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FSC wins prestigious MacArthur award!
We Won a MacArthur Foundation Award!
 
$500,000 Award Recognizes Fundación Sobrevivencia Cofán for Extraordinary Creativity and Effectiveness

Dear <<First Name>>,

Guess what? Fundación Sobrevivencia Cofán is one of only 13 nonprofit organizations around the world to win this year’s MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions
! The award, which was announced on February 28, recognizes exceptional grantees who have demonstrated creativity and impact, and invests in their long-term sustainability with one-time grants. 

We are so honored and grateful for this recognition from MacArthur, who has been working with us for about ten years now. This grant is really going to make a difference is in our ability to strengthen FSC to be able to do the job of going out in the field and keeping 1 million acres of rain forest intact. The Cofans are the front line, but we’re all in this together. If Cofan lands and the incredible biodiversity and environmental services that come with them are destroyed, the globe is at risk.
 
Why did MacArthur choose us? Well, 
“From New York to New Delhi, these extraordinary organizations are making a real difference in the lives of people and communities,” said MacArthur President Robert Gallucci. “MacArthur recognizes their importance and impact, and we hope our investment will help ensure that they continue to thrive and to increase their reach in the future.”

We at FSC have created and executed successful conservation programs that include an indigenous ranger force, a community-level Amazon river turtle repopulation project, and collaborations with national and international scientists. We also work within government circles when it concerns management of indigenous lands, collaborating closely with key government agencies and engaging in coordinating actions to conserve indigenous lands, like helping to create new nature reserves. With one eye on immediate conservation challenges and one eye on the future, we continue an education program for Cofan youth. Education is an important component of long-term conservation and without decent educations, the Cofan people will never be able to actively protect and manage their forests.
 
This $500,000 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions comes during a critical moment in our development when much of what our team has accomplished the past 12 years faces new threats both on the ground and in the financial realm. This grant will help us cross a bridge from activities related to immediate goals—control over Cofan territories, building  the Cofan Ranger Program, creation of education/training opportunities and rescue of endangered species—to a long-term goal of continuing these innovative programs as well as the protection of reserve areas FSC has created.

While this grant doesn't cover any of our normal operating costs (monthly ranger supplies, student tuitions, even our electricity bill), it will help us create a more stable organization with the necessary capabilities to continue not only protecting the rain forest territory we've already gained but also to develop new initiatives and programs within the region. We are also going to create long-term financial stability strategies so that our important conservation work will serve many Cofan generations to come.
 
Find additional information about why MacArthur selected Fundación Sobrevivencia Cofán for the Award and an overview video here.

Click the image above to watch our MacArthur video!
A Future for Amazonia: Randy Borman and Cofan Environmental Politics
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