Trees, Water & People

Rating: 4.94 stars   108 reviews


633 Remington Street Fort Collins CO 80524 USA


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.


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


Clean Cookstoves Program, Reforestation Program, Solar Energy Program, Tribal Renewable Energy Program

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Rating: 5 stars  

Trees, Water & People's mission is to improve people's lives by helping folks protect, conserve, and manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well-being depends. I think that this approach is the right one as they then can live with nature in a better way and get some real autonomy. The team of Trees, Water & people is just remarkable in efficiency and positivity! People should invest in them...

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Rating: 5 stars  

Trees, Water, People has been providing tools and support to developing nations and native american communities stateside for many years. Because they operate in a well establish international network, they are able to make a huge impact to so many people's lives.

We have the luxury of seemingly unlimited resources in the community where we live. But in the communities where TWP operates, resources are scarce and therefore so very important. By focusing on social impact and sustainability, the results are self-perpetuating. Give a woman a fish, fish for a day. Teach a woman to fish, fish for a lifetime.

I am proud to be associated with such an extraordinary organization.

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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  

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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