ORANG UTAN REPUBLIK FOUNDATION INC

Saving a Species Through Education

aka The Orangutan Project-USA   |   Santa Monica, CA   |  https://www.orangutanrepublik.org

Mission

To save endangered wild orangutans through conservation education, outreach initiatives and innovative collaborative programs that inspire and call people to action.

Ruling year info

2008

President

Dr. Gary Shapiro

Co Principal Officer

Mr. Leif Cocks

Main address

2309 Santa Monica Blvd #828

Santa Monica, CA 90404 USA

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Formerly known as

Orang Utan Republik Education Initiative/SEE

EIN

26-0880405

NTEE code info

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Management & Technical Assistance (K02)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Orangutans are Asia's only great apes. Closely related to humans (97% genetically), orangutans are critically endangered due to direct and indirect killing. Orangutan habitat, the tropical rainforests on Borneo and Sumatra, has been converted to large scale agriculture and for other uses. In the process, hundreds of thousands of individual orangutans have been killed over the past two decades. While protected by law, orangutans are still being killed as pests and for the illegal pet trade. Conserving the orangutan through legal enforcement or the rehabilitation of confiscated orangutans has not been an effective measure to ensure their future existence. Our organization is focused on saving orangutans holistically through formal and informal education, conservation programs, and other community-based initiatives that inspire and enroll local people to take action to protect and conserve orangutans and their rainforest habitat.

Our programs

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

Community Education and Conservation Program

The Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) and our newest Indonesian field organizations, YSHL (Green Sumatra Foundation) bring the conservation education message to schools, government offices, and the community-at-large in a variety of formal and informal methods. Active in Medan and areas around Bukit Lawang, YSHL partners with schools from grade school through high school to ensure the orangutan and other wildlife are better understood by the young generation. YSHL also seeks the support of local, regional, and national governments which helps to educate government officials about the issues facing orangutans. YSHL and OURF additionally network with other orangutan and conservation NGOs to more effectively leveraging funds in conducting education events and projects. They conduct Orangutan Caring Week activities annually. Community outreach is also done domestically in Southern California at various venues across the state as well as around the world.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Orangutan Caring Scholarship (OCS) is a collaborative program of the Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) and three implementing organizations: Yayasan Orangutan Sumatra Lestari-Orangutan Information Center or OIC on Sumatra, Yayasan Palung (YP) in West Kalimantan and Borneo Nature Foundation (BNF) in Central Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo).
The purpose of the program is to award talented and needy Indonesian students in Sumatra and Kalimantan with tuition funding allowing them to attend college in the fields of Forestry, Biology, and Veterinary Science. Through the program, recipients develop an understanding of the plight of the orangutan from the perspective of the nongovernmental organization. They graduate as advocates of orangutan conservation when entering the government workforce. The collaboration has allowed this program to expand based on available funding. OURF raises and provides the funding and OIC, YP, and BNF administers the actual competition via outreach to schools, evaluates of submitted proposals, and oversees the selection process to determine the recipients.

Population(s) Served
Students

Mrs. Lorraine Phyllis Jenkins of Sacramento, California, was an elementary school teacher and a long-time supporter of orangutan research.  She encouraged her son, Dr. Gary Shapiro, President of Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) and Chairman of Orang Utan Republik Education Initiative, to enter the field to conduct orangutan research as a graduate student. Mrs. Jenkins died on November 21, 1997, following a losing battle with cancer. In her memory, the LP Jenkins Memorial Fellowship for Orangutan and Rainforest Research (LP Jenkins Fellowship) was created and administered through the Orangutan Foundation International until November 2004 when the OFI Board transferred the LP Jenkins Fellowship to the Orang Utan Republik Education Initiative at the request of Dr. Shapiro.
The LPJenkins Fellowship is a competitive award open to all graduate and undergraduate students planning to conduct field research on orangutans, related rainforest or conservation education in Indonesia. Priority consideration will be given to graduate students planning to study in Sumatra. One LP Jenkins Fellowship of $1,000 will be available for award each year..
Interested students are encouraged to apply during the spring of each year in order to be considered for an early summer award. Applications are due by May 1st, of each year. Complete applications should be sent to the Orang Utan Republik Foundation, 2461 Santa Monica Boulevard, #828, Santa Monica, CA 90404, USA. An OURF Review Committee will evaluate the merits of each submitted application and may recommend one recipient to the President of OURF. The winner of the Fellowship will be notified privately by email and/or postal mail.

