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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Forest Conservation, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

Mission: Seacology is a nonprofit nongovernmental organization with the sole purpose of preserving the environments and cultures of islands worldwide. We implement solutions by asking islanders to identify a communal need Seacology could support, such as an elementary school or fresh water delivery system. In exchange the village agrees to establish and manage a marine or terrestrial reserve. Our innovative win-win model is inexpensive, maintains indigenous land ownership and improves the entire community.

Geographic areas served: International in scope, Seacology supports island environments and cultures worldwide.

Programs: Seacology supports island villages and ecosystems around the world. To date, Seacology has launched 210 island-based projects, saving 1,012,686 acres of marine ecosystems and 159,312 acres of terrestrial habitat. In return for establishing island marine and forest reserves, Seacology has helped islanders build facilities such as schools, community centers, solar energy systems, and other critically-needed structures, and funded programs providing scholarships, vital medical services and supplies for island communities. Seacology has projects in 44 countries on 100 islands around the globe. A list of all our island projects can be found at www.seacology.org.

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

Seacology does an excellent job in bringing positive change to island communities around the world. They identify the needs of the communities and, together with them, develop win-win projects that improve their standard of living while protecting their surrounding environment. The low sclae nature of the projects and Secology's continuous involvement ensure a high rate of success. I have had the opportunity to personally witness the positive impact they have had on local communities in Africa. Seacology's team is passionate about what they do and, above all, extremely professional.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Seacology is a small organization that has successfully maximized its impact by remaining narrowly focused on community-based projects to encourage island conservation. I helped co-found the UK affiliate of Seacology because I believe in its mission, the integrity of the organization, and their bottom-up approach to island environmental protection.

9

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization with two basic premises: saving vanishing lands and waters and developing win-win solutions with indigenous people who live on islands throughout the world. We're pleased to be able to support this organization for these reasons and also because a very high percentage of the money they raise goes to the programs. The combination of a very lean staff and a committed board of directors results in programs and successes far greater than their footprint!

5

Donor

Rating: 5

Seacology has the model that works for global development. Preserving islands one at a time and engaging local villages in a meaningful and appropriate way makes all the difference. Having seen this first hand, I'm impressed with the relationships along with the preservation efforts in some of the most beautiful locales imaginable. Critical,sustainable work with the right no-frills approach...there is no way not to be impressed!

6

Donor

Rating: 5

Unfortunately many efforts to help nonprofits build infrastructure or innovation are often like pouring money down a black hole, with little indications of having a positive impact. Our experience with Seacology was refreshingly different. A seed grant was put to work and over many years past the initial grant, we received data showing a dramatically large increase in supporters for Seacology. The initial amount of money was quickly recouped and the growing stream of donations will help Seacology continue its impressive growth and influence. The seed has turned into a healthy tree of new support. The Seacology staff and a dedicated group of supporters are bright and innovative. They share a common goal of helping & rewarding local villages to protect Underwater Sea Life, Coral Reefs and Virgin Rainforests on islands around the World.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing to find a nonprofit, where the all the administrative fees are covered by the board members and 100% of every dollar donated goes to a project to preserve island habitits for our children to experience. Please, show me a better example of an effective charity then this!!!