My Nonprofit Reviews

sue-bass - charity reviews, charity ratings, best charities, best nonprofits, search nonprofits

sue-bass

476 profile views
2 reviews

Review for Conservation Through Poverty Alleviation International Inc, Lincoln, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Watching CPALI in the past 3 1/2 years, I have been so impressed with its development. The idea is simple: If local people get value from the forest, they won't cut it down, thus saving the myriad of rare species that live there. But it's not so simple to show the local people how valuable the forest is. CPALI's promotion of silk-worm farming and production of such amazing silk is growing fast. It is both alleviating poverty and conserving wildlife.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help it grow faster and find more markets for the products.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Donor
 

Review for Conservation Through Poverty Alleviation International Inc, Lincoln, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I was so impressed with an article I read in the Boston Globe that I sought out Cay and Bob to get more information about their work and also introduced them to a friend with years of experience in what major foundations would require before making major grants. In the last year or so, I've watched with pleasure as they've made huge strides toward taking off. Madagascar is an ecology on the edge; making protection of the forest economically rewarding for the people who live there is the secret to success. Fortunately, Cay's expertise in silk worms (a PhD in the field) helped her choose the right species to protect the forest and develop an ecologically sound industry.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

serious and impressive human beings.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

recruit more farmers and begin to reverse the destruction of Madagascar's forests.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Donor & Gave money, helped make connections to someone sophisticated in major grants.