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November 26, 2012

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November 26, 2012

The Rainforest Action Network is on my top ten list as one of the best charities I support because it works in creative and hard-hitting ways to get corporations, often large global corporations, like Disney, Chevron, and Bank of America to clean up their acts with regard to both direct and indirect environmental destruction. And this isn't green washing -- this is true change in concert with people on the ground in the countries being affected.

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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

April 29, 2009

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April 29, 2009

I have several friends who are members with RAN, and I've always loved their actions. I participated in street protests which we cordoned off citigroup ATMS with witty yellow tape saying "Warning: Global warming zone" and we had screen sized stickers giving you fake options! They also sent us stickers to put on candy warning about the deforestation chocolate corporations are causing. The protests this organization comes up with are always fun and interesting, and at the same time giving a nobody like me the chance to fight back! I also helped table for RAN during powershift, and their volunteers know their stuff, and I helped them close down the capitol hill power plants! This organization is the realization of several generations unhappy with environmentally-apathetic businessmen, and they know how to fight back!

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

governmental action against mountaintop coal removal, and citigroup "reconsidering" their funding of mountaintop coal removal.

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

learning about their several campaigns they are organizing simultaneously.

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

enthusiastic, positive, and very fun to hang out with! They are probably the most interesting people I've ever met.

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

save the world.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 30, 2009

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April 29, 2009

RAN is truly stand out in the field of environmental organizing. In a world in which multinational corporations are not beholden to the jurisdiction of a single nation-state or responsive to minuscule... more

April 30, 2009

Rainforest Action Network is awesome! They take on the corporate powers in the only way that matters to them: hitting their bottom line. Organizing the public to combat corporate polluters is the only way to make effective change, and RAN does this.

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

the cessation of the destruction of old-growth forests by timber companies.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 29, 2009

RAN is truly stand out in the field of environmental organizing. In a world in which multinational corporations are not beholden to the jurisdiction of a single nation-state or responsive to minuscule fines imposed by the world's governments, RAN looks beyond traditional lobbying to address the root of the problem. Working in concert with (not on behalf of) affected communities, RAN pulls activists from human rights, ecosystem preservation, and climate justice into unstoppable coalitions that use creative rhetorical tactics, non-violent civil disobedience and traditional campaign strategies to make real change in the world. This fresh perspective is the reason the Rainforest Action Network has triumphed over notoriously destructive corporations like Home Depot, Citigroup, and Boise Cascade for over 20 years and with our help can continue to fight and win battles with far reaching effects for years to come.

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

the constant energy and creativity that goes into every campaign. New and exciting activities draw in support and catch corporate leaders off guard.

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

dedicated to coalition building. Too often environmental groups fight amongst themselves about specific solutions without realizing that campaigns need multiple constituencies and multiple tactics to truly represent the social movement we are as well as achieve broad successes.

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

support indigenous communities in their fight to keep corporate and government interests off their traditional and crucial land, of which they are proven stewards.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 28, 2009

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April 28, 2009

I worked on the Boise campaign a couple of years back when being an environmentalist was not hip and issues were rarely in mainstream news like it is today. I experienced the epic battle RAN had to go through in order to get through to large multinational corporations who were systematically and regularly destroying our environment. These corporations did not want to change and very often saw RAN as the enemy and used all the power they had (which was quite a lot - billions of $$) to discredit and crush RAN. But, that was not so easy when you have a highly organized and passionate organization whose aim is to do good. RAN uses creative and intelligent solutions for a win-win outcome. In the end, one wonders why all the resistance in the first place?

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

stopping the degradation of old growth forests.

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

add happy hour to the list of things to do at the end of the day.

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

meeting the dedicated and interesting people who work tirelessly for the benefit of EVERYONE.

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

creative and intelligent.

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

save the world sooner than expected.

Ways to make it better...

the computers were upgraded.

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

time and money.

