The Conservation Foundation

Naperville, IL

We preserve and restore natural areas and open space, protect rivers and watersheds, and promote stewardship of our environment.We envision a region where through education and collaboration:Protected natural areas provide habitats for wildlife and places where people can enjoy nature forever.Public and private partnerships accelerate the pace of land preservation for the enrichment of all.People benefit from and enjoy clean and healthy streams, wetlands and lakes.All land development incorporates stewardship of the environment.People understand and embrace conservation issues, and act to preserve the environment.The Conservation Foundation is a recognized expert and reasoned voice on these conservation issues, and with the help of its members and donors, provides the leadership required to achieve this vision.Our Strategic Focus Over the next five years, we are increasing our efforts to transition to a more community-based, grass-roots conservation organization with impactful on-the-ground programs and projects tailored to the needs of each of the four core counties we serve. This strategic approach will achieve: Deeper mission impact in our communities A consistent and expected presence in our communities Meaningful and long-lasting relationships with communities and individuals A more engaged (grass-roots) community in local conservation Broader community support for TCF and for local conservation programs Enlightened communities where conservation is encouraged and is a core value

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The Coral Reef Alliance

Oakland, CA

Working with people around the world—from fishermen to government leaders, divers to scientists, Californians to Fijians—the Coral Reef Alliance protects our most valuable and threatened ecosystem. We lead holistic conservation programs that improve coral reef health and resilience and are replicated across the globe. Our HistoryOriginally founded in 1994 to galvanize the dive community around conservation, CORAL has grown from a small, grassroots alliance into a world-renowned organization with a history of successfully working with local communities in coral reef regions around the world to protect their coral reefs. We believe that for conservation to be durable, our interventions must be aligned with the social, cultural, and economic needs of each community, and that local leaders must be empowered to lead the effort. Now, we’re honing our strategies and tools to ensure that they benefit new places and new people.Why Care About Reefs?Coral reefs are unlike anything else on the planet. In addition to providing valuable habitat for fish and other animals, they are incredibly beautiful, with seemingly infinite structures and growth forms. Some of their common names describe this diversity: staghorn, elkhorn, bird’s nest, brain, finger, mushroom, pillar, lettuce, lobed, and tube, to name just a few. Their intricate crevices and three-dimensional structures shelter many species of fish, marine worms, crustaceans, clams, and many other animals and plants, all of which play a unique and vital role in the coral reef ecosystem. Coral reefs are an important food source for the people who live near reefs, and, as nurseries, are vital to the world’s fisheries. Many of the compounds now being used in human medicines, including some that treat cancer, are found on coral reefs, with probably many more yet to be discovered. Coral reefs help humans in many other ways too: generating tourist dollars for communities, and—especially important in our changing climate—acting as natural barriers against storm events like hurricanes, typhoons, and even tsunamis. The annual value of the ecosystem services provided by coral reefs to millions of people is estimated to be over $375 billion.

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Trees Forever

Marion, IA

We help communities with local tree-planting projects by providing technical, planning and financial assistance. And we help local committees engage others in the projects they work on.The importance of a diverse natural world.Trees and other native plants help make our world more sustainable. We constantly emphasize the importance of planting diverse selection of species appropriate to each site, and provide education and information about the benefits that those tree and plant species provide. We promote the benefits of a diverse shade tree population that reduces energy consumption in our homes and businesses, of native plants that add more organic matter to the soil and clean our precious waters, or of trees and plants that create more sources of food and shelter to benefit wildlife.HOW WE HELPAdvocacyWe support advocates for trees and forests at the local, state and federal levels. We engage civic leaders and elected officials in educational events, tree plantings and other activities. We offer unique, personal programs and opportunities that empower passionate advocates for the environment; educate community and government leaders; collaborate to build partnerships and greater capacity in communities; and promote sound environmental stewardship and science.Growing Community ForestsThe trees around your house and in your neighborhood and community are all part of your community forest, sometimes called an urban forest. We are here to help you grow and care for your community forest by providing friendly and knowledgeable assistance to community volunteers and leaders who are interested in planting and caring for trees and natural areas.Helping Plan and EducateWe are dedicated to working with others to make our communities better places. We do this by engaging volunteers in thorough planning processes that result in projects with the best chance for success. Careful planning is also essential to a community’s ability to be resilient when faced with a natural disaster or the devastating effects of tree or plant disease or insect infestations. We provide assistance with preparedness planning and disaster recovery, as it relates to urban forestry - from promoting safety to replanting the urban forest after the initial crisis has passed.Rural LandscapesWe work with rural landowners in Iowa and beyond who are committed to planting native trees and prairie plant species on strips of their land to benefit the land, as well as the larger community....

