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May 1, 2009

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May 1, 2009

International Rivers is an amazing force for protecting and revitalizing the world's rivers and the cultures and and traditions that flow with them. They have done so much around the globe to link water and human rights that they should be recognized for this important work every day of the year. Without water there is no life. With sustainable rivers and strong cultural traditions we all thrive!

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

the lives of people threatened by large hydro electric dams

Ways to make it better...

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

Continue the great work they are already doing

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

they link the fate of ecosystems to the future of humankind

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

extremely knowledgeable, professional, and committed

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

change the way we all think about rivers, water, and the possibilities for a transformed and thriving global community

Ways to make it better...

I had known about this organization ten years earlier

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

a well-funded hydroelectric power industry and a world hell bent on developing in ways that required more energy every day

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

I'd like to see other environmental and human rights groups do what International Rivers has done as far as making the links between ecosystems and human rights

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 29, 2009

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April 29, 2009

International Rivers works through smart engagement in international processes, solid research, and respectful support for regional partners. The staff are exceedingly bright and capable, and they are deeply committed to IR's mission.

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

the increased public awareness of the damaging aspects of hydropower dams.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

the wit and charm that accompanies great environmental activism.

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

competent, thoughtful and energetic, with a great sense of teamwork.

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

make the world's rivers run clearer and deeper.

Ways to make it better...

IR didn't have to worry about the financial crisis and could get on with its substantive work.

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

the tremendous scale of the task compared to the resources available to accomplish it.

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

the climate change crisis increases the value of water running in streams and rivers at the same time it increases demand for hydropower. IR is an important advocate to see that destructive dams aren't built in the name of renewable energy.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 29, 2009

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April 29, 2009

I've followed International Rivers since 1996 and (full disclosure here) served on its board until 2007. I previously worked for five years on the staff of a major foundation and have served on the boards of five other nonprofit organizations. I can say without hesitation that International Rivers is one of the most professional, forward-thinking, courageous, efficient and exciting organizations I've ever had the privilege to know. They have done a better job of combining grassroots, bottom-up activism with effective global policy influence than any other environmental group I know. I recommend in the highest terms to any donor.

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

the prevention of destructive river development, the training and empowerment of local communities, and significant influence on the policies of governments and international funding organizations.

Ways to make it better...

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

find the money to increase salaries and benefits of the staff, who are significantly underpaid for what they do.

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

the professionalism, dedication, openness and cohesion of the staff.

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

knowledgeable about all aspects of the environmental struggle surrounding river preservation, courageous in taking the truth to powerful organizations, and highly sensitive to the feelings and needs of local communities.

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

prevent the destruction of at least 20% of what remains of the world's most significant watersheds.

Ways to make it better...

much less time and energy were required to raise the funds needed to get the work done.

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

going up against industries that are hugely well-funded; and raising awareness of the public at large about the critical role played by watersheds in preservation of both climate and environmental complexity.

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

a donor gets absolutely maximum leverage out of every dollar given to IR.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 29, 2009

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April 29, 2009

With the world population constantly increasing, the demand for fresh wateris at the point that the aquifers are being depleted faster than they can be recharged. It is therefore imperative that the whole world work together to keep our rivers clean and as un-polluted as possible to provide a constant fresh water source. International Rivers is getting the word out to people all over the world and their efforts to date have been commendable. Grant Campbell South Florida Audubon Society Director of Wildlife Policy Conservation and Environment Chair

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

Public awareness of the plight of our impending water shortage.

Ways to make it better...

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

Try to expand the group through the institution of local chapters. The more voices that are singing the more chance the tune will be heard and remembered

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

The flow of communication.

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

I have not met with any staff members, but from the emails I have received, they seem knowledgeable, committed and resourceful

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

Expand the organization through local chapters and develop educational programs that will provide our school children with the incentive to help protect our resources.

Ways to make it better...

There is a local chapter

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

The nay-sayers that try to convince the world that there is no such thing as global warming or impending water shortages.

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

The advocacy should be extended to cover the pollution of our streams, lakes and oceans. The public needs to be aware of the consequences of allowing our water sourced to become contaminated.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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