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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 rainforest communities 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.

Results: Forest and Biodiversity Conservation: Began the process of creating a protected area spanning 50,000 acres with the Amahuaca people in the Amazon on the Peru-Brazil border, while also creating a comprehensive natural resource management plan. Published Guides for Amphibian and Reptiles of Pampa Hermosa in Peru and distributed to local communities as well as two photo books covering different regions in Peru, in partnership with the National Park Service of Peru. Achieved official approval of the Regional Action Plan for the Yellow Tailed Monkey and the Nocturnal Andean Monkey in Amazonas to protect these two endangered species and their forest habitat across 13 protected areas. Completed a comprehensive diagnosis of research in Forestry, Flora and Fauna in the Amazonas Region in Peru, an area spanning 9.7 million acres, which will inform future conservation efforts as well management plans and conservation education. Capacity Building and Conservation Education: Through virtual workshops and innovative partnerships with the conservation group Red AMA, our teams began work with 10 communities to strengthen management of their protected areas, spanning 316,830 acres. Developed an immersive biodiversity conservation management course for the Regional Government of Ayacucho in Peru and trained 66 local and regional government officials and community leaders to enact long term conservation of the region. Our Peru team curated over 15 webinars on Facebook Live, engaging over 50,000 viewers during the pandemic with panels from scientists and national, regional and local governments. Mexico Impact Formed our first partnership in Mexico with Amigos de Sian Ka’an to conserve and better protect the Maya Forest and the 17 ecosystems coexisting within the state of Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula. Ecuador Impact Launched agroforestry and sustainable production projects with 70 indigenous women in the Ecuadorian Amazon across 6 communities to establish long-term and sustainable incomes. Global Reach RP created World Rainforest Day (WRD) on June 22nd, 2017- a collaborative effort to raise awareness and encourage action to save one of Earth’s most precious resources, our rainforests. In 2020, we convened over 100 partners across 6 continents. Launched Gen Z for the Trees, a youth-led initiative with a bold vision: zero-deforestation by 2030. The team has reached hundreds of young people, begun long-term work on corporate transparency, and established itself as a beacon of hope for the future of the world’s forests. Films for the Forest (F3), our international short film competition, went global in 2020. As a result of Covid-19-related shutdowns, we pivoted to being 100% virtual. We successfully live streamed films from 20 countries to an audience spanning 6 continents on Earth Day.

Target demographics: protect and regenerate tropical rainforests by working with rainforest communities to develop sustainable livelihoods and empower and respect both people and nature.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Conserve and better protect 1,324,485 acres of rainforests by partnering with 14 indigenous and many more local communities, and 3 regional governments in Peru.

Geographic areas served: Communities with tropical rainforests

Programs: Tropical Andes Ecosystem: Our projects conserved and better protected around 1,131,743 acres of tropical forest in the Tropical Andes Biodiversity Hotspot. We worked in three regions of the Peruvian Tropical Andes: Amazonas, Junín, and Ayacucho. In Amazonas, Rainforest Partnership worked with organizational and governmental partners to craft viable conservation and biodiversity management policies, including a Regional Research Agenda and a Regional Action Plan for endangered primate species. Projects also included biodiversity research, conservation education, and capacity building activities in all three regions, using virtual tools to advance accessibility of these trainings. We strengthened community economies based on sustainable livelihoods like Melipona beekeeping in Amazonas and ecotourism in Amazonas and Junín. We coordinated strategic plans for the creation of a community-led Regional Conservation Area, which encompasses over 130,000 acres of cloudforests in Junín. Rainforest Partnership also completed a comprehensive diagnosis of research in Forestry, Flora, and Fauna in the Amazonas Region in Peru, an area spanning 9.7 million acres, which will inform future conservation efforts as well as management plans and conservation education. See Schedule O for additional project information. Lowland Amazon Rainforest and Other Tropical Forests Ecosystems: Our work in the Western Amazon is in the Loreto and Ucayali regions of Peru and the Sucumbios and Orellana provinces in Ecuador. In the Peruvian Amazon, we coordinated community-based conservation plans in Santa Rosa, Ucayali, including the creation of a local protected area of 50,000 acres; created natural resource management plans for the Amahuaca indigenous community; supported a COVID-related health workshop promoting natural medicine in Achuar territory in the Loreto region. In the Ecuadorian Amazon, we continued our long term relationship with the Sani Isla community with plans to strengthen sustainable livelihoods and economic conditions through future agroforestry and regeneration projects. Our collaborative work in the Pacific Tropical Forest produced an assessment of the region’s progress on biodiversity, climate change, and desertification prevention. We also conducted biodiversity research that will strengthen monitoring and management of primate species in the region. Global Engagement and Outreach: RP acts as a founder and convener of several global events and programs that activate a broad coalition of people for the protection of the world’s tropical forests. These include: 1. World Rainforest Day, created by RP in 2017, to ignite collective action to protect tropical forests. In 2020, we partnered with over 100 organizations and engaged people from 131 countries across six continents. 2. Films for the Forest, Rainforest Partnership’s annual short film competition screened films from all seven continents and reached over 3000 viewers across six continents. 3. Gen Z for the Trees, RP’s youth-led initiative with a bold vision of zero-deforestation by 2030. The team has reached hundreds of young people, begun long-term work on corporate transparency, and established itself as a beacon of hope for the future of the world’s forests. 4. Education and Fellowship programs include a rainforest education course and a Fellowship program to equip young professionals and students passionate about rainforest conservation.

