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  

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.

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.

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?

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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

Not persoally.

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.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Using my donations to help the Hatian people after the earthquake

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

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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%.

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

seeing the effect they have had in rural Guatemala.

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

encourage more people to support their valiant efforts.

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

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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

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!

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.

 
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7 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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

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

shbeauregard@stanfordmed.org

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...

-

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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!

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?

2010-2-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Trees, Water & People and I found each other about 8 years ago. I read a story in a magazine about their Central America fuel efficient cookstove work, thought it was one of the best appropriate technology ideas I had ever heard of, and became a supporter. At just about the same time, a mutual friend recommended me to the founders of the group, who were looking to expand their original Board of Directors. We met, we liked each other, I was invited to join the Board, and my involvement has grown ever since. Today, as Board President, I continue to be amazed at the effectiveness, efficiency, and importance of Trees, Water & People's work. From the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota to the forests of Honduras and the displaced persons camps of Haiti - we are on the ground making a difference both right now and into the future. We practice a model that includes enabling and partnering with local individuals and organizations to design and implement programs, to promote micro-enterprises for sustainable local economies, and to return the benefits of the projects as directly to the communities as possible. We believe we are on the cutting edge of the international movement of civil society to advance environmental, social, and economic justice via appropriate technology, resource stewardship, and local enterprise. Please join us!!

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

seeing the real difference we're making, on the ground in South Dakota, Honduras, Nicaragua, etc., in both the natural environments and in people's lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

 
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