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Trees, Water & People

Fort Collins, CO

Trees, Water & People was co-founded in 1998 by Richard Fox and Stuart Conway, two foresters and friends who saw a huge need to address the pervasive deforestation in Latin America. As their plan evolved, they quickly realized that without addressing the underlying causes of deforestation, they would never be able to stop it.We had to ask ourselves, if people are cutting down trees to cook their meals, then how can we help them reduce the amount of wood needed every time they cook.For over nineteen years, Trees, Water & People has been a leader in not only reforestation, but also in the design and distribution of clean cookstoves and other clean energy products which greatly reduce the use of natural resources for energy creation.At Trees, Water & People, our work is guided by two core beliefs: that natural resources are best protected when local people play an active role in their care and management and that preserving local ecosystems is essential for the ongoing social, economic, and environmental health of communities everywhere.We are staffed by a group of dedicated conservationists who feel strongly about helping communities better manage the natural resources upon which their livelihoods depend. All of our programs help people and the planet by providing communities with a hand-up and not a hand-out. This approach creates economic opportunity while improving the environment and human health.How we improve the environment while creating economic opportunity for local people:Environmental Conservation We believe that natural resources are best protected when local people play an active role in their care and management.Job Skills & Economic Security Conservation can, and should, improve the livelihoods of local people. We use an enterprise approach to natural resource management to create jobs and protect the environment for future generations.Healthy Families & Communities Protecting the environment also improves human health. We are dedicated to implementing projects that create healthy families and communities.But we can't do it by ourselves. With your help, we can make a world of difference!...

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American Forest Foundation

Washington, DC

The American Forest Foundation (AFF) works on-the-ground with families, teachers and elected officials to promote stewardship and protect the values provided by our nation’s forest heritage. A commitment to the next generation unites our nationwide network of forest owners and teachers. These devoted professionals work to keep our forests healthy and our children well-prepared for the future they will inherit. AFF works nationwide and in partnership with local, state and national groups to address ecological and economic challenges that require the engagement of family forest owners.MissionWe ensure the sustainability of America’s family forests for present and future generations in conjunction with our strategic partners.VisionWe seek a future where family-owned forests and the interconnected, social, economic, and ecological benefits received from them are recognized and supported by landowners, policy makers, educators, conservationists, philanthropists, and business leaders.ValuesAll Americans have a stake in the future of our nation’s forests.Forest owners are stewards of vital resources that provide value to their communities, the nation, and the world.Environmental education enables citizens to learn the skills and gain the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions about our natural resources.Our success depends on the passion of volunteers and the capacity of state based organizations who share our goals. Likewise, we share responsibility for assuring they have the resources they need to succeed.Strategic PrioritiesBuild a national movement of landowners – 200,000 strong – who are actively caring for their woods to protect the clean water, wildlife habitat and sustainable wood their forests provide in order to:Ensure that 22 million Americans in the West have cleaner water by reducing wildfire risks and creating more ecologically-resilient family woodlandsProtect and enhance habitat on family woodlands for 26 at-risk species in the Northeast and Mid-AtlanticIncrease sustainable wood supplies from family woodlands while protecting and enhancing habitat for at-risk speciesAdvance environmental literacy and promote stewardship through excellence in environmental education, professional development and curriculum resources that focus on trees and forests as windows on the world in order to:Ensure that educators and students in the 15,000 American school districts are environmentally literate and have meaningful forest experiencesProvide professional development for at least 400,000 educatorsReach and engage at least 36 million studentsIncrease the awareness among priority audiences of the role of family forests in delivering the benefits these lands provide and position AFF as the leading expert on strategies to engage family forest owners in producing these outcomes.

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Center for Biological Diversity

Tucson, AZ

Our mission is to save life on earth.At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature — to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.

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Pure Earth

New York, NY

Pure Earth is an international non-profit organization dedicated to solving pollution problems in low- and middle-income countries, where human health is at risk. Since its inception in 1999, Pure Earth has completed more than 80 clean-up projects in 20 countries. Pure Earth works closely with national stakeholders from communities, industry and governments, and coordinates with key organizations such as the World Bank, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the Asian Development Bank, and the European Commission, many of which provide funding.Pure Earth focuses on locations throughout the developing world where human health is most affected by pollution. We combine pollution management with legacy pollution remediation to reduce exposures to toxins to local populations, especially children.Our MissionOur mission is to identify and clean up the poorest communities throughout the developing world where high concentrations of toxins have devastating health effects. Pure Earth devises clean-up strategies, empowers local champions and secures support from national and international partnerships. Cleaning up one community at a time brings us closer to a Pure Earth.Problem DefinitionToxic pollutants at contaminated sites affect the health of more than 200 million people worldwide. Women and children are especially at risk suffering neurologic and immune system damage and an early death. (The number of people affected is comparable to HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. Yet pollution is one of the most underreported and underfunded problems in the world.) The majority of acutely toxic sites are caused by local business, many of them artisanal or small-scale. Abandoned sites are also quite common. Surprisingly, international companies are rarely implicated.SolutionsInterventions to mitigate these toxic exposures while protecting livelihoods have proven to be manageable, cost-effective, and eminently do-able. By partnering with and empowering local champions we clean up chemical and waste legacy toxic hotspots, prevent re-contamination and guard against future pollution.ImpactWe have cleaned up toxins in 90 locations that were affecting over 4.2 million people — 20% being children under six. These people will live longer, have less intellectual impairment, cancer and other diseases....

