Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

Trees, Water and People

  • Fort Collins, CO
  • www.treeswaterpeople.org

Mission Statement

To improve people's lives by helping communities protect, conserve and manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well-being depends.

We work in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Haiti, and on tribal lands in the United States.

Main Programs

  1. International Program
  2. Tribal Renewable Energy Program

service areas

International

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ruling year

1998

chief executive for fy 1998

Richard W Fox

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Keywords

environment, trees, reforestation, renewable energy, central america, natural resources, tribal lands, native american, carbon offsets, clean cookstoves, cleantech, solar lights, solar energy, job training

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EIN

84-1462044

Physical Address

633 Remington Street

Fort Collins, CO 80524

Also Known As

Trees, Water & People

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Forest Conservation (C36)

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

International Program

Trees, Water & People's international community-based development projects improve people's lives by helping communities protect, conserve, and manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well-being depends.

In partnership with local NGOs, we have planted more than 5.8 million trees and built more than 70,000 clean cookstoves in Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Haiti. Our clean cookstoves reduce fuelwood consumption by 50-70 percent, as compared to standard open-fire cooking, and reduce indoor air pollution by up to 80 percent. When vented to the outside of the home, these improved stoves reduce deadly smoke in the kitchen, which kills 4 million people, mostly women and children, globally every year. Our community tree nurseries supply local farmers and communities with over 50 different species of trees to aid in reforestation efforts throughout Latin America.
 
TWP also distributes solar lighting products through our for-profit subsidiary, Luciérnaga. These household solar LED products meet lighting and device charging needs for energy poor populations, saving families money on fuel costs and reducing indoor air pollution. Luciérnaga imports solar products in bulk and sells them to our trusted network of NGOs, small business owners, and cooperatives on the ground. To date, Luciérnaga has sold nearly 5,000 solar lighting systems to rural, off-grid families.

Category

Environment

Budget

$610,000.00

Population Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

Program 2

Tribal Renewable Energy Program

TWP provides sustainable, economically beneficial, and culturally appropriate energy solutions to Native Americans living on tribal lands throughout the Great Plains and the American West.

With our local partner, Lakota Solar Enterprises, we have produced over 850 innovative solar air heating systems that save Native American families 20-30% on monthly heating costs, prevent toxic pollutants from harming their health and the environment, improve their living conditions, and allow them to utilize savings for much needed medicine and food. More than 150 tribal members have received valuable training in renewable energy applications, providing them with the knowledge and skills necessary to install efficient solar heaters in their communities.

In addition, our Compressed Earth Block (CEB) homes are an affordable and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional building techniques, offering a solution to the acute shortage of housing on Native American reservations around the country. CEB homes can be built quickly, using local materials and local people, providing shelter to families in need.

Category

Environment

Budget

$315,800.00

Population Served

Native Americans/American Indians

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

service areas

International

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Social Media

@TreesWaterPeople

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Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

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TREES, WATER AND PEOPLE
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Trees, Water and People

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Richard W Fox

BIO

Richard Fox is the Co-founder and Executive Director for Trees, Water & People (TWP) and the vision behind the Tribal Renewable Energy Program. As part of this program, he has presented at more than 30 Native American conferences and workshops and has participated in dozens of renewable energy installations. Prior to co-founding TWP in 1998, Richard was the Executive Director of the Potomac Conservancy, a Washington D.C.-based river protection land trust. Additionally, Richard has over 27 years of experience designing and implementing land conservation and protection programs in the interior west. He has worked extensively with Great Plains and Southwestern tribes as well as national and international nonprofit organizations. Richard specializes in building environmental partnerships among the government, business, and conservation sectors. As a forestry and land management consultant, he has supervised the reforestation of over 27,000,000 trees on 45,000 acres of land, designed and established wildlife corridors and reserves, led the effort to design and create a national green area and a major ecological restoration of a national park, and overseen the national resource inventory of over 4,000,000 acres of western forests.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Stuart Conway

Retired

Term: Jan 2013 - Jan 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


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