology and biodiversity of Eucador, while also explaining the challenges that face conservation. I think the work that Ceiba does is so important. They work directly with local people to give them more sustainable and economical options for their land. For example, they provide training and support for people in eco-tourism and reserve management. I also loved my experience at the Tiputini research station in the Amazon rain forest. We saw an anaconda and so many wonderful birds and monkeys. I really miss seeing monkeys everyday. That was great. If anyone wants to donate time or money to a nonprofit organization, I would recommend Ceiba. Your efforts would definitely get to the areas and people who need it most.

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

really sincere and genuine people. Joe and Catherine really care about what they are doing. All of the staff of Ceiba were really knowledgeable and friendly. When I was in the program, I could ask Joe anything and he was happy to answer my questions.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

CFTC gave me a life-changing opportunity to see the Amazonian Rain Forest first-hand. The experience was wonderfully educational; I learned techniques for studying the environment; assessing water quality; identifying flora and fauna (including different types of monkeys); how to catch bats; how to catch a panther on camera, and much, much more. The food we ate was wonderful and memorable, especially the homemade yogurt; I learned what to be afraid of (urticating vines) and what not to be afraid of (venomous snakes - we didn't see any)...The trip up to the paramo was beautiful (if a little chilly. The orchid preserve was exotic and beautiful. The river dolphins were particularly special. I whole-heartedly recommend the CFTC to anyone who would like to learn the facts surrounding envionmental issues in the rainforest. Catherine and Joe know their stuff, and they make great hosts.

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

considering tropical conservation as a career choice. My experiences would qualify me for a position in conservation.

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

expand its operations to Brasil

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

the variety of habitats that we visited

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

The very kindest

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

change the way Americans relate to food, paper, cars, and water

Ways to make it better...

...we'd actually caught some bats...somehow, they evaded our nets

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

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

..the food was very good, and the hosts were most generous. Catherine and Joe speak good Spanish

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005-7-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I was impressed with the Ceiba philosophy of giving local landowners an economic interest in preserving their land. It is a sustainable

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

land preservation projects in Ecuador.

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

excellent communicators and well-educated in thei respective fields.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-3-01

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