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Penn Center

Saint Helena Island, SC

"More than a century since its founding, Penn Center still remains at the forefront in the fight for human dignity." — U.S. Congressman John Lewis, Georgia's 5th DistrictTucked in the heart of the South Carolina Sea Islands surrounded by glimmering marshes and nestled beneath the silvery moss-draped limbs of massive live oaks, is Penn Center. It is the site of the former Penn School, one of the country's first schools for freed slaves. Penn Center is one of the most significant African American historical and cultural institutions in existence today. We are located on St. Helena Island, one of the most beautiful and historically distinct of the South Carolina Sea Islands, and at the heart of Gullah culture. OUR MISSIONThe mission of the Penn Center is to promote and preserve Penn’s true history and culture through its commitment to education, community development and social justice. OUR HISTORYFor one hundred and fifty-five years, Penn Center National Historic Landmark District, located on St. Helena Island, South Carolina, has been at the epicenter of African American education, historic preservation, and social justice for tens of thousands of descendants of formerly enslaved West Africans living in the Sea Islands, known as the Gullah Geechee people.The Gullah Geechee have continued to survive and represent the most tangible living example of one of the outcomes of the Port Royal Experiment, a plan to tutor the freedmen out of slavery and into freedom.Founded in 1862, Penn School was one of the first academic schools in the South established by Northern missionaries, to provide a formal education for formerly enslaved West Africans. After the school closed in 1948, Penn became the first African American site in South Carolina whose primary purpose was to safeguard the heritage of a Gullah Geechee community.Later, in the 1960’s, Penn Center took up the mantle of social justice by ushering in the Civil Rights Movement and serving as the only location in South Carolina where interracial groups, such as Dr. Martin L. King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Peace Corps could have safe sanctuary in an era of mandated segregation.Penn Center continues to thrive as a national monument promoting historic preservation, as well as a catalyst for economic sustainability throughout the Sea Islands. Its far-reaching impact on local, national and international communities has been the greatest legacy of the Penn Center’s history....

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Sustainable Molokai

Kaunakakai, HI

Sust`āinable Molokai is a local, grassroots group formed to inspire youth and all Molokai residents to work toward a more sustainable future for our island. As a community-led and driven process, we adopt a broad and inclusive approach. We draw upon the strengths inherent in our island's close-knit community and seek to cultivate symbiotic and diverse partnerships for projects designed to become self-supporting. We conduct education and advocacy work that honors traditional and cultural pathways alongside modern strategies for sustainability. We build partnerships and call upon community networks to restore `āina momona (abundance) to the land and people.Today, Molokai is fortunate to have a community process that protects and enhances the unique lifestyle of its people. Embedded in Molokai’s history and cultural practices, this process is a means in which the community can greet, survey and share intentions with entities not already established in our community. The combined elements of this process can be referred to as ‘protocol’, and the aim of this document is to provide a better understanding of Molokai’s method of interaction.A Sense of PurposeAn onslaught of environmental and cultural threats has for decades forced Molokai’s community to respond reactively in order to protect its resources. Although these conflicts laid the foundation for modern Hawaiian activism and the Hawaiian renaissance which followed, the constant fight has left our community weary and, at times, vulnerable. A great opportunity exists now, as we implement a process that proactively calls out who we are, what we value, and what type of community partners will complement our community-building efforts.Advocating for the CommunityAfter years of protecting our open spaces and rural nature, Molokai’s community is not only providing relevancy, it is providing leadership to a world striving to live sustainably. We value those who are interested in making our island a healthy, sustainable and vibrant community.

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Heifer International

Little Rock, AR

Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.We empower families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity – but our approach is more than just giving them a handout. Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Our animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market.When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses.Our WorkSince 1944, Heifer has helped transform the lives of more than 18.5 million families (94.5 million people) by giving them gifts of cows, goats and other livestock. Along with the animals, families receive training in animal care and conservation for environmentally sound agricultural development. There is also training in community development, gender equity, sharing and caring, strategic planning and other subjects as needed, including literacy. The process takes several years and is not declared successful until the community shows sustained improvement in nutrition, income and self-reliance. Heifer International works in more than 40 countries in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, Central and Eastern Europe, and in the United States, using culturally and geographically appropriate livestock such as water buffalo, llamas and poultry in additional to cows, goats, sheep and other more conventional farm animals. Heifer International also provides bees, tree seedlings and worms to increase farm production and sustainability. Passing on the GiftThe core of our model is Passing on the Gift. This means families share the training they receive, and pass on the first female offspring of their livestock to another family. This extends the impact of the original gift, allowing a once impoverished family to become donors and full participants in improving their communities.The goal of every Heifer project is to help families achieve self-reliance. We do this by providing them the tools they need to sustain themselves, and it's thanks to the generosity of donors like you.

