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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: the mission of the Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) is to save the orangutans of Indonesia through conservation education, outreach initiatives and innovative collaborative programs that inspire and call people to action.

Results: Funds raised and administered have provided: * 112 scholarships to Indonesian students over the past 11 years; * 8 fellowships to Indonesian and international students over the past 10 years; * programs to thousands of grade school students in N. Sumatra and Jakarta; * formal and informal education programs to villagers in 16 communities near Gunung Leuser National Park; * Orangutan Caring Week activities in Indonesia and venues around the world (since 2005) * support for the Sumatran Orangutan Education Conference, Workshop and Summit (2006) that crafted curricula specific to reduce the killing of orangutans; * support to the Orang Utan Republik Education Initiative Indonesia and Orangutan Caring Clubs to build institutional capacity to further the mission of the foundation (since 2006).

Target demographics: low-income college bound students in North Sumatra, Aceh and West Kalimantan, Indonesia; grade school through high school students in N. Sumatra and Jakarta, Indonesia; people at all levels of Indonesian society that threaten the survival of orangutans.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 18 college students with scholarships; and hundreds of villagers in N. Sumatra.

Geographic areas served: Indonesia

Programs: * Orangutan Caring Scholarship program, a collaboration with the Orangutan Information Center in Sumatra & Yayasan Palung in Borneo that provides 4-year scholarships to needy students in Biology, Forestry and Veterinary Science; * LP Jenkins Memorial Fellowship, provides funds to graduate students conducting field research on orangutans and rain forest; * Mobile Education & Conservation Unit, a program with the Orangutan Caring Club of N. Sumatra provides education and training to villagers living near orangutans to reduce the human-wildlife conflict and improve their quality of life; * Orangutan Caring Week, a collaboration with orangutan groups, zoos and others to call attention to the plight of the species each November;

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

Never has there been a group of people so dedicated and committed to such an important cause. Their passion for the Orang Utan community is not only immeasurable but also addicting. The incredible research that has been done by these folks on the habitats and preservation of these fantastic creatures would amaze anyone! After hearing several hands-on experts speak along with their extremely informative video presentations, I knew right away that as long as this Foundation is around and supported , that Orang Utans would have the best chance to be protected and nurtured. What a wonderful, professional, well organized, educated and essential cause to protect such beautiful creatures!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Orang Utan Republik Foundation (ORIF) is a small, but effective non-profit organization. Since 2006, ORIF has supported over 100 scholarships and fellowships for Indonesian students pursuing degrees in biology, conservation, and other orangutan-related fields. ORIF's founder Gary Shapiro is well-respected for his long-term involvement in and dedication to orangutan conservation. In addition to leading his own organization, Gary has been an active member and strong supporter of my organization's mission to empower educators and protect primates. I give ORIF and Gary my strongest recommendation.

1 Amy_225

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

OURF have done amazing work in the fields of Orang-utan Conservation, Forest Management and education. Their great work needs to continue. Once we loose this incredible habitat and its creatures, they are gone forever!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

OURF is doing great work, especially through their scholarship program, which I am most familiar with. They have facilitated over 100 college scholarships now, for students in Borneo and Sumatra, which means that there will soon be 100 more educated and motivated young people leading the charge for orangutan conservation. Through this program, as well as their other activities, OURF is making an invaluable contribution to orangutan conservation in Indonesia.

1 gl-b

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Orangutan Republik Foundation is the only non-profit in this field that devotes enormous attention to education. Rather than working solely on protection of orang-utans and their habitat, the Foundation addresses the root of the issue by working to educate local Indonesian people about the importance of the rainforest and its value to their communities. Importantly, the Foundation also supports early-career scientists — in the past eight years, it has funded 61 scholarships for Indonesian students to complete their education and fulfil conservation- and research-oriented projects. Personally, I was a recipient of the L P Jenkins Memorial Fellowship, which is offered to foreign students: the award enabled me to complete my doctorate in orang-utan biology in the face of extreme financial hardship. Building capacity in Indonesia — especially through the support of education and training — is the single most important factor in protecting and preserving orang-utan habitat. I am in awe of the work of Dr Gary Shapiro to further this cause in Indonesia — often at enormous personal cost — and support the Orangutan Republik Foundation without reservation. I will always be grateful for its support of my studies.

Luisa F V.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Google Dr Shapiro. I can not describe his passion and dedication in a simple blurb. His life's work speaks for itself.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

OURF is a dedicated to conservation of orangutans and their commitment to creating necessary conditions to help orangutan in Indonesia is excellent. We are pleased to become OURF partner in providing scholarships for younger generation in Indonesia, a way to engage local youths to become stewards of orangutans and their forest homes!

Dan_9

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Education is a vital component of conservation and is desperately needed in Sumatra.