Ecologic Development Fund

Rating: 4.8 stars   25 reviews

Issues: Environment, International, Philanthropy, Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: 25 Mount Auburn St Suite 203 Cambridge MA 02138 USA

Mission: EcoLogic empowers rural and indigenous peoples to restore and protect tropical ecosystems in Central America and Mexico.
Geographic areas served: Mexico and Central America
Programs: Rural communities lead in the creation of a sustainable world for both people and nature. We believe that the preservation of biological diversity, ecosystems, and natural places is critically important to the survival of us all—people, plants, and animals alike. In addition to the intrinsic value of nature and wildlife, biological diversity and healthy ecosystems provide humankind with many of the things that sustain our lives, including clean air and water, fertile soil, a stable climate, food, medicines, materials and technologies, and a diversity of genes and species—not to mention recreational opportunities and natural beauty.
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 25-1704582
617-441-6300
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Rating: 4 stars  

I had been looking for awhile for a place to volunteer and since I have always been interested in the environment and saving trees and forests. When I heard about Ecologic through a friend of my families it peaked my interest. I have been volunteering here 1 day a week since August. It has been a lot of fun to listen to the everyone here talk about what they do with a smile. It is also fun learning from people who know what they are talking about and are always willing to answer questions.

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?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a college student studying environmental issues and sustainability through the lenses of biology and politics. EcoLogic puts what I study into action and creates positive, meaningful change. EcoLogic is unique in its ability to address issues sustainably in every sense of the word, especially in giving local people the tools and knowledge to make a difference in their communities long after a project is over. One of the best things about EcoLogic is the people--this is a small organization with tons of passion. Every member of the team gives 100% and believes in the organization's mission and goals. EcoLogic is building long-lasting connections and does an incredible job of connecting people to opportunities and to each other.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

EcoLogic is an incredible nonprofit organization that works to educate and strengthen sustainable and fair labor and societal practices in Central America. As an intern last fall, I worked with the Institutional Development Team and got a hands on look at the inner workings of such an agency. Not only does the staff enjoy their work, but they strive to surpass their goals each day and are some of the most driven, hardworking people I've ever met. EcoLogic is unique in its mission and the people that carry that mission out everyday. I am honored to have worked with such an organization.

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

EcoLogic is an amazing nonprofit with a wonderful mission. As an intern, I have truly enjoyed my time working with EcoLogic staff. It is incredibly gratifying to work with an organization that is such a positive force for development and conservation in Central America. As a student studying sustainable development in Latin America, it is really inspiring to be a part of a group that is implementing conservation and development concepts that I have learned about in the classroom. The staff of EcoLogic are an inspired, enthusiastic and driven group of people and I have already learned so much from them in my short time working here!

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  

EcoLogic is an incredible organization which is working to empower marginalized communities in Central America and Mexico. Since beginning to volunteer here in September I have been extremely impressed with their holistic approach to conservation, as well as their respect for community sovereignty which enables them to work with, not in place of, local communities in Central America and Mexico. The people who work at EcoLogic are driven, thoughtful, and compassionate. This is truly a wonderful organization, both in terms of what they do, and who they are.

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  

8 people found this review helpful

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!

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?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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.

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?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

My experience at EcoLogic has been great. I have seen how EcoLogic has helped poor rural communities in Central America and Mexico become environmental stewards and how this has also contributed to improve many of these people's living conditions. I have personally been part of this effort and have been surrounded by an awesome group of people who are eager to help conserve forests and water, while helping the people who depend on these resources organize and improve the ways they manage the latter. I have also met several of the donors, incredible people without which all this work might not have been possible. I was very happy to be part of this team effort to make the world a better place.

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

motivating donors to contribute to the organization, not only through their donations but also through their intellectual inputs. Many of the board members are active contributors to EcoLogic's work.

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

increase the number of staff members since EcoLogic has many projects and a limited number of people working on many things at the time.

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

I have enjoyed helping communicate EcoLogic's message and have understood how important it is to help people who have the desire to improve their living conditions while taking care of the environment, yet have no resources to do it with.

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

very passionate people, many trained in the natural sciences, public policy or international development. All of them were very interested in Latin America.

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

dramatically increase the impact of their work, helping many more poor people in Central America and Mexico who depend on EcoLogic's aid to improve their livelihoods while preserving the natural resources that their lives depend upon.

Ways to make it better...

I had learnt more about fundraising. Fundraising is one of the most important tasks of the Cambridge office. I worked in the communications area and learnt a lot, yet I felt I needed to understand fundraising, as it is EcoLogic's backbone.

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

growing in a way in which they remain loyal to their mission. There are a lot of opportunities for non-profits in Central America and Mexico. EcoLogic might be tempted to enter too many projects instead of focusing in what they are good on.

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

EcoLogic understands the difficulties people in rural areas in Central America and Mexico experience in their daily lives and moreover, understands how crucial it is to help them conserve natural resources many of which are over exploited.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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