Masarang has a distinctive and effective approach to conservation and some other important features that ensure that donations are very well spent:
Masarang aims that for every Euro donated a minimum of EUR 0.95 goes directly to the projects. This can be achieved because Masarang minimizes overhead and administrative costs. The people of Masarang International are volunteers who do this work out of passion and receive no pay. Only for some much-needed external services (such as accounting, IT maintenance and payment handling) fees have to paid, however these are significantly discounted given the charitable objective of the Foundation. Also Masarang does not work with intermediaries (who cost money) and only with local employees who work in projects and receive a (relatively low) local wage. Consequently each donated Euro yields maximum return for the environment.
Masarang has an existing local organization that can continue projects right away once money is available. It has local workers, it is entitled to buy land and is rooted in local society. No projects have to be found for the money that comes in and no local organizations need to be hired. So the organization can spend donations without delay and can make them productive right away.
Willie Smits, the leader and founder of Masarang, has been fighting for the environment for 25 years with tremendous passion and skill. The international media, and many leading scientists and politicians take him very serious. Being a respected and capable expert, Willie can reach thousands of people when telling about problems and solutions for nature (e.g. in media). When we support Willie and his projects he can inform, inspire and mobilize many more people to change their behavior and do the right thing. More information on Willie.
Masarang is already supported by a reputable organization such as the Rabobank Foundation and has been awarded many times. The Foundation won the Padma Award 2009 of the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and it was a finalist in the BBC World Challenge 2007. In addition, 3 individual employees received the highest environmental award in Indonesia, the Kalpataru, out of the hands of the president. Willie Smits has been awarded many times and is often consulted for his opinion as an expert by (International) media, including the BBC, National geographic and CNN. Masarang also has the necessary experience; most projects are running at least several years.