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Orang Utan Republik Foundation Inc

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Causes: Animals, Education, Environment, Forest Conservation, International, International Development, 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: * 172 scholarships to Indonesian students over the past 14 years; * 8 fellowships to Indonesian and international students over the past 12 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: 20 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 and Borneo Nature Foundation 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 rainforest; * 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

99 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!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with Gary Shapiro for the past 2 years. His dedication, passion and commitment are unwavering. Through the Orang Utan Republik Foundation Inc, he works tirelessly to affect real change by empowering and supporting Indonesian people to protect the last remaining rainforests in Indonesia. He draws on decades of experience of orangutan conservation to make a real difference on the ground. OURF is a professional, well organised and trustworthy organisation.

Susan Hursted C.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I traveled to Borneo in 2007 and saw the devastation first-hand. There are a number of organizations that are purchasing land and rescuing orangutans. Orang Utan Republik Foundation is focused on educating Indonesians about the importance of preserving habitat and protecting wild orangutans for many years. They provide scholarships for students who want to study forestry, biology, veterinary medicine, and related fields, work with villages to address conflict with wild orangutans and more.

Soehartono H.

Donor

Rating: 5

Very interesting “Save Orang utan” , 3 times to the forest Pangkalan Bun, Bukit Lawang and Borneo

Donor

Rating: 5

This foundation provides much needed support and possibilities to habitants ( humans & animals ) of the Asian rain forest regions.
Further it spreads much needed awareness about the precious eco system and its dependents. The work of this charity has been continuously outstanding with a strong positive outlook whilst facing many obstacles. With help of Orangutan Republik the seed for preservation of our most precious eco stystem has been planted and we are hoping for a strong growth.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Gary Shapiro is a sustainable practices pioneer who has been singularly devoted to his field for more than 30 years no and consequently has risen to become a legend in his own time. No other researcher, field scientist, or change advocate that I've yet to meet (and I've met many striving to save endangered orangutans from extinction) is as passionate, authentical, vocal, caring and competent to wage the fight to push back ever advancing habitat encroachment and substitute sound envinronmental stewardship policies in their place as he is. He is well worth your attention and consideration. - N J Sperling

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Orang Utan Republik is a very important foundation that initiate and act to protect the well being of a unique and beautiful animal endemic to the Indonesian. As an Indonesian I fell grateful to know such foundation that protect our national treasure, thank you. Best of success.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I became acquainted with Gary & his organization in 2016 through a friend of mine Ms. Ronna Phelps & her philanthropic efforts.
I have gotten to know Gary and seen many of the truly remarkable programs he has been able to effectively implement in Indonesia & Borneo.
Gary’s extensive knowledge & experience in the region along with family ties have made truly remarkable inroads to make big changes to what the future of the Jungle and its ecosystems will look like heading into the future.
His well placed efforts to educate the youth & decision makers of tomorrow will surely pay great dividends in wild Asia’s future!
Billy Snook, Chief Diver with Fabien Cousteau Expeditions. & his Ocean Learning Center.

1 Robert74

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I’ve had the pleasure and good fortune of knowing Gary for over 40 years. When we met he was a graduate student with Roger Fouts and I was an undergrad student with Roger. Gary actually introduced me to chimps shortly after we met at the Institute for Primate Studies in Norman Oklahoma. I’ve followed Gary’s great work with Orang Utan Republik for many years. His work and the work of this foundation are critical components of efforts to save this incredible species. I’m honored to be able to support Gary and this foundations work and I hope you will as well. Bob Ingersoll

Monique14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have attended many events for OURF and have met most of the board members. You will not find a group more passionate and it all starts with President Gary Shapiro’s year’s of expertise in the field of Orangutan study. Nobody knows more about orangutans and the importance of saving this species. My hope is that they win the fight.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked personally with Gary Shapiro and the Orang Utan Republic over the last 3 years. I have witnessed his commitment to the orangutans first hand. Gary goes to Borneo and speaks with tribal people there about poaching and sustainable palm oil practices in order to save the species. I am honored to know of a non-profit where all the proceeds actually go to the intended beneficiary. I wish there were more like him.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The best. Simply put O.UR.F. stands for the aninals they claim to protect. They are always pusbing and educating people on the facts and using their time and resources to keep the Orang Utans alive in our life time and for future generations to come.

LOCKEY100

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful animal charity achieving great things and protecting not only orangutans but other animals that inhabit the forests of Borneo and Sumatra.

Donor

Rating: 5

Thank you to the Orang Utan Republik Foundation for all your great efforts in spreading awareness to such an important cause, saving orangutans and protecting their natural habitat, it is also very impressive to see that your work educates and changes the lives of people living in Indonesia, I'm excited to be part of making a difference. Keep up the great work you are doing.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an excellent organization, making a strong impact on orangutan conservation. They are trustworthy, professional, and do what they say they are going to do. I have full confidence in their work.

Troy.K

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Orang Utan Republik Foundation is a wonderful organisation effecting real change by supporting local communities via education scholarships and other collaborations. Over many years working in orangutan conservation I've witnessed a very well run organisation with a excellent reputation in this sector and, more importantly, with the local communities.

Wendy86

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An excellent organization well run and making a difference in the world

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for OURF since 2011.
I think the work Dr. Gary Shapiro is doing is important as he is pro-actively helping Orangutans through education.
I fully support his organization OURF and will continue to help them reach their goals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love orangutans. There fore I love people trying to help them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife volunteers with Orang Utan Republik Foundation and through her I have learned about this non profits wonderful work in Indonesian with the habitat of the Orangutan. Gary Shapiro, the founder, is the beating heart of this organization. Him, the volunteers and the board members do everything from administering scholarships to students in Indonesia who would be ambassadors to the fragile ecosystem of Sumatra and Borneo as well as funding the Mobile Education and Conservation Unit that protects the eco system in and around North Sumatra. This organization and its members inspire me everyday.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported OURF for over 5 years. I have met Gary Shapiro and his compassion for Orangutans, the Indonesian people and their environment is obvious. This organization works to educate young locals to become future protectors of the area. They also frequently collaborate with other organizations dedicated to the protection of orangutans.
I highly recommend this nonprofit!

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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.

Sophie S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i didn’t have the knowledge of the situation that is occurring to the orangutans. my sister takes part of this organization and when she shared the information with me, it really opened my eyes to what most people don’t even know!
i love animals and think this organization is taking steps to ensure the protection of their rightful homes

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization and an amazing cause. I had the pleasure to be able to go and volunteer in Sumatra. It was a definite eye opener, and very educational. The beings are so beautiful.