SEACOLOGY

Rating: 4.89 stars   46 reviews

Issues: Environment, Water

Location: 1623 Solano Ave. Berkeley CA 94707 USA

Mission: Seacology is a nonprofit nongovernmental organization with the sole purpose of preserving the environments and cultures of islands worldwide. We implement solutions by asking islanders to identify a communal need Seacology could support, such as an elementary school or fresh water delivery system. In exchange the village agrees to establish and manage a marine or terrestrial reserve. Our innovative win-win model is inexpensive, maintains indigenous land ownership and improves the entire community.
Geographic areas served: International in scope, Seacology supports island environments and cultures worldwide.
Programs: Seacology supports island villages and ecosystems around the world. To date, Seacology has launched 210 island-based projects, saving 1,012,686 acres of marine ecosystems and 159,312 acres of terrestrial habitat. In return for establishing island marine and forest reserves, Seacology has helped islanders build facilities such as schools, community centers, solar energy systems, and other critically-needed structures, and funded programs providing scholarships, vital medical services and supplies for island communities. Seacology has projects in 44 countries on 100 islands around the globe. A list of all our island projects can be found at www.seacology.org.
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Seacology is a prime example of how a few people with a brilliant idea can do so much. I give sparingly to organizations because I like to feel like I know where my support is going. But I will always give to Seacology because their approach is so very different. What I love is that they look at the whole picture, not just the reef although that is important, but the people as well. They look at the needs of the local people as they try to find ways to save ecosystems. This organization does amazing things with a small staff: read their excellent newsletter and find out more! Hey, it's a great idea to give a donation to Seacology as a seasonal gift!

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

Read the newsletter to find out the great projects this organization is doing!

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

Increase the staff so more projects could be accomplished.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Seacology epitomizes the community-based approach to achieving meaningful conservation and fills an important niche within the broader realm of conservation work. I like their focus on providing institutional and legal strength to existing relationships local people have with specific, biologically rich natural resources. Real conservation requires building and honoring sustainable connections between people and nature. In the world today where strong economic forces are pressuring even the most far-flung natural places, supporting the connection indigenous cultures have with their natural world and empowering them in the face of these forces will go a long way towards preserving their and our world. I support this work by Seacology as well as more "traditional" conservation organizations because both serve critical needs.

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through financial support

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

continue to grow

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Definitely

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had a great love of the ocean since childhood. Sea kayaking, walking coastlines and admiring tide pools have been pastimes for as long as I can remember. Most of the islands visited have been on the east coast of the United States. However, globally, I am very aware that the oceans and fragile shorelines are changing due to human pollution, environmental changes, and economic pressures.

I learned recently of Seacology, and of the many projects they have sponsored and completed to rescue island environments and inhabitants. This is a very impressive group of highly dedicated individuals. The success they have demonstrated over the past years is both commendable and noteworthy. We should use their non-profit as a model for how things should be properly planned and efficiently carried out. Hat's off to Seacology and their leadership.

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mailings and contact with staff.

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

I would try to expand the reach of this non-profit, so they could be more effective in other island communities around the world.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had a great love of the ocean since childhood. Sea kayaking, walking coastlines and admiring tide pools have been pastimes for as long as I can remember. Most of the islands visited have been on the east coast of the United States. However, globally, I am very aware that the oceans and fragile shorelines are changing due to human pollution, environmental changes, and economic pressures.

I learned recently of Seacology, and of the many projects they have sponsored and completed to rescue island environments and inhabitants. This is a very impressive group of highly dedicated individuals. The success they have demonstrated over the past years is both commendable and noteworthy. We should use their non-profit as a model for how things should be properly planned and efficiently carried out. Hat's off to Seacology and their leadership.

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

mailings and contact with staff.

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

I would try to expand the reach of this non-profit, so they could be more effective in other island communities around the world.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Seacology is such a great organization with the best motives and goals. The idea of buying an acre of coral reef or rainforest is so unique and worthwhile. It's great to be able to help the environment in such an important way. I am giving some of my "green" friends the gift of saving a coral reef for Christmas and I know they will be so impressed with this conscientious and thoughtful gift. Thanks Seacology for offering this opportunity to the public.

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

a few select ways, all of which have been positive

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

have more offices throughout the US doing similar work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The work that Seacology does on this planet is incredibly important not only to the natural resources they strive to protect but also the individuals and communities they touch with each and every project. I am humbled by their grassroots approach and amazed at just how successful they have been in their endeavors. I recently had the honor of attending the Seacology Prize Ceremony during which they honored a Madagascan man for his single handed effort to save his local habit from destruction-- one acre at a time. Kudos to him for his life work and to Seacology for recognizing how seemingly small efforts change the lives of people and animals alike.

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Change nothing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am enormously impressed with work Seacology has done. I first came across Seacology when reading an article about the "best non-profit you never heard of". After doing some basic online research, I found countless stories of the good work the people at Seacology have supported throughout the world. What a great model: help people and help the environment. It is such a simple message, but really works.

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

helping indigenous islanders improve their standard of living, while promoting proactive conservation.

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

focus some more on making the public aware of what Seacology is doing around the world.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Gave 5 stars for many reasons. Their projects are very special and effective in saving islands and rain forests around the world. I have donated before and I was very impressed by how the staff let me know exactly where my money went to. This was part of the save an acre program and I look forward to donating more soon. Keep up the good work!

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

seeing where my donation went to.

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I wouldnt

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been donating to Seacology for over 7 years now, and I have continued to be impressed by their win-win projects. Whether they're building a school and saving acres and acres of forest at the same time or providing villagers with a new boat and preserving coral reef environments, Seacology finds ways to make the most out of every donation they receive.

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

seeing a community center in Fiji that Seacology built was a truly awe-inspiring experience.

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

give them even more funds so they can continue to expand upon their amazing vision.

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Rating: 1 stars  

Even that it might be a good case, do NOT enter your payments info, since they didn't bother with encrypting the card data, making it easy for everyone to use your card...

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They cheat people for credit card data

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That they did care about credit card data...

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Due to an error, Seacology's Save an Acre donation page (www.seacology.org/saveanacre) did not appear secure. One icon on the page was insecure; however, the personal information and credit card data has always been encrypted and secure. The icon has now been removed, so the entire page is secure. Seacology is a registered non-profit organization, and we have the highest respect for our supporters and their personal information.