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Clearcause Foundation

Rating: 4.85 stars   27 reviews 1,213

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Box 376 Mound MN 55364 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

Every year our students travel to a foreign country to study abroad. This should be an experience of a life time. Unfortunately, many students fall ill, get hurt and even die abroad. When this occurs, no one is held accountable and it needs to change.

The foundation’s continued work is a bright spot for many students and families. ClearCause is a great organization and is dedicated to protecting our students abroad.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

ClearCause Foundation has given me an incredible opportunity to work hard and perfect my professional skills all while helping to grow a unique and important cause. The work that Executive Director Sheryl Hill does to make sure that ClearCause is effective and ethical makes a great difference in the lives of students who chose to travel abroad.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to provide administrative support for an awesome organization.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I worked with Sheryl Hill and the organization assisting with branding, marketing and operations. The need is so great for telling the ClearCause story to help our youth stay safe during their trip of a life time. The organization continues to be the right course to bring awareness, education and assistance to youth and families. Keep up the great work! We need you!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Clear Cause is already getting important legislation passed. The organization's educational outreach is helping to save countless lives. Sheryl Hill has assembled a team of passionate individuals who believe in this cause, and who know without doubt that they can make study abroad programs safer for America’s youth. They never lose sight of this goal. Hill’s sheer determination, stemming from her own tragedy and those of other families, is inspiring.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Clear Cause shines the light on frequently overlooked risks of traveling abroad. Beyond the primary mission of keeping students safe abroad, Clear Cause awareness, education and resource deliverables are broadly beneficial to any traveler.

Since the organization is still in its start up phase, extraordinary expertise, vision, commitment and energy are required on behalf of its executive leadership and volunteers. Sheryl Hill, as Clear Cause's founder and executive director embodies all of these critical attributes.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have been volunteering my time and skills for ClearCause for the last two years helping with messaging and communications. I was drawn to ClearCause by their passion for protecting students traveling abroad. They believe strongly in the value that international travel can bring to students. Their mission is to ensure that those same students who are looking for new experiences, a broader perspective, a world view grounded in personal experience, have the knowledge, skills and resources to plan ahead, travel safely and know what to do if a crisis occurs. The commitment of the ClearCause team is unwavering. They are driven to find the best ways to connect with students and prepare them for safe travel abroad. They pull together amazing resources and volunteers to supplement their tiny staff and deliver amazing results.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Clearcause and Sheryl Hill et.al. became associates of ours about two years ago when we faced a desperate situation due to life-threatening failures of a study abroad provider. From our first contact, through many milestones, and even now, Sheryl and Clearcause have been our lifeline to support, resources, and accurate information. Every time we asked for information or support, Sheryl and Clearcause were there with the data, resources, and industry connections and references we needed. Professional, Passionate, Knowledgable... highly critical work done with integrity... our highest recommendation for the years of support given already and the critically important work ahead.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Clearcause is shining a bright light of the safety of our children... It was 3 years ago I met Sheryl Hill and became involved in Clearcause... I am amazed at the inspiration and ways that the organization continues to help families across the country. Its important to continue supporting and speaking about what is happenings because we can prevent these deaths and our children can travel safe! The entire Clearcause team is doing wonderful work!

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

While the work of the organization is needed and has merit, how the executive director handles the business end of things has a lot to be desired. It's unfortunate that she feels that the how she runs the business doesn't matter as long as she is able to do the service, because doing business that way really doesn't honor the kids the organization is supposed to be serving.

She paid me in cash and never required a contract. Then she tried to pay me in clothes, so she could hide what she was doing from her husband and the board of directors. Then she finally gave me a check for $100 from the organization for work she never intended on letting me do. When I tried to call her on these and other questionable things she was doing, rather than take it as an opportunity to do the right thing, she retaliated and severed the relationship. She not only lied to her husband, but she wasn't honest with the board, either.

While the work needs to be done, it is wrong to use the organization as an excuse to do whatever you want. If she wants control and absolute say to do whatever she wants, then do it under a for-profit set up. Otherwise, she needs to learn that the resources and assets belong to the organization and are not her personal toy.

It's not an either/or thing. It has to be a both/and thing, and it's not that she can't do better, but rather she doesn't find it necessary to do better. It's unfortunate because how you run your business is what the IRS uses to determine whether or not you should have an exempt status or not, not on the services you provide.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to get the executive director to understand that when you have a business structure of an exempt organization, the assets belong to the organization, and it's your job to be a steward of the organization. You can't pick and choose what legal rules you will follow and when you will follow them based on how convenient it is to do it. You don't own a nonprofit organization. You work for one, even if you were the one to start it. If you want to own the work, then do the work as a for-profit.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

ClearCause understands the devastation that befalls a family after the death of a child. More importantly, the ClearCause Foundation wants to do something to prevent this from happening to any other families. That is why I became involved. I am a mother of a 20 year old daughter who died while studying abroad in Costa Rica, in a vehicle driven by her professor, on roads that were known to him to be unsafe to travel . I am also a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of traumatic stress – I know how senseless deaths impact individuals, families, and communities; and I now my family and I are experiencing our own PTSD.
ClearCause is serious about pursuing legislation that will hold universities accountable and that will mandate them to provide adequate safety standards and oversight of their study abroad programs. We want our children to learn, we also want them to return! I am pleased with CCF’s persistent and strong effort to make change happen, and I will continue to support CCF until our work is done. Bravo to Sheryl and Allen Hill for embarking on this cause, and bravo to all the families who are joining them.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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