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April 5, 2013

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April 5, 2013

Seacology does what every nonprofit should, and few actually do - rather than imposing their own assumptions on people they help out, instead they ask them what it is they need, and how they can help. In addition to this, they manage to directly help groups of people in need while also helping them preserve local environment. This kind of work should serve as a model for all nonprofits.

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Definitely

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 27, 2012
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October 27, 2012
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Seacology performs incredibly valuable work all over the world in the most productive methodology I have witnessed. By partnering, educating and self-empowering people, and providing incredibly valuable, tangible, physical community benefits, they are preserving the very ecosystems that these peoples need to survive on and improving the planet's environment at the same time.

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Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 11, 2011

My wife and I have been scuba divers for more than twenty years. During that time we have been disheartened to see the marked decline that has occurred in island environments around the world. In searching for ways that we could help prevent that decline, we ran across Seacology. As we investigated the organization, studying its Form 990 and checking donors' comments on various web sites, we became very interested in the organization, so decided to start out with a moderate donation.

The thing that initially interested us most about Seacology is their win-win approach in which they provide funding for some resource, such as a community center or a water filtration plant needed by the local island people, in return for a pledge by those people to protect some endangered part of their island environment. Rather than just giving money away or going in and telling the people to protect the environmnet, Seacology gets buy-in from those people through this quid pro quo approach.

After becoming donors, several things immediately impressed us about Seacology. For one, they did not constantly hound us seeking additional donations as other organizations have done. Second, they did not waste our contribution on slick publications that have little real content, or on cheap trinkets such as address labels or stuffed animals that do nothing to protect island environments. Instead, Seacology sends out a nice, but not overly slick, annual report that provides details about where the organization has focused its efforts and distributed its resources during the preceding year.

After giving increasing amounts to Seacology each year, my wife and I finally decided this past year to join Seacology on one of their trips. These trips usually involve some scuba diving since many of the donors, as well as the organization's director, are avid scuba divers like us, and a visit to at least one of Seacology's project sites. Our trip was to the Philippines where we visited several project sites.

For us, this trip really confirmed our belief in Seacology's activities and cemented our commitment to the organization. We got a chance to meet and spend considerable time with other donors as well as the organization's Director, Duane Silverstein, and the Field Representative for the Philippines, Ferdie Marcelo, both outstanding highly-committed individuals. However, the real highlight for us was a chance to visit project sites and see first-hand how our contributions were being put to good use. The thing that was especially rewarding for us was to actually sense the gratitude the island people have to Seacology for providing the resources they needed, and the people's commitment toward fulfilling their part of the bargain by protecting their island's natural resources.

In the future we intend to increase our support of Seacology. We would strongly encourage anyone with an interest in protecting and sustaining the world's natural environment to do the same.

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

Palawan Island, the Philippines, when we visited several Seacology project sites and met the local people there.

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

give them more resources. Seacology is a relatively small organization, but for their size they are having a big impact.

December 20, 2010

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April 12, 2010

There is no "fat" and no pretention to Seacology. This is not an organization of First World folks having their own agenda for islanders around the globe. No, this is an organization of people who l... more

December 20, 2010

What I like about Seacology is that while saving ocean and island environments, their projects often have a big educational component, so islanders (especially school kids) understand and are inspired to save their own habitats. Seacology understands that this is the only way to create lasting social and environmental change.

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

I have personally visited two of Seacology's project and been impressed by both.

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

I have no suggestions for change. They are doing a great job!

April 12, 2010

There is no "fat" and no pretention to Seacology. This is not an organization of First World folks having their own agenda for islanders around the globe. No, this is an organization of people who listen to what the needs of local people are - and find a "win win" solution to problems so that islanders in poor countries can improve their lives and save their environment at the same time. Also, really important to me is that Seacology gets huge bang for it's bucks. I know these people. They are smart, innovative, dedicated, and sound

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

See for yourself. Look them up online. You will see their amazing projects.

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

Seacology does such great work they have inspired people in other parts of the world to set up Seacolgy chapters. There are now chapters in the UK, Scandanavia, Germany,and Japan.

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

Everyone in this small office is smart, dedicated, passionate about saving the world's oceans and island envirorments.

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

With 10 million bucks Seacolgy would just do more of the outstanding work that they are currecntly doing - which would be a huge benefit to the planet.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

December 20, 2010

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December 20, 2010

Our environmental non-profit's mission is to increase the number and size of Marine Protected Areas to at least 20% of the world ocean by 2020. One critical element of this mission is that all such MPAs include engagement by local communities and be supported by effective enforcement. Otherwise, they are merely 'paper MPAs'.

Seacology is one of the most effective environmental NGOs we have found in this regard: their agreements with island nations and communities ensure that habitats and environments are truly and meaningfully protected for years to come. We only wish governments could boast a similar success rate.

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

I have directed several project requests to Seacology and made connections with between their professional team and local conservation NGOs in Bali, Mexico, and Belize.

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

Find them 10x more money to implement as many of their win/win agreements as possible!

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

Extremely effective in conserving rainforest and nearshore ocean habitats, while benefiting island communities and traditions. Very high success rate in establishing protected areas with management and enforcement.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

December 19, 2010

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December 19, 2010

As a researcher in the environmental sciences, I know how much we know about the environment, but rarely do I see it actively protected. Seacology's approach to protecting crucial habitats is effective and involves the local inhabitants of the region in the protection and ownership of their unique environment. For someone who sees a lot of knowledge and little action, it is inspiring.

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

their newsletters and annual prize ceremony, where they honor a native islander who has protected their environment.

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

increase its profile nationally and internationally.

December 18, 2010

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December 18, 2010

I have always loved the ocean since I was a child. Now as an adult, the ocean still calls. When I am affording the opportunity to take vacations, there is no other place I'd rather be then on an island.

Seacology places similar value on the ocean and its islands. They are one of the few
non-GMO's that provide a perfect balance between conservation, while honoring the people of the islands. The concept is brilliant, their holistic approach innovative, and their compassion for their work commendable. The work that Seacology does on this planet is incredibly important. Thank you to those that make their work possible.

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

participated in their yearly awards ceremony.

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

Find a way to get them more money

December 17, 2010

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December 17, 2010

Seacology is an excellent non-profit to donate to because they've always come up with innovative ways to save islands. That's why I like donating to them - they stick to their focus, yet find extraordinary ways to incorporate new trends in geopolitics and environmental science in their projects. As an ex-islander, I appreciate what they're doing and will continue to support them.

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

the people I've worked with in Southeast Asia.

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

hire a more diverse group of people with a wide range of skills from environmental science to economics to anthropology.

December 17, 2010

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December 17, 2010

I admire Seacology's work because this is not your traditional non-profit, which is all talk and no action. The organization's projects are backed up by meticulous research and its ideas are thoughtfully implemented across the world.

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

the articles I've been reading in the news.

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

increase its publicity. More people need to know about Seacology's good work.

December 17, 2010

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December 17, 2010

I've been working on environmental issues in Asian islands, and I've come across many communities in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea who have benefited from Seacology's knowledge and investment. It's wonderful to see a non-profit which not only targets environmental challenges, but is also involved in sustainable and culturally sensitive development of rural communities. Keep up the good work, Seacology!

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

my fieldwork.

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

expand its offices.

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