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October 24, 2013

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October 24, 2013

We (Small Planet Institute) share office space with Ecologic's Cambridge, MA office. We interact with their staff daily and also collaborate on projects whenever our work overlaps in theme. Our director, who is an author and leader in the food movement, touts EcoLogic, both in print and in person, for empowering communities to become stewards of their land.

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

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 23, 2013

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October 23, 2013

EcoLogic is an organization I know better than any other environment/development group I support. They have hosted my students as interns, and some members of their staff have participated as invited speakers in my courses here at Brandeis. I have attended their fund raisers and sought out their staff for advice on my own project ideas in Nicaragua. One of my former students is full time there, and her experience there, now keeping in touch with me as a true insider, has only strengthened my impressions: EcoLogic has strong leadership, the morale and skill set of the staff make for an effective and enthusiastic team, and the culture of the organization is such that they are consistent in approach to the projects they choose to take on.

I studied ecology for decades in Costa Rica and lived there for over 2 years, and I often now travel to Nicaragua, so I am somewhat familiar with the kinds of environments and challenges and communities that EcoLogic has chosen to focus on. Their approach of working with in-country groups on projects that link social benefits to local environmental services (water, carbon, forests, biodiversity, among others) is not just a good approach among several options, it is the only way we know truly works over the long term.

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

Significantly increase their donor pool. They are constantly striving to do exactly that. May they succeed.

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

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 22, 2013

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October 22, 2013

A fantastic organization that truly understands the holistic nature of sustainable development in rural areas of Central America.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

May 4, 2010

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May 4, 2010

As someone who has lived and traveled in Central America, especially Guatemala, over the past 30 years, I think EcoLogic does terrific work. Their philosophy of finding local partners to collaborate with makes all the difference. Working where there is an intersection of valuable biologically diverse environments AND a local, often indigenous population, EcoLogic concerns itself with not only conserving precious natural resources, but making local people's lives better and more sustainable in the process.

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

being part of a larger movement that values both local people and precious natural environments and is working hard to sustain both of them.

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

do wonders!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 30, 2010

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April 30, 2010

As the global environment continues to deteriorate, one questions with increasing urgency: What can we who live in relative affluence do to help slow and even reverse the devastation in the many remote environmentally sensitive and high priority biodiversity areas of the planet? What can we do that will have an immediate and lasting impact both on those threatened environments in the less well-off parts of the world and on the people living there? Is there any question? It’s EcoLogic Development Fund that answers that challenge!

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

I have visited EcoLogic's project sites and partners in Guatemala and Honduras and these are indeed very impressive.

Ways to make it better...

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

put increased emphasis on telling Ecologic's stories and on finding higher level and more sustainable sources of funding.

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

The absolute best is to see with one's own eyes the work and hear the stories of Ecologic's partners in successfully combatting the loss of their forests and critical water sources. The shared work of Ecologic and its local partners is heart-warming

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

Dedicated, fabulous! Couldn't ask for better.

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

become a significant player in the area of payment for ecosystem services (for local community benefit)and play a larger role in modeling community level carbon sequestration as it has in the Pico Bonito area of Honduras.

Ways to make it better...

My experience would be better if we all generally understood the local and global consequences of living unsustainably here in the rich global north and how we might all participate in reducing the pressure on natural resources in the less developed world

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

communication of the message that EcoLogic's leveraging of local grass-roots partnerships can make a huge difference in environmental stewardship of the planet's biodiversity and threatend habitats.

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

Reversing the course of critically valuable biodiversity destruction on the earth is most significantly done in areas where poor and marginallized people live and have knowledge of their natural heritage; and OURS.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 29, 2010

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April 29, 2010

I am a retired librarian with a great interest in environmental sustainability. I hold this organization in very high regard because I know Shaun Paul, the founder and head, spends a lot of his time implementing EcoLogic's mission, serving local communities and really knowing the people who benefit from the sustainability work they do. This is a small organization with high integrity and great local effectiveness.

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

reading their fine brochures, talking with the Director Shaun Paul and knowing about the extensive field work which he personally does during his trips to Guatamala.

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

that I have had the opportunity to meet some of the local organizers during fund raisers, and hear their stories and know exactly which villagers are experiencing a better quality of life because of EcoLogic's work.

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

very fine dedicated people with high integrity.