Population(s) Served
Students

Trees provide numerous benefits to the local people and wildlife as well as the global community (the net effect of forests on reducing global greenhouse gases). The Green Sumatra Foundation (YSHL), the field action branch of OURF, works with the provincial Forestry Department to distribute and plant trees as part of government and non-government sponsored tree-planting programs. OURF encourages YSHL to conduct tree-planting in schools, parks, and other urban venues as well as participate in large scale events such as national tree-planting day or tree-planting month. OURF, through the CECP program, will support the planting of trees in degraded habitat areas in and around the Gunung Leuser National Park.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

Orang Utan Republik Foundation conducts outreach within the United States and other locations based on the availability of volunteer support. Most of the outreach events occur in the spring of each year particularly around the Earth Day period (March-May). Outreach consist of tabling events at various scheduled fairs or other organized functions.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The main goal of the Orang Utan Republik Foundation and its partner, The Orangutan Project, is to ensure the long-term survival of individual and populations orangutans through the stewardship of Indonesian people. Only if the needs of people living near the orangutans are met will orangutans be valued enough to be saved. Only if students are educated in biology and conservation will they come to appreciate the importance of the species for the health of the forests they also depend upon. Another goal is to promote the institutional capacity of Indonesian conservation organizations to provide education and higher education opportunities for local people in need of information or resources. Another goal is to save and manage existing forests or restore degraded forests through partnerships in Indonesia. Finally, another goal is to support the conservation activities of other orangutan-focused organizations working in other parts of Borneo and Sumatra.

The strategies we take to achieve our goals include the following:

Educating Youth: Local conservation educators are supported to plant and nurture the seeds of knowledge for a new generation that will be respectful and caring of orangutans and rainforests so as to value the species and their habitat in the years ahead.

Improving Livelihood of Villagers Near the National Park: Just educating villagers about orangutans is not enough. We provide them with options and alternatives that will improve their livelihood so they shift from destructive practices to sustainable ones.

Reducing Human-Wildlife Conflict: Understanding the levels of human-orangutan conflict near habitat areas is key to developing strategies to reduce that conflict. That is the goal of the Community Education and Conservation Program.

Engaging in Policy: Participating in the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) enables OURF to have a voice in the policies needed to make this global commodity less onerous to orangutans.

Investing in Higher Education: Supporting college education and research in the natural sciences: biology, forestry, and veterinary science will build an educated citizenry that will advocate for orangutan survival.

Creating Partnerships: Leveraging the power of other organizations in the common mission of conservation education is leading towards a sustainable population of orangutans and enlightened communities that ensure their survival.

Capacity Building: Providing our NGO partners with the funds and support needed to implement the programs as well as move towards independent operations.

Facilitating Outreach Events: Spreading the message of our organization requires using the technologies available (website, Facebook, Twitter) as well as person-to-person approach typical of outreach events.

The Orang Utan Republik Foundation partners with numerous organizations, including The Orangutan Project, and relies on volunteers to administer and manage our various programs. Because of this, we operate as a lean organization with little overhead. Through our partnerships, we leverage funding to optimize our performance. Foundation leadership has a long record of creating and overseeing programs and projects in Indonesia. Since our founding in 2004, we have established and are currently supporting the following programs:

1) Orangutan Caring Scholarship Program. We raise funds and partner with implementing organizations in Indonesia to annually offer Orangutan Caring Scholarships, to college-bound or college students from orangutan range provinces (N Sumatra, Aceh, W. Kalimantan, C. Kalimantan). The students must seek degrees in the fields of biology, forestry, or veterinary science. The scholarships are competitive and provide basic support (tuition and thesis write-up, internship for vet students). The awarded students are obligated to work and participate with the implementing nonprofit to understand the issues impacting orangutans and methods being taken to help ensure their survival.

2) L.P. Jenkins Memorial Fellowship Program. We provide an annual fellowship for post-graduate students conducting research on orangutans or rainforest ecology through the LP Jenkins Memorial Fellowship program. Better understanding the orangutan and its challenges within the dynamic rainforest ecosystem can provide information and improved protocols to advise wildlife managers.

3) Community Education and Conservation Program. We provide funding to support operations and capacity-building of the Indonesian-based Yayasan Sumatra Hijau Lestari (Sustainable Green Sumatra Foundation). YSHL and its staff carry out the Community Education and Conservation Program (CECP) to provide conservation and basic education to villagers along the border of Gunung Leuser National Park, home to the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan. The program is holistic and seeks to improve the livelihoods of local communities as well as better understand the level of human-wildlife conflict and to teach methods to mitigate the conflict. Additionally, the program includes tree-planting and ecosystem restoration activities in partnership with local communities

4) TOP-USA Support Program. As the USA chapter of The Orangutan Project (TOP-USA), we provide fiscal sponsorship to TOP, the largest orangutan support organization in the world. As such our collective organization can support one another as well as the efforts of dozens of other organizations working to save the species.

The Orang Utan Republik Foundation has a website where the accomplishments are listed and updated. Interested readers can find the information at https://www.orangutanrepublik.org/about-us/our-accomplishments/

The foundation plans to add a new implementing partner to the 2021 Orangutan Caring Scholarship program as the last orangutan range province is added to our other provinces. We anticipate reaching and crossing the 200th scholarship awarded in 2021.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ORANG UTAN REPUBLIK FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Gary Shapiro


Board co-chair

Leif Cocks

The Orangutan Project

Term: 2016 - 2020

Susan Callery

No Affiliation

Eric Raymond

No Affiliation

Robert Kounang

Amerindo United

Gary Shapiro

Orang Utan Republik Foundation, Inc.

Leif Cocks

The Orangutan Project

Elizabeth Varnhagen

No Affiliation

Cheryl Parrish

On the Move Permits

Max Tramboo

Panomatics

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and 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? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No