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Orang Utan Republik Foundation Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: the mission of the Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) is to save the orangutans of Indonesia through conservation education, outreach initiatives and innovative collaborative programs that inspire and call people to action. We are also the USA chapter of TOP that supports numerous wildlife and habitat conservation programs.

Results: Funds raised and administered have provided: * 130 scholarships to Indonesian students over the past 12 years; * 8 fellowships to Indonesian and international students over the past 11 years; * programs to thousands of grade school students in N. Sumatra and Jakarta; * formal and informal education programs to villagers in numerous communities near Gunung Leuser National Park; * Orangutan Caring Week activities in Indonesia and venues around the world (since 2005) * support for the Sumatran Orangutan Education Conference, Workshop and Summit (2006) that crafted curricula specific to reduce the killing of orangutans; * support to the Orangutan Caring Foundation of Indonesia to build institutional capacity to further the mission of the foundation (since 2006).

Target demographics: low-income college bound students in North Sumatra, Aceh and West Kalimantan, Indonesia; grade school through high school students in N. Sumatra and Jakarta, Indonesia; people at all levels of Indonesian society that threaten the survival of orangutans.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 18 college students with scholarships; and hundreds of villagers in N. Sumatra.

Geographic areas served: Indonesia

Programs: * Orangutan Caring Scholarship program, a collaboration with the Orangutan Information Center in Sumatra & Yayasan Palung in Borneo that provides 4-year scholarships to needy students in Biology, Forestry and Veterinary Science; * LP Jenkins Memorial Fellowship, provides funds to graduate students conducting field research on orangutans and rain forest; * Mobile Education & Conservation Unit, a program with the Orangutan Caring Club of N. Sumatra provides education and training to villagers living near orangutans to reduce the human-wildlife conflict and improve their quality of life; * Orangutan Caring Week, a collaboration with orangutan groups, zoos and others to call attention to the plight of the species each November;

Community Stories

75 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

Never has there been a group of people so dedicated and committed to such an important cause. Their passion for the Orang Utan community is not only immeasurable but also addicting. The incredible research that has been done by these folks on the habitats and preservation of these fantastic creatures would amaze anyone! After hearing several hands-on experts speak along with their extremely informative video presentations, I knew right away that as long as this Foundation is around and supported , that Orang Utans would have the best chance to be protected and nurtured. What a wonderful, professional, well organized, educated and essential cause to protect such beautiful creatures!!

Holly_D

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with Gary Shapiro and Orang Utan Republik Foundation for many years helping to promote Orangutan Caring Week (OCW) event held internationally in November each year. The event helps to spread awareness about the plight of orangutans and the urgent threats to their rainforest homes with the goal of motivating people to care – and to care enough to be moved to action.
Through the work Gary and the Foundation do, they have not only motivated me to action, but they have inspired me through all the work they do from providing scholarships and grants to education projects to many other successful projects in Indonesia.
OURF has shown the true meaning of caring and have in turn they continue to encourage and motivate many others to care and act to save this incredible species, as well.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a Harvard affiliated professional, I have been extremely impressed with the Orang Utan Republik Foundation's, impressive, movement on social media to raise awareness for conservation education and the Indonesian Orangutan. They have a solid presence on Facebook and have become a valued source for educational and collaborative tools within the academic, social media, community. The Foundation's efforts are sincere, and Dr. Gary Shapiro's passion for saving one of our planet's most prized species, the Orangutan, is not only contageous, but restorative -- to our hope that determined and tireless outreach will make a difference!

Kim R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I contacted Dr. Gary Shapiro after seeing an ad on Volunteer Match for an Orang Utan Republik Foundation volunteer. He enthusiastically explained how his interests peaked in orangutan behavior to education and conservation, sharing many stories and laughs along the way. I have been an OURF social media volunteer for approximately one year and appreciate the opportunity to learn so much about orangutans and the impacts human activity have on its habitat and well-being.

I made a personal trip to Indonesia in summer 2017 and talked with Dr. Shapiro about seeing some of the efforts OURF supports through their partner in North Sumatra, Yayasan Peduli Orangutan Indonesia (YPOI). I enjoyed the opportunity to stay with a family in Bukit Lawang, Sumatra for several weeks, spending time learning organic sustainable farming techniques at the demonstration plot, visiting local schools to share information about orangutans and their habitat, and experiencing the natural beauty of North Sumatra. My experiences with YPOI, afforded by my connection to OURF, are unforgettable. New friendships, ideas, and memories were made from my trip and I can not be more grateful for them.