Community Stories

77 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Katelynn R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Communications Intern with Rainforest Partnership since July 2020 and feel extremely honored to be apart of such a multi dimensional organization. Upon searching for an organization to join I came across RP and absolutely fell in love with their mission and active initiatives in indigenous communities. The RP team is a dynamic and passionate set of individuals who work endlessly to drive results. It is truly inspiring to see how dedicated our members are. I am in awe at how powerful and confident our CEO is, she is a true catalyst for change and has an immense heart. Joining Rainforest Partnership has opened my eyes up to how obtainable it is for anyone to take a step in altering our future.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a part of the Rainforest Partnership since 2018 and am beyond impressed by how the RP Team adapted this past year. The team evolved, matured, and strengthened their internal structures all while continuing to reach global audiences and build new connections,
networks, impact, and relationships. All made possible by the flexibility and creativity woven into the organizational DNA

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Rainforest Partnership since 2018, helping with my experience in Salesforce Development, Information Technology, and Data Management to contribute to the growth and impact of the organization in Peru and Ecuador. Since joining the team, I have grown to support its mission and have developed many friendships with the staff and volunteers

Rosie K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rainforest Partnership is life-changing. As the team leader of Gen Z for the Trees, the youth branch of RP which I helped launch in June 2020 on World Rainforest Day, I have been able to work with so many amazing people. We are now a team of twenty at Gen Z for the Trees, with project teams researching the major drivers of deforestation and encouraging change at the corporate scale. I have made so many friends at RP and my experiences have helped me learn more and guide my future career plans.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rainforest Partnership is one of the most impactful conservation NGOs in the world! I've been a Project Intern at RP for about a month and a half, and every week I get to see the progress we're making on projects for both digital engagement of Gen Z as well as supporting our partner community in Ecuador. I love it here and couldn't ask for a better internship experience.

Donor

Rating: 5

Rainforest Partnership is such an impactful organization. I have been following their newsletters, blogs, and annual reports for years and am always impressed with their work and the communities they work with.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with this organisation for the past six months - when joining, I was looking for a transparent environmental organisation that really delivers what it preaches, and did not get disappointed. Most of RP work is fueled by volunteers, meaning that most of the resources really go to the community-based projects. Also, it is a great team to work with, and there is plenty of opportunities to bring your skills on board and do something nice with them - enough freedom to shape projects.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

