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January 22, 2010

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January 22, 2010

Seacology has the model that works for global development. Preserving islands one at a time and engaging local villages in a meaningful and appropriate way makes all the difference. Having seen this first hand, I'm impressed with the relationships along with the preservation efforts in some of the most beautiful locales imaginable. Critical,sustainable work with the right no-frills approach...there is no way not to be impressed!

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

the relationships that have been built with other donors, volunteers, staff and board members. It's a collective effort and a lasting one.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

January 15, 2010

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January 15, 2010

Unfortunately many efforts to help nonprofits build infrastructure or innovation are often like pouring money down a black hole, with little indications of having a positive impact. Our experience with Seacology was refreshingly different. A seed grant was put to work and over many years past the initial grant, we received data showing a dramatically large increase in supporters for Seacology. The initial amount of money was quickly recouped and the growing stream of donations will help Seacology continue its impressive growth and influence. The seed has turned into a healthy tree of new support. The Seacology staff and a dedicated group of supporters are bright and innovative. They share a common goal of helping & rewarding local villages to protect Underwater Sea Life, Coral Reefs and Virgin Rainforests on islands around the World.

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

Borneo, Vanuatu, Cumbe Island (Zanzibar), The Maldives, Solomon Islands.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 6, 2009

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December 6, 2009

I discovered Seacology by attending a Goldman Environmental Prize ceremony a dozen years ago. When Seacology’s founder Paul Cox Ph.D. received one of these coveted awards, we took notice. Seven years ago I joined the board of directors, which boasts so many committed and generous supporters. The mission is compelling, the leadership is remarkable, and the efficacy is extremely high. From three projects a dozen years ago, we’ve now funded almost 200. Islands are where the abundance of biodiversity resides on this planet, and we fund projects by making deals with the islanders themselves, who almost never want to destroy their own forests and reefs for gain, but who need simple things like schoolrooms, community centers, micro-hydroelectricity, basic sanitation, etc. We get them those things, and in the process allow them to preserve the sanctity of their environments. The executive director, Duane Silverstein, is A++.

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

my visits to funded Seacology projects. I've seen the projects, met the indigenous islanders, and witnessed the success and goodwill.

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

Obviously, visiting projects on remote islands is satisfying. What is most satisfying is meeting the islanders, the partners with whom Seacology is saving islands.

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

The people in the organization at all levels are of the highest and most honorable quality.

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

Hire more field representatives and efficiently fund hundreds of critically effective projects.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 14, 2009

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September 14, 2009

Amazing to find a nonprofit, where the all the administrative fees are covered by the board members and 100% of every dollar donated goes to a project to preserve island habitits for our children to experience. Please, show me a better example of an effective charity then this!!!

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

Borneo, Philipines, and Tanzania. Also, followed over 200 other projects online and in reports.

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

figure out a way to visit more of the projects.

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

The true passion for their cause.

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

very professional and nice to be around.

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

Continue to make a real impact on Island preservation around the world.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time and more disposable income.

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

Fundraising.

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

It was an honor to be associated to this charity.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

April 2, 2009

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April 2, 2009

As an attorney I have the opportunity to learn about many nonprofit organizations. Seacology impressed me, to the point where I joined their board, with their unique "win-win" approach - an island village obtains something tangible the indigenous people requested such as a school building or fresh water delivery system, in exchange for establishing a marine or forest reserve. This is not “paper conservation.” Seacology helps the locals conserve their highly threatened island ecosystems while at the same time preserving their quality of life, which is culturally tied to their environment. In effect, Secology is their conservation partner, with a benefit for the whole world, as species extinctions are occurring faster on islands than anywhere else. Seacology does this in a cost effective way and is run rather “lean and mean.” The conservation results are immediate, tangible and concretely verifiable. When you want to help other people, this is how you want to do it.

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

helping island people help themselves to preserve their way of life and culture and environment

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

keep the same executive director and continue to be impressed by the chairman of the board

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

how far my gifts go

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

dedicated and effective

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

save a lot of island ecological diversity

Ways to make it better...

more people understood how far their money can go when an organization follows a win-win policy.

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

growth pains, as it creates and nutures satellite Seacology organizations in many countries around the world.

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

I am proud to be associated with Seacology

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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