Rainforest Partnership, an Austin based non-profit, has as many layers as the rainforests it protects. The organization was founded five years ago by Niyanta Spelman, its Executive Director, who is passionate at protecting the rainforests through innovative, empowering, and impactful programs. The non-profit also hosts a film festival, Films for the Forest, held during SXSW in March which encourages filmmakers to create stories to educate and activate people into living a more sustainable lifestyle.
Rainforest Partnership partners with rainforest communities in Peru and Ecuador, among others, and works directly with remote native people to help them learn how to live off their land with minimal ecological impact and maximum financial sustainability. From developing eco-tourism related services to connecting locals to regional markets where they can sell crafts and other items harvested from the forest using sustainable methods, Rainforest Partnership has proven the organization has what it takes to create impact and stand the test of time.
Well known in the Austin and more broadly in the global climate change communities, Rainforest Partnership has been helping save the rainforest through support by and collaboration with large companies, like IBM, Circuit of the Americas, SXSW and others. Films for the Forest, its film festival, is screened as part of SXSW Film Festival community screenings and is judged by Richard Linklater.
Social Good TV is a proud media sponsor for Rainforest Partnership’s annual fundraiser on October 30th. Tickets to their Birds in Paradise event may be found here.