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

make enormous progress in the environmetal arena and increase staff support for this very important work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 29, 2010

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April 29, 2010

EcoLogic is an impressive nonprofit that truly walks the talk in realizing its mission, making every dollar count. EcoLogic understands the complexity of environmental issues like no other nonprofit that I've worked with--and their attention to detail is excellent. It has been a pleasure working with EcoLogic during the past 4-5 years and I look forward to our continued collaboration.

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

the depth of their understanding of the communities they serve.

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

highly professional.

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

change the face of Mexico and Central America on an even larger scale.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 28, 2010

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April 28, 2010

I have been pleased to share the work of Ecologic with members of my Philadelphia community and raise money for several projects in Guatemala in particular. Because of the collaborative way in which Ecologic works to support local culture and local leadership while improving economic life in threatened habitats, over the years I have seen amazing successes in rural communities in Central America. Success in protecting waterways and forests while supporting economic sustainability. We know when we give our hard earned money to Ecologic they will deliver the respect, knowledge and support needed to make these cross cultural partnerships productive from the perspective of both the indiginous communities and the donars. I believe they have evolved a way of working cross culturally that is truly commendable! With deep respect I encourage eveyone to find out more about the serious and challenging work Ecologic is doing. They live up to their mission statement!

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

Seeing it grow from one project to many over a decade providing a range of supports based on the articulated needs of rural communities in Central Am and Mexico to combat abject poverty while protecting their threatened forests and waterways

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

Open, hard working,dedicated People who believe that indigenous communities can lead the way in partnerships that can combat abject poverty while protecting threatened habitats and believe that Ecologic can serve as enablers so they can achieve their goal

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

Provide more support to indigenous communities seeking Ecologic's support to protect their habitats and develop economic sustainability; strengthen its network of community partners in Central American and Mexico

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 28, 2010

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April 28, 2010

I have really enjoyed my time spent at EcoLogic. Through the work I've done, I feel like I have helped to make a difference. The team at EcoLogic is very passionate about their projects and work well collectively to reach their common goal. I've especially observed this during their regular team meeting and workshops. I also admire EcoLogic's efforts to stay current with environmental issues through their lunch discussions drawn my weekly chosen environmental articles. I really not seen anything that would raise criticisms of the organization. They seem to be making real progress and their system seems very efficient.

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

writing up project summaries. Because EcoLogic works in Latin America, it is difficult for me to physically see the villages that have been benefitted but through reading annual reports, i have seen the results that have been achieved.

Ways to make it better...

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

have more staff. There seems to be so much work for so few people.

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

I've really enjoyed the opportunity to learn so much about the communities in Latin America in which they work. It is so interesting to learn about specific individuals who have benefitted from EcoLogic's work and how it has changed their communities.

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

so passionate about their work! It really seems like everyone here really wants to be here and make a difference. The staff works well collectively in finding ways to achieve their goals and improve their tactics.

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

Help so many people improve their living conditions and conserve so many resources. The system that they have seems to achieve these joint goals and is maintained sustainably by the communities that they help.

Ways to make it better...

I could have worked more with other facets of the organization. I only worked with the communication sector and it would have been nice to see what everyone else does.

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

Funding seems to be a big challenge and communication with the communities with which they work

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

I think it is great that they have local field staff because it seems like communities are more motivated by change when it is implemented by their own people rather than imposed by foreign organizations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 28, 2010

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April 28, 2010

My experience with EcoLogic has been nothing but positive. While interning with them, I learned more in depth about their holistic conservation model which targets not only a specific community problem, but instead works with community members to identify any and all existing environmental and human rights issues. It is not often that you come across an organization which puts the necessary time, energy, and resources into helping a community address multiple issues at the same time, valuing localized problem-solving, personal interaction with community members, and following through with a project allowing time to create a comprehensive solution. I greatly appreciated the existence of this organization and being able to play a part in their work. Thus this spring my college's Forest Justice club, of which I am the president and founder, held a large benefit event and raised over $1,000 which we chose to donate to EcoLogic's Agrforestry Project in Guatemala. During the event one of EcoLogic's staff members was able to speak about the organization as well as the project. After the event I spoke with many people present who particularly stated how impressed they were with EcoLogic's presentation and how much they appreciated being able to connect directly with the organization they were donating to.

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

create successful locally-developed solutions for hundreds of communities all over the world

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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