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February 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 1, 2011

Trees Water People is an amazing organization. I have had the pleasure of meeting many other staff members over the years and can't say enough good things about who they are and what they do. The services that they provide in the developing world are essential and hard to find in the international aid community, Especially their work with improved cook stoves.

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Countries all around the world

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

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February 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 1, 2011

I was so excited to find Trees, Water, and People! This organization gets right to the basics and helps groups and individuals all over North and Central America preserve their environments while improving their lives. Planting trees, building solar heaters, learning about clean air and water. Supporting this organization lets me expand on what any individual can do in these important areas. In 1975 I saw what deforestation was doing in the mountain areas of Kashmir and determined to do my part to improve that situation somewhere. Trees, Water, and People provided me with the perfect vehicle!

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From TWP I learned about Justa stoves that reduce the use of firewood for cooking and greatly reduce smoke in homes. I was so excited to actually see one in use last spring!

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

expand even further the opportunities for donors to visit and take part in the activities to improve lives and the environment. I would investigate the possibilites of this sort of visit for young people.

February 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 1, 2011

For many years, I supported Trees for the Future because I believed in replanting trees once they had been harvested. Then I learned about Trees, Water and People, which had the same goal, but had include two additional aspects - Water and People. I took one of their volunteer vacations to get a first hand knowledge of the operation. I came back more impressed that my contributions were going to the right organization. We helped build stoves that contribute to the people's health, and we planted trees and reviewed the efforts of TWP to bring expertise into the application of trees to the environment and how they educated people the water was dependent on the trees.

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

Efforts of other organizations to improve on the human environment by improving stoves.

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

Make it grow.

February 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 1, 2011

It is a pleasure to have been a volunteer in many different capacities for over 10 years for Trees, Water and People. I have assisted in local reforestation efforts and multiple fundraising activities. The organization's staff are truly caring individuals who work toward their mission of improving people's lives by protecting and appropriate utilization of our natural resources. Their Tribal Lands Renewable Energy Program helps their communities heat their homes and protect their lands thru sustainable, economically beneficial and economically friendly programs in North and South Dakota. TWP has assisted people in Central America and Haiti to healthier lives and more ecological use of their limited resources by building and providing more efficient stoves. And there are even more programs funded by TWP through efficient use of their non-profit funds. I'm proud to assist this organization and proud that they are based in my Fort Collins community!

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I've seen the results of local fundraising which assisted our local schools wiith procuring and installing solar panels to reduce cost and be more ecological. I've seen the great results of local reforestation projects in wetlands and nature areas.

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I know there are always ways for people and organizations to work more efficiently. But from the projects I've seen and read about that have been accomplished by this relatively small organization, I think they are doing an excellent job of utilizing their funds efficiently and continually improving their many programs--and all with heart and caring! If anything--they need to 'toot their own horn' a bit more--there are still many local people unaware of this awesome organization and their good deeds.

April 30, 2010

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April 30, 2010

It has been an honor to be involved with TWP for the past 11 years. Starting out as a volunteer and recently joining the Board of Directors, I have seen TWP grow as an organization. At the same time, it has been remarkable to watch as TWP's impact in both the United States and in Latin America expanded. TWP's impact has grown due to strong, insightful leadership from program directors that have been able to adapt to continuously evolving environmental and social issues. TWP was on the cutting-edge of the improved cookstove movement as pioneers of implementing the Rocket elbow technology. Likewise, TWP's innovative program on Native Lands in the western US has made them a leader in micro-enterprise development.

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

TWP's tree nursery and improved cookstove programs in Latin America. I lived in El Salvador for over two years working on these two programs for TWP. I saw firsthand how much these programs impact the lives of rural farmers and their families.

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

building great friendships and working with other dedicated people to improve people's lives while also protecting the environment.

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

develop innovative, self-sufficient programs effectively contributing to the betterment of communities around the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 27, 2010

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April 27, 2010

Our club has done a least a half dozen projects with TWP, involving reforestation and/or providing fuel-efficient stoves in several Central American countries. Some of our members, including myself, have also visited project, done some work, and seen for ourselves the enormously beneficial impact of TWP's work, in reducing deforestation and eliminating the respiratory and burn problems caused by cooking over open fires. I would give them the absolutely highest rating.

The Great!

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

helping people in poor villages by providing fuel-efficient stoves.

Ways to make it better...

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

shbeauregard@stanfordmed.org

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

Working with the recipients and seeing their joy.

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

competent and friendly

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

provide self-sufficient nurseries and fuel-efficient stoves to poor rural families all over the world.

Ways to make it better...

shbeauregard@stanfordmed.org

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

funding

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

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

April 22, 2010

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April 22, 2010

After hearing about Trees Water & People I knew this was an organization that I wanted to work with, and now that I have had the honor of working with the TWP team this experience has only exceeded my expectations. Everyone at TWP is passionate and dedicated to the work they do. I admire how they work as a team, always helping and supporting each other. The TWP staff is very welcoming and friendly, I looked forward to the days I was going to be able to spend time in the office with everyone; it is the most positive work environment I have ever been in. I feel extremely lucky for the opportunity I have been given to work with Trees Water & People, it has been truly inspiring!

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

working with the staff!

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

Passionate, Friendly, Dedicated, Hard Working, Light Hearted, Knowledgeable.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 22, 2010

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April 22, 2010

My experience at Trees, Water & People has been beyond perfect. I worked with Lacey Gaecther on TWP's annual local fundraiser Renew the Rockies. From my first day I was welcomed with open arms by each and every member of the TWP family. TWP cares deeply about what they are doing and are very inspiring. If I could, I would never leave! The ONLY constructive feedback I have is the lack of local programs. It would be awesome if they became involved in more programs that help out here in Fort Collilns

The Great!

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

learning how important it is to work for an organization that supports a amazing cause

Ways to make it better...

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

become more involved locally

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

Meeting the TWP staff and gaining experience

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

Amazing and genuine

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

Hire me! Save the Poudre River!

Ways to make it better...

I had a job oppurtunity at TWP

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

lack of funding for local projects

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

Lacey Gaecther is awesome!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 20, 2010
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April 20, 2010
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TWP was one of three beneficiaries of a fundraiser that my husband and I hosted for Haiti relief. As the only organization based in Fort Collins, they took on all the administrative responsibilities for the event and acted as the financial host for three organizations. It was beacuse of their wonderful staff and great organizational capacity that the event was so successful. In addition, with in weeks of having funds raised they sent more stoves to Haiti. Truly a great team and effort!

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

the team of dedicated people.

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

all freindly, willing and helpful.

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

help reduce global emissions in fragile areas of the world by providing access to resources and education.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 20, 2010

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April 20, 2010

I was a donor for several years before I joined the Board, and joined the Board because I believe in the difference TWP makes. What drew me first was the tree planting program in Central America, as well as the healthier cook stoves. As Treasurer and then as Personnel Committee chair, I have seen 1) how focused staff is on making a difference 2) the core mission of working with the local residents and 3)how efficient TWP is and how carefully donations are used. Donations were being collected for Haiti within a day after the earthquake and TWP staff have already been to Haiti to expand the fuel-efficient cook stove and tree planting programs there.

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

do more of what it does so well in Central America & Haiti, which is help more local people install more cook stoves and plant more trees. And assist Native Americans to install more solar heaters on tribal homes. More local people with more jobs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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