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 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.

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

I would encourage more action in the Southeast.

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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.

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

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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

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

Make it grow.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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.

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.

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8 people found this review helpful

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!

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?

2010-4-01

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11 people found this review helpful

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

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

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

become more involved locally

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?

2010-5-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I am currently working for Trees, Water and People as the Tribal Development intern. I have mostly been working on finding foundations and writing grant proposals for a number of different projects in TWP's Tribal program. I have been intrigued by the work TWP since I moved to Fort Collins and learned of the organization several years ago. As I am completing my under-grad for Colorado State University I actively pursued TWP as my top choice company for an internship. I began my work here in January of 2010 and have had nothing but a positive experience. The dedicated staff of this organization is something to admire. Everyday they are working to improve the lives of impoverished people and their natural environment through real world projects, on the ground level. The positive ambition of TWP shines through their work and has resulted in their international recognition. I highly value the experience I've gained while working for TWP and would recommend them to anyone who wants to gain experience with an excellent nonprofit.

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

kind and outgoing. The people behind this organization are what make it so successful. They are hard working and they truly believe in the mission of this organization.

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

do so much good! TWP could immediately streamline funds to several projects in progress and begin expanding those projects to meet the needs of as many people as possible.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I have been an International Development Intern for TWP for several months, and have primarily been working on grant proposals, helped with a fund-raising event, and worked on various other international development projects. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Trees, Water & People, both because of the work that I have been able to do and the people that I have worked with. The fuel-efficient stoves and reforestation projects that I have been writing grant proposals for are incredible life-changing projects for the Central Americans and Haitians that they benefit, and are also beneficial for the overall global health of our world through reducing deforestation and carbon emissions. I feel so lucky that I have been given the opportunity to work on projects that have such important, lasting benefits to individuals and the environment. The TWP staff is very welcoming, and though everyone works very hard and is dedicated to this beneficial cause, there is always a feeling of friendliness, lightheartedness, and humor in the office. Though I will not be able to continue my internship due to my graduate school schedule, I will definitely continue to keep in contact with TWP staff and volunteer whenever possible.

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

seeing photographs of the people that TWP's fuel-efficient stove and reforestation projects benefit in Central American and Haiti. Also, in seeing the vibrant community involved in TWP at the Renew the Rockies fund-raising event.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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4 people found this review helpful

When I was a tribal intern I did a lot of research finding grants for Native American reservations on the Great Plains. It's extremely rewarding when I find potential grant money because it's such a good cause. Now I'm just volunteering and helping out with whatever the office needs help with at the time. Everyone that works here is easy and fun to work with. Plus, I'm learning a lot about how non-profits are run in general.

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

help lots and lots of under privileged people!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I began volunteering with Trees, Water & People in July of 2009. I started-out typing notes in Spanish for one of the office people and slowly progressed to entering data for t-shirts/trees and then thank you mailings, of course. The people were always friendly, and the office was always buzzing. I think it is neat that the group is in a medium to tight space and works so well together - a little colony of ants passionate about their work. Stuart, Richard, and Heather are the

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

the number of times I hear people mention the organization conversationally.

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

(unqualified to answer)

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

the people.

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

friendly and unique.

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

do a lot for those disenfranchised in other countries as well as the United States.

Ways to make it better...

N/A

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

(is) the uncertain future of the economy in terms of receiving donations. I am, however, not qualified to make an assertion about the finances of the organization.

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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