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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;

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114 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The OURF is a fantastic foundation that truly cares about the well being for orangutans and does an incredible job in creating programs that are both proactive and sustainable. It’s founder, Dr. Gary Shapiro, has a dedication to orangutans that is utterly inspiring and his drive to save the species translates into motivating the whole OURF team.As a volunteer for the organization, I can attest to the supportive community that this foundation is built on. When you contribute your time to this cause you're always included in discussions and appreciated for your efforts. I’ve met some amazingly generous and enthusiastic people while participating in this non-profits events and am so glad to be a part of it. When I first heard about the OURF I had only planned to donate to the cause, but there is something about this foundation that instills a desire to want to do more. If your looking to be a part of a non-profit that allows you to contribute at a pace that is comfortable for you and allows you to apply your strengths towards environmental conservation, then OURF is perfect for you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Prillicia Gumbang
I am the recipient of Orangutan Caring Scholarship program in 2018. This NGO really inspired me with real actions to protect and do conservation activities for the Orangutan in Borneo and Sumatera. I'm so thankfully for the scholarship awarded to me. This enables me to meaningfully participate and engage in conservation program activities in Palangka Raya,
Central Kalimantan. I am very excited because I can use this opportunity to learn about Bornean forests and orangutans in my home town by taking part in BNF program activities as a student and volunteer. I truly feel blessed to have this opportunity and to be connected
through our shared love and care for orangutans’ survival...

1 Fani S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

OURF is proof where we can see that humans can take conservation actions to save highly protected animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the best NGO that have a strong objective for orangutan and their habitat conservation. They also provide a scholarship to student who are seeking career in conservation field to further enhance awarness about orangutan degraded population especially in Borneo and Sumatera.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The OURF is truly an amazing organization that is run by some of the most passionate people that I have ever met. Every event that they held was always an eye opening experience for me personally.

Soehartono H.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was visit to Bukit Lawang with Mr. Gary S. Also to Kalimantan

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

Jordan R.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a group of wonderful and passionate individuals working toward offering sustainable, regenerative, long-term solutions to problems that threaten orangutans and the human communities that share their environment.

kawaiirei

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with OURF for more than 2 years now, It is always delightful for me to work and learn from the Orangutan Caring Scholarship project. I am learning a lot on leadership and I am getting a lot of depth insights on what is happening to our planet from the founder, Gary Shapiro, OURF's boards members and other volunteers that I came across.
I feel that the contributions I am getting from being part of OURF has given more to me than my own contributions to the organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have just known Dr. Gary Shapiro and OURF 3 years ago but as along as I work in an organization which is supported by Dr. Gary and OURF, I believe that this man and his organization has a high commitment on the orangutan conservation in Indonesia especially Sumatera and Borneo. I really respect their hard efforts to educate people all around the world to be more care and aware on the importance of protecting orangutans and their habitat. They touch and reach all aspects of life. Not only educating people but helping people in creating creating sustainable alternative small businesses for the people living in the buffer zone of Gunung Leuser National Park in order to save the orangutans and their habitat. It is an honor to me to work together with Dr. Gary and OURF.

Alfi Syahrin S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel happy to be given the opportunity to be involved with OURF and of course with Mr. Gary Shapiro. OURF is a non-profit organization that is deeply committed to orangutan conservation, and it cares for community groups on the edge of the forest.

It is an honor to have the opportunity to meet and be involved with the OURF. It is a wonderful organization that is actually doing real work on the ground to save orangutans in the wild.

Ms_Liz

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a small but effective non-profit organization that shares its enthusiasm about trying to preserve the dwindling habitat and populations of orangutans in Indonesia, with Americans here, as well as in other countries. specifically, it has partnered with a larger conservation organization from Australia, The Orangutan Project which has allowed OURF to build its capacity. OURF focuses its field work in villages adjacent to the Leuser Ecosystem in North Sumatra, as well as in several provinces on the island of Borneo (Kalimantan) where orangutans can still be found. I volunteer for OURF and cooperate with the president in reviewing the progress reports of its Indonesian Team that operate out of Medan Sumatera. Being small, I find OURF is a nimble, personable, and educational group. Also important to me, it cultivates sustainable living practices to minimize adverse environmental impacts in the local villages.