From its leadership to each of its many volunteers, RP leads with honesty, authenticity, and a strong commitment to its values. I've learned so much from working with everyone on the RP team and it has raised my expectations, standards, and faith in conservation organizations to do the work honestly and genuinely. RP is small but is doing serious, highly efficient and impactful work. RP elevates young people like no other NGO I've seen and gives everyone the opportunity to engage and offer what they can to the work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been with this non-profit for around eight months now, and the experience has been life-changing. The team at Rainforest Partnership is highly skilled, incredibly kind and warm, and inspiringly dedicated. I feel welcome and appreciated, and I feel that the work this organization does has true, meaningful, and long-lasting impact. I'm honored to be a part of Rainforest Partnership and contribute my time to working alongside an amazing team that is changing things for the better.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This non-profit teaches me so much and I've been here for 4 years now! The people here are great and it is mostly volunteer run, so we are a low-cost high-impact organization. They do real work with indigenous communities and local governments, which means the projects are long term, not just a short fix. I would recommend Rainforest Partnership to anyone!

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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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As I meet more people on the Rainforest Partnership team and learn more about the various projects being carried out, I am consistently impressed by the dedication, passion, and expertise that each and every person involved with RP brings to their work. And it's no wonder; not only is their impact high, but their approach is deep-seeded, thoughtful, and sustainable. Their methods are such that it's hard to find any flaws in what they do, and the proof is in the results they achieve. Ask anyone that's worked with RP- volunteer, partner community member, government employee, board member etc., I guarantee they will have nothing but positive things to say. I truly believe Rainforest Partnership deserves much more credit for what they do, how they do it, and the mark they leave behind.

Donor

Rating: 5

The team members at Rainforest Partnership are some of the most passionate and skilled people I have met in the non-profit space. They truly care about rainforests and the communities within.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing organization with such a robust ground game in Peru and Ecuador

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a dedicated and creative group of volunteers who are truly invested in the future of the rainforests.

Sophie M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am the Engagement Director with the Rainforest Partnership, and this is my first experience working for a non-profit. Not only do I feel very welcomed by the entire team, but I am consistently in awe of the hard work that every single member puts in. It shows me that each volunteer is treated well and feels inspired and motivated to do their best work. Our CEO, Niyanta, is so warm, kind, and positive, not to mention she is the hardest worker I've ever met. I am very proud to be a part of this organization and I look forward to my future with RP and all of the amazing work we can get done not only in South America but at home as well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a project intern, my time has been an incredible learning experience because the culture of Rainforest Partnership is centered around collaboration and support. In addition, it is inspiring to work with people who are so dedicated to our partner communities and conservation.

Emma G.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found Rainforest Partnership a few months ago and it did not take long for me to be amazed at how unique and different this nonprofit is. They go about protecting rainforests from an angle I have never seen before that, at its core, is so inspirational that I immediately wanted to get involved in as a volunteer. Rainforest Partnership seeks to protect and restore our natural rainforests by educating and empowering indigenous communities to create sustainable livelihoods through "projects" listed on the nonprofit's website. These projects are diverse and creative ways to protect the rainforests, and donors can pick which project to donate to. Not only is this nonprofit's mission to make trees more valuable left standing fundamentally different from the rest, but the organizational structure and company spirit are vibrant and special. CEO Niyanta Spelman has a passion unlike any I've ever seen that drives this organization forward and inspires every member of the team. When she visits these indigenous rainforest communities in Peru and Ecuador, she dines and lives with them rather than staying five-star hotel. Rainforest Partnership is an empowering female-led initiative that I can see myself being involved in for a long time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been at Rainforest Partnership for about two months now, from day one it's been an amazing experience! I am sometimes in awe at the simplicity at the core of our work: we believe in connecting and learning from each other. This means listening to our partners and teammates, finding out what is needed and how we can effectively solve these problems.

Our team is made up of passionate, talented, and incredibly smart individuals who inspire me each day. We are always looking for the good, and for ways to build on what works. Our team does not just hope for a more sustainable future; we know the future will be more sustainable because of the work we are doing alongside rainforest communities.

CW K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with Rainforest Partnership for about two months and I love the working atmosphere! Although I just joined, there are so many intiatives I'm able to work with and have a lot of autonomy in providing my own insight and ideas. RP's focus on indigenous communities really shifts the focus of rainforest conservation to the communities that need the most attention. I've had the opportunity to work on World Rainforest Day, which was an inspiring 24 hours of rainforest celebration, and was awed by the amount of partner actions and participation and enthusiasm surrounding the day!

