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January 6, 2011

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January 6, 2011

Tres Watson is a Scammer report him to San Diego police.



Tres Watson belongs in jail.

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

Room of dishonest fags!!!

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

Clean house

September 23, 2010

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September 23, 2010

- Overall good organization - Friendly people - Good training tips that are very good for outreach - Enjoyed my experience and would recommend it for anyone wanting to get involved.

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

In being able to inform and educate people about important issues and keeping myself up to date on there issues.

Ways to make it better...

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

Have more events for educational purposes. Try fundraising by finding more monthly sponsors and events.

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

Friendly people, and learning to be more confident with a variety of different people, while learning different training tools to help.

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

Very interesting, friendly, and informative.

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

Make a greater impact and force the world into my control so everyone would support equality =)

Ways to make it better...

I didn't have to stand in the sun all day :) I'd rather not do outreach alone ever

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

Making enough money to maximize their outreach model, and perhaps fund more events. You can't run an organization on hopes and dreams alone, cause that fills the tank only so high.

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

Totally had fun working here!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 22, 2010

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September 22, 2010

I would say that overall working for Canvass for a cause was a positive experience. I had a good time. I was excited I got to be outside for numerous hours a day in the sun. My tan lines were epic when I was working for them. They have really good people working for them collectively. They were my family while I was out there. But at the end of the day it jsut wasnt for me and thats ok. Pluses: Great work environment. I had a good time every single day I was working. Diverse work place no one looked a like and I felt it was an accurate representation of the LGBTQ community as a whole. Minuses: I think there is a very one dimensional amount of knowledge that is being offered during training. A lot of people working for CFAC did not have basic knowledge of other issues affecting LGBTQ folks outside of D.A.D.T, Prop 8 ... and occasionally Prop 19... Also as someone who got really close with a lot of my co-workers and was a venting mechanism for some. I think that some management was not necessarily open to hearing what their employees had to say about some things. I would challenge them to listen to the ideas their employees are comming to them with because some of them are pretty epic and they are out there every day so they might have a better handle on what might be affective because they are out there all the time.... also I would challenge some folks in the organization to do some self education around racism within the LGBT community. There were a lot of comments made that made it hard to as a person of color working there because it was really awkward sometimes when someone would make those types of remarks. but on the whole it was a positive experience I wouldnt change it for the world. They allowed me to let my creative juices in the arena of social justice. Their training sessions they did every morning where awesome. However it was a little contradictory because in the regard for time they never made people do their response structure three times. But they on a consistent basis during trainings every morning told us that on average we would have to go through the response structure that many times... that could be splitting hairs but. Over all I loved it!!! I had a good time!!! Awesome organization.

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

the semi striking down of prop 8. plus I cant wait to see what happens on prop 19!!!

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

I would work on transparency of this organization. I felt as though they were lieing to me but it was like.coded language without being coded. I would like to know more specifics to things like what exactly is my money going to other than what the rapsays

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

the people I come into contact with

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

unique and smelled nice! Sam is deluxx!

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

buy a lot of clipboard?

Ways to make it better...

there was more than just singular knowledge about campaigning collectively

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

transparency.

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

shannon dove is the most epic person I have encountered in a long time!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 16, 2010

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September 16, 2010

Canvass For A Cause provided me with one of the most rewarding and unforgettable volunteer opportunities of my life. Every single member of the staff is friendly and has a passion for his or her job. Started by a group of experienced people and now blossoming into a well known organization, every member of the team is helpful and welcoming. Getting to speak with all different types of people around San Diego helped me realize my passions and how rewarding it is to volunteer with this group. Knowing that with one face to face conversation I reached at least five other people made all of the negative feedback worth it. Working with such a great group of people and a truly unique organization was more than I could have asked for and I would recommend it to any and all with an interest.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 16, 2010

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September 16, 2010

The entire focus of the group was fundraising. Tres Watson doesn't follow even basic employment law, and far more of the funds raised go to pay for Tres's drinks than go to any actual work. His problem drinking has also caused sexual harassment issues in the past.

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

every facet. They fail.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 15, 2010

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September 15, 2010

I was drawn to the idea that a grassroots organization needs a busininess model that allows volunteers to trancend the "Single Issue" temporary team that dissapates after the vote or event that it was formed for. This group of dedicated activists is in the neighborhood where the rubber meets the road on a daily basis changing hearts and minds one door at a time. There is nothing out there that preserves the enthusiasm for a cause and applies it to the in person conversations to further many progressive ideas. They are building a database of not just how folks voted but why. This deliniates areas for future campaigns like no demograhic poll that I've seen. Having a board with many years of business and marketing skills will help guide them to maximize the resources and tap areas they may have have not been aware of. I view the Boards role as a guide and Mentor for them to grow and be good stewards of the funds they raise.

