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February 23, 2011
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February 23, 2011
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LeT me start by saying, I was a bit a concerned by some fo the stuff I read on this website. I really wonders myself about why people would get involved with a group that has bad reviews. That was until I actually met one of the staffers, and boy couldn't I be wrong. I met one of the staff, Nico, out in front of Target, and I had my suspicions, who wouldn't after reading all this. But we had an epic conversations about the issue of gay marriage, and how to change the average persons mind. He asked me for money, which I understand since the group is mostly funded bynthier efforts in the field. I said no, at first, then watched him. Conversations after conversation he poured out his heart to the people he was talking to. Not a single person donated, but clearly that wasn't his aim because he kept on preaching and passionately making the case for me, and my equality; the case I had never made myself.
One woman he talked with was a super religious type. She went off about the bible, and he just smiled. 5 min later she told him how sorry she was... That was amazing, I've never seen anything like it. I became a monthly donor that very day, and every day I am so happy there is someone out there fighting for me.

Over read the negative, and I was persuaded until I actually met someone who understands what this group really does. They all make very little like 500 a week, and even the head of the group doesn't make much compared to most people who have his job. 25,000 is not something to get rich by (they have their financial disclosure one ther website, the IRS form 990, read it before you believe the hype). Obviously they have pissed off a lot of people, and who doesn't that is doing things so different than the rest. Ive participated in a lot of gay , , groups, hrc, eqca, but none that I see every week out there in the streets trying so hard just to persuade people. It's a true inspiration

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

Watching what they do in the field.

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

Ask more people to call them up, or watch them or volunteer

February 22, 2011
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February 22, 2011
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I volunteered for Canvass during the Prop 19 campaign and must say this is the most best run, honest, and most dedicated group of advocates that I have ever worked with. Their executive director Tres Watson along with Ben and Rachel who ran the campaign provided great leadership and direction to everyone, while fulfilling their promises to all the canvasers.

This is a great place to volunteer, work, and be involved with!

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

seeing how the polls were able to move in a positive direction after the campaign that these folks ran.

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

Give them more money to continue their great work!

February 22, 2011
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February 22, 2011
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There is a lot of concern that this group is not a legitimate non-profit, and that most of the money raised is pocketed by the head of the organization. At least two of the leading members have been fired for fraud from other legitimate canvassing organizations. If you are looking to fix gay marriage in California, look for an actual track record of work, like Equality California, or HRC. If you care about cannabis, you should be concerned that they did such an awful job on Prop 19 that it lost despite conservative backing from some quarters. Progressives, please support groups that are actually accomplishing something with your support, not this one.

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One of the managers of this group was fired from the canvassing group I work for because of fraud. That means that he was either stealing from the member donations or was falsifying his records to get paid more. The management of this group should be investigated.

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

Shut it down. People who want to make a real difference should look into legitimate organizations that are actually doing something good for the world.

February 18, 2011

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February 18, 2011


Hello Great Nonprofit Visitors!

Canvass for a Cause provides incredible opportunities for activists to work real-time on progressive issues. I came to CFAC in July of 2010 and was initially attracted to the idea of advocating for gay marriage full time in San Diego.. what I found
within the first few days @ CFAC is that their model of campaigning, voter outreach, persuasion and fundraising is top notch and allows for anyone with any interest to pursue their own cause.

Grassroots advocacy isn't a cake walk - it's difficult. And for those looking for a means to make a lot of money, this isn't the job for you, BUT if your heart led you to greatnonprofits.org, and you're in San Diego, and you want to meet some badass people who actually work on progressive issues IN THE STREET and AT TOWN COUNCIL... CFAC is for you.

If you do your job you will talk to hundreds of voters about progressive issues and persuade many of them to the cause - either way you are collected valuable voter information that can be used the next time a progressive issue heads to the ballot box. Either way you are doing the under-celebrated grassroots work that changes policy.

Full Disclosure: I worked as a Field Director with CFAC and have sinced moved on to other opportunities in D.C. I am indebted to CFAC and its leadership for all their advice and training on canvassing and grassroots activism.

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

my time as a volunteer, staff member, and friend of CFAC.

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

include more clear incentives for canvassers who persuade the most people or collect the most data, also hold regular community potlucks open to activists from other organizing groups and social leaders

February 17, 2011
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February 17, 2011
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The Staff are brain washed into thinking that the money they receive for canvassing is helping the cause. How can it be a nonprofitwhen everyone is profiting from it but the cause. I went to the training and after doing it saw right thru the brainwashing training. Its just panhandling.

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volunteering

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

put them under investigation

February 16, 2011

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February 16, 2011

I have just recently started working for canvass for a cause in San Diego and have found it to be a very good experience. I am working on the Stop the Ban campaign to keep medical marijuana facitlities in san diego open. All of the staff and volunteers have been very helpful and friendly and I do truely believe we are making a difference.

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I can see how many letters we are getting in, and how hard my co-workers are working to get these results.

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

advertise more!

February 16, 2011

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February 16, 2011

My name is Rachel Scoma, I was a volunteer on the Yes on 19 campaign and Canvass for a Cause was literally the only organization in San Diego that was willing to help us overturn 80 years of racist cannabis prohibition. Not only does Canvass for a Cause educate and persuade the public everyday about the importance of marriage equality, they were willing to give time and resources to help us.

Thank you Canvass for a Cause!

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How they help out other campaigns.

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

try to get them more donations so they can continue doing this important work.

February 15, 2011
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February 15, 2011
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I was approached by a volunteer 3 months ago. I think this is a good cause and had given before, so I had no problem doing it again. It wasn't until after all the paperwork was filled out that I was notified that I had signed up for a monthly donation. I wasn't sure about this at first, but since I was only giving a small amount and gave frequently anyway, I decided it was easier to do it that way. I was told that I would be emailed my account information once the donation processed so that I could change the amount I gave as need and keep track of it. I did not receive that information even after the money was taken out of my account, so I contacted Canvass for a Cause to ask for it. I was given the run around for several weeks until the finally stopped responding at all. The money continued to be withdrawn from my account, however. I then followed the instructions on their site and requested in writing that my donation be canceled. I did this both in letter form and through email. However, the next month the money was again withdrawn from my account. I have called and left several messages and sent several emails and have received no response. I'm considering legal action. I will NEVER donate to this organization again due to the extreme mishandling of my account.

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

Donating

Ways to make it better...

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

Make them much more responsible with their funds.

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What would you tell others about this organization?

Avoid it completely. They are untrustworthy.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

January 8, 2011

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January 8, 2011

I was approached by a very polite young man regarding gay marriage, and I agreed with him wholeheartedly, so we spoke for a couple of minutes. then he really tried to get me to give him money so he could "stay out there" doing the work. I'm totally for canvassing, but I don't think it's good practice to ask people for donations in front of a store because it makes the group seem a bit shady. Getting contact info seems appropriate, but he really tried to get money from me, and even after I said no several times, he kept trying. I think this tarnishes what you're doing.

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Havne't yet.

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

Stop asking for money.

January 7, 2011

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January 7, 2011

Tres Watson work at 3705 10th ave. 619-630-7750

Tres Watson is a dishonest gay man he steals, lie to people.

Tres Watson need to be reported to the San Diego police & tv stations

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from timt to time

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

close the door on this dishonest place

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