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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Rainforest Foundation US

A BBB Accredited charity


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Rainforest Foundation US
180 Varick Street
Suite 528
New York, NY 10014
Year, State Incorporated:
1988, New York
Stated Purpose:
" Support indigenous and traditional people of the world's rainforests in their efforts to protect their environment and fulfill their rights by assisting them in securing and controlling the natural resources necessary for their long term well being and managing these resources in ways which do not harm their environment, violate their culture or compromise their future; and developing the means to protect their individual and collective rights and to obtain, shape and control basic services from the state. "

Evaluation Conclusions

Rainforest Foundation US meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


Rainforest Foundation US is dedicated to preserving the rights of indigenous and traditional people of the rainforest through various programs. The organization’s work in recent years has increasingly focused on land tenure issues. For instance, “Integrated Land Use Planning in the Kutuku Region” and “Promotion of Indigenous Rights & Land Management in the Lower Marowijne” are two projects which address land management and land rights issues. With an emphasis on legal and policy advocacy, Rainforest Foundation US manages three projects—“Supporting Yanomami Advocacy”, “Strengthening CIR's Legal Department” and “Institutional Strengthening for the Amerindian Peoples of Guyana” to ensure people’s rights. In addition, the foundation seeks to protect the environment in rainforest regions. For example, the “Community environmental monitoring for the ChevronTexaco case” project helps residents to assess emerging environmental problems. The organization has many projects in many continents. Some projects in The Americas include Indigenous Land Management, Planning and implementation of Women's group activities in the Garabata Plant Cultivation and Crafts Production, Protection of Verde Para Sempre Extractive Reserve, Indigenous Education and Resource Management, In Asia the project Papua New Guinea relates to the court cases through which the Papua New Guinea Eco-Forestry Forum is trying to curb illegal logging and secure respect for forestry and environment laws and regulations. Some projects in Africa include “Securing Rights for Pygmy Communities”, “Mapping of Cherangany Hill Indigenous Forests”, and “Community Forest Management Madagascar”.


Chief Executive Officer:
Ms. Suzanne Pelletier, Executive Director
Chair of the Board:
Mr. John Copeland
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
President, AMG Wealth Partners
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Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:

Direct Mail Appeals, Invitations To Fundraising Events, Grant Proposals, Internet, Cause-Related Marketing (i.e. Affinity Credit Cards, Consumer Product Sales, Etc. that indicate purchases will benefit your organization), Membership Appeals.
Fund raising costs were 12% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $920,508, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


The following information is based on Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

Source of Funds  

Other non-profit support








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Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 81%  Fund Raising: 10%  Administrative 9% 
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Beginning net assets $267,138
Ending net assets 105,837
Total liabilities 30,299

Total assets



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