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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Environment, Forest Conservation, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: To foster the conservation of North American Monarch butterflies and their migration through habitat restoration, research, monitoring, education and support for sustainable community development in and near the monarch overwintering areas in Mexico.

Target demographics: preserve North American monarch butterflies and their spectacular migration

Geographic areas served: the U.S. and Mexico

Programs: forest conservation, scientific research and monitoring, education and outreach, and sustainable development.

Community Stories

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a citizen scientist from Canada, author of How to Raise Monarch Butterflies A Step-by-Step Guide for Kids. With 30,000 books sold, and 11,000 facebook followers, I am often asked which nonprofits will help the monarchs most. MBF is always at the top of my list, along with Monarch Watch.

I personally know many of the board members, whom I trust, and give tirelessly to conserve monarchs.

I have visited Alternare, one of their projects in Mexico. They do simple yet important things. They teach people, and train trainers to teach, how to produce more food, and give them the supplies they need to do it. They build cisterns to provide families with water, all as an effort to decrease the need poor people have to cut the forest just to feed their families. They provide fuel efficient wood burning stoves, which is the most common way to cook, to reduce the need for wood, and reduce the respiratory diseases caused by that burning. They plant tens of thousands of trees, while teaching school children to do the same, along with the importance of saving the monarch's overwintering grounds.

This is just a small sample of the good work MBF does, right on the ground near the sanctuaries, to put your monarch conservation dollars to best use.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Monarch Butterfly Fund provides grants for forest conservation, monarch habitat assessment and species monitoring, scientific research on aspects of monarch conservation, public awareness and outreach regarding monarch conservation, and support for local livelihoods in Mexican communities adjacent to the monarch habitat.

It's the last work that I believe is especially important. The local people near the reserves used to clear these forests as did our ancestors, to feed their families and have wood for fuel. Poverty is a huge problem, and when people are desperate, they turn to logging. MBF works to improve the local economy so that people are not driven to poach.

I know many of the people on the Board. They are volunteers, experts, and passionate about conserving monarchs. Their integrity is impeccable.

Carol Pasternak, Toronto Canada

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Monarch Butterfly Fund supports the monarch butterfly and its magnificent migration through habitat restoration, research, monitoring, education and support for sustainable community development in and near Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve (MBBR) in Mexico. The conservation of natural resources requires a multi-faceted approach that protects monarch overwintering habitat and migratory pathways; generates skills and ability in local communities for forest management and stewardship; and improves the economic well-being for local residents. MBF promotes and supports collaboration among organizations and individuals committed to these activities.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As an active citizen scientist and a strong supporter of insect conservation, I think that we are lucky to have an excellent group like the Monarch Butterfly Fund to work for monarch conservation in Mexico, where habitat protection and restoration are essential to the monarchs' winter survival. Their local programs in education play a vital role. Their reforestation projects replace and improve the stands of Oyamel Fir trees that the wintering monarchs need to roost in.
They sponsor many valuable programs to work with the local communities which help monarch conservation.

I have been following the activities of monarch support organisations for many years and count the Monarch Butterfly Fund among the most valuable.

Carolyn King
Toronto Entomologists' Association

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MBF is an amazing supporter of monarch conservation work across borders. I am impressed by the research they support, and by the work they fund to support habitat conservation projects.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My message it´s writed in spanish, i apologise for the inconvenience.
Buenas noches, el MBF ha sido un apoyo fundamental para el desarrollo de la "Exposición Itinerante" de las experiencias de trabajo de las organizaciones que conforman la Red Monarca, iniciativa que fue propuesta en reuniones y que fue aceptada por el grupo que finalmente decidió plantear y llevar a cabo la selección de fotografías que relatan el trabajo de cada una de ellas en la región de la Reserva de la Marisposa Monarca en los estados de Michoacán y México, previo a la presentación de la exposición en la Red se dio un taller de fotografía para técnicos de proyecto y esta fue solicitada al fotógrafo mexicano Agustín Martínez (@agustk). La convocatoria fue para las organizaciones que conformaban la Red en el 2012, después de las selección de fotografías se logró tener 32 imágenes de 16 organizaciones. Esta exposición ha sido expuesta en varios sitios en Michoacán y Estado de México así como en la Universidad de Minessota, creo que este trabajo relata claramente el apoyo de MBF a la región y en ese sentido este esfuerzo es un premio a la labor desempeñada. Agradezco la atención a este relato. Best regards, Emiliano Palacios

