In honor of our 20th Anniversary, we've gathered twenty ways that you can help us reach more poor families and protect more precious forests today.
National Philanthropy Day is an annual opportunity for nonprofit organizations to recognize you- the volunteers, donors, and activists who are Changing Lives + Transforming Landscapes through charitable action. Nice, right? Here are just a few ways to be a part of a vibrant philanthropic culture at Sustainable Harvest International.
We recently published a post by Steve Richards about his time as chair of our board of directors. Now, our incoming board chair, Charlotte Dougherty, chimes in to describe her experience with Sustainable Harvest International and her vision for our future. Charlotte writes:
“On that first night of my 2011 visit, I listened to the laughter, squeals, and giggles of the children and their parents as we all settled down to sleep. I was witnessing real improvement, real change in people’s lives as a direct result of working with Sustainable Harvest International.”
In this two-part series, our outgoing board chair, Stephen Richards, and his successor, Charlotte Dougherty, shine a light on the past and future of our board of directors. In Part One, Steve illustrates defining moments and landmark initiatives from his tenure as chair. Stay tuned for Part Two, when Charlotte will fill us in on where we’re going next!
Steve writes, “Through my involvement with those organizations, I had visited and worked in over 60 countries and enjoyed learning about other parts of the world. Most importantly, I was in a position where I could have an impact on people in desperate situations.”
One fateful morning in March 1997, I was the last person to board a boat and find the last open seat on one of the long white benches that ran down each side of the open skiff. As the boat pulled away from the dock in Bocas del Toro, Panama and headed for the offshore reef, I noticed the tall man next to me. From the clean, simple cut of his attire, I guessed he was European.
“My name is Dieter,” he said, speaking loudly over the roar of the outboard motor...
We hold an annual Sustainability Fair on the Saturday before the Super Bowl, so we call it Super Saturday. That way everyone remembers when it is. It is a huge community event where we showcase our environmental efforts and invite people from the community in to learn about environmental stewardship and connecting with our local ecosystem.
A lovely time was had by all at our recent dinner event at the Asticou!
The harbor glistened in the distance, trees stood tall around us, and the sun set gracefully as friends of Sustainable Harvest International—both old and new—gathered on the Asticou’s historic patio. It was an honor to have 12 of our board members present for the occasion—traveling from as far as Berea, Kentucky and as close as Mount Desert, Maine.
Steve Richards, Chair of our Board of Directors, welcomed guests and announced the recent recognition of our Executive Director, Renée Johnson, as an emerging leader, from InsideNGO. Congratulations, Renée!
You know at the beginning of the movie Annie (circa 1982), when Annie saves Sandy from the gang of ruffians who tie a string of cans to his tail? Sandy licks Annie’s cheek in gratitude and Annie deflects, saying, “I didn’t do nothing any decent person wouldn’t have done.”
Please meet Magnolia Rose Vandiver, one of the most decent people in Maine. Magnolia’s not an orphan and her hair is not curly, red, or big like Quvenzhané Wallis’ but she does possess Annie’s sense of determination and compassion.