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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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Donor

Rating: 5

After attending a fundraiser I realized the importance Of this foundation to save the rainforest which provide the most necessary elements to protect all speciesIncluding mankind. I witnessed The compassion and dedication of all those involved in this organization. I am inspired on a daily basis to be conscious of our planet and what it takes To sustain mankind. I encourage anyone to attend a fundraiser and support this organization to preserve The rain forest and all the species that depend on what it provides for all to survive. A personal thanks to Gary for his years of dedication and professionalism and continuing this most important mission. To include the education in this mission as a most important element of success in years to come.

Kate D.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization! Gary is incredibly knowledge and dedicated, and has done tremendous work building up partnerships on the ground in Indonesia. Local education and appreciation for orangutans is critical to saving this species, and Gary and OURF are on the front lines.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Thank you for Orang Utan Republik Foundation Inc. and to Mr. Gary Shapiro, my special needs son has developed not only fondness but sympathy to the welfare of Orangutans around the world. The Orangutans were his first love and to this date is very active in advocating and educating us, his family, his classmates and friends about his dear Orangutans. LJ is 7 years old.

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm familiar with Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) and Dr. Gary Shapiro through my partner, who has been volunteering with the organization since 2016. Through her, I've learned so much about OURF's educational efforts to protect orangutans and rainforests, and projects within communities close to rainforests in North Sumatra, Indonesia.

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.

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.

Jilly S

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Orange Utan Republik has and is doing so much to help protect the animals, the environment, and is directly working with the local people of Indonesia.
Gary and the team have also helped guide and involve me directly through my travels to Sumatra to help these endangered animals!
Thanks for all you do!

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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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteering for OURF since December 2017 and have really become very passionate about this organization and what its doing in regards to the conservation of Orangutans and its natural habitat. I have helped spur a season of volunteer events where volunteers are going to different events helping educate the public and answer questions they may have regarding palm oil and Orangutans. The funds we have helped raise and donate are going to different scholarship programs in Indonesia to the young Indonesians who will grow to be ambassadors for their environment and the endangered species in that habitat. The funds and attention we've brought to OURF has helped sustain the Mobile Engineering and Conservation Unit. This unit not only provides education and training to villagers in areas adjacent to Gunung Leuser National Park, the MECU Program provides transport of young trees and supplies and a strategy to plant diverse species in degraded forest areas within Gunung Leuser National Park. OURF and CPOI-Sumut have received permission by the Park authority to conduct tree-planting in regions in and around the national park. Additionally, the MECU Team works with local famers in villages to reduce conflict with ape populations in adjacent forest habitat by enhancing agro-forestry techniques that improve productivity on existing farm and community forestland including creation of recycling/waste management/composting projects; soil quality enhancement, tree-planting, and developing appropriate permaculture methods.

Harvey J.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a regular supporter to this organization for about a decade and truly admire the dedication they are showing to saving the Orangutan in the wild.

Dr. Gary Shapiro, who leads this Non-Profit, has spent the majority of his life with a steadfast goal of improving the conditions for this closely related Ape and for the world's animals as well.

I have had the amazing opportunity to travel to the jungles with Dr. Shapiro to see the Orangutans in their natural habitat. After spending time with them you come away with a new understanding of the world's eco system and what WE as humans need to do to help save our planet.

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Donor

Rating: 5

When I first ventured to the Jungles of Borneo, in 1996, I first became aware of the desperate plight of the Orangutans. I have been supporting their cause for many years and truly believe that the work done by OURF, through education, is now the best way to help save this amazing species from extinction. I look forward to their next fundraiser on November 15th.

