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Orang Utan Republik Foundation Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: the mission of the Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) is to save the orangutans of Indonesia through conservation education, outreach initiatives and innovative collaborative programs that inspire and call people to action. We are also the USA chapter of TOP that supports numerous wildlife and habitat conservation programs.

Results: Funds raised and administered have provided: * 130 scholarships to Indonesian students over the past 12 years; * 8 fellowships to Indonesian and international students over the past 11 years; * programs to thousands of grade school students in N. Sumatra and Jakarta; * formal and informal education programs to villagers in numerous communities near Gunung Leuser National Park; * Orangutan Caring Week activities in Indonesia and venues around the world (since 2005) * support for the Sumatran Orangutan Education Conference, Workshop and Summit (2006) that crafted curricula specific to reduce the killing of orangutans; * support to the Orangutan Caring Foundation of Indonesia to build institutional capacity to further the mission of the foundation (since 2006).

Target demographics: low-income college bound students in North Sumatra, Aceh and West Kalimantan, Indonesia; grade school through high school students in N. Sumatra and Jakarta, Indonesia; people at all levels of Indonesian society that threaten the survival of orangutans.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 18 college students with scholarships; and hundreds of villagers in N. Sumatra.

Geographic areas served: Indonesia

Programs: * Orangutan Caring Scholarship program, a collaboration with the Orangutan Information Center in Sumatra & Yayasan Palung in Borneo that provides 4-year scholarships to needy students in Biology, Forestry and Veterinary Science; * LP Jenkins Memorial Fellowship, provides funds to graduate students conducting field research on orangutans and rain forest; * Mobile Education & Conservation Unit, a program with the Orangutan Caring Club of N. Sumatra provides education and training to villagers living near orangutans to reduce the human-wildlife conflict and improve their quality of life; * Orangutan Caring Week, a collaboration with orangutan groups, zoos and others to call attention to the plight of the species each November;

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

Never has there been a group of people so dedicated and committed to such an important cause. Their passion for the Orang Utan community is not only immeasurable but also addicting. The incredible research that has been done by these folks on the habitats and preservation of these fantastic creatures would amaze anyone! After hearing several hands-on experts speak along with their extremely informative video presentations, I knew right away that as long as this Foundation is around and supported , that Orang Utans would have the best chance to be protected and nurtured. What a wonderful, professional, well organized, educated and essential cause to protect such beautiful creatures!!


Rating: 5

A few months ago, I began providing the Orang Utan Republik Foundation legal advice. I've had an affinity for orangutans my whole life but hadn't made the effort to help those wonderful beings. I hoped I would find doing my small part for the organization rewarding and it truly has been rewarding to see the dedication this organization provides. I am so impressed by the devotion that the Orang Utan Republik Foundation has for orangutan conservation. Educating Indonesian youngsters, and others, is a proactive way of slowing the diminution of the numbers of the species, because education and awareness begets empathy. Practical conservation efforts need empathy to succeed. Unlike organizations that just talk the talk, the Orang Utan Republik Foundation actually rolls up their sleeves and makes the effort. Human beings owe a duty of stewardship to the animals on this planet and Dr. Gary Shapiro, his team and the Orang Utan Republik's volunteers are true stewards.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have known Dr. Gary Shairo many years as we share great appreciation for the rainforests of Sumatra and Borneo in Indonesia. I am a donor, a Board Member, and a volunteer to this worthwhile organization that strives to enhance the lives of the Indonesians themselves, in addition to trying to guide land use practices in proximity to natural habitat of orangutans and other highly valued endangered forest species. A great strength of this organization is its collaboration with other like-minded conservation organizations focused on protecting orangutans in Indonesia. Recently, the Orang Utan Republik (OUR) officially partnered with an Australian non-profit known as The Orangutan Project (TOP) which is a much larger organization, so that OUR may enjoy greater capacity for larger projects than before. These two organizations will work in concert with each other.

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Rating: 5

This small non-profit organization has accomplished much within its multiple ongoing programs that all center around the theme of preserving and protecting orangutans and their habitat in Indonesia . While Gary Shapiro pretty much runs the show, he is training and cultivating relationships with local Indonesians and other Indonesian NGOs to perform the tasks of the organization and to enrich the local people in the process. OURF emphasizes education, bringing topical instruction to classrooms as well as educating by demonstration and leadership, examples of sustainable agriculture and living practices that have lower environmental impacts in communities situated in the vicinity of orangutans. Because of careful oversight and application of good communication skills, OURF operates on a modest budget but touches many people and groups in both Northern Sumatera and a few locations in Borneo, where orangutans still can be found.



Rating: 5

I have the utmost of respect for the environmental work being done by the Orang Utan Republik Foundation and for the passion of the foundation's leadership and staff. I have had many years of experience in working directly with a variety of charitable causes and the OURF is high on my list of having significant impact on real world solutions to some of the most significant environmental issues of our times. This is a cause well worth support and attention. The Pongo Awards brings focus and funding to matters of the rainforests around the world and of the indigenous wildlife facing extinction. The OURF is at the forefront of seeking the protection of this wildlife and of our planet.



Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that is truly doing the actual work in the field to save orangutans in the wild, who are critically endangered and one of the closest species to the human race. If we loose them, we loose a part of our own humanity.