MARSHALL DIRECT FUND

Rating: 4.89 stars   9 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: PO Box 4477 Aspen CO 81612 USA

Mission: To improve relations between the West and the Muslim world by working together to alleviate poverty and illiteracy via sustainable educational and economic development in Southwest Asia.

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EIN 35-2308730
970-963-3150

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've watched with amazement as Silbi transformed her inner passion into an effective organization of hope and change. She's grown MDF at a bewildering pace, marshaling the resources, goodwill, and enlightenment of so many like-minded people who seek a better world. Silbi and MDF are true inspirations to me, and I'm proud to endorse them.

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Increase its exposure so it has resources to do even more.

Rating: 5 stars  

I am so impressed by the effectiveness of the Marshall Direct Fund. MDF truly understands the value of working in partnership with the people of Pakistan, and by doing so, goes directly to the places where they can make the biggest difference. MDF's female leadership opens doors into the world of women in Pakistan, and provides inspiring leadership atypical of other ngo's working in this arena.

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Our lunch with the ambassador directly linked some very important Americans to a much better understanding of how to build a foundation of peace with the people of Pakistan.

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

Encourage more donors to support MDF.

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

It is incredible to have been introduced to this wonderful cause. Knowing that my money will go towards positively impacting these children is a reward words cannot express.

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Watching these kids be able to be safe in their learning environments is what is provided and crucial.

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The only thing I would change with this organization is my ability to donate more for their needs.

Rating: 5 stars  

Silbi has the clarity of purpose and the will to carry forward the educational goals for the children. It is with gratitude I acknowledge this and it is with pleasure I support the efforts.

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I have not had personal experience with the schooling of the children.

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

None come to mind except for their ability to attract more donors to expand their good work.

Rating: 5 stars  

It feels good to have a charity to donate to that is making a real difference, not just to the lives of the children that fill the schools but to every person that child will come into contact with. This charity is truly working to make our world a safer place. I feel confident that my money is going to a charity run by people with integrity, who have a great deal of knowledge and expertise in the culture and beliefs of the people they want to help. They understand that it is education that brings about positive change and democracy not violence, and they know how to do that whilst still enabling and respecting a child’s pride in their own culture and beliefs.

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email and facebook updates.

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

do nothing. I think they are doing a great job.

Rating: 5 stars  

To have your vision clear and robust, and follow it with dignity and dedication is what embodies the President of MDF's character. This organization is literally, with their bare hands, building schools in areas, which the Government of Pakistan has not even reached, or thought of. With ample issues at hand, suffice to say, MDF is doing a most brilliant and effective job of offering poverty stricken youth with an avenue to learn and build a bridge over troubled waters for themselves. Achieving education equity can also be acquired by increasing access and enrollment in schools, MDF's hearty and productive approach by doing just that is commendable.

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The number and quality of schools that are up and running in Punjab.

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

Try my best to become part of it!

Rating: 5 stars  

I agree 100% with the Pakistani Ambassador to the USA, His Excellency Husain Haqqani, that the Marshall Direct Fund is doing exactly what needs to be done to bring our people and our countries closer together -- and that there is a great need for this highly effective effort to be multiplied thousands of times. That's one reason I've already donated thousands of dollars to Marshall Direct Fund (MDF), which is even more than I have recently donated to other worthy causes such as Mercy Corps, Voices for Children, YWCA, CAI, etc. Those other worthy causes already have long lists of generous donors, and I am confident that their good works will continue to receive generous support. However, as a relatively new organization, MDF still has a long ways to go in attracting the donations it needs to bring the benefits of its expertise to so many more children and parents in need.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The 2010 Annual Report, which is linked from Marshall Direct Fund's home webpage, as well as many briefings and updates from the President and her colleagues.

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

I wouldn't change a thing about their fine program, but I would encourage everyone connected to MDF to actively recruit and obtain more donations. As Husain Haqqani said, MDF is doing exactly the right thing, we just need MDF to do a lot more of it.

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

i have worked with MDF for over two years and have never had a more pleasant and rewarding work experience. the volunteer team is incredible, silbi is an amazing manager and visionary (traits not often found together), and the field office team is hard working, trust worthy, and incredibly capable. after visiting the schools in Pakistan i can say without a doubt that MDF is making a huge impact on the lives of these students and their families. given how young this organization is, so much has already been accomplished. i wholeheartedly believe it's better to start small and do it right than try and scale too large too quickly like many other organizations. can't say enough about MDF.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways, including but not limited to visiting Pakistan as mentioned previously, going into U.S. classrooms of students who participate in Global Kid Connect- a modern day exchange between youth in the U.S. and the students in Pakistan, and hearing the testimonials of students, parents, teachers, and families that have been involved with MDF.

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

give them more money. they are limited in capacity due to financial constraints and could be doing a whole lot more if they had more funding.

Rating: 4 stars  

I worked with the Marshall Direct Fund as a Program Assistant intern for approximately six months in the winter of 2009-10 and spring of 2010. Specifically, I was responsible for developing a social networking presence for the organization, creating and developing a blog for the site's webpage, and managing communications with MDF supporters. Because this is such an important issues, I was thrilled to help expand the visibility and impact of the organization and their mission.

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I helped develop professional skills, but more important, participated in helping the organization achieving their mission.

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The organization is somewhat limited by its small size; it has multiple projects, and different kinds of projects, going on simultaneously, and occasionally the communications projects did not always receive the attention they needed to fully reach their potential impact.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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