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John Austin Cheley Foundation

Denver, CO

The John Austin Cheley Foundation (JACF) advances low-income, underserved youth towards a successful future through transformative residential, nature-based summer camp programs.Mission StatementThe John Austin Cheley Foundation funds need-based camperships for high potential youth to attend extended-stay wilderness summer camps that have a proven track record of positively impacting youth development.Over its 26 year history, the Foundation has developed funding opportunities for low-income underserved youth to attend six high quality accredited American Camp Association residential camps. Almost 1000 camperships have been awarded since the foundation’s inception to advance youth toward a successful future through attending extended stay, wilderness summer camp programs around the United States.What We DoWe leverage the power of high quality residential Summer Camps and mission aligned Youth Mentoring Organizations to promote the success of underserved youth across the United States. We are the only known organization that works to remove the barriers to a high impact, long-term summer camp experience, proven to advance low-income youth toward a successful future. We do this by fully funding campers for the full life span of their summer camp experience, thus ensuring that the greatest youth development outcomes can be achieved, and access to this life-changing experience can be achieved.Our network of alliances provide programming and services to support the fulfillment of our vision to become an organization of broad national impact while delivering deep impact at the community level. Our campership awardees have the option of selecting a camp closer to their home base, or they can venture out across the United States, so that a well-matched camp program is not compromised by an applicant’s location....

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The Redford Center

San Francisco, CA

We work to address frontline social and environmental issues through relatable stories, impact films, and campaigns that lead to positive change. We get involved where there’s a pressing need for awareness and hope—where public engagement and the right timing can make all the difference.More powerful than rhetoric, politics as usual, or lobbying, we believe in the emotional power of stories to inspire people to engage. We approach each project as an opportunity to learn and listen: looking for storylines and supporting storytellers that will help change the game.We produce and shoot our own films with a growing stable of directors and producers. We are expanding our community by offering generous grants and fiscal sponsorship support to impact filmmakers everywhere who share our sentiment that we need more hope.Founded in 2005 by Robert Redford and his children, The Redford Center is led by filmmaker and board chair Jamie Redford. Under Jamie’s leadership, The Redford Center harnesses the power of film, video, and new media to increase public engagement on social and pressing environmental issues.Throughout our process, we collaborate with artists, activists, issue experts, policymakers, business leaders, and philanthropists. We invite issue outliers into the conversation and make sure they understand they are part of the solution.We support movements and community leaders working on the frontlines, so that awareness can truely be the spark that moves people to act. Our goal: to empower people to take part in doing something greater than us all.We make stories that move....

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Slow Food in the Tetons

Jackson, WY

Our MissionSlow Food in the Tetons works to grow our local and regional sustainable food economy by supporting producers, educating consumers and connecting them together in the spirit of good, clean and fair food.Good, Clean, and FairGood: The word good can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. For Slow Food, the idea of good means enjoying delicious food created with care from healthy plants and animals. The pleasures of good food can also help to build community and celebrate culture and regional diversity.Clean: When we talk about clean food, we are talking about nutritious food that is as good for the planet as it is for our bodies. It is grown and harvested with methods that have a positive impact on our local ecosystems and promote biodiversity.Fair: We believe that food is a universal right. Food that is fair should be accessible to all, regardless of income, and produced by people who are treated with dignity and justly compensated for their labor.HistoryThe Slow Food movement began in 1986 in Italy with a protest of the opening of the first McDonalds on the Spanish Stairs in Rome. Slow Food envisions a future food system that is based on the principles of high quality and taste, environmental sustainability, and social justice –in essence, a food system that is good, clean and fair. Slow Food members are organized into local chapters or “convivia” and work at the grassroots level to carry out the local, national and international mission. Today Slow Food is 100,000 members strong, 1300 convivia (200 in USA), represented in over 100 countries.Slow Food in the Tetons was founded by Teton Valley resident Sue Muncaster in 2006. While researching a book she was writing on conscientious eating she came across the Slow Food USA website and their approach to food, the environment, culture and family spoke to her in a way few other activist organizations had before. Muncaster’s passion for the local food movement and desire to contribute to a healthier, happier future for her children inspired her to open the chapter here in the Tetons.

