Amazon Conservation Team

aka ACT   |   Arlington, VA   |  www.amazonteam.org

Mission

The Amazon Conservation Team partners with indigenous and other local communities to protect tropical forests and strengthen traditional culture.

Ruling year info

1998

President and Co-Founder

Dr. Mark J. Plotkin

Co-Founder & Executive Vice President

Ms. Liliana Madrigal

Main address

4211 N Fairfax Dr

Arlington, VA 22203 USA

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EIN

54-1915987

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Forest Conservation (C36)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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

Land

Land: Protecting, managing, and restoring tropical forests.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
People of African descent
People of South American descent
Tribal and indigenous religious groups
Economically disadvantaged people

Livelihoods: Sustaining the well-being and economic livelihoods of local communities.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
People of African descent
People of South American descent
Tribal and indigenous religious groups
Economically disadvantaged people

Governance and Culture: Promoting indigenous rights, self-determination, and cultural resilience.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
People of African descent
People of South American descent
Tribal and indigenous religious groups
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2016

Awards

Award for Social Entrepreneurship 2008

Skoll Foundation

Tech Awards Laureate 2010

Tech Museum

Global Leadership Award 2010

Jane Goodall Institute

Global 500 Award 2002

UNEP

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    ACT partners with indigenous, afro-descendant, and local communities, as well as indigenous associations, on shared bio-cultural conservation goals. Our partners are primarily in Brazil, Colombia, and Suriname.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    ACT utilizes feedback from our partner communities to improve current programs and inform the development of new programs. For example, ACT regularly makes changes to our agroforestry program, based on feedback, by altering frequency and content of technical support. During the COVID-19 pandemic, ACT responded to feedback and direct requests from our partner communities by temporarily shifting our operations to emergency humanitarian support. ACT provided PPE, medical kits, and emergency food supplies. ACT is now promoting the development of intercultural public health systems based on feedback and direct requests.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Since its inception, ACT has exclusively operated in mutual partnerships with indigenous peoples to achieve shared bio-cultural conservation goals. Part of staying true to this model is actively listening and responding to feedback and direct requests. Through these practices, ACT has co-created new models of conservation and built deep relationships with the same indigenous groups for 25 years. In this way, we have improved the self-determination and self-governance of indigenous communities - giving them more power over decisions that affect them. Additionally, we have helped indigenous peoples gain access and protection to ancestral land and resources; in Colombia, ACT has formalized indigenous land tenure for one million hectares of land.

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

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

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Amazon Conservation Team

Board of directors
as of 10/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Laurie Benenson

David Stoup

Healthy Lifestyle Brands, LLC

Melinda Maxfield

Thomas Lovejoy

United Nations Foundation

William Cameron

American Fidelity Assurance

Ken Cook

Environmental Working Group

Elizabeth Murrell

Murrell Tensile Works, LLC

Nora Pouillon

Restaurant Nora

Stephen Altschul

Mark Plotkin

Amazon Conservation Team

Tico Torres

Tico Torres Children Foundation

Bernard Aronson

ACON Investments

Laurie Benenson

Frances & Benjamin Benenson Foundation

Juan Mayr

Liliana Madrigal

Amazon Conservation Team

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 10/20/2021

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Leadership

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Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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Person without a disability

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