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November 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
November 1, 2011

This organization provides Ariel with the services and infrastructure that make Ariel a wonderful place to live. My husband and I came to Ariel from New York and were amazed at how the organization helped us to feel at home, give us direction as to the best places for the help we needed in order to feel that we belong in this remarkable city. Whenever there is a question of how or where, we turn to them because we know that they will always take the time to listen and help and steer us in the right direction. American Friends of Ariel provides playgrounds, equipment to health centers, help to school children who cannot afford the price of school supplies. They have helped to build a cultural center, sports venues, etc. I do not believe that Ariel would attract the many English speaking immigrants that it does, if there were no American Friends of Ariel. Congratulations to them on the fine work they do.

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

the way it helps new immigrants -- like myself in the beginning

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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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

introduced me to Israeli society and culture very quickly

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It is a good feeling to know that you are giving something back to the community in whch you live

November 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
November 1, 2011

The Ariel Development Fund provides outreach for Samaria, bringing in new faces, new programming and promoting Ariel in the media. They also help support new business in the Ariel region and encourage tourism.
This year, the ADF brought in Artists for Israel, who painted beautiful murals on
walls within the city.

The Great!

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

my everyday life. Instead of cement walls, we have murals.

Ways to make it better...

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

increase volunteer opportunities

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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

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I met some incredible artists and fascinating people.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 21, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
September 21, 2010

This organization supports a town that my family and I made aliyah (immigrated)to 2 years ago from NYC. In the City of Ariel, the immigration absorption bumps have been smoothed out so my family and I can experience a manageable adjustment period. We feel like we've been home for much longer than 2 years. This organization is creating a viable infrastructure in Ariel which allows the city to create benefits for Israelis and Arabs alike. Ariel is able to promote peaceful living with our Arab neighbors by providing water and electricity. My husband works at the local industrial area side by side with thousands of Palestinians who are treated as equals and with respect. If you really want to know what the model of peace looks like then come visit Ariel.

The Great!

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

receiving benefits that have helped us through financial, emotional and social hurdles so that our move is a success.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the staff and volunteers who work with this nonprofit. I'm also proud to be living in a city that offers many creative programs to help all people of all walks of life in the city.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, enthusiastic, committed to the welfare of the people in Ariel and in Israel.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

develop Israel's future leaders, financially empower the impovershed, facilitate adequate necessary emergency services for residents of Ariel, solidify regional stability, offer scholarships to many more students, develop arts, culture, community and more

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 18, 2010

This charity is funding illegal settlement activity in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Any donation should not be tax deductible as their charitable activities undermine U.S. policies and violate international law. I would highly recommend not giving to this charity.

Ways to make it better...

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

Support peace instead of theft and war mongering.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

totally oblivious to the massive human suffering that they are causing.

Ways to make it better...

they actually worked to promote human rights instead of working to violate them. What they are doing is helping to steal and normalize theft and ethnic cleansing.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

trying to reconcile its stated mission with reality.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this organization should lose its tax exempt status immediately.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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