Christina S.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rainforest Partnership is unique in that it works in partnership with local and indigenous communities in the Amazon and global rainforests to make the task of deforestation mitigation successful and sustainable. As a volunteer in the summer of 2020, I was so encouraged to see that local and indigenous participation and ownership is key to Rainforest Partnership's approach in protecting the rainforest, because it creates a cohesive community that can withstand external industrial threats. In addition, by working with local and indigenous women to also contribute to generating an income, this women-run organization promotes greater rainforest and global community gender equity and women empowerment. I'm so proud to have worked with such a dynamic, inclusivity- and sustainability- minded group to combat deforestation and build an environmentally-sound future for everyone. Please consider giving them your support!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering with Rainforest Partnership back in October of 2018 in the area of multimedia production. Now having almost a full year with the RP team, I can say that they are one of the most hardworking and focused organizations that I have had the privilege to work for. Over the last months, I have seen how our organization and its supporters have aided in the protection of rainforests and empowerment of rainforest communities. I feel fulfillment working in with Rainforest Partnership, because of the amazing people that make RP what it is.

(Below is a photo of RPs annual film competition)

Jordan T.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I love that they are the boots on the ground working directly with indigenous people.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I love this organization so much that I've decided to jump on board! So thankful to participate in the growth!

Karan D.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Rainforest Partnership team is wonderful! They have accountability tools which make it easy to understand the impact they're making. Every interaction with the volunteers and the internal team, from events to partnerships, was pleasant and frictionless.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rainforest Partnership is on the front lines of international efforts to create a sustainable future for the whole world. As an intern, I've gained a greater awareness of the issues and complexity at hand and have a greater sense of what we can do to work toward a future in which respect for the environment and respect for people are aligned.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is filled with unique people with diverse backgrounds, all using their experiences to help reach the same end goal: protecting and regenerating tropical rainforests by working directly with communities in the Amazon rainforest. Rainforest partnership excels in its emphasis on people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have recently begun writing for Rainforest Partnership, and I can tell you that this team is comprised of some extremely motivated individuals. With World Rainforest Day coming up on June 22nd, everyone is coming together to make the deepest impact possible. It is exciting to be a part of such an energetic and empathetic group–incredibly satisfied with my choice to volunteer here.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great people! They are all truly passionate and hard working people that thrive to make this world a better place and a cleaner future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization! Works directly in the Amazon with indigenous communities.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great nonprofit that has a very meaningful impact on the environment. The team here is amazing: hardworking, intelligent, and understanding. Great atmosphere and energies.

1 Tiffany W.1

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.

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!

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rainforest Partnership does something that practically no environmental non-profit organization does -- they work with people on the ground, and they have real relationships with rainforest communities. Passion is what drives this organization, and the folks at RP are overflowing with it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This rainforest non-profit does great work for the communities of the forest. By working directly with them, they really impact change and help stop deforestation!

Donor

Rating: 5

RP’s mission almost looks like the last line of a mathematical proof. What’s the biggest, single environmental problem facing the world today? Climate change. What’s the biggest, single cause of climate change? Deforestation. What’s the biggest, single class of endangered forests? Tropical rainforests. Why are rainforests being cut down? A lot of reasons, but mostly because the people who live in the forests need the cash and have no other means to get it. So what’s the single best way to avoid deforestation? Help the people who live there develop another source of income that relies on the forest itself: sustainably harvested products and services. Make the trees more valuable standing than they would be if cut down.

And, just like Euclid’s geometry or Newton’s mechanics, it actually works. Rainforest Partnership’s free market model has protected 200,000 acres of South American rainforest and preserved 31 million trees. It has also provided a steady, sustainable livelihood to nearly 15,000 people, many of whom can afford health care and schools for their kids for the first time in their lives.

What’s the best, single investment you can make to improve the earth’s environment? Donate to Rainforest Partnership, where your donation will help solve the biggest part of our world’s biggest problem, in the smartest possible way.

