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Trees, Water & People

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Causes: Energy Resources Conservation & Development, Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Pollution Abatement & Control

Mission: Trees, Water & People is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to improve people's lives by helping communities to protect, conserve and manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well-being depends.

Results: Nationally, TWP is actively involved with helping to improve the lives of Native American families living on the reservations of the Great Plains. There, where the winters are extremely long and harsh, Native Americans commonly spend more than half of their income on their exorbitant utility bills. Together with our reservation-based partner, we have built 850 economic solar heating systems, saving tribal families 20-30% on their annual heating bills, and trained more than 175 tribal members in residential and facility-scale renewable energy applications. We have also planted trees and shrubs around the home sites for more than 160 additional families, further lowering heating costs and associated emissions by acting as important wind blocks during the frigid winter and providing much-needed shade during the sweltering summer. Internationally, TWP works extensively in Central America. Together, with our country-based partners, we support 8 community tree nurseries that produce over 650,000 trees annually to aid in reforestation efforts, planting over 4.3 million trees to date. We have built 47,800 clean cookstoves. Each cookstove decreases a family’s need for firewood by 50-70%, as compared to standard open fire cooking, and reduces carbon emissions by at least 1.5 tons per year. When vented to the outside of the home, these improved cookstoves also decrease indoor air pollution, which is responsible for the death of 1.9 million women and children globally every year.

Target demographics: low-income, rural and peri-urban communities in Central America, Haiti and on Native American Reservations in the U.S.

Geographic areas served: Latin America and U.S. Native American Reservations

Programs: Clean Cookstoves Program, Reforestation Program, Tribal Renewable Energy Program

Community Stories

153 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Feeling the need contribute to the well being of others I researched and followed several organizations until I found TREES WATER PEOPLE. I am not very wealthy so I needed to feel my small offerings were getting a bang for the buck. Combining technology and local communities dedicated to improving peoples lives this non-profit is rocking it. In the central highlands of Honduras clean cook stoves improve lives by producing a lot less smoke in homes and reducing the tedious labor of gathering wood. Water cisterns made by a simple, and extremely durable design ease families through the dry months. The appreciation and gratitude the village people showered on us was very touching. I will be with TWP for a long time.Tamara Winter Nelson, Boulder, Colorado

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For many years, I supported Trees for the Future because I believed in replanting trees once they had been harvested. Then I learned about Trees, Water and People, which had the same goal, but had include two additional aspects - Water and People. I took one of their volunteer vacations to get a first hand knowledge of the operation. I came back more impressed that my contributions were going to the right organization. We helped build stoves that contribute to the people's health, and we planted trees and reviewed the efforts of TWP to bring expertise into the application of trees to the environment and how they educated people the water was dependent on the trees.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is a pleasure to have been a volunteer in many different capacities for over 10 years for Trees, Water and People. I have assisted in local reforestation efforts and multiple fundraising activities. The organization's staff are truly caring individuals who work toward their mission of improving people's lives by protecting and appropriate utilization of our natural resources. Their Tribal Lands Renewable Energy Program helps their communities heat their homes and protect their lands thru sustainable, economically beneficial and economically friendly programs in North and South Dakota. TWP has assisted people in Central America and Haiti to healthier lives and more ecological use of their limited resources by building and providing more efficient stoves. And there are even more programs funded by TWP through efficient use of their non-profit funds. I'm proud to assist this organization and proud that they are based in my Fort Collins community!

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

It has been an honor to be involved with TWP for the past 11 years. Starting out as a volunteer and recently joining the Board of Directors, I have seen TWP grow as an organization. At the same time, it has been remarkable to watch as TWP's impact in both the United States and in Latin America expanded. TWP's impact has grown due to strong, insightful leadership from program directors that have been able to adapt to continuously evolving environmental and social issues. TWP was on the cutting-edge of the improved cookstove movement as pioneers of implementing the Rocket elbow technology. Likewise, TWP's innovative program on Native Lands in the western US has made them a leader in micro-enterprise development.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our club has done a least a half dozen projects with TWP, involving reforestation and/or providing fuel-efficient stoves in several Central American countries. Some of our members, including myself, have also visited project, done some work, and seen for ourselves the enormously beneficial impact of TWP's work, in reducing deforestation and eliminating the respiratory and burn problems caused by cooking over open fires. I would give them the absolutely highest rating.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After hearing about Trees Water & People I knew this was an organization that I wanted to work with, and now that I have had the honor of working with the TWP team this experience has only exceeded my expectations. Everyone at TWP is passionate and dedicated to the work they do. I admire how they work as a team, always helping and supporting each other. The TWP staff is very welcoming and friendly, I looked forward to the days I was going to be able to spend time in the office with everyone; it is the most positive work environment I have ever been in. I feel extremely lucky for the opportunity I have been given to work with Trees Water & People, it has been truly inspiring!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience at Trees, Water & People has been beyond perfect. I worked with Lacey Gaecther on TWP's annual local fundraiser Renew the Rockies. From my first day I was welcomed with open arms by each and every member of the TWP family. TWP cares deeply about what they are doing and are very inspiring. If I could, I would never leave! The ONLY constructive feedback I have is the lack of local programs. It would be awesome if they became involved in more programs that help out here in Fort Collilns

