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February 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 1, 2011

When the earth quake hit Haiti contacted them about channeling a donation to the people of Haiti. I contributed there. I have since followed their work and the quality of their products and am very impressed. They seem sincere and follow through with contacts, etc.

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

Post earth quake, Haiti. I have followed how many stoves have been placed in service since the quake.

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

"1,344 Stoves for Haitians Displaced by Earthquake" A million, two or three hundred thousand in awards in recent years. Why aren't more stoves going out?

February 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 1, 2011

I have followed the work of TWP for close to 15 years, and have been continuously impressed by the quality of their work, their integrity and transparency as an organization and small group of people, their efficiency, and their vision--and vision and efficiency don't always go together! They are practical and intelligent implementers as well, and respect both the cultural and natural environment of the different communities in Central America where they operate primarily. I think their work is now being "copied" or replicated in several other countries on other continents with similar problems of poverty and environmental degradation, and I also believe that everywhere they work, the empowerment of women is an important priority and a critical piece of the overall solution to raise the standard of living of households and families as well as larger communities.

Bravo, TWP!

The Great!

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

Not persoally.

Ways to make it better...

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

Add another annual trip where donors and others can observe/participate firsthand the work of TWP.

February 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 1, 2011

I began following and reading about what the group was involved with. As time progressed, more than once I read in the news or online that the founder had won another prestigious award for his humanitarian contributions and I grew fascinated with the organization’s mission. When I discovered they were making stoves to reduce deforestation it hit a chord for I had lived a number of years in a third world country where the production of charcoal for cooking had, even back then, contributed significantly to erosion. I was so pleased to see a group really making a difference for the poor of the world. These stoves are fantastic and they make the everyday chore of preparing the family meal easier.

Then the earthquake of Haiti transpired. I felt compelled to help and Trees, Water & People came to mind. I did an online search, found they were accepting donations and I just knew I was giving to a group that would make sure my donation made a difference.

I can’t always do a lot but I try to make sure when I do that I give to groups who I have confidence in and Trees, Water & People is one of the most trustworthy groups I have the pleasure to support.

The Great!

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

Using my donations to help the Hatian people after the earthquake

Ways to make it better...

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

Make the State of Colorado add TWP to the list of donor groups on tax returns

February 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 1, 2011

I don't donate to many organizations, but if I do I make sure that my contribution will be put to good use. I have spent time getting to know TWP, and I know that the organization is totally committed to making a difference in peoples' lives and to making this world a more habitable and sane place. I endorse and support their efforts 100%.

The Great!

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

seeing the effect they have had in rural Guatemala.

Ways to make it better...

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

encourage more people to support their valiant efforts.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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.

The Great!

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

Countries all around the world

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

Not

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.

The Great!

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

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

Ways to make it better...

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!

The Great!

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

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

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.

The Great!

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

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