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.
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

 
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9 people found this review helpful

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

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

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

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.

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

the people I've worked with in Southeast Asia.

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.

 
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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.

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

through financial support

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

continue to grow

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

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Definitely

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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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  

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.

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

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: 5 stars  

I have nothing but praise and admiration for the work of Seacology. I stumbled across the organisation as the author of a non-commercial website about the Cook Islands (www.cookislands.org.uk). I read about their work to protect Lake Tiriara in the south Mangaia and kindly let me share details and photos of it on my site. They've done a fantastic job there and I'm also going to support (and promote) their fund raising efforts tor Muri lagoon on Rarotonga. It is a unique location and I am so pleased to learn of their involvement and that their efforts will extend to helping the local community centre and health clinic.

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

Mangaia, Cook Islands

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

Raise awareness further of thier work

 
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8 people found this review helpful

Seacology has been a great organization to work with and has played an important part in fulfilling the Nu Skin Force for Good Foundation’s mission by being a force for good throughout the world. The foundation has been involved in and seen the results of countless projects Seacology has done and recognizes the invaluable service they are providing by protecting threatened island biodiversity throughout the world. The Nu Skin Force for Good Foundation continues its ongoing partnership with Seacology to improve the education and environment of young islanders.

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

In 2009, the Nu Skin Force for Good Foundation provided support for five of Seacology’s key island conservation projects.

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About every month

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2010-4-01

 
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7 people found this review helpful

Beginning life with big dreams but limited resources, Seacology has proven itself to be an environmental organization that delivers major results. Idealistic yet always practical, Exec. Dir. Duane Silverstein, his staff, and the Seacology Board work diligently to pinpoint projects that will benefit ecological and human communities around the world. I have seen their accomplishments firsthand and was impressed by how Seacology can make so little money go so far... And, sometimes unusually for an NGO, Duane and his team manage to treat the local people with whom they work, as well as their donors - regardless of the amount of their contribution - with respect and appreciation. Small and unpretentious, Seacology has set as its goal nothing less than the global conservation of island and coral ecosystems - a task it's fighting valiantly to accomplish. Seacology certainly deserves to be a part of the Green Choice Campaign!

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

Dedicated, totally committed, and passionate about both helping local communities benefit from the conservation of their natural resources and ensuring that those natural resources continue to flourish. Great people!

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

 
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