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Nature & Culture International is dedicated to the conservation of biological and cultural diversity. We act locally to protect highly biodiverse and threatened ecosystems through concrete actions with local staff.

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Acting Locally to Achieve Great Efficiency

One dollar from you is worth more than 10 dollars to us

Instead of maintaining offices in the United States, like so many US conservation groups, NCI focuses its resources in the countries where it works, enlisting Ecuadorian and Peruvian scientists and conservation professionals, many of whom come from the communities in which they work. This allows us to build strong relationships and a high level of trust with the local people, greatly increasing our effectiveness. We also work with a wide variety of partners including local communities, governments, nongovernmental organizations, and donors. All of this allows us to operate with great efficiency.

In fact, one dollar from you is worth more than 10 dollars to us!

When you contribute a dollar to Nature and Culture International, it goes a long way. Since we buy land at local prices and work with in-country groups, a dollar donated grows in value to as much as 10 dollars or more compared to its effect in the US. Here's how:

NCI spends more than 90% of its budget within project countries and keep its expenses in the United States to a minimum. Your dollar immediately expands to five dollars, simply because costs of operations in South America are one-fifth what they would be in the United States.

Also, once we establish a program in a country, we are able to attract grants from governments and other organizations totaling several dollars for every one dollar of unrestricted funding. The one dollar you give NCI quickly jumps in value to 10 dollars!

That one dollar from you then grows even more valuable, because we empower local people to take charge of their own destiny. They know best how to set priorities. The staff of NCI comes from the region, and they are able to work closely with local organizations and governments. And they are much more efficient than we ever could be sitting in Washington D.C. or California.

Make a donation to NCI now so we can continue to protect some of the most spectacular ecosystems on the planet!

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