The Foundation supports field projects that satisfy the following criteria:
- A project should be designed with and supported by the local people most directly affected.
- A project should be modest in scale at its inception. It should also be realistic in its expectations, given the need for widespread support and the long-term dedication of all its participants.
- A project should have clearly stated objectives and include measurable and verifiable indices of success. These might include the improved status of a species or an area, increased local awareness of conservation and improvements in the lives of those affected by the project.
- A project should be designed and justified on sound criteria and firm scientific grounds.
Thus, the hallmarks of a Foundation project include local participation, personal involvement and accountability.
Submissions to the Foundation must be accompanied by the following information:
- A clearly stated objective of the project being proposed.
- The anticipated duration of a project and the scaling of costs as a project develops.
- The criteria that will be used to determine the success of a project. Success indicators might be the saving of a species, or the quantifiable improvement of a habitat.
- Detailed information as to the local volunteer groups involved in a project as well as information concerning other outside NGOs' activities, either directly concerning the proposed project or working in the area on related projects.
Even though the Foundation has no intention of burdening people in the field with excessive paperwork or diverting them from their daily activities, it will require an in-depth, narrative, semi-annual progress report. In addition, trustees of the Foundation may very well visit the project site on a pre-arranged basis.
The foregoing criteria have been instituted to reinforce the Foundation's commitment to disciplined evaluation and accountability. A dedicated adherence to these standards, the Foundation believes, is essential to the success of any project mutually undertaken.
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