Education: TiME provides a hands-on tool to learn about biodiversity hotspots that urgently require international attention. Teachers can use it to explain concepts such as habitat destruction, extinction, biodiversity hotspots and wildlife management. Classes of all ages and levels can use TiME to discuss decision-making, prioritization and practical ways to protect wildlife.
Activism: TiME engages people from all countries to protect biodiversity hotspots. Every person is involved, not only by donating but also by voting and campaigning for their favorite conservation project. TiME is run on a voluntary basis, and everyone can become a member and contribute to its success.
Democracy: Every member of TiME receives a single annual vote, regardless of donation amount. By providing a full democracy among its members, TiME becomes a tool for promoting democratic principles around the world.
- TiME will distribute all of its income from crowdfunding donations to its approved conservation projects according to the relative numbers of votes each project receives during a particular year.
- A project will be funded only if it has reached the minimum funding levels needed for purchasing land.
- If a project hasn’t reached the minimum but can match TiME’s funds with an external source of funding it will be given four months to come up with such a match.
- If a project fails to receive the minimum funds in a certain year, the funds will be transferred to the subsequent year’s overall budget and will be distributed among projects during the next year. This transfer must occur because proposed projects are assessed by the scientific advisory committee each year and there is a chance that a project will not be reapproved by the committee in the second year due to compelling alternatives.
- A project that is reapproved for another year begins with zero votes.
- Individuals or organizations representing beneficiary projects will sign a contract with TiME before receiving the money (including payment plans and schedules, along with a long-term management strategy and commitment).
- As part of this contract, beneficiary projects will be required to send updates on the use of TiME’s funding, and the ecological and social outcomes resulting from the associated purchases. These updates will be uploaded to the project’s page on TiME’s website.
- The beneficiary projects will accept periodic visits by TiME representatives. The costs of visits by TiME’s representatives will be paid solely by the representatives or dedicated funds generated by TiME for this purpose and not by the projects themselves.
- Voting will be open until December 30th of each year. On January 1st, all approved projects for the new year will be uploaded to TiME’s website.
- Projects that receive a sufficient number of votes to enable them to meet their funding requirements will begin to receive money from TiME no later than the end of March, subject to signing the contract with TiME.
- Members may vote for a single project.
- Each member has one vote per year.
- If a project is approved more than once (that is, year after year), members may vote for the same project each year.
- TiME is responsible for transferring all donations and membership fees to the projects, unless a donor contributes money to TiME specifically for other activities.
- TiME will report its income and expenses on the website every year.
- Membership renewal will be allowed at any time during the year.
- Members will receive an electronic receipt for their membership fees and additional donations.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is TiME?
This is My Earth is a non-profit, international environmental organization that offers every citizen of the world an opportunity to protect biodiversity for as little as $1 a year.
How exactly does TiME work?
This is My Earth provides a global, transparent, and democratic platform for anyone and everyone to help preserve biodiversity. Members like you make an annual donation and vote on which threatened habitat they want to save! Whichever project receives the most votes will receive 100% of TiME’s crowdfunded donations.
Where does TiME get its funding?
TiME receives both crowdsourced donations from our dedicated members and grants from generous conservation foundations.
Who runs TiME?
TiME succeeds thanks to our esteemed Scientific Advisory Committee, our expert Board of Directors overseeing operations, our many Patrons who provided the initial funds to jumpstart the organization, and our gifted team of Volunteers provide pro bono services for the organization; and of course, nothing would be possible without our thousands of members (like you!) and private foundations. To learn more about the people behind TiME, visit our Teams page!
What happens to land when TiME buys it?
All lands acquired by TiME are given to indigenous peoples working in collaboration with local conservation organizations to protect the land.
What differentiates TiME from all the other conservation non-profits?
TiME operates differently than your average conservation NGO. We’re a democratic organization in that all members receive a vote to help decide which threatened habitats they want TiME to purchase and protect. We strongly value financial transparency, contributing 100% of all crowdsourced donations to purchasing and protecting lands. To achieve this outstanding financial effectiveness, we operate entirely through the generosity of volunteers, organizations, and foundations who provide their time and skills pro bono.
Why is environmental conservation important?
Tropical rainforests disappear at a rate of 5,400 square meters per second. With increasing urbanization, industrialization, and agricultural expansion, our own human development endangers habitats and species. To protect our planet’s rich natural environment without hindering human progress, land acquisition and protection provides the best solution for preserving Earth’s amazing biodiversity hotspots.
How can I help TiME?
- Become a member! Donate as little as $1 annually to support TiME and vote for which threatened habitat you want preserved this year.
- Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!
- Subscribe to our monthly newsletters!
- Promote TiME among your family, friends and colleagues and help us protect the earth’s biodiversity!