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POP Movement Inc

Ellicott City, MD

There is a need to bring billions of young individuals to the cause of addressing the threat of climate change, so that in future they become sustainable thinkers in whatever profession they choose to pursue. There is an immense need to link all the youth associations, organizations, and most importantly each young individual, and provide them a platform where they share their action oriented efforts to integrate activities, mobilize collective efforts and utilize knowledge to 'act' and ‘share’ what they are doing to address the threat of climate change.The POP movement aims to empower youth to have an active participation in addressing issues of climate change faced by our planet. Moreover, the movement will connect global youth to Dr. R. K. Pachauri, who brought the issue of climate change on the international agenda and leads the Nobel Peace Laureate Organization - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and targets to connect youth to each other to have ‘an action-oriented’ dialogue on how to protect our planet from the impacts of climate change.Our Mission is ACTIONAdd young stakeholders in ongoing efforts to address issues of climate changeCreate awareness among youth through knowledge driven approachTarget global audience to make our young and future generations take forefront to realize their potential as a knowledge based agent of change in the fields of energy, environment, other natural resources and sustainable development.Integrate sustainable-diurnal activities to reduce carbon footprint.Orient solutions and activities undertaken by the youth to international community.Nourish knowledge-centric approach among youth.Key GoalsMobilize young people globally to Protect Our Planet and promote collect action among youth to implement solutions needed to mitigate climate change and adapt to its impacts.Recognize and reward youth-led actions, exemplary initiatives and success stories.ActivitiesThe POP Movement undertakes a range of activities to achieve its goals, including:Conducting training, workshops, and online coursesHosting global, annual events where innovative students are chosen as POP Stars, POP Icons and outstanding teachers, as POP MaestrosSupporting action in schools, colleges, universities, and communities-led by youth

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World University Consortium

Napa, CA

World University Consortium is a Napa, California based non-profit (501c3) organization established in 2013 by an international consortium including World Academy of Art & Science, International Association of University Presidents, Inter-University Centre, Library of Alexandria, Green Cross International, Person-Centered Approach Institute, Bohdan Hawrylyshyn Charitable Foundation, Dag Hammarskjold University College, Foundation for Culture of Peace, and The Mother’s Service Society. WUC represents humanity’s growing global awareness of the power and importance of knowledge. The mission of World University Consortium is to evolve and promote development of accessible, affordable, quality higher education worldwide based on a human-centered approach that shifts the emphasis from specialized expertise to contextualized knowledge within a trans-disciplinary conceptual framework reflecting the complexity and integration of the real world, from teaching mastery of a field of knowledge to learning that enhances the capacity of students to think and discover knowledge for themselves, from theoretical mastery to acquisition of knowledge, skills and values relevant to each individual’s personal development and career – an educational system better suited to develop the full potentials of social personality and individuality for productive engagement, social welfare and psychological well-being. A new paradigm in education is required, one that is idea-based, contextual, life-centric, value-based, person-centered, creative, multi-paradigmatic and trans-disciplinary. The aim of WUC is to translate this idea into a working model of reality. The Consortium acts as an umbrella group for facilitating and linking innovative educational partners at the international level. Our activities include, but are not limited to: • Promoting person-centered approaches that emphasize self-guided learning, critical and original thinking, inspirational forms of instruction, learning to learn, trans-disciplinary contextualized perspectives, learning by teaching and sharing with others, edutainment and experiential learning. • Developing and disseminate learning methods and materials that promote independent, original and creative thinking that foster insight, intuition and unique expressions of genius. • Developing innovative, open learning systems and more effective models that extend the reach of quality higher education to people of all age groups globally. ...

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World Academy of Art and Science

Napa, CA

"Leadership in thought that leads to action." The World Academy of Art and Science is an international think tank incorporated in Napa, California as a non-profit (501c3) organization. Founded in 1960 on the inspiration of eminent intellectuals such as Albert Einstein and Bertrand Russell and concerned by the impact of the explosive growth of knowledge, its activities seek to address global issues related to the social consequences and policy implications of knowledge. WAAS consists of 730 individual Fellows from more than 80 nations, diverse cultures and intellectual disciplines, chosen for eminence in art, natural and social sciences, humanities, and public service. Members are supported by a global network of 7 centers and 13 partner institutions. The Academy serves as a forum to discuss the vital problems of humankind independent of political boundaries or limits, whether spiritual or physical -- a forum where these problems can be discussed objectively, scientifically, globally, and free from vested interests or regional attachments, to arrive at solutions that affirm universal human rights and serve the interests of all humanity. Our mission is to promote cross-disciplinary dialogue generative of original ideas and integrated perspectives that comprehend the root causes and effective remedies for our common problems, while furthering those currents of thought and social movement that affirm the value of human dignity and equitable development.The Academy dedicates itself to the pursuit of creative, catalytic ideas that can provide to present and future generations enlightened leadership in thought that leads to effective action. Major activities of the Academy include projects to promote: • Human-centered Sustainable Economy • Full-employment • Nuclear Disarmament • Original thinking and creativity • Education for the 21st Century • Individuality & Leadership • New Paradigm for Peace, Human Security and Global Development • Transdisciplinary science of society The spirit of the Academy can be expressed in the words of, Albert Einstein, who was one of its founders: "The creations of our mind shall be a blessing and not a curse to mankind." Its Fellows share the ambition "to rediscover the language of mutual understanding," surmounting differences in tradition, language, and social structure which, unless fused by creative imagination and continuous effort, dissolve the latent human commonwealth in contention and conflict....