3 Alfonso De La V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The support of the monarch fund has been defnitive for the promotion of the monarch network organization, which is a consortium of civil society organizations in the region of the monarch butterfly in Mexico. Its support has been definitive so that the monarch network reaches its conservation objectives and improves the living conditions of the inhabitants of the communities of the region.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For more than a decade, Monarch Butterfly Fund has funded projects for the conservation of the monarch butterfly habitat in Mexico. In addition, its support enabled the creation of the first online documentary centre on the monarch butterfly and the Monarch Network (www.redmonarca.org).

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Monarch Butterfly Fund is a great partner in conservation for monarch butterflies! They are a partner organization of the Monarch Joint Venture, and a great supporter of our conservation work across the United States! Recognizing that it is the responsibility of Canada, Mexico, and the United States to conserve and protect monarch butterflies for future generations to enjoy, the Monarch Butterfly Fund provides critical support in advancing conservation and sustainability in and near the monarch overwintering reserves in Mexico. Their work in engaging local communities in Mexico, and across North America, to help protect monarchs and their amazing migration is inspiring!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The inspiring efforts of the Monarch Butterfly Fund for the conservation of monarchs its amazing. I had the opportunity to see their restoration work in the Monarch Butterfly Reserve in Michoacán, Mexico and they are achieving relevant results. I really recommend to know and support your work.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to the Monarch Butterfly Fuhd's trust and support, our organization has been actively working for 20 years for the conservation and recovery of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve (MBBR), achieving many things including the improvement of the standard of living of its inhabitants through capacity development. We are based in Mexico and through our community development strategy we train local communities, reforest and promote sustainable development projects. We are very proud of our partnership with MBF and hope to continue working together to reach our common goal of conserving the forest ecosystem in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve through sustainable activities that will preserve the monarch butterflies and increase the wellbeing and knowledge of the local communites.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having worked with monarch butterflies for 45+ years, as The Butterfly Whisperer® I am frequently asked to support and/or promote various individuals, groups and organizations dedicated to the preservation and protection of our winged friends. The recent and widespread increase in interest to help monarchs is most inspiring! Of all the options now available to put my full support behind, the MBF is my go-to choice. I have such confidence in this group - their dedication, large picture thinking, collaborative spirit, collective expertise and impactful projects - that when I married in 2016, our guests were invited to donate to the MBF in lieu of wedding gifts. You too are invited to support the MBF... It's 100% Butterfly Whisperer® approved!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member of the Monarch Butterfly Fund, I see the great impact that the organization is having to increase the knowledge the needed to conserve the overwintering sites of the monarch butterfly. The Monarch Butterfly Fund supports local organizations and scientist to obtain needed funds to implement needed work in the communities (like finding alternative sources of incomes instead of logging the forest) and to purse further fundraising.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Monarch Butterfly Fund does great work. Their projects have helped not only the Monarch butterfly increase its population but the people in the Communities surrounded by the overwintering grounds benefit from its many fine projects. Education is a big part of what they do, leading to motivation to do things a better way.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor to Monarch Butterfly Fund, I know that it is most important to conserve and rehabilitate the forests in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, but to also to improve the quality of life for the ejidatarios living in the Reserve. Many of these people live in extreme poverty. Improving their quality of life may allow these people to be better able to be the true guardians of their own forests. I like how MBF partners with many other organizations doing effective work in the Reserve. The research MBF supports will guide efforts to conserve and protect the monarchs and their forests. I will continue to donate to Monarch Butterfly Fund in 2019. I am confident that their strategies are the best ones.

