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We work to serve our herd

We believe in walking the walk of servant leadership - serving the needs of stakeholders, sharing knowledge and power, putting the needs of others first, and helping people develop and perform as highly as possible. We see this as a smart and pragmatic approach to fulfilling our mission and achieving our strategic goals.

We see the local environmental non-profit organizations in developing countries to whom we provide capacity building training and direct funding as partners, not just grantees. We have found in our 10+ years experience working with them that we learn just as much from them as they do from us, and we receive just as much value in our working relationship as they do.

We also work with other international donors that support the development of local environmental non-profit organizations in developing countries. ECF provided co-financing for a Global Environment Facility Small Grants Program grant to Centrul National de Mediu, the organization ECF supports in Moldova, and ECF visited and is exploring program and funding opportunities with non-profit organizations in South Africa and Namibia that are or have been funded by GEF SGP.

It is important to note that for local environmental non-profit organizations in developing countries, receiving grant funding from ECF may be more beneficial than receiving funds directly from individuals. International donors like to see, and often require, co-financing from third party organizations. In addition, U.S. based donors to ECF receive the tax deductible benefit of donating to an IRS recognized 501c3 public charity.

We also provide value to universities. ECF has launched a dedicated donor campaign to fund the ECF-Columbia University Work Co-Op Program, providing Columbia University School of Professional Studies M.S. Sustainability Management degree candidates with key management work co-op positions at ECF and field work experiences in developing countries.The Program currently includes two Columbia University M.S. Sustainability Management candidates who are key ECF team members and who work closely with ECF CEO Robert Loftur-Thun,

Ms. Irina Bright, as ECF Director Southern Africa Programs, leads ECF's efforts in Namibia and South Africa. Ms. Bright visited these countries in August 2015 to conduct capacity training scope of work for local GEF SGP funded NGOs and CBOs, and also conducted a grant writing workshop for Dzomo la Mupo, a community based organization (CBO) in South Africa.

Mr. Juan Colombo, Director Water Quality Monitoring-STEM Learning,leads the growth of this international collaborative high school program in Moldova and the United States, and is looking to expand it to Namibia and South Africa. Mr. Columbo visited Moldova in October 2014 and worked with Centrul National de Mediu, the Moldovan NGO that ECF supports, as well as the students of Natalia Dadiana High School in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova.

As you can see, ECF works in various countries, and we have a simple principle for determining where we work.

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