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Rainforest Partnership

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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

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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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.

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.