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Also Known As: Amazon Conservation

1012 14th Street NW 
Suite 625
Washington, DC 20005

Mission and Programs


Our mission is to protect the world's most diverse landscapes, train the next generation of Amazonian conservationists, and partner with communities to support livelihoods that sustain biodiversity.


Program:Program Overview
Budget: $2,945,019
Category: Environment, General/Other
Population Served: Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program Description:

We implement field-based scientific and socio-economic programs which use research to develop new, sustainable uses for natural resources and ensure conservation: 1. Protecting Habitat: - Los Amigos Conservation Concession (~360,000 acres) - Wachiperi Haramba Queros Conservation Concession (~17,240 acres) - Four private conservation areas (~47,000 acres) -Manu-Tambopata Corridor (~519,000 acres through a mosaic of land uses) -continued to support creation of protected areas (through regional conservation areas, conservation concessions, private conservation areas, and more) covering more than 1.8 million acres 2. Identifying Threats and Proposing Solutions - launched new web portal designed to efficiently distribute deforestation monitoring results to civil society - piloted the use of drones to monitor forests at the Los Amigos Biological Station and Conservation Concession - analyzing satellite imagery to create an effective, near-real time deforestation monitoring system across five large-scale threats to the Amazon's trees: mining, logging, dams, oil and gas development, and agriculture at the expense of primary forest 3. Sustainable Livelihoods: - Brazil nuts are a natural forest product whose harvest guarantees income for Amazonian peoples. Since 1999, we have supported more than 600 Brazil nut harvesters in Peru and Bolivia to ensure forest-friendly income through technical support, training, certification, building drying sheds that reduce spoilage, and more. Through this program, ACA has ensured the legal protection of close to two million acres of forest, enabling wildlife to travel safely between protected areas. - We also have assisted communities as they undertook ecotourism activities and formed associations to sell other forest-friendly products like tarwi--nicknamed the Andean soy--and handicrafts. Other sustainable livelihoods efforts include cacao and fish farming. Additionally, we conduct market research and participate in fairs that allow for greater connections between associations and companies further up the supply chain. 4. Research and Education: - Los Amigos Biological Research Station - Wayqecha Cloud Forest Biological Research Station - Villa Carmen Biological Research Station - provide environmental education to local school groups, offer scholarships for Peruvian researchers, host international researchers, and perform technical work that furthers the creation of protected areas

Program:Protecting Habitat
Budget: $922,036
Category: Land Conservation
Population Served: Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program Description:

ACA protects vital ecosystems by creating, supporting, and managing protected areas. Creating protected areas is a multi-step, multi-year process involving partnerships between ACA, regional governments, and local communities.
Program:Science & Education
Budget: $1,193,957
Category: Biological & Life Sciences
Population Served: Adults

Program Description:

ACA believes the world’s most diverse forests should also be its best-studied. Since 2004, ACA’s Los Amigos Biological Station has been one of the most active research stations in the Amazon Basin. In 2005, ACA also created the Wayqecha Cloud Forest Biological Station, Peru’s only permanent research center focused on Andean cloud forest ecology and management. Established in 2010, Villa Carmen Biological Station integrates biodiversity conservation, research, education, sustainable agriculture, and ecotourism into a single campus. ACA’s three biological stations have become centers for educational trips by local school children as well as leading training sites for local and international university groups. Additionally, ACA has trained teachers and more than 1,000 students a year, beginning in 2012.
Program:Sustainable Livelihoods
Budget: $820,869
Category: Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Population Served: Adults

Program Description:

ACA works to support communities’ abilities to earn a living while protecting their natural resources. ACA supports conservation-appropriate reforestation and agroforestry (agriculture incorporating the cultivation and conservation of trees), Brazil nut harvesting (nut-producing trees only grow in healthy forests), native fish farming, and community-based ecotourism. ACA is working to mitigate the impacts of infrastructure development in the southwest Amazon through the creation of the Manu-Tambopata Conservation Corridor, composed of a mosaic of conservation areas and sustainable use zones in the Madre de Dios region of Peru.
Program:Identifying Threats & Proposing Solutions
Budget: $8,157
Category: Research & Public Policy Analysis
Population Served: Adults

Program Description:

Protecting the health of the Amazon requires understanding the larger forces at work in the region, identifying trends, and following threats as they emerge and develop. ACA is disseminating information about emerging deforestation issues to key stakeholders, including government authorities.


  • C30 (Natural Resource Conservation and Protection)
  • U50 (Biological, Life Science Research includes Marine Biology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Biotechnology, etc.)
  • C36 (Forest Conservation)

Chief Executive Profile

Hannah Stutzman, ACA's Executive Director as of August 2014, oversees operations in the DC office and coordinates collaboration with ACA’s main partner organizations in Peru and Bolivia. Hannah has been with ACA for the past four years, most recently designing new projects and conservation strategies as its Director of Programs. She has worked on conservation, sustainable development, and cultural issues with major NGOs in the US and Latin America, including Conservation International-Colombia and the Colombian Ministry of Culture, and lived in Bogota for over four years. Hannah has a Master’s of Environmental Management from Yale University and a BA in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College.

Balance Sheet Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 2015

Total Note: The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities also must be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.
Assets January 1, 2015December 31, 2015Change
Cash & Equivalent$2,005,321$1,606,850($398,471)
Accounts Receivable$31,496$170,499$139,003
Pledges & Grants Receivable$1,571,568$903,404($668,164)
Receivable/Other Due to changes in the 2008 Form 990, this data is no longer reported.$0$0$0
Inventories for Sale or Use$0$0$0
Investment/Securities Due to Changes in the 2008 Form, this value now includes Publicly Traded Securities as well as Other Securities. $0$20,417$20,417
Investment/Other Due to various changes in the way this data is reported in the 2008 Form 990, it may not be possible to accurately compare this data from the 2008 form 990 against the same field on prior forms $0$0$0
Fixed Assets The 2008 form does not distinguish between LBE as investments and LBE as fixed assets. This value is equivalent to the sum of both line items on earlier forms (Part IV line 55 plus line 57). $1,314$1,005($309)
Other Program Related Investments is now a separate field on the new form, Part X-13(A) and (B). $69,000$50,675($18,325)
Total Assets:$3,678,699$2,752,850($925,849)

LiabilitiesJanuary 1, 2015December 31, 2015Change
Accounts Payable$32,721$27,925($4,796)
Grants Payable$0$0$0
Deferred Revenue$5,298$51,403$46,105
Loans and Notes The value on this line may now include payables to former employees, disqualified persons and unrelated third parties. $0$0$0
Tax-Exempt Bond Liabilities$0$0$0
Other Due to various changes in the way this data is reported in the 2008 Form 990, it may not be possible to accurately compare this data from the 2008 Form 990 against the same field on prior forms $23,111$30,217$7,106
Total Liabilities:$61,130$109,545$48,415

Fund Balance:$3,617,569$2,643,305($974,264)

Basic Information

  • This organization is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity.
  • Financial information in this report is derived from the organization's December 31, 2015 Form 990.


Ms.  Hannah  Stutzman 


Ms. Hannah Stutzman, Executive Director


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Year Founded:1999
Ruling Year:2000
Fiscal Year End Date: December 31, 2015
Assets: $2,752,850
(from Dec 31, 2015 Form 990)
Income: $3,534,333
(from Dec 31, 2015 Form 990)
No. of Employees:9

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