By supporting OURF, you are supporting local efforts in orangutan conservation, environmental education, and community development. I am happy to take part in each of these components first-hand and hope that if anyone else that may have a desire to do the same will contact OURF for a truly unique and meaningful experience.

Advisor

Rating: 5

A few months ago, I began providing the Orang Utan Republik Foundation legal advice. I've had an affinity for orangutans my whole life but hadn't made the effort to help those wonderful beings. I hoped I would find doing my small part for the organization rewarding and it truly has been rewarding to see the dedication this organization provides. I am so impressed by the devotion that the Orang Utan Republik Foundation has for orangutan conservation. Educating Indonesian youngsters, and others, is a proactive way of slowing the diminution of the numbers of the species, because education and awareness begets empathy. Practical conservation efforts need empathy to succeed. Unlike organizations that just talk the talk, the Orang Utan Republik Foundation actually rolls up their sleeves and makes the effort. Human beings owe a duty of stewardship to the animals on this planet and Dr. Gary Shapiro, his team and the Orang Utan Republik's volunteers are true stewards.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In an impromptu decision to accompany my friend to Indonesia, I experienced a trip of a lifetime! My introduction to the OURF community and its mission began by meeting the passionate people behind it. We witnessed firsthand the amazing job by the OURF locals and volunteers in Bukit Lawang in educating their communities on conservation and the plight of the orangutan. We participated in the various OURF educational programs such as replicating sustainable organic farming techniques at their demplot and teaching the local school children the importance of the orangutan, both of which are making a difference! Seeing the ecosystems of orangutans and the communities plagued by the realities of the palm oil industry with my own eyes confirmed why OURF is so critical to the future there and why I want to continue to be a part of it!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am happy to give my time volunteering for OURF because of the amazing results they get. OURF is making a wonderful difference to orangutan conservation, and also to the lives of communities who live near endangered wildlife. I highly recommend being involved or donating to this organisation.

Donor

Rating: 5

Without this organization to educate the locals and care for the orangutans, one day soon they may be no more. I donate to them because I believe in their work and commitment. What would we do without volunteers such as this organization? What would become of the orangutans? I want to thank them for their dedication to saving the orangutans!

Dave60

Donor

Rating: 5

i am a big supporter of Orangutan Republik and have traveled with them to Borneo with them to see these beautiful animals. It was a great trip and I highly recommend it. My heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Gary Shapiro and all those working to protect these beautiful animals.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is critical in providing for the survival of red ape cousins. I am a strong believer and donor for this worthy organization. I strongly encourage others to get involved and work for a better future for us and these beautiful animals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found Gary Shapiro and Orangutan Republik prior to traveling to Indonesia to help save the critically endangered orangutan. I had learned about their dangers and wanted to see for myself and help! Gary set my friend and I up to stay with a local family who were part of the Team in Sumatra. We worked with them, along with other local team members to help get the communities involved and also helping preserve the environment for the orangutans. There is still work to be done to bring these magnificent beings' population back up and Orangutan Republik is and has been working hard at it! It was such a learning and rewarding experience I will be returning to Indonesia to work more with the team!

Donor

Rating: 5

Fabulous non-profit working with/for real people in Indonesia regarding sustainable farming, rain forest reclamation, and orangutan caring. Donations go a long way. Founders and president 100% committed.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure of meeting Gary Shapiro, the President of Orang Utan Republik, on a few occasions. Gary's passion for helping both orangutans and the people and ecology of Indonesia are beyond compare. Orang Utan Republik takes a educational approach to help save the area, focusing on empowering the young people in the region to protect their home and all that inhabit it. This meshes well with some of their partner organizations who focus more directly on the animals in peril. This helps to establish both short and long term goals for the small organizations attempting to save all of the amazing life in Borneo and Sumatra.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have known Dr. Gary Shairo many years as we share great appreciation for the rainforests of Sumatra and Borneo in Indonesia. I am a donor, a Board Member, and a volunteer to this worthwhile organization that strives to enhance the lives of the Indonesians themselves, in addition to trying to guide land use practices in proximity to natural habitat of orangutans and other highly valued endangered forest species. A great strength of this organization is its collaboration with other like-minded conservation organizations focused on protecting orangutans in Indonesia. Recently, the Orang Utan Republik (OUR) officially partnered with an Australian non-profit known as The Orangutan Project (TOP) which is a much larger organization, so that OUR may enjoy greater capacity for larger projects than before. These two organizations will work in concert with each other.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

