By the headwaters of the Amazon basin, where the forest meets the Andes range in southeastern Peru and northern Bolivia, lie thousands of miles of intact wilderness – home to jaguars, tapirs, giant river otters and countless species that face extinction elsewhere. For almost two decades, the Amazon Conservation Association has protected their habitats through sustainable use of natural resources, scientific research, and education. In Peru, the Los Amigos Conservation Concession protects 360,000 acres of forest, and the community-run Haramba Queros Wachiperi Ecological Reserve shields medicinal plants and water supplies; in Bolivia, ACA protects the savannas around Madidi National Park. The Brazil Nut Program supports over 500 nut harvesters, ensuring sustainable livelihoods and conserving forest resources. Saving great forests requires a committed generation of new South American researchers: ACA has created the most active research stations in the basin and cloud forest, destinations for local students and researchers from around the world. Amazon rainforests are home to 30% of the plant and animal species on our Earth. With your support, ACA will help them thrive.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: Internationally; Peru; Bolivia

Ethnic Groups Served: Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: All

Awards & Recognition

2016 Top-rated Nonprofit, Great Nonprofits
2016 Guidestar Gold Participant
2016 4-star Charity, Charity Navigator
2015 Top-rated Nonprofit, Great Nonprofits
2015 Guidestar Gold Participant
2015 4-star Charity, Charity Navigator
2013-2014 One of the Best, Catalogue for Philanthropy
2013 4-star Charity, Charity Navigator
2013 Top-rated Nonprofit, Great Nonprofits
2012 4-star Charity, Charity Navigator
2011 4-star Charity, Charity Navigator
2010 4-star Charity, Charity Navigator
2009-2010 One of the Best, Catalogue for Philanthropy
2009 4-star Charity, Charity Navigator
2009 Award for Excellence in Sustainable Resource Management, from the Professional Association of Peruvian Biologists.
2008 “Environmental Management” award from the regional government of Cusco, Peru for supporting the Haramba Queros Wachiperi indigenous community in establishing an Ecological Reserve.
2004 Award for Sustainability from Peru's National Council for the Environment.


Budget (FY2012)

  • The current budget for Amazon Conservation Association is: $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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