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Rainforest Action Network

San Francisco, CA

Rainforest Action Network runs hard-hitting campaigns to break North America’s fossil fuels addiction, protect endangered forests and Indigenous rights, and stop destructive investments around the world through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action.RAN fights for people and planet by working at the intersection of three core issues:Preserving RainforestsProtecting the ClimateDefending Human RightsAnd, unlike any other organization, RAN does this through the lens of corporate accountability. So what does that mean?That means RAN tackles some of the biggest corporations, banks, and global institutions on the planet. Traditionally, RAN works closely with local leaders to launch strategic corporate campaigns employing tactics such as high-profile, direct communication and public awareness campaigns; peaceful direct actions against our targets; coordinated media and social media campaigns; highly researched and detailed reports; grassroots organizing; and high-level negotiations — and relentless follow-up to make sure promises are kept.RAN takes on these campaigns not to change the behavior of individual companies, but to change the practices and business culture of whole industrial sectors.And we get results.Since 1985, RAN has been one of the most effective and innovative activist organizations in the United States. We partner with local, indigenous and frontline communities to create smart campaigns that exert pressure and extract actionable policies from corporate culprits responsible for rainforest destruction, massive pollution, and pushing species toward extinction. And RAN demands that human rights, labor rights, and local and indigenous rights are fundamental to any new corporate policies.But we cannot do any of this without our supporters. We depend on people like you all across the globe to preserve rainforests, protect the climate and defend human rights today.Watch 30 Years of Rainforest Action Network to learn more about what we do and why we do it.

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TEENS, Inc.

Nederland, CO

TEENS, Inc. is a non-pofit committed to supporting, educating and empowering youth and their families to make healthy choices and thrive. We offer educational opportunities, a safe place for teens to spend time, job opportunities and support and mentorship for youth. Our guiding core values are Youth Voices, Believing in Possibility, Relationships and Honesty and Integrity.What We Believe In:Youth Voices: Youth voices, perspectives, and contributions are necessary, valued and respected as current leaders within TEENS, Inc. and future community leaders. We believe in youth and work with them to find expression of their own voice in their current and future endeavors. At TEENS, Inc. youth are included in governance, program development and implementation.Believing in Possibilities: We have an unending belief that with support, guidance and encouragement people can persevere and change the course of their lives for the better, despite potentially challenging and difficult circumstances.Relationships: We understand that the work we do is founded on the relationships that we form and we believe youth need a variety of strong adult relationships in their lives. We value and care for each other, uphold high expectations and set firm boundaries.Honesty and Integrity: In an effort to continuously improve both personally and as an organization we are committed to speaking our truth and being true to ourselves. Whether it is with co-workers, youth or any other stakeholder, we understand that honest communication and follow through is essential to upholding personal and organizational integrity.What We Do:Teen Center: The Teen Center is a NO-COST drop-in center for teens. We have a gymnasium with a foam pit, a basketball hoop and a bouldering wall. We also have computers with internet access and a fully equipped kitchen that is regularly restocked with food. The Teen Center provides a safe place for teens to be after school for those who do not participate in traditional after school activities. Teen Center programming aims to incorporate natural mentoring, recreation, employment, leadership/character building, and crime, violence and substance abuse prevention. The Teen Center also provides a food pantry for families in need. Chinook West: Since 2002, Chinook West has served over 155 students that desire a non-traditional setting to accomplish their academic goals. In 2013, Chinook West became a fully accredited school earning the highest accreditation standard through AdvancED. Our vision is that students leave prepared to make responsible choices about emotional and personal well-being and have the life and academic skills to accomplish their goals. Youth Employment: TEENS, Inc. employed approximately 50 youth this past year in three employment programs; Peer Supervisors, Teen Youth Corps and TeamWorks. All employment programs are education based and aim to push students comfort zones, expose them to career opportunities and build confidence. Youth employees increase perseverance and resiliency while learning career and life skills including teamwork and collaboration, careful attention to detail, interview skills, and social skills.Outdoor Leadership: TEENS, Inc. offers various outdoor leadership trips including 4 week climbing courses, Girls Wilderness Program, and Wilderness Leadership Retreats. Tuition is set on a sliding scale based on family income and circumstances. No student is turned away because of financial reasons.Restorative Justice: TEENS, Inc. brings restorative justice practices to the Peak to Peak Region. When a crime or wrongdoing occurs, restorative justice focuses on repairing the harm and mending the offender’s bond with the community. TEENS, Inc. has been implementing restorative justice practices for 10 years to address youth problem behaviors and we are now partnering with Nederland local schools, the Nederland Police Department and Nederland municipal court to develop these practices in the Peak to Peak Region. History: In 1997 TEENS, Inc. was granted its 501(c)(3) status and formally took over youth services from the Town of Nederland. Prior to 1997, Nederland Youth Services ran Teen Centers at different times in many locations throughout town. With a dedicated board of directors and committed group of teens, TEENS, Inc. raised one million dollars and on January 2, 2000 opened a 6800 square foot facility for youth to socialize, form strong relationships with caring adults, develop healthy self-esteem and master the leadership, academic and job related skills they need to become constructive and productive members of society.