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

I would have liked to meet the founders and other RAN organizers who are the backbone of this organization. That would have been very inspiring.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2002

April 28, 2009

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April 28, 2009

RAN is a fantastic organization. interned with them last Summer with the Rainforest Agribusiness Campaign. The staff there did everything they could to make me feel welcome, treated me with respect, and helped me to help them with their campaign against destructive agribusiness corporations ADM, Bunge, and Cargill. I helped organize a direct action organizing event where 2000 people all across the US and Canada went to their local supermarkets and placed stickers marked "product may contain rainforest destruction" on products containing palm oil. It was an amazing experience and I highly recommend RAN.

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

many ways. RAN uses hard-hitting campaigns, targets corporations directly and effectively, and gets results

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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 friendly, caring in individuals who work there, and the fact that RAN doesn't back down

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

amazing, down-to-earth people completely dedicated to saving the planet

Ways to make it better...

I had been there longer and had more time to make a difference

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

well-funded adversaries, and overworked staff

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 28, 2009

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April 28, 2009

RAN helped me organize a very effective protest. The organizers sent me free materials to use, they emailed me to check if I needed help, they helped me get media contacts, they helped me with tips on what to write in my petition, they helped me recruit people. It was a very positive experience for me and I could not have done it without the organizer's help.

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

Bank of America promising not to fund dirty coal energy production

Ways to make it better...

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

have the best job in the world

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

all the help I received from people who were working very far away from me.

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

open, helpful, kind, respectful, knowledgeable, awesome.

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

save the world.

Ways to make it better...

I had put more time into the organization process. I was really busy with school and other obligations, and I really regretted not spending more time recruiting people to the event, but I was still very pleased with the day!

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

polluters, skeptics, big oil, big coal, and a population that is largely uneducated

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

I really appreciate all the informational educational material on RAN's website. I have learned a lot about the environment, and ways to help save it on their website!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

April 28, 2009

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April 28, 2009

i found helpng the rainforest such a rewarding thing to do not only are you helping the enviroment but also global warming and that is two things that are very important if we do not start doing something about it now i hate to think what the outcome would be we need to have rainforests with out them the world wouldn't be the same and aslo we have to think of the surival of the wildlife who live in the rainforests such has all different types of birds i love walking through the rainforests i did that once one i was in cairns and it was breathtaking so beautiful and the serenity was just so unreal the noises of the birds just made it so terrific it is hard to put it into words you have to experience yourself but once you do iam sure you will agree it also makes me sick to the stomach when i hear that we are chopping more trees done everyday .i have been a volunteer for plant a tree done now for 3 years and he enjoyment you get out of it is so great knowing you are healpind the enviroment is such a great thing to do .this organisation does such a great job on making sure the rainforests aren't harmed .thankyou

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

what they do and how they do it they are very compassionate in what they do

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

is how compassionate they are baout saving the rainforests and what they are doing to save them

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

very kind , helpful and great

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

do a lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 28, 2009

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April 28, 2009

RAN is the most wonderful activist organization I have ever volunteered with! They are extremely effective, and they use unconventional/creative approaches to raising awareness on important issues. This innovation and bold creativity is undoubtedly a major attribute driving their effectiveness as an environmental organization. I look forward to working with RAN in the future, and I really hope I can convince others to get involved with this successful, brilliant organization as well!!

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

the creativity and innovation with which they organize their campaigns and projects.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 21, 2009

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April 21, 2009

RAN is at the cutting edge of environmental activism. Working with their staff organizers has been an awesome experience, and I encourage people to start their own RAN Chapter in their town/city/or university. RAN is amazingly supportive of grassroots efforts while really supporting the group's autonomy.

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

creating awesome protests and major wins in getting corporations to clean up their act.

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

RAN could do even more of its awesome work with more money, so please donate!

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

Receiving all kinds of support in starting up a chapter in Chicago. They even come and give us activist trainings.

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

Always willing to help out, really committed to the cause, super friendly and enthusiastic.

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

Build bigger and stronger campaigns to fight for clean energy to to save our old growth and rain forests.

Ways to make it better...

Do nothing differently.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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