Cole F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Joined the organization Feb 2016, been with since. It's a committed and vibrant tight knit group of wonderfully dedicated people that do amazing work and have accomplished some great things. They work with almost any person and their skill set to help them grow individually but to really impact their outreach. Most of us volunteers have very different backgrounds but RP has this amazing way of making you feel like you're a part of something special and you get to see your direct impact of what you do and the time you put into it. What honestly sealed the deal when trying to find an organization in Austin to volunteer for in my spare time was their so transparently honest commitment to their indisputably positive impact. RP has allowed me to explore a new avenue of interests and is helping me build experience in business consulting of which I had no previous experience, but they were willing to sit down and listen to all the ideas I had for them and took me in with an open an open mind and heart. Every single time I get together with people in this organization once or twice a week it just completely gives me a rush of inspiration which has carried over into the other parts of my life.

TL:DR Great people. Great work. Amazing impact on the lives of everyone it touches.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Rainforest Partnership (RP) since it began in December 2007. What I have loved most about the way RP works is that it truly partners with communities who want to save their rainforests. Meeting directly with people living in the forests and listening to what they want is a key part of developing the partnerships that result in sustainable economic projects that will survive and flourish long after RP moves on to work with other communities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Currently, it is estimated that 90% of the world’s population is breathing bad air. Rainforests generate 20% of the world’s oxygen. Rainforest Partnership, an Austin based nonprofit, is endeavoring to preserve the rainforests by working with Latin American rainforest communities to help them develop sustainable means of earning an income that don’t involve destroying the rainforest. I have been volunteering with RP from its beginning because I believe that low overhead grassroots efforts like this are a way to help insure that one day we will all have clean air to breath.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a stellar organization! I have worked with the Rainforest Partnership in a couple different capacities over the last 2 years and they have been among the very best to work with! The people at Rainforest Partnership put so much heart into what they do. Being a small organization, it is truly amazing to see what good can be accomplished with a few dedicated people and limited resources. They throw a wonderful Celebration Event each year too! I hope to see them thrive because they are one of the good ones.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a supporter and follower of RP since it's inception more than 7 years ago. What a phenomenal organization! Starting from literally nothing, the Rainforest Partnership ED fleshed out her revolutionary idea for empowering rainforest communities to preserve their critical environment, culture and values; performed a tremendous amount of on-the-ground research to understand the community challenges and determine how best to achieve success; organized a strategic leadership team with a mission; assembled a growing team of volunteers and supporters; identified the key issues and networked at global forums; and made it happen. The process includes many creative avenues for supporting, engaging, and communicating so that all kinds of gifts and talents and interests can contribute to the mission. RP is living proof that big things CAN happen from the ground up.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Had the pleasure of working with this organization some a few years ago. They bring an innovative approach to a pressing problem facing our society.

The idea of working alongside communities within the forests seems like an obvious one after RP explains it, but it's a unique approach that brings amazing results.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rainforest Partnership is a powerfully driven group of passionate conservationists that see the importance of saving tropical rainforests on both fronts- they work locally with people in rainforest communities to develop programs that encourage the people that live in and around these areas to protect the biodiversity and act as protectors of the forests. This model of working from the ground locally, outward is essential- but they also have an incredible presence on the international scale with creative initiatives that allow them to interact with people and communities that are interested in helping on a global level. They have educational initiatives to educate children and adults on matters of climate change and the importance of the ecological preservation of tropical rainforests and I see them continuing to make progress in the fight to save them. Not only does their work promote a healthy balance of our earth's ecosystems, but it does so by giving people opportunities that benefit the sustainability of one of our planet's most precious resources.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with Rainforest Partnership was a wonderful experience. I discovered the organization while I was out of work a few years ago and was excited to find them in my community. I support their mission to work with rainforest communities to give a hand up and not a hand out enabling development of alternative means of sustainable income other than cutting down the rainforest. Volunteers ranged from all ages of students to retired persons with all matter of skills, so I was happy they were able to use my administrative skills. No matter how busy we were, there was always time to gather around the table and share a meal. I was so amazed and thrilled when with their help, the Sani Isla, Ecuador women and community were able to stand together against government and big oil companies to prevent prospecting and drilling on their land. One by one, we can make a difference.