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Louisiana Environmental Action Network

Baton Rouge, LA

The Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) is a community based not-for-profit organization that has been working since 1986 to resolve the unique environmental struggles present in Louisiana.Our MissionTo foster cooperation and communication between individual citizens and corporate and government organizations in an effort to assess and mend the environmental problems in Louisiana.What We DoAt the core of LEAN’s work is the assistance we provide communities in dealing with their environmental challenges. LEAN has assisted communities with concerns involving environmental and health related impacts from air pollution, hazardous waste, water pollution, landfills, injection wells, municipal water treatment facilities, private water systems, paper mills, industrial incinerators, natural disasters and industrial accidents, to name a few. Our Services assessing, documenting, and monitoring environmental concernseducating individuals, communities, organizations, businesses and elected officials about environmental challenges in Louisianaorganizational support and leadership development for communities organizing around a local environmental issuetechnical support to individuals and communities working to resolve an environmental concern. Examples of technical support include: permit review, drafting public comments, analysis of environmental data, chemical sampling (air, water, soil, biota), multi-media production of educational resources specific to Louisiana’s environmental challenges, promoting public participation in government processes related to environmental decision making, facilitating dialogue and conflict resolution between communities, private industry and government agencies, and outreach and advocacy with local, national and international media outlets.“LEAN is one of the oldest and most effective and successful state wide citizen’s environmental and social justice organizations in the United States. Since 1985 LEAN has helped hundreds of groups and thousands of individuals across Louisiana and all but a small number have been very successful in dealing with or solving their issues and problems.”– William Fontenot...

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Arts & Scraps

Detroit, MI

Arts & Scraps is a Detroit nonprofit organization that annually recycles 28 tons of material to help 275,000 children think, create and learn.We reimagine recycled industrial materials, inspiring people of all ages to think, create and learn.Founded in 1989, we are a nonprofit organization located in Detroit, dedicated to connecting business, education and community. Our target audience is children living in low income areas.

Our Core Values • Reuse materials to make creative experiences affordable and accessible to every economic level. • Nurture individual creativity to stimulate learning and encourage independent thinking • Value the unique contributions of our staff, volunteers, funders and business & community partners • Believe financial self-sufficiency is vital to the stability of our organization • Motivate the community to see value in materials that traditionally have no value; to donate materials for reuse that cannot be recycled in a traditional manner.Our VisionProvide quality educational and creative experiences to underserved children in Metropolitan Detroit while minimizing the negative impact on the environmentWhat We Do • Provide recycled scraps for minimal cost to 3,300 organizations/classrooms annually, impacting 275,000 children. • Bring fun to core curriculums by encouraging open-ended thinking and creativity using our unusual materials. • Connect the private and non-profit/educational sectors by recruiting and recycling 28 tons of material. • Provide 12 educational programs for groups and individuals, ranging from infants to senior citizens. • Maintain scholarship funds so we can serve our target audience, underserved children. • Create a neutral place where people from all over the Detroit Metro area can exchange ideas. • Involve people of all abilities; providing service learning for 115 Individuals with Disabilities weekly • Entrepreneurial in nature. This makes us accountable to our clients and not reliant on a few large funders. • Travel throughout the Detroit area bringing programs to those who can’t visit our facility, using the ScrapMobile, a 26’ bus designed by Ford Motor Company volunteers and funded by Humana. • Effectively use volunteers. Our community contributes 10,000 hours annually, the equivalent of 4.8 full time staff people. • Have fun; this attitude flows through all our programs....

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The Ocean Project

Providence, RI

The Ocean Project advances ocean conservation in collaboration with organizations around the world. We are the global coordinators for World Oceans Day, a fast-growing celebration of our ocean, held annually on June 8 and with ongoing involvement year-round. Strategies for Achieving our MissionThe Ocean Project network has grown to include approximately 2,000 organizations in over 100 countries. We support our aquarium, zoo, and museum partners, youth groups, and many others with strategic communications guidance, resources, and tools to help them engage their visitors and the public for conservation action, at the personal, community, and societal levels. Through our global leadership for World Oceans Day, our network has diversified immensely and now includes organizations representing not only aquariums, zoos, museums, and youth groups, but also recreational interests, especially diving, sailing, boating and surfing, the tourism and hospitality industry, universities, schools, businesses, environmental and conservation NGOs, artists, the maritime industry, and communities of faith.To help grow the reach and impact of World Oceans Day, we activate, connect, and demonstrate worldwide support for ocean conservation on June 8th and then use those connections to generate involvement throughout the year. We have been growing World Oceans Day as a global rallying point for action that unifies organizations and captures people's imaginations to catalyze enhanced awareness, modify behaviors, develop the political will, and foster important measurable societal changes, locally, nationally and internationally.Our core values underpin everything we do. We are data driven, having conducted the largest market and public opinion research initiative ever, to measure changes in awareness and action and identify opportunities for action. We focus on creating positive solutions, pursuing innovative ways to achieve positive outcomes in both the short- and long-term. We continually identify strategic opportunities to complement and add value to others' efforts to be most effective.We focus not on enhancing our own brand image, but on improving our partners' individual and collective efforts to improve the health of the ocean and create a more sustainable society. By brokering connections and providing market research and analysis, and related education and communications strategies and tools, we have built strong respect and trust among our network of partners.

