Programs Coordinator Devon Stein spoke with Gail Koelln of One Earth Conservation, a member organization of Nonprofit New York. We will continue to highlight the work of our members because we believe when your nonprofit is stronger, all of us are stronger.
Tell me about the organization and what you do:
The mission of One Earth Conservation (One Earth), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization headquartered in New York City, is to engage people, communities and organizations in a unique manner that inspires them to contribute to their own well-being and the well-being of life on Earth. They achieve this by encouraging people to support and/or conduct parrot conservation in Latin America and to nurture themselves in nature. One Earth Conservation also combines work directed outward toward other beings and outward towards nature with work directed inward toward one's own human nature, as outer well-being and inner well-being are inseparable and mutually beneficial. One Earth Conservation’s outer work has proven successful in supporting people in on-the-ground parrot conservation projects in the Americas that involve endangered and threatened wild parrot populations in various countries.
How many are on your team?
Servicing how many of the nonprofit population?
Hundreds of people and parrots in the Americas
Where do you see your organization in the next five years or ten years?
Expanding its replicable model of parrot conservation that also helps human communities into more countries, including Suriname, French Guiana and Brazil, as well as connecting more people to its online and in-person Nurture Nature Program.
How has partnering with Nonprofit New York helped you succeed?
By supporting and strengthening the nonprofit field in general and offering educational resources that One Earth Conservation can access when needed. Board members have taken trainings with Nonprofit New York.
What are you currently working on that you want us to mention to our membership?
Two projects, in Guatemala and Honduras, were severely impacted by the back-to-back hurricanes that hit in November 2020. The people and the parrots are all still recovering from the impact of the storms. Despite all that, the project participants were able to continue their important work of monitoring and protecting their endangered wild parrots.