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Rainforest Partnership

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Environment, Forest Conservation, Land Resources Conservation, Protection of Endangered Species, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

Mission: Our mission is to protect and regenerate tropical rainforests by working with the people of the forests to develop sustainable livelihoods that empower and respect both people and nature. Our project model: We partner with forest communities to help them make an income that allows them to protect their forests. We do this by working with communities to develop and market products made out of raw materials found only in the rainforest or by providing services that are unique to rainforest. By developing the market for these products, locally, elsewhere in Latin America, and in the U.S., sales of these goods and services give residents a financial stake in protecting their forests.

Target demographics: We partner and work with indigenous rainforest communities help them make a sustainable income that allows them to protect their forests and their way of life.

Geographic areas served: Communities with tropical rainforests

Community Stories

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working at RP for two years now, and the experience has been a defining one in my life. The people who work at Rainforest Partnership are passionate about the cause and that enthusiasm spreads to office culture. I've had the opportunity to take on interesting work from the beginning, working with people from all different backgrounds.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been working with Rainforest Partnership's since last Fall and seen firsthand the value all members from different levels have for the core principles RP holds. I enjoy that I'm coming into a setting that I recognize my work is appreciated as well seeing how it all comes together to make a difference in the work RP does working with the communities within South America. Rainforest Partnership's mission to protect tropical rainforest by giving the people on the grounds their own economic alternatives to deforestation. Their projects have amazing outcomes from empowering women based businesses to ecotourism! This not only helps alleviates destruction of an ecosystem but also establish the longevity of these communities with their traditional customs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been working here since last December. Everyone I've met in RP is absolutely passionate and friendly. When I first met Niyanta, Executive Director of RP, I was so impressed by the way she works. It's not just about rainforest but also animals and people, too. I'm sure that working with Rainforest Partnership would be a great opportunity for everyone to think about how everything that lives is interconnected and do something helpful for this planet.

Chantelle B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've absolutely loved working with the RP! I first joined as a volunteer grant writer, and have since contributed on a regular basis to the website blog.
The leadership at this organization is extraordinarily passionate, focused, and devoted to accomplishing the goals that we've set for ourselves.
Rainforest protection and welfare is an important cause that affects us all, and the Rainforest Partnership is doing a great job raising awareness and raising funds to contribute to being a solution.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering for Rainforest Partnership! I love working with a group of truly passionate people that have a great desire to help make our world a better place!

Caroline M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely love this non-profit located right in the heart of Austin, Texas. I volunteered with them for a couple months while I was going to school, and everyone within the organization is so friendly and passionate. They truly care about what they are doing, and the fact that they team up with the tribes from the Amazon sets them apart from any other non-profit I have ever heard of. I can't wait to see what more these guys do in the future!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rainforest Partnership has a very worthy mission, as the world's rainforests will be gone in the next century if we don't take the necessary action to protect them! I have been working for them for a while, and I really value all the the hard work that goes into our mission, as well as the on-going support from the other staff and volunteers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rainforest Partnership does amazing work for the Amazon rainforest and the people who live there by supporting economic alternatives to deforestation. I have loved my time as an intern at Rainforest Partnership because I know I am contributing to a non-profit that makes real impact in people's lives. Rainforest Partnership helps everyone around the world by protecting rainforests because they are a vital part to curbing global warming.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As someone who has been able to do volunteer here I can tell you that the people here are committed to their cause. Everyone I have met works extremely hard at the goals for preventing deforestation and helping the regeneration of the rain forest. Their work with local communities to help them obtain the tools they need to protect their homeland is absolutely amazing. Giving the local communities the tools to protect their homes means that they will be able to take care of the land in the future and not just in the present. Being able to work on these projects and help move the cause forward has been a pleasure. If you are thinking of volunteering or donating then this is the place to do it. There is real change happening here and if you want to be able to touch the rain forest from you computer this is the nonprofit for you. You will not only help people in these communities, you will also be helping you and your kids futures.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first met the Executive Director of Rainforest Partnership, Niyanta Spelman, I was captivated by her passion and love for the rainforest.

Rainforest Partnership's is one of the few non-profits that truly goes above and beyond to help the indigenous communities that depend on the rainforest for survival. By helping these inhabitants, Rainforest Partnership is helping develop economic alternatives to deforestation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my first experience working with a nonprofit behind the scenes and I must say being here has been life-changing! Niyanta is such a great Director and I've learned so much from her that I can apply to my professional AND personal life. RP does amazing work for the people of South America, but we all know that saving the environment is saving the world. I truly feel that our impact makes a difference and that is what motivates all the volunteers here to come to the office every day!