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

educating and persuading registered voters to support progressive ideas

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 15, 2010

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September 15, 2010

This "non-profit organization" is a sham. They're a for profit business. NONE of their money reaches actual non profits. All of it goes to Tres, the building he works in, and employees. The executive Director Tres Watson has physically harassed employees, withheld checks from employees, lied to donors, and been kicked off of the Equality California Door to Door campaign because of his lack of ethics. I left Canvass for a Cause when Equality California (EQCA),the ONLY group that has access to voter files that would even work with him, decided to not even accept volunteers from his organization. See, Canvass for a Cause was originally supposed to support nearby organizations with their efforts. We would be in the streets asking for money from people so we could actively recruit volunteers for another organization's event and be donated staff to that event. Unfortunately, after Canvass for a Cause was booted from working with EQCA, Tres told me that I shouldn't leave becasue I couldn't work on my "pet project". Pet project? People are wasting their money on a poor campaign that can't be used to help the next legitimate ballot campaign in 2012. Why is this? Tres tried to tell me "well, a persuasion is a persuasion", I told him it isn't enough. We CANNOT waste our time talking to people who aren't registered voters! A voter file lets you know who in the household is a voter, their age, name, and even political party. Without this vital information at the door, we skip people, get incorrect information, and can't share it with the next campaign. Equality California has set out to change 800 minds this year, and those minds are voters. Specific voters in specific areas with specific demographics. With such little time and very few volunteers we have to use our time on the voters that are the most likely to vote in the next election and the most likely to change their minds. Tres has NONE of this information and is a scam artist. If I could give this organization negative starts I would.

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

"Results"?

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 15, 2010

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September 15, 2010

Ive always been very, very skeptical about giving money to anyone to fix a problem. Ive always felt that if an issue\problem is important enough for me to sincerely care about, I need to do more to get involved than throwing money at the problem until it goes away. In short I didn't see how me giving them money was any different from anyone else, and how it was going to dramatically address the issue. At this point, I had been approached by numerous, almost incalculable amounts of people (In the Streets, T.V commercials, Web,etc..) wanting money to fix problems, and in digging I've always found that I wasn't going to completely satisfied with the return on my investment.... Until I came across Canvass for a Cause. What makes them different? They're asking for money just like everyone else. Sure, its unrealistic to expect a Grass Roots Non-Profit to be successful solely running on hopes and dreams. Faith will only fill the gas tank so many times. What sets them apart is how the money's used. What makes them so effective is their model, the model of engagement. Being proactive is the only way to resolve existing issues, and preventing future ones. I was truly happy to see a group of people who were not looking for the easy way out in a hard fight. Its easy to see why they are so effective, they are willing to do the hard work of being out in the field, having those face to face conversations, when no one appears to want to, and that's when the WIN happens.

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

I find myself continually engaging people about what our issues are, and whats the best way to fix them. And I always run into the issue of Corporatocracy. I've seen what people power, can do versus monetary power. I'm extremely excited to stand with them

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

I would broaden the cast of their net for bringing in supporters. That's about all I can suggest. The best thing I can do is get involved. We are the ones we have been waiting on to safe us, the time to get involved is now!

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

Seeing the change happen. People Rights have always been an issue. The civil rights movement never stopped, it just got distracted. When in school learning about the Civil rights movement of the 60's, I always dreamed of what I would do. Now I can!

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

people that all cared more about making a change, then the change in their pocket.

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

Open a chapter in every major city, in every state. Work with existing people right groups, and provide an opportunity for people to get involved (with measurable success) an outlet who may not of had one.

Ways to make it better...

I got involved sooner. ;)

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

It's people, everyone, US! As with a lot of things, sometimes our biggest strength can be our greatest weakness. The model is perfect, we as people just need to step up to do the hard work.

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

We have the opportunity to live out every fantasy we've ever had, and experience every emotion possible. Lets do something with the opportunity in-front of us now, don't waste it, living vicariously watching other people live. Live for more than money.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 10, 2010

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September 10, 2010

I volunteer a few hours a week updating their membership list. They are a dedicated group who spend hours in the sun informing people and correcting misinformation about gay marriage and other issues on their slate. They are courageous and often have to put up with a lot of negative, harsh feedback. I first met two of them in from of Walmart and began asking if they were aware of the religious misinformation behind Prop 8. I saw that they needed some help and offered to do what I could. For many of them this is their day job and they need contributions to be able to continue. This is an organization worth contributing to as well as volunteering for.

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

It is gratifiying to see so many people interested in helping with this legal/social problem.

Ways to make it better...

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

They need more office furniture, lamps, and volunteers.

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

working with the people.

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

great.

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

properly canvass communities before critical elections.

Ways to make it better...

there were more comfortable office furniture.

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

dealing with mass hysteria over missunderstood issues.

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

it is a pleasure helping them with what I can do.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 18, 2010

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August 18, 2010

When my youngest sister was killed by a hit and run driver a few years ago, it was very sad for me. We had been close when we were younger and we shared a love of independence, politics and progressive causes. My sister was also much loved in her community, having worked long and hard to represent working class folks in her town and at a statewide level. It wasn't legal for her to marry her same sex partner of many years in that state though, and when she died her partner had a hard time making arrangements and keeping the life and things they owned together. When the Canvass for a Cause organization was looking for specific accounting help then, I volunteered because, as a CPA, I knew I could help and hopefully make some small contribution to changing things so that other loved ones don't go through what my sister's partner had to face.

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

Bringing about good governance, transparency and accountability for its donors, members, staff and volunteers.

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

Adorable, sweet, kind and committed

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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