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The Center for Rural Affairs

Lyons, NE

Our mission is to establish strong rural communities, social and economic justice, environmental stewardship, and genuine opportunity for all while engaging people in decisions that affect the quality of their lives and the future of their communities. Our ValuesSince its inception, the Center has resisted the role of advocating for the interests of any particular group. Instead, we have chosen to advance a set of values - values that reflect the best of Rural America. Ultimately, we believe it is in the interest of all to create a future reflecting those values.We value: • RESPONSIBILITY placed upon each of us to contribute to our community and society. • CONSCIENCE that balances self-interest with an obligation to the common good and future generations. • PROGRESS that strengthens rural communities, small businesses, and family farms and ranches. • Genuine OPPORTUNITY for all to earn a living, raise a family, and prosper in a rural place. • Citizen INVOLVEMENT and ACTION to shape the future. • Widespread OWNERSHIP and CONTROL of small businesses, farms, and ranches by those who work them. • FAIRNESS that allows all who contribute to the nation's prosperity to share in it. • STEWARDSHIP of the natural environment upon which all of us - current and future generations - rely. We live in an era of profound change - when institutions, policy, and life are being fundamentally reshaped. It is a critical time for people of conscience to work together in guiding change to reflect our highest values. To that we commit the Center for Rural Affairs.

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Global Greengrants Fund

Boulder, CO

Our mission is to mobilize on-the-ground resources to fight environmental degradation, promote sustainability, and support social justice around the world.Solutions for lasting change come from people who face challenges to their environments and rights every day. We support community-based projects that make our world safer, healthier, and more just. As the leading environmental fund that supports grassroots action on a global scale, we have directed more than $45 million in grants to grassroots initiatives in 167 countries.We give people, foundations, and responsible businesses the opportunity to invest in global grassroots change that honors people, livelihoods, and ecosystems equally.Our innovative and responsive granting infrastructure connects you to a worldwide community of activists addressing their regions’ most pressing challenges. Because our expert Grant Advisors carefully select projects, you can be sure your support helps people create change that will last....

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Society of the Divine Savior-The Salvatorians

Milwaukee, WI

Salvatorian priests, brothers and deacons are members of the Society of the Divine Savior, a Catholic religious community. We minister collaboratively with the Salvatorian sisters and laity in the United States and in thirty other countries around the world. Founded in Rome in the 1880's, Salvatorians minister as chaplains, teachers, pastors, caregivers, secretaries, social workers, foreign missionaries, artists, volunteers, nurses, pastoral ministers, retreat directors -- wherever there is a need.Our priests and brothers carry the Word of God all over the globe, ministering wherever there is a need: Parishes and schools Hospitals Nursing homes Prisons Communities under duress MISSIONThe Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians) proclaims and teaches by all ways and means the goodness and kindness of Jesus the Savior.VISIONSalvatorians seek to become apostles for our times in order to make the Savior known to all people.SHARED VALUESPrayer We are vowed men of prayer, the center of which is the Eucharist.Providence We trust in God, discerning and responding to the signs of the times.Apostolate We are called to be apostles for the renewal of the Church and the world, and we invite others to discover and respond to their call to be apostles.Justice We advocate for justice and peace, standing with the poor and marginalized.Community We support one another through mutual love and service.Collaboration We are servant-leaders, involving others in our mission.Universality We include as members of the Society people from every nation, and we are open to serve the people of any nation.Simplicity We live a simple lifestyle, becoming one with those we serve, especially the poor. Celebration We rejoice in the fullness of life....

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Sea Save Foundation

Malibu, CA

Our mission is to generate consciousness and encourage stewardship of natural ecosystems while continuing with other charitable educational activities associated with this purpose.Sea Save Foundation strives to protect our oceans by raising awareness about the beauty of marine ecosystems and their fundamental importance to human survival. We seek solutions, advance public policy, and drive advocacy.“If we can clearly see our successes, we will be motivated to continue our efforts.” — Edi Fommenwiler

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Advocates for Snake Preservation

Tucson, AZ

Snakes are threatened by many of the same issues that affect all wildlife, including habitat loss, climate change, and disease. But negative attitudes toward snakes may be the biggest barrier to their conservation because it often impedes efforts to address other threats.Our Mission: To use science, education, and advocacy to promote compassionate conservation and coexistence with snakes.Our Vision: A world where snakes are respected and appreciated instead of feared and hated.Our Work: We conduct research on snakes following the guiding principles of compassionate conservation. We dispel myths and misinformation about snakes through our blog, presentations, and publications. We identify threats to snakes, and provide resources on how we can address those threats.

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