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February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

Their mission is to improve people’s lives by helping communities protect, conserve and manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well-being depends.

This mission is guided by two core beliefs:
• that natural resources are best protected when local people play an active
role in their care and management; and
• preserving local trees, wetlands, and watersheds is essential for the ongoing social, economic, and environmental health of communities everywhere.

And this is exactly what they are doing! They care and it shows!

I am writing this review to help them win the $5,000 prize from GuideStar USA, Inc.

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

I see the results by their efforts.

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

I am not in a position to make changes nor would I.

February 20, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 20, 2011

I have closely observed the operations of the organization as an outside auditor and am always humbled by the true dedication and hard work of the staff. The mission of the organizatioin is always in the forefront whether it is a local activity, activities on an Indian Reservation or work in Latin America. I have been able to watach the organization grow from it's humble beginning to a great organization that is really making a difference in the world and is being recognized for it's accomplishments.

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I have watched the organization grow from it's struggling beginnings to the successes they have achieved in providing help to the needy on the South Dakota reservations to several countries in Central America.

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I wouldn't or couldn't change anything. It's a wonderful organization that never ceases to amaze me.

February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

There are many great things to say about Trees, Water & People. In addition to the important work they are doing to help improve the lives of people in developing countries, I think they are also excelling in the way that they communicate with the public, donors, and volunteers. Through their skilled marketing team, they are using social networking and website development to communicate events, specific people's stories of help and improvement, as well as keeping the community of TWP connected and committed to the organization. They are a great example of maximizing the affect a non-profit can have when using technological means to communicate and help connect to the community.

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

Giving gifts to others in form of a donation to TWP. Also witnessing their ability to inform communities about upcoming events, global needs and issues, as well as ways to participate through social networking forums.

Ways to make it better...

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

There is nothing I can think of at time of this review.

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February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

They are working to improve people's lives by helping communities to protect, conserve, and manage their natural resources.

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

Seeing the results via their updates

Ways to make it better...

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

Continue to allow the media to understand the importance of poverty and quality of life and it's connection to communities caring about conservation.

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

I first became interested in this organisation because of the name which
included three of my main interests. Reading their literature and later meeting some of the people when they came to NYC, I was impressed with their straightforward, no frills devotion to carrying out their goals..their
direct person to person , step by step approach, doing what they said they would, with humor and humility, bringing more and more people into their work. I appreciated their commitment to spreading their knowledge and having the people in the communities where they are working take over the work and train many more to join in.

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meeting many of the people involved

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

just keep on keepin' on

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

The Volunteers and staff of Tree's, Water, People are true examples of what it means to be "community minded". They have worked along side me in some new future projects for another Non-Profit locally and truly have done so out of the kindness of their hearts! I can honestly say that in watching their work, the contributions to conservation and natural awareness education is one of the most selfless acts of concern I have seen in a very long time! I am very proud to have them in my world!!

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

Watching and supporting their efforts and seeing the organization meet their goals above expectation!

Ways to make it better...

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

Have this type of organization head-quartered in every State in the US and abroad. True leaders in Community.

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

Trees, Water & People is an outstanding environmental and developmental nonprofit that is truly satisfying to support. They are very community-minded in their down-to-earth relationships with local people and the organizations they serve. While they have an honest, unpretentious attitude about their mission, they are also extremely knowledgeable and experienced in the technical aspects of silviculture, watershed protection, and small-scale solar energy applications. Best of all, they had the foresight to focus on promoting the use of energy-efficient woodstoves to attack the cause of much deforestation in Central America. This has a wonderful side-benefit to the beneficiaries who adopt these stoves in homes and community buildings: clean indoor air and improved respiratory health.

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

Watershed conservation in my local community, as well as urban beautification of parks and other open spaces.

Ways to make it better...

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

Expand and improve public awareness of their mission and activities in our local community.

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

When the earthquake struck in Haiti we needed an organization we could trust to deliver the necessary services to help the victims. TWP had people on the ground and access to fuel efficient stoves that not only helped those in need but conserved precious fuel for a country in peril. They are a wonderful organization and we are proud to support their efforts.

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

supporting the people of Haiti

Ways to make it better...

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

expand their connections beyond North & Central America

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

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

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

earthquake in Haiti

Why did you make your donation at this time?

people needed help

What would you tell others about this organization?

they do great work on sustainable projects

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 4, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 4, 2011

They are helping save the planet and the people. I have donated over the years to twp. This year I will be traveling to help install stoves.

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

fund raising, stoves

Ways to make it better...

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

spend more time as a volunteer

February 4, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 4, 2011

I really appreciated an email I received from Trees, Water & People
10-15-10 titled Sebastian Speaks from Haiti. It was beautifully written and I felt connected to what was happening there.

Notes from the field: A Sobering Account of Haiti
Sebastian Africano, TWP's
International Director, sends this personal account from Northwest Haiti, reminding us of the epic challenges faced by the Haitian people each and every day. Sebastian has been in the country since November 8th visiting TWP partners and assessing the current situation in this debastated county.
"crazy day - went to visit some AMURT project sites, and as we left were greeted with a dead body in the street three houses down from us first thing in the AM. Cholera is real and is spreading. We are being extra cautious to be sure, but there is no fear from our side, just respect. We saw another body in Okap - in the back of a pickup truck with family wailing at full bore in the street. It hits suddenly, and takes people quickly. Sure enough, after our site visits and a quick trip to a beach near here, we came across a procession of vehicles coming downhill from Source Chaude - probably 15 - 20 people jammed in a Izuzu Trooper, all screaming like they were being kidnapped. A procession of motorbikes and walkers followed. Nuts. SC is cool, pitch black and over-run by goats, pigs, clouds of mosquitos, and feisty Haitians. Remember that this is where Paul and Andrew came down with severe malaria - it's full on roulette. All water in the taps, etc...comes from a sulfurous steaming hot spring, but we filter it, chlorinate it and re-filter it in a Brita just to be sure. I'm sleeping in a woven hammock I bought in Honduras, behind one of AMURT's buildings, in a windier area, free of mosquitos. I woke up this morning at dawn to the sound of marching, and uncovered my face to find myself completely surrounded by a sea of goats. Got to watch the newborn kids chase each other around all morning - clumsy and clueless as to their eventual purpose. The country side is nice. Our people at AMURT are doing some strong strong work, and are definitely inspiring to be with. Tomorrow I'll follow them during an actual work day, and then head back to PAP on Tuesday morning, with a potential stop through the waterfall I mentioned yesterday (glorious). I'll meet with who I can on Tues and Wed, then leave for DC on Thursday morning..."

Then there was a link to learn how you can help bring clean cookstoves to the Haitian people, helping them to fight the spread of water borne diseases such as cholera.

It meant a lot to me to be able to read an email from someone who was actually there. And could describe the wonderful along with the awful.

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

Educating myself regarding Haiti.

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

None.

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