The Jane Goodall Institute

Improving Communities Around the World

Mission Statement

“Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute advances the power of individuals to take informed and compassionate action to improve the environment of all living things. The objectives of the Institute are to: increase primate habitat conservation; increase awareness of, support for and training in issues related to our relationship with each other, the environment and other animals (leading to behavior change); expand non-invasive research programs on chimpanzees and other primates; and to promote activities that ensure the well-being of chimpanzees, other primates and animal welfare activities in general.”

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At some point in your lives, you will likely be expected to show your citizenship for your community. This could range from volunteer work, sharing belongings, or donating to charity. The role you play in your community is up to your decision. However, a great way to get started is at the Jane Goodall Institute. The Jane Goodall Institute is a non-profit, global organization that specializes in setting up communities while preaching the importance of nature and its surroundings. Located across the world, the charity contains many sub-branches working toward the same goals. Named after and founded by English primatologist and scientist Jane Goodall, the institute follows under her studies to improve the world and environment around us.

The Purpose / The Issue

The Jane Goodall Institute is a conservation organization that works globally to save chimps and protect the environment. The institute works to save chimps and the environment in the national park. It also serves to help people and restore environment outside parks. Some of the institute’s tasks’ are to fight against illegal poaching and selling of great apes, and to teach people in Africa to savor the trees and environment around them. The IUCN and World Conservation Union Red List of Threatened Species notes that any species of African great apes are endangered, and that 4 of 25 African countries are prone to have chimps that are extinct. This has posed a major problem to the institute.

It is important to note that about 1,000,000 chimps were present in the 20th century, where it has now dropped down to about 172,000-300,000 chimps left in the wild today. Some factors that contribute to decreasing population of chimps include mothers being killed by poachers for food and infections/diseases. A common threat to these chimps and the environment is habitat loss, such as forests being damaged from mining and logging for production. Their homes may also be destroyed in the midst of combat and battle in nearby areas and from increasing numbers of humans, disease, deficit, hostilities, etc. Because there is little to none enforcement made to defend these apes, many populations are going extinct, a dilemma the organization is fighting against.

What it is / Goals

The Jane Goodall Institute was founded by primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall. The institute was founded in the year of 1977 and is currently headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. It was created to continue the research of the chimpanzees and other primates in the Gombe and surrounding parts in Africa. Since then, it has expanded to countries such as Costa Rica, Panama, Africa, etc. The welfare of chimps movement, in Africa, has soon evolved into a wildlife conservation effort globally. High end cities like Abu Dhabi have taken some interest in the Jane Goodall Institute by adding new offices.

Some of the goals for the Jane Goodall Institute are re-foresting and maintaining parts of Tanzanian forests, and building sanctuaries for various animals. One of the Jane Goodall Institute’s branch programs is "Roots and Shoots". Roots and Shoots is an environmental awareness program for school children from K-12. It touches on how important the ecosystem and the environment is in our everyday life on Earth. The food chain and the way the biomes circulate are all things that impact us as humans. Additionally, 19+ states in the US house Roots and Shoots schools, New Jersey being one of the first states. The one Roots and Shoots school in New Jersey is Hillside Intermediate in our very own BRRSD.

Youth Participation / Goals and Missions

The Jane Goodall Institute makes a significant amount of effort to improve communities globally. “Roots and Shoots”, a sub-branch of the institute, was created for children helping the environment. Children in the program focus on problems in their local communities. There are over 150,000 participants from kindergarten to university working for similar goals. This provides many opportunities for children willing to help the institute in reaching their mission.

Some goals that the institute has worked towards includes setting up tree nurseries around areas with damaged environments. The institute is a global nonprofit organization to help people care for living things and to increase awareness in local communities of care and safety for great apes and their habitats, help protect the environment for communities in use, and help improve health conditions for the environment, humans, and animals alike. In addition, the institute helps support rural communities by helping them succeed in culture and economy. Within the “Roots and Shoots” program, there are over 150,000 members in over 130 countries. Programs of the institute also search for individual farmers and villagers for support. The JGI International Volunteer Program allows people to participate in “Roots and Shoots”, where volunteers are ordered into positions and sent to places of Tanzania (Morogoro, Arusha, Moshi, or Dar es Salaam) after 3-4 week provisionals. Volunteers are assigned jobs is to monitor and aid the groups’ projects while cooperating with staff and other volunteers. The institute plays a massive role in the formation of communities, primarily designed to reach the institute’s main objective.

Efficiency and Financial Stability / Where it's spent

The Jane Goodall Institute is currently ranked 239,527 globally as one of the best charities in the world, while it ranks 70,238 in the United States. The services and programs of the Jane Goodall Institute have been recommended and suggested by more than 1,780 websites globally. Furthermore, 69.8% of all money that the Jane Goodall Institute earns is spent on carrying out services and programs. The yearly revenue of the organization is about 11,738,468 dollars. 28.4% of all money in revenue is based and collected by government grants. South Korea has increased its interest in the website and it now supports 29.4% of all website and program visitors. The rank of Roots and Shoots and the Jane Goodall Institute in South Korea is 8,434.

The transparency rating of the institute is 93%. Additionally 65% of all expenses, revenue, interest, etc, are positive in result. In addition, Jane Goodall uses as much as it can to support and maintain its services and programs. This results in an efficient non-profit charitable organization. Much of all the institute's time is spent in African and South American rainforests, specifically in Gombe, Tanzania, Kenya, Panama, Nicaragua, Brazil and Costa Rica. As of now a lot of the institute's money also goes into the research of different animals and ecosystems around the world. Much of the research is spent on chimps as they are a vital part of the African rainforest biomes and they are endangered. Jane Goodall once stated that, “We shall not let the chimp population go extinct, nor shall we let them be cruelly treated in captivity.”

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By Mason Shu and Nikhil Agarwal