Board Member

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been donors to, and volunteers for, this organization since 2009. We believe in their mission and we feel their results have been a valuable use of our money and time. We are looking forward to further growth for this organization so that they can expand their projects, help more people and preserve more of one of the world's most precious resources, the Rainforests!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had a strong interest in international communities and
environmental science since I have a sociology degree from South Korea. It is my first internship in the USA and it is going great. I studied and knew about Non-Profit Organizations and international societies and was seeking an organization which is carefully built on the good theories of NPO and global societies with a great value.

When I met Niyanta Spelman, RP's executive director, I immediately realized that this organization is the one I want to learn more about. This organization has a unique value, "partnerships" built on respectful co-relations with Amazon indigenous comunities, trying to maintain our creative vision. Therefore, RP's 10 years of operation has been special like when we participated in the UN Climate Conference.

Since we're trying to save every living thing in the Amazon forest, working with RP should be a priority for people wanting to stop climate change and deforestation.

So I've had great experiences with great coworkers and everyone's enthusiasm. Also learned a lot about running an NPO from highly experienced team members including Niyanta. RP is an absolutely amazing organization with a lot potential.


Why don't you join NOW? : http://rainforestpartnership.org

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As someone who has had the honor of being able to volunteer for Rainforest Partnership, I have learned that they are truly passionate about what their message is. Everyone that I have met so far works extremely hard to help get others involved, not just in our community, but all around the world, to help promote change & prevent deforestation. Whether you're an environmentalist or not, I highly recommend people donating to RP's cause and let's help create a cleaner future for future generations!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm doing the internship with RP for 5 months. Working with RP is so happy to me and I learned so much every day. Their passion for protecting the rainforest is genuine and they work so hard. If you have any concern about global warming and deforestation, I highly recommend to donating or taking part in RP team!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As someone who has always been passionate about environmental conservation and social justice, it was quite the privilege to directly work for an organization that so genuinely holds these interests to their core mission. I've felt very lucky to volunteer along side like-minded and intelligent global citizens who recognize the significance of rainforest protection and human rights. Rainforest Partnership is a genuine and honest organization that passionately works towards bettering our planet and it has been a pleasure working here for my post-college graduate internship!

Advisor

Rating: 5

When I first met Niyanta Spelman, Excecutive Director of Rainforest Partnership, I was blown away by the innovative method that they have developed to address the subject of climate change and deforestation in the Amazon.

By helping the inhabitants of the rainforest develop economic alternatives to deforestation, such as working with local materials to create unique crafts, or through ecotourism. Rainforest Partnership is addressing the cause of deforestation at the source.

This is an innovative and authentic organization that addresses the issue by helping the PEOPLE of the rainforest!

Help their Biodiversity Research Center get built by donating here:

https://www.gofundme.com/rainforest-research-center

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been interning at Rainforest Partnership(RP) this summer and very enjoy working with so many dedicated and wise people here. RP celebrates its 10th birthday this year and have been making a great contribution to protect Amazon jungle by working with the people of the forest.
If you consider donating to or partnering with an environmental protection nonprofit organization, RP would definitely be your great choice!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working at RP is one of the most rewarding things I've done this summer. It is pretty awesome to work with other people who cares as much about the environment as I do. RP is really committed to protecting rainforests through working with indigenous communities, and I can see that everyone working at RP is devoted to the cause and passionate about rainforest/environmental protection.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had a great experience volunteering for Rainforest Partnership. It has been such a positive environment to work in. The workers at Rainforest Partnership (RP) are very passionate about saving tropical rainforests and that passion translates over to their work. The workers of RP respect each other and truly appreciate each others' input. They work well together, understanding that they are really not working for themselves, but for the indigenous people of the rainforests. The workers of RP are mission minded and focused on the protection of rainforests. In order to protect rainforests, they work with the people of the forests and this develops sustainable livelihoods that empower and respect both people and nature. It is so lovely how RP respects the indigenous people of the rainforests. RP is honorable and remains true to their word by genuinely working with the indigenous people to save rainforests. If you consider on working with or donating to any rainforest conservation group, I highly recommend RP to you.