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Donor

Rating: 5

From what I am reading at the Monarch Butterfly Fund website (monarchconservation.org) this has been another productive year for this effective 501 (c) (3) non profit, engaging in projects that benefit both the monarchs and the ejidatarios who live in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. Contrary to comments made in an earlier review by John Marks, MBF was not created in 2014 but in 2009 through a merger of two non-profits, and they have expanded on the projects they support in the Reserve. I am sending them a donation today to ensure that the work they do will continue.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Monarch Butterfly Fund continues to provide critical support for the monarchs and their forests in Mexico, but also support for the people who live here. Our 2018 reforestation project in partnership with Alternare was a success. In 2016, we supported recovery of a 10-hectare illegally logged forest on Sierra Chincua - very close to where monarchs overwinter each year. We provided fencing for the area that will recover through natural regeneration to keep cattle out. The results of scientific research we support will provide knowledge for those planning to preserve and protect the monarch forests. Workshops will help local citizens improve the quality of their lives as true guardians of their own forests. Thank you.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Monarch Butterfly Fund carries out effective work in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve because of partnerships developed with the Reserve management, local communities and NGO's. These projects benefit the monarchs but also the ejidatarios who make the Reserve their home. Past projects include reforestation, workshops on the construction of water cisterns and high efficiency wood stoves. As active participants in the reforestation and rehabilitation of 10 ha of Monarch Reserve forest that were egregiously illegally logged on Sierra Chincua last summer, MBF was involved in the planning, Board members engaged in tree planting, and MBF made key recommendations which included allowing parts of the area with healthy oyamel fir seedlings to regenerate naturally. MBF paid for fencing to keep wandering cattle out of the natural regeneration areas. This important work must continue! Your generous donation will make this happen. Read about our work at http://monarchbutterflyfund.org . Thank you.

Paul208

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Monarch Butterfly Fund has never posted photos documenting how it has ever used donation money to help monarch butterflies in a biologically meaningful way. Example: TheFund has never posted photos of new butterfly cluster trees planted at the overwintering sites in Mexico to replace those that were cut down by loggers, toppled by storm winds or mudslides or burned during forest fires.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Think, people! This organization JUST STARTED in summer, 2014! Their so-called "reviews" are dated at the same time as their start-up! Yet, those reviews and the home page are claiming a long and successful track record by the MBF! Do you really want to give your money to a group who is not honest about their origins? Who is not honest about what they have actually done as the Monarch Butterfly Fund? Who recruits others to be DIS-honest for them in writing these "reviews"? Whose very tiny, very recent track record exists in another country where their alleged activities cannot be monitored or verified?

The PEOPLE who have formed MBF have a long track record as dedicated monarch researchers with MANY years in that field combined. But the ORGANIZATION is not as they claim. Why would they do that? What could possibly be the motive? Would it have anything to do with the U.S. President opening the financial floodgates for monarch and pollinator conservation and these people hurriedly formed this group to cash in? The presidential announcement and the MBF were made public at the same time. Why not say" we have created this new group and this is what we want to do, will you help us"? Why lie? That's a BIG RED FLAG.

You would all do well to back up from this thing and go very slowly. Or maybe not go at all! There are other groups of long-standing and with an incredible success rate who have been re-foresting the monarch biosphere reserve areas. You would do well to check them out first before going with a brand new group who makes false claims and believe they are very clever to do so.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The monarch butterfly fund is a professional and credible organization dedicated to conserving monarch butterflies and their habitat. By partnering with local communities, the Monarch Butterfly Fund is working to strengthen conservation efforts while improving the quality of life of both butterfly and local people populations. The experts, members and donors who invest in this organization are committed to the well being of people, butterflies and the planet.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I could not think of a group of people that is more committed to monarch butterfly conservation than MBF. I completely disagree with username VGRR who says that MBF only provides travel funds for a few monarch enthusiasts. Clearly, this person has not been involved with MBF and has no clue of what MBF does for Mexican ejidatarios who protect and conserve the overwintering habitat for monarchs. I have been lucky enough to get to know and to collaborate with MBF board members who are the most knowledgeable group of scientists I know. I have never been in touch with a group of people that is so driven to conserve the migratory phenomenon of monarch butterflies. I would like to invite username VGRR to come to Mexico and witness how MBF has changed the lives of many people and has supported various projects aimed at conservation of the overwintering sites. If anybody is interested in knowing what MBF does in Mexico I invite them to contact me. Kind regards,
Dr. Pablo Jaramillo López, Ph.D. (pjaramil1@gmail.com)

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Monarch Butterfly Fund is doing a great job of taking action to reverse the downward trend in the population of the Monarch butterfly. I expect that we will see positive results in a few years.