Eileen43

Donor

Rating: 5

Rainforest Partnership gives me muscle. With every cent (and every minute) I donate to this incredible organization, I know that the people of the rainforests will be able to save their cherished world. You see, I am just one person. I can't reach across the world and empower indigenous people to take back the land that has been their home since time began. I can't make sure the governments of countries that envelope our rainforests know of the sensible ways to keep them safe from destruction. But I can donate to the Rainforest Partnership and accomplish these herculean tasks. It's amazing that my small donations enable me to be part of something so very strong.

1 liz_anne

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came across the Rainforest Partnership at an event in February and immediately fell in love with the way they conduct their projects on the ground. The blend international development with rainforest conservation in a beautiful, harmonious way that has led to great success on the ground. The office culture is one rich in community and team-work and I thoroughly enjoy each volunteer and staff member I work with. I have learned more about international development, environmental conservation, and nonprofit operations while working here in the past six months than I have in the past four years of college. I would recommend this organization to anyone seeking to volunteer, donate, or get involved in a worthy story.

1 Luke5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with RP for almost a year now. From the time I started I was welcomed, encouraged and engaged in RP's mission. I do web development and tech for Rainforest Partnership. The team is comprised of great, intelligent individuals who are all passionate about the cause and helpful to each other. I have always felt that my work is directly helping the team and the cause. The leadership is excellent and has created a culture of teamwork, efficiency, and continues to be as welcoming and wonderful as the day I started.

1 Alissa S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I LOVE volunteering for Rainforest Partnership.
I remember as a kid being so concerned about the rain forest. I once sent a series of pencil drawings to President Clinton, asking for him to help protect it. It is nice that I get to continue playing a roll in raising awareness of what we can do on a local level to protect this valuable resource. Rainforest Partnership is made up of very kind, very hardworking employees and volunteers. The events that I've worked have been fun for me and effective for the participants. I would recommend this volunteer opportunity to everyone.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Rainforest Partnership for close to two years in various roles from event coordinating, sponsor recruitment, donor relationships, general office remodeling, web content/layout development and more. The reason I have stayed with RP for so long and will continue to pledge my commitment is the integrity of their mission and fiscal responsibility beyond any other NPO I have volunteered with. I am confident that the money raised from RP is going directly towards tangibly assisting rainforest communities in need (and want) of positive change. The focus on the relationships that have been established with these sister communities is critical to their (and therefore 'our') successes in limiting deforestation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a Project Coordinating Intern for the Rainforest Partnership, I have learned how a successful nonprofit operates. Each employee and volunteer work thoroughly and effectively together to produce tangible products that benefit not only the nonprofit, but the greater Austin community, and Rainforest communities in Peru and Ecuador. I am impressed with how organized the managers and other interns are at distributing tasks and articulating objectives and clear goals. Specifically, I am working on the Films for the Forest Festival and am learning how to market successfully via social media, already established relationships with sponsors and other "green" organizations, and from those volunteers who already put on the first annual festival last year. I am honored to be a part of such a well-established and do-gooder organization!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a senior at the University of Texas at Austin and last year I studied abroad in Ecuador. As part of my program I had to complete an independent study project during the last month of the semester. For my project, I decided to venture to the Amazon and spend four weeks following spider monkeys. While I was in the Jungle (and falling in love with it) I received an email from my school advisor saying that the Rainforest Partnership was looking for interns. It was a sign! While I was sad to leave the monkeys, anacondas and mysterious night noises behind, I was excited to be able to keep my connection with the Amazon in my own home town. The Rainforest Partnership is an incredible organization with a beautiful desire to save the rainforest. We all know how important the rainforest is, but RP is one of the few organizations in this world willing to actually take on the very difficult challenge of actually doing something about it. In the end, RP is successful because it is run by passionate, intelligent and inspired people who understand what is truly important in this world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been interning at Rainforest Partnership for the past five months and my experience has been a true pleasure. Rainforest Partnership's mission is incredible and, backed by the great people, will create the needed environmental change. As an intern, I have learned so much about the non profit sector and have been inspired by the people involved. I wholeheartedly believe in their mission and look forward to the progression and growth that Rainforest Partnership will make as they continue to expand.