Gregory F. T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife and I, working with the director of the Orang Utan Republik Foundation, were able to raise enough money to fully fund an orangutan caring scholarship to help a deserving Indonesian student attend four years of college to study biology or forestry. I saw a tape of the awards ceremony and was able to see the scholarship recipient with her father. The caring scholarship is important since it fulfills a critical mission of the Foundation - to educate each new generation about its role in preserving and sustaining human and animal habitats. Of course, the Foundation does much more. Gregory F. Tague, Ph.D.

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!

1 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.

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.

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful group! Their work is vital to save primates!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

OURF works with heart and passion educating and inspiring. More can be done with greater resources.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Orang Utan Republik Foundation (ORIF) is a small, but effective non-profit organization. Since 2006, ORIF has supported over 100 scholarships and fellowships for Indonesian students pursuing degrees in biology, conservation, and other orangutan-related fields. ORIF's founder Gary Shapiro is well-respected for his long-term involvement in and dedication to orangutan conservation. In addition to leading his own organization, Gary has been an active member and strong supporter of my organization's mission to empower educators and protect primates. I give ORIF and Gary my strongest recommendation.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I met Dr. Shapiro long time ago in Los Angeles while he was helping the Orang Utan Foundation. I became his wife's friend and later become a friend of the family. I know how much he loves Orang Utans and tries so hard to do good things for them so they will have a good life like us which are part of earth population. Aren't we supposed to share the good life with God's other creatures? I am glad to know that he finally has found his own foundation, so he will have more control. By educating people to love Orang Utans, to preserve their habitat, and to save our planet . I believe in him, so I am happy to support him. Dr. Shapiro is the right person to do it.

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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!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

With the raising awareness and campaigns towards global warming, there are still lots of companies destroying forests for the sake of making money. Leaving the world we live with less and less species exists. If we do nothing, many more species Will put on course to extinction, especialy the nearly extinct Orang Utan.

Personally I love animals, especially Orang Utans, because, they are so similar to us. In fact, 97% of their genes are identical to human. Wathing them live in the wild is like watching myself live in freedom. In contrast, watching them killed for hobby or for making money by our fellow human is just disheartening.

Luckily, there are some people who are willing to put their heart to protect Orang Utan from extinction, they are the guys in OURF (Orang Utan Republic Foundation). They have done fantastic job to achieve their mission. They are improving the economy of people who live nearby the forest to minimize Orang Utan trafficking. They hosts charity events, while giving education about what each of us can do to help Orang Utan's habitat unharmed. They also lobbied local government to create regulations to avoid deforestation.

Those are the moves I see OURF is doing. Clearly they are facing a high mountain to climb, and they need support from each of us. Lets protect our forests and Orang Utan together! Lets support OURF!

1 Amy_225

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

OURF have done amazing work in the fields of Orang-utan Conservation, Forest Management and education. Their great work needs to continue. Once we loose this incredible habitat and its creatures, they are gone forever!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Orang Utan Republik Foundation is a stellar nonprofit my wife and I gladly volunteer for. It generates awareness for rampant deforestation in Indonesia and similar locales throughout the world for the sole purpose of sating the palm oil industry. The habitat of orangutans and other fauna and flora is summarily destroyed--and thousands of acres are burned off by fire daily. There exists today far better and cheaper alternatives to palm oil that do NOT involve the destruction of rainforests and jungles. Ecosystems throughout the world are permanently decimated and the damage to our ecological system and its balances are severely compromised. The work of the Orang Utan Foundation works vigorously to combat this threat to our natural environment. It is why I wholeheartedly support and work for this foundation.

Kindest regards,

Philip Anthony-Rodriguez
Actor/Activist

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Seeing first hand what OURF stands for and the people/advocates behind it, I personally felt a connection like no other. They educate and train local people about orangutans and help improve their livelihood without sacrificing their wilderness areas. OURF's commitment to educate and assist with the deforestation problem while aiding the livelihood of orangutans, is not only touching but has made me a strong supporter as well. Their passion, commitment and unrelenting volunteer work is a true example of what every organization (non-profit or not) should strive to be! Gary Shapiro is a genuine and caring leader and advocate -- thank you Gary for introducing me to your wonderful organization.