Trees, Water & People

Rating: 4.93 stars   88 reviews

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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
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Rating: 5 stars  

TWP is a wonderful altruistic organization that is accomplishing very meaningful and practical success in their endeavors in Central America, with their sustainable stove and reforestation projects. I have affiliated with TWP for several years by including their Honduras partner, the Honduras Association for Development (AHDESA), in my annual study-trip itinerary in Honduras, each spring, for Oklahoma State University. I have seen the fruits of TWP's labor, funding, leadership, and human development support in Honduras, first-hand, working side-by-side with AHDESA promoters in rural communities. Stuart Conway and his staff are caring folks, and they have both their heads and hearts in all of their projects. They truly make a difference in empowering villagers in all of their project communities toward higher quality lives, in a more sustainable environment. I have encountered several NGOs in my international experience, and TWP is right at the top of my list as regards their ability to effectively channel their resources, funding, and expertise to result in consistent excellent results at the appropriate scale, to achieve positive results. They truly make a positive difference in the lives of so many people!

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Honduras

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Not change a thing---they do great work!

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a nonprofit professional, I look to TWP as a model for a thriving organization that keeps evolving viable programs and engaging more citizens. I've also joined their Eco-Tour and found it personally and professionally very rewarding.

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both personal and professional ways

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not close enough to say...

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am so impressed with TWP ability to help so many people & the environment with their stove. What a resource & blessing.

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I started with helping plant trees on earth day with my preschool

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I have no ideas for changes

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Trees Water People has really made a difference in my personal life as well as others'. They really go the extra mile and come up with and implement amazing ideas! What they are doing for Haiti right now brings tears to my eyes! I wish there were more organizations out there like this one! Thank you TWP!

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a very positive way!

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give more money if I could!!

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I first heard about Trees, Water, People when Stuart Conway came to our nature center to speak. I was impressed with him as a caring individual who took his simple idea and expanded it so that many people could be helped.
He continues to find new ways to help those in need with low overhead and his ability to recruit volunteers.
He publishes a nice newsletter and has some attractive items to sell.
I started giving to TWP the day I heard him and I have continued to donate ever since.

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I read the results in the TWP newsletter

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I am happy with it as it is.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We're so impressed with what this organization is doing. They are addressing real environmental and societal problems. Their stove is very innovative.

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their passion for service

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none

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Rating: 5 stars  

I think Trees, Water & People is an excellent organization that is helping real people, as well as the environment. By working with communities, they are involved in grass roots efforts, and that's what makes mewant toI support them.

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I'd like to help them in the campaign.

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I would encourage more action in the Southeast.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I am impressed with the clear focus & technical expertise of this organization.Their ability to energize a large vanguard of volunteers for a particular cause project is truly inspiring.

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Education the general public & mobilizing volunteers

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Give it more visibility

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Rating: 5 stars  

Trees Water People is much like it's name, concerned with the most essential values, our natural resources and people. I am consistently impressed and inspired by their work to protect and preserve natural resources and empower communities to thrive while doing the same. From solar heating to stove furnaces to tree planting, their approach to global problems has been innovative and effective. Their cost efficiency for running the organization and it's programs is outstanding and a true testament to their commitment to helping as many people as possible with the finances they have available. I only wish they had more visibility to gain greater support and have further reach in their work.

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Information shared by Lakota communities greatly aided by TTW's work.

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Make them more visible to contributors.

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Rating: 5 stars  

During my time as a volunteer with TWP I was able to learn firsthand about the dedication that the board members and employees have to their mission and their commitment to serve their constituents in responsible and effective ways. I really appreciate that their programs are community-led and positively impact the whole well-being of the people.

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The reports and correspondences that I read about trips, specific programs, and the organization as a whole.

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

Employ more people

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