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Donor

Rating: 4

TWP was one of three beneficiaries of a fundraiser that my husband and I hosted for Haiti relief. As the only organization based in Fort Collins, they took on all the administrative responsibilities for the event and acted as the financial host for three organizations. It was beacuse of their wonderful staff and great organizational capacity that the event was so successful. In addition, with in weeks of having funds raised they sent more stoves to Haiti. Truly a great team and effort!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I was a donor for several years before I joined the Board, and joined the Board because I believe in the difference TWP makes. What drew me first was the tree planting program in Central America, as well as the healthier cook stoves. As Treasurer and then as Personnel Committee chair, I have seen 1) how focused staff is on making a difference 2) the core mission of working with the local residents and 3)how efficient TWP is and how carefully donations are used. Donations were being collected for Haiti within a day after the earthquake and TWP staff have already been to Haiti to expand the fuel-efficient cook stove and tree planting programs there.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently working for Trees, Water and People as the Tribal Development intern. I have mostly been working on finding foundations and writing grant proposals for a number of different projects in TWP's Tribal program. I have been intrigued by the work TWP since I moved to Fort Collins and learned of the organization several years ago. As I am completing my under-grad for Colorado State University I actively pursued TWP as my top choice company for an internship. I began my work here in January of 2010 and have had nothing but a positive experience. The dedicated staff of this organization is something to admire. Everyday they are working to improve the lives of impoverished people and their natural environment through real world projects, on the ground level. The positive ambition of TWP shines through their work and has resulted in their international recognition. I highly value the experience I've gained while working for TWP and would recommend them to anyone who wants to gain experience with an excellent nonprofit.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Trees, Water and People is a top-notch conservation organization and a true community partner that has gone above and beyond to help our organization get off the ground in Fort Collins, Colorado. I have heard nothing but good things about TWP in the 12 years that I've known them.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked for Trees, Water & People for 4 months as a public relations intern and I couldn't have asked for a better organization to gain non-profit experience from. Trees, Water & People is so committed and passionate to the work that they do locally, nationally and internationally and it was very rewarding to be apart of their team. I am very grateful that I was given the opportunity to represent TWP as an intern because I was able to practice public relations for a cause that I truly believe in.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an International Development Intern for TWP for several months, and have primarily been working on grant proposals, helped with a fund-raising event, and worked on various other international development projects. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Trees, Water & People, both because of the work that I have been able to do and the people that I have worked with. The fuel-efficient stoves and reforestation projects that I have been writing grant proposals for are incredible life-changing projects for the Central Americans and Haitians that they benefit, and are also beneficial for the overall global health of our world through reducing deforestation and carbon emissions. I feel so lucky that I have been given the opportunity to work on projects that have such important, lasting benefits to individuals and the environment. The TWP staff is very welcoming, and though everyone works very hard and is dedicated to this beneficial cause, there is always a feeling of friendliness, lightheartedness, and humor in the office. Though I will not be able to continue my internship due to my graduate school schedule, I will definitely continue to keep in contact with TWP staff and volunteer whenever possible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I was a tribal intern I did a lot of research finding grants for Native American reservations on the Great Plains. It's extremely rewarding when I find potential grant money because it's such a good cause. Now I'm just volunteering and helping out with whatever the office needs help with at the time. Everyone that works here is easy and fun to work with. Plus, I'm learning a lot about how non-profits are run in general.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Trees, Water & People and I found each other about 8 years ago. I read a story in a magazine about their Central America fuel efficient cookstove work, thought it was one of the best appropriate technology ideas I had ever heard of, and became a supporter. At just about the same time, a mutual friend recommended me to the founders of the group, who were looking to expand their original Board of Directors. We met, we liked each other, I was invited to join the Board, and my involvement has grown ever since. Today, as Board President, I continue to be amazed at the effectiveness, efficiency, and importance of Trees, Water & People's work. From the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota to the forests of Honduras and the displaced persons camps of Haiti - we are on the ground making a difference both right now and into the future. We practice a model that includes enabling and partnering with local individuals and organizations to design and implement programs, to promote micro-enterprises for sustainable local economies, and to return the benefits of the projects as directly to the communities as possible. We believe we are on the cutting edge of the international movement of civil society to advance environmental, social, and economic justice via appropriate technology, resource stewardship, and local enterprise. Please join us!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering with Trees, Water & People in July of 2009. I started-out typing notes in Spanish for one of the office people and slowly progressed to entering data for t-shirts/trees and then thank you mailings, of course. The people were always friendly, and the office was always buzzing. I think it is neat that the group is in a medium to tight space and works so well together - a little colony of ants passionate about their work. Stuart, Richard, and Heather are the

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

During the course of my 9 months with TWP, I have grown to realize the incredible dedication of its staff members. TWP is committed to transparency, not only through its national and international programs, but through staff relations as well. This degree of honesty keeps TWP staff accountable to one another as well as the mission, allowing them to exercise creative problem solving facing any office or project difficulty. They are always so welcoming and appreciative of volunteers, and truly work to engage the community in all that they do. I have been lucky enough to serve as an intern/grantwriter, and so have become intimately acquainted with TWP's programs and partnerships. These programs employ a terrific balance of scientific knowledge and community empowerment to allow beneficiaries to take charge of their natural resources. This is hands down the most genuine and effective organization I have ever worked with.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with TWP for about 7 months now and their are few organizations like it that can provide consistent, sustainable solutions to some of the greatest problems that plague not just our local community, but our global community. A great example of this was when the Haiti earthquake struck. TWP already had a relationship with a relief organization in Haiti named AMURT and they were able to quickly distribute much needed aid. But TWP's mission did not stop there. They also continue to provide their environmentally-friendly rocket stoves that will be of great use as the country of Haiti continues to rebuild. These stoves burn up to 70% cleaner than the open fire, substantially reduce deforestation, and provide a healthier environment for cooks and their families. What an amazing union of both a short-term and long-term solution for people in need!