Trees, Water & People

Rating: 4.93 stars   88 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: 633 Remington Street Fort Collins CO 80524 USA

Mission: Trees, Water & People is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to improve people's lives by helping communities to protect, conserve and manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well-being depends.
Results: Nationally, TWP is actively involved with helping to improve the lives of Native American families living on the reservations of the Great Plains. There, where the winters are extremely long and harsh, Native Americans commonly spend more than half of their income on their exorbitant utility bills. Together with our reservation-based partner, we have built 850 economic solar heating systems, saving tribal families 20-30% on their annual heating bills, and trained more than 175 tribal members in residential and facility-scale renewable energy applications. We have also planted trees and shrubs around the home sites for more than 160 additional families, further lowering heating costs and associated emissions by acting as an important wind blocks during the frigid winter and providing much-needed shade during the sweltering summer. Internationally, TWP works extensively in Central America and Haiti. Together, with our country-based partners, we support 8 community tree nurseries that produce over 650,000 trees annually to aid in reforestation efforts, planting over 4.3 million trees to date. We have built 47,800 clean cookstoves. Each cookstove decreases a family’s need for firewood by 50-70%, as compared to standard open fire cooking, and reduces carbon emissions by at least 1.5 tons per year. When vented to the outside of the home, these improved cookstoves also decrease indoor air pollution, which is responsible for the death of 1.9 million women and children globally every year.
Target demographics: low-income, rural and peri-urban communities in Central America, Haiti and on Native American Reservations in the U.S.
Geographic areas served: Latin America and U.S. Native American Reservations
Programs: Clean Cookstoves Program, Reforestation Program, Tribal Renewable Energy Program
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with Trees, Water People since 1998. I was their outside accountant/auditor and, at that time, I knew them as an environmental organization, but not much more. Over time, as I got to know the principals and volunteers that make up the organization, I became more & more impressed at how such a small group of people can make such a large impact on the world. I am now a board member and the organization's treasurer. I have been on many boards in my career and I can truly say that I have never seen an orgaization that "Walks the Walk" like TWP. In many countries (Honduras, Guatemala, Haiti, etc.) as well as on the Indian Reservations in the United States, what TWP does is truly life-changing. When I first got involved in the organization I focused on the "Trees" in the organization's name but as I became more involved I realized it is clearly about the people. I am truly proud to be a small part of such a great organization.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

Trees Water People is an extremely impressive NGO, my first experience with them and since then has been nothing but professional, inspiring and fun.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our family believes that our natural world is sacred, a gift from our Creator. Many of us are involved in environmental work. I am a retired psychologist who volunteers on the Board of a local land trust in western Massachusetts. I admire and support the work of Trees, Water & People. They are in the forefront of our fight to create a more balanced relationship between humans and our natural world. Thank you! Robert

Was your donation impactful?

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

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How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am the National Director of Trees, Water & People....and I am humbled by so many friends and associates speaking up on behalf of our work. Thank you for this. You inspire me to be a better man and to try new approaches to difficult problems in hard places.

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

Each day I am honored to work with the TWP staff - people who care.. and who are willing to share their talents and resources and provide the passion that fuels our many activities

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

I do have to make changes.. and every day I strive to make TWP stronger and more capable to change the world in a positive world. That has always been my personal mission and will be as long as I am there...:>)

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

I see the results by their efforts.

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

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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.

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

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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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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?

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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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

Seeing the results via their updates

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

meeting many of the people involved

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

just keep on keepin' on

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!!

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

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

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.

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