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The Orangutan Project

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Protection of Endangered Species

Mission: To ensure the survival of both Sumatran and Bornean orangutan species in their natural habitat and promote the welfare of all orangutans.

Results: Since its formation in 1998, The Orangutan Project has contributed more than USD$9,500,000 directly into orangutan conservation projects and has earned a reputation amongst its partners and donors for being financially responsible and transparent, with 100% of all donations and orangutan adoptions monies raised going straight into the field. Overall administration costs are funded via non tax-deductible fundraising activities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 815,447 acres forest protected, 3500 wild orangutans protected, 206 orangutan in rehabilitation, 32 student scholarship, 3 major legal cases against deforestation, 94,000 acres forest purchased, 100+ schools and communities given education classes, more than 20 community development projects.

Geographic areas served: Indonesia and Malaysia

Programs: 1) Secure and acquire habitat 2) Protect habitat using wildlife protection units 3) Rescue, rehabilitation, release of orangutans 4) Education and empowering local and indigenous people

Community Stories

51 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

David B.11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Orangutan Project is a first rate environmental and conservation organization. Their work is compassionate and based on a deep knowledge of orangutans and the problems they are facing. It's sad and shocking that orangutans are being unnecessarily driven to extinction. The Orangutan Project is worth supporting in whatever way you can.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I continue to be amazed with the incredible work The Orangutan Project is able to achieve year after year. A very worthy charity to support!!

1 Ross H.2

Donor

Rating: 5

The Orangutan Project is doing critical work to save these sentient beings from pain, suffering and extinction. This is a cause I donate to frequently as I know every action they take will have a positive impact on the lives of orangutans.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve been a regular donor to TOP for years. With charities these days, It’s sometimes hard finding out where your money goes but not with TOP, they are very transparent, professional, and proactive, which is why I’m very happy to continue donating. I’ve also been lucky enough to see their projects on the ground in Borneo and Sumatra and I was extremely impressed that I upped my donations.
Happy to support this wonderful organisation that goes above and beyond to help Orangutans.

2 Lorie Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Orangutan Project caught my attention when I learned of its dedicatation to preservation of habitat as a foundation for preservation of species. TOP has the big picture in mind. I have been impressed by their efforts to save and rehabilitate orangutan victims of palm oil farming, and to create and preserve safe places for them and other animals that live with them to return to when they are again ready for jungle life. This is truly a worthwhile cause, and I am excited to contribute to it however I am able.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with The Orangutan Project (TOP) since 2001. TOP supports and partners with key organisations in the field to achieve effective conservation results for orangutans including the protection of key orangutan habitats and supporting rescue and education teams. The team at The Orangutan Project are diligent and passionate about the cause and admin costs are kept very low with 100% of all donations going to our field projects. TOP is transparent to donors and sponsors and is looking for further long term solutions including the leasing of land to help prevent the extinction of the orangutan.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I noticed how fast TOP was to rescue and medicate a sick animal, as well as give 24
hour care via baby sitters. That impressed me greatly. They are undaunted in their mission to rehab orangutans and release them into jungle care, when ready. TOP continues to deliver precisely what they say they will and that makes them so reliable. I will never stop donating and have left a bequest so when I am gone, the work continues.

1 TOPeight

Donor

Rating: 5

Fantastic job to give orangutans the best chance of survival against the threat of extinction. Support the great work they do in habitat protection, orangutan care centres and rehabilitation and release programs.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Absolutely incredible job these guys do to protect our orange cousins

1 Troy K.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been working with The Orangutan Project for nearly 20 years now. The enormous effort our volunteers put in has enabled us to grow into the successful organisation we now are - making a real difference with measurable outcomes - meaning more orangutans saved and more habitat protected.

I volunteered for nearly 17 years before accepting a full-time role with The Orangutan Project. We operate as a business, knowing we must grow and increase income to direct to projects - we operate with an extremely low administration overhead (our audited accounts all publicly available). As an organisation we focus on our mission statement, our volunteers and our staff and people who work with us to make a difference.

1 Cindy W.9

Donor

Rating: 5

The Orangutan Project was the first orangutan conservation charity that I chose to give to because of their transparency, excellent record, and working together with other organizations to rescue, rehabilitate, and release, and conservation of the orangutan’s forest homes. Not only orangutans, but elephants and tigers. They also educate the public. They are relentless in their goal to save the orangutan and their forest homes. How could you not support that?

Volunteer

Rating: 5

great job! passion for friends who work. our prayers and our love for all orangutans and the people who helped protect them ..

1 Jo-Anne M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome work done by awesome people to help save our beautiful cousins

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have always had passion for the Orangutans our orange cousins. I went to Borneo volunteering with the Orangutans and I needed to help more. It was obvious to reach out to The Orangutan Project to continue my part of helping these majestic people of the forest (the Orangutans). I couldn’t be more grateful to be a part of this fantastic project. I also have adopted Monti and this also helps all Orangutans to be rehabilitated so hopefully more can be returned to their home.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fundraising for The Orangutan Project for 4 years now and will continue to do this. I know that the money is going towards so many brilliant projects that are keeping these beautiful creatures from disappearing. Funds are desperately needed to pay for the rehabilitation of orangutans, educating local people to care for them and help get them back into the wild. We are kept informed with the progress of the orangutans as they work towards their way back into the jungle.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been working with TOP since 2012 and absolutely love the foundation and everything they are doing for Orangutans. Bonus: the volunteers are amazing people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I saw the guy who set this organisation up speak and was blown away by his compassion and understanding of what is needed to help our endangered cousins. Hence I became a volunteer and see all the money we raise locally going directly to helping orphaned orangutans or to buying land to protect them. Massive thumbs up for an inspiring and dedicated charity and team who run it!

1 Georgia C.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An amazing charity for helping to save the orangutans and their habitat from further deforestation. All of their adoptions go straight to the cause. Absolutely love volunteering for them.

1 Lara J.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have donated to The Orangutan Project over the years, and have always found the organisation to be professional and transparent.
Most recently I donated money to purchase one of two motorbikes for the rangers in Borneo as their truck had broken down, and it was wonderful that I actually received a photo of the rangers to show that the bike had been purchased! This motivates me more to help. In fact I am going to Borneo later this year.
I also volunteer with TOP and I am proud to do so.
Here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/theorangutanproject/photos/a.147689635310783/1889391991140530/?type=3&eid=ARA42lmV8_lH8GbIJOcSf9TDbrq7ONuG8aQqq1scOZWdnIkON0Jbor3DtkXvR6wvaAajUXX3YuIPioeR&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARBBD5YS1jBcRmFmBz5ukj-VKDm6HDRmThgXdYj_XSZOvcQ7qLTmx7t0r34BIoYg-ndq9-oVSpUMLfW7Ostxrx7sdb6M62p2qjDDKiiHLlV0cp2h3FXgqqW4RtAN5WxjcWqZC9zIIP5iUkFWDbV2Cs3XXUpQsvk34QRvIFB2oVroqgou2nFC0A&__tn__=EHH-R

1 Elise N.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization. They are fully committed to helping orangutans.

1 Emma B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Orangutan Projects is an amazing nonprofit, they really make a difference in the campaigns they do. They also have low administration costs so you can be reassured that your donations are going towards the Orangutans who need them!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great to see such passionate people truly contributing to a worthy cause! Extremely pleased to see the amount of funds that actually end up helping Orangutans!