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Dear Friends of EPI, Normally, you would be receiving an update from me filled with stories about students building connections to science, conservation, and community across the Americas - engaging in hands-on research and protecting vulnerable ecosystems. However, like so many in the global community, EPI is facing uncharted waters due to the outbreak of COVID-19. As an EPI supporter, you are due a candid vision of our current reality, and as a long-time partner, we trust you will be interested in learning how you can help.     Our reality The COVID-19 crisis has had a profound impact on EPI’s field-based programming. We were forced to cancel our scheduled spring and summer courses. In total, we may eliminate hundreds of activities, affecting thousands of participants and curtailing much of our anticipated revenue for this year. To address immediate needs, we secured a $255,000 loan from the... Read More

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It is with a profound sense of gratitude that the Board of Directors and staff at Ecology Project International (EPI) announce the upcoming departure of Executive Director and EPI Co-founder, Scott Pankratz. Scott and his wife, Julie Osborn, co-founded EPI in 2001. Their initial work connected local Costa Rican teens with the biodiversity and ecological importance of their homeland through hands-on research with leatherback sea turtles. Empowered to make a difference, these conservation-minded teens began to protect their own communities and wildlife resources, and the tide began to turn. In the 19 years that have followed, EPI has transformed the lives of nearly 40,000 students and teachers, and more than 60,000 additional community members in five countries. Pankratz leaves EPI with a solid foundation: an experienced board of directors, dedicated and skilled department managers, a talented staff, and financial stability. On departing the organization he helped create, Pankratz said,  “A successful... Read More

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Dear Friend of EPI, Change is one constant in life, and in recognition of this, I am sharing news with you of change on the horizon. After thoughtful consideration, my EPI Co-founder, Julie Osborn, will be stepping down from her role as Advancement Director later this year. This has been a transition that she has thought about and that we have discussed - as a team, with the board, and with our staff - for many months, as it is paramount for the organization and the many youth we serve that we ensure an effective transition. We at EPI are deeply grateful for Julie's vision and leadership during the nearly two decades since we set out on this journey together. Given Julie's leadership role with both the strategic direction of the organization and the acquisition of funds to support our mission, our transition plan involves two... Read More

News from EPI, Nonprofit