Rainforest Partnership

Rating: 4.96 stars   24 reviews


800 W 34th St. Suite #105 Austin TX 78705 USA


Our mission is to protect and regenerate tropical rainforests by working with the people of the forests to develop sustainable livelihoods that empower and respect both people and nature. Our project model: We partner with forest communities to help them make an income that allows them to protect their forests. We do this by working with communities to develop and market products made out of raw materials found only in the rainforest or by providing services that are unique to rainforest. By developing the market for these products, locally, elsewhere in Latin America, and in the U.S., sales of these goods and services give residents a financial stake in protecting their forests.

Target demographics:

We partner and work with indigenous rainforest communities help them make a sustainable income that allows them to protect their forests and their way of life.

Geographic areas served:

Communities with tropical rainforests

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with Rainforest Partnership (RP) since it began in December 2007. What I have loved most about the way RP works is that it truly partners with communities who want to save their rainforests. Meeting directly with people living in the forests and listening to what they want is a key part of developing the partnerships that result in sustainable economic projects that will survive and flourish long after RP moves on to work with other communities.

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Rating: 4 stars  

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My name is Jordan Erdos and I am a co-founder and board member of Rainforest Partnership. When we decided to start up a new, international environmental non-profit in 2007, we knew we wanted to do things differently from the very respectable groups that are already out there. In the short time we have been around, we have already made great progress on a project in Chipaota, Peru, and have received a tremendous amount of support via in-kind contributions and pro-bono work from similar-minded citizens. Please visit our web site at http://www.rainforestpartnership.org and check us out on Facebook. It is through participation, not just contributions, that we can really work together to raise awareness about the role forests play in regulating the global climate.

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

my visit to Chipaota, the Quechua community in Peru with which we have been working. The people of Chipaota are very excited about the piassaba management plan we have been working with them to complete and they have hope for more financial stability.

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

It is too early in this organization's existence to consider the necessary changes.

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

working to build an organization that truly incorporates a bottom-up approach to project development, in collaboration with the communities with which we work.

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

The most dedicated people I've known.

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

Really make a difference in saving the world's forests and addressing global climate change.

Ways to make it better...

There were more money available to move projects along through the pipeline faster.

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

Fundraising and risk management.

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

Everyone should get involved!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

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