Saving Species, Storing Carbon & Improving Livelihoods in Ecuador

aka TMA   |   Fremont, CA   |
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EIN: 26-3982965


Third Millennium Alliance's mission is to preserve the last remnants of the Pacific Forest of Ecuador and work with local communities to reforest what has been lost.

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Executive Director

Mr. Ryan Lynch

Main address

36900 Bodily Ave.

Fremont, CA 94536 USA

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Subject area info

Endangered species protection

Forest preservation

Environmental education



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Population served info


People of Latin American descent

Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

Forest Conservation (C36)

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

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What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Tropical rainforests contain the highest density of life on Earth and represent our best tool to combat global climate change. Unfortunately, tropical rainforests are disappearing at an unprecedented rate, pushing many species to the brink of extinction and threatening the health and wellbeing of humankind. Much of this deforestation has been done by small-scale farmers who lack access to more sustainable economic opportunities. The Pacific Forest of Ecuador represents a microcosm of the larger issue – it’s one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet but has lost 98% of its forest cover in the past generation alone. With only 2% of the Pacific Forest remaining today, it’s vital that conservation activities combine the creation of protected areas with community programs that address the economic drivers of deforestation.

Our programs

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

Conservation of the Pacific Forest of Ecuador

Since 2007, TMA has worked tirelessly together with local communities, conservation partners, scientists, and international supporters to protect and restore one of the most endangered tropical forests on the planet – the Pacific Forest of Ecuador. With nearly 4,000 acres of forest currently under management, TMA has developed an innovative approach to conservation that pairs active forest preservation, in the form of land purchase and creation of protected areas, with community-based restoration efforts that address the underlying socioeconomic drivers of deforestation. Using a regenerative agroforestry approach designed around shade-grown heirloom cacao, TMA works hand-in-hand with local farmers to restore the landscape in a way that results in both economic and environmental benefit. Over the next decade, TMA will significantly expand its ecological and social impact through the creation of the 100,000-acre Capuchin Corridor.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Area of land, in hectares, directly controlled by the organization

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Conservation of the Pacific Forest of Ecuador

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


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Number of farmer members of the Coop or suppliers of the SME/Enterprise that are producing crops/products and selling them to the SMEs/Coop/Enterprise

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


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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.

1. Conservation: Expand the conservation impact of TMA in the Pacific Forest of Ecuador.
2. Reforestation: Expand community-based reforestation impact in the Pacific Forest of Ecuador.
3. Network Development: Enhance stakeholder awareness, engagement, and communication.

1. Conservation: Purchase, protect, connect, and manage intact forest habitat.
2. Reforestation: Work with local landowners to restore their agricultural lands with regenerative agroforestry as a means to restore wildlife habitat, provide food, and create sustainable income sources.
3. Network Development: Increase supporter networks, grow community relationships, and build local leaders.

Building on knowledge and experience gained from working in the Pacific Forest for the past 15+ years, TMA has developed the local partnerships, strategies, and trust necessary to preserve and restore this landscape. In addition to establishing the Jama-Coaque Reserve by integrating 25 separate properties at the southern end of the Capuchin Corridor, TMA has partnered with a local conservation cooperative to protect the most pristine old-growth forest in the region.

TMA is also working with its neighbors through an innovative community agroforestry program – dozens of local families are transitioning their land from unsustainable monocultures to biodiverse food forests that improve food security, watershed health and critical habitat for endangered species. Community is central to the long-term success of the Capuchin Corridor. TMA recently constructed a community center in the village of Camarones to provide tutoring and enrichment (e.g., technology and English classes), workshops on social enterprise opportunities in agroforestry and conservation, and ecological awareness education.

Conservation: Over the past 15+ years TMA has expanded the amount of forest protected in the Pacific Forest from 100-acres to more than 4,000-acres. Over the coming years, TMA will continue these efforts by purchasing and protecting over 1,000-acres.
Reforestation: TMA currently works with 70 local families to help them transistion their degraded farmland into productive and sustainable regenerative agroforests. Over the coming years, TMA will continue these efforts by adding another 50+ local families to the regenerative agroforestry program.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.00 over 9 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 7.1 over 9 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 9 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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 must also 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.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of THIRD MILLENNIUM ALLIANCE’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$58,995 -$45,484 $44,140 $133,333 $141,663
As % of expenses -26.5% -17.4% 38.0% 52.0% 21.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$58,995 -$45,484 $44,140 $133,333 $141,663
As % of expenses -26.5% -17.4% 38.0% 52.0% 21.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $163,734 $215,979 $160,181 $389,702 $818,131
Total revenue, % change over prior year -46.1% 31.9% -25.8% 143.3% 109.9%
Program services revenue 36.0% 30.1% 2.1% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 63.9% 69.9% 97.9% 100.0% 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $222,729 $261,463 $116,041 $256,369 $674,484
Total expenses, % change over prior year -11.2% 17.4% -55.6% 120.9% 163.1%
Personnel 15.7% 13.8% 31.9% 23.8% 9.6%
Professional fees 9.0% 8.3% 6.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Occupancy 1.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 37.7% 47.6% 40.5% 56.6% 77.5%
All other expenses 36.4% 30.4% 21.6% 19.6% 12.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $222,729 $261,463 $116,041 $256,369 $674,484
One month of savings $18,561 $21,789 $9,670 $21,364 $56,207
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $241,290 $283,252 $125,711 $277,733 $730,691

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 4.9 2.1 9.3 10.4 6.5
Months of cash and investments 4.9 2.1 9.3 10.4 6.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 4.9 2.1 9.3 10.4 6.5
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $91,000 $45,516 $89,656 $222,989 $364,652
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $254,027 $254,027 $254,027 $254,027 $254,027
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $345,027 $299,543 $0 $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $345,027 $299,543 $343,683 $477,016 $618,679

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Mr. Ryan Lynch

Ryan is a Tropical Ecologist with a M.S. in Wildlife Ecology & Conservation. He first visited and fell in love with Ecuador in 2001, and has spent the past 20 years working on a variety of research and conservation projects across the country. Among his achievements are the discovery and description of numerous frog species new to science and the creation and expansion of two protected areas. His work has been featured in scientific journals and popular media outlets such as National Geographic, Mongabay, and Discovery Channel. He joined TMA in 2014 following two years working as the Ecuador Program Director for the non-profit The Biodiversity Group. Originally from California, he now lives in Quito, Ecuador with his wife and two dogs.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 10/16/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mr. Gavin McKay

Third Millennium Alliance

Term: 2022 -

Isabel Davila

Third Millennium Alliance

Erica Dorn

Third Millennium Alliance

Matt Arnoldy

Third Millennium Alliance

Anjali Oberoi

Third Millennium Alliance

Gavin McKay

Third Millennium Alliance

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/7/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/07/2022

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.