This small non-profit organization has accomplished much within its multiple ongoing programs that all center around the theme of preserving and protecting orangutans and their habitat in Indonesia . While Gary Shapiro pretty much runs the show, he is training and cultivating relationships with local Indonesians and other Indonesian NGOs to perform the tasks of the organization and to enrich the local people in the process. OURF emphasizes education, bringing topical instruction to classrooms as well as educating by demonstration and leadership, examples of sustainable agriculture and living practices that have lower environmental impacts in communities situated in the vicinity of orangutans. Because of careful oversight and application of good communication skills, OURF operates on a modest budget but touches many people and groups in both Northern Sumatera and a few locations in Borneo, where orangutans still can be found.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of volunteering for the Orang Utan Republik Foundation for a few years. It is an outstanding organization that is making a big impact to protect and raise awareness of the dire situation that the orangutans in Indonesia are in. Orangutans are only found in the rain forests of Borneo and Sumatra. It is a small organization and as a volunteer I am able to contribute and help make a meaningful difference. OURF also provides scholarships to vet students in Indonesia who are also involved in the effort to save and preserve the orangutans. Dr Shapiro has dedicated his life to this work and it's beyond work, it's a true passion and commitment on every level to save "a species through education initiatives and innovative collaborative projects"... The important work OURF is doing should be highly recognized and a great organization to get involved with. Orangutans are critically endangered and OURF works tirelessly to save this precious species.

Alan41

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have the utmost of respect for the environmental work being done by the Orang Utan Republik Foundation and for the passion of the foundation's leadership and staff. I have had many years of experience in working directly with a variety of charitable causes and the OURF is high on my list of having significant impact on real world solutions to some of the most significant environmental issues of our times. This is a cause well worth support and attention. The Pongo Awards brings focus and funding to matters of the rainforests around the world and of the indigenous wildlife facing extinction. The OURF is at the forefront of seeking the protection of this wildlife and of our planet.

pmim

Advisor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that is truly doing the actual work in the field to save orangutans in the wild, who are critically endangered and one of the closest species to the human race. If we loose them, we loose a part of our own humanity.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) is a great organisation that I have been supporting and working along side for years and now have the privileged to work within - OURF is protecting the environment through education and inspiring the next generation of protectors of the environment.

Donor

Rating: 5

I contacted OURF founder Dr. Gary Shapiro a year ago when I was writing and illustrating a children's picture book about orangutan. We wanted it to be scientifically accurate, even though aimed at young kids. Gary offered to fact-check the book and was very helpful with both the text and the pictures. His professionalism and knowledge are very extensive. Since then I've been following OURF on social media, and I see that his passion, and that of his staff, is extensive too. The work they do makes a real difference in the orangutan world.

1 Jason25

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is top notch. They tirelessly work to save orangutans and educate and inspire the young people of Indinesia to take an active role in orangutan conservation and protection. I have supported this group since 2006 and will continue to recommend them to anyone who wants to help make a difference in an increasingly tough battle to save orangutans.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that is helping orangutans by educating the Indonesian people and most importantly young people on how criticallly endangered orangutans are and what can be done to help them fight off extinction. Gary is the most passionate person i know when it comes to orangutans. Since the 70's he has tirelessly worked on their behalf and now heads up Orangutan Republik. I am honored to be able to help in what little ways i can by donating sculptures and raising money through them to help them out. I truly want to see this organization flourish and keep doing what they do best... SAVING ORANGUTANS

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Without OURF there might not be any of these majestic animals left in the wild in our lifetime! Education and awareness are the key elements needed to protect orangutans. OURF is doing a great job of BOTH.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After my first visit to Borneo and seeing wild and rehabilitated orangutans both, I wanted to know more about how to help save these amazing animals. After researching numerous organizations that claim to help orangutans, I chose the ORANG UTAN REPUBLIK FOUNDATION because they are going after the ROOT of the problem which is the education of the very people that can save them. While on a layover at LAX Dr. Shapiro even drove to the airport to meet with me to discuss the organization and how to best help out.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group is The best of the best, truly dedicated to conservation of the beloved orangutan, and all those who live in Indonesia, human and nonhuman alike.