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April 30, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 30, 2010

The Center does a great job as a watchdog for environmental issues on Georgia's coast. In this role, the Center helps citizens and other environmental groups stay abreast of the regulatory climate, effectiveness of existing regulations and enforcement thereof, and making a strong case for the economic benefits of strong environmental protection. The Center's newsletter helps introduce much useful research and opinion that might otherwise not be introduced to our local discussions. The web site is timely and also disseminates much useful information pertaining to the environment and its protection.

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

awareness building among the coastal environmental community and coastal governments and regulatory agencies.

Ways to make it better...

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

continue to serve as a conscience for environmental action on the coast.

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

Small enough organization that relationship is personal and personable. My feedback seems to be valued.

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

thoughtful, diligent, tenacious and eloquent.

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

set up a revolving loan fund to assist in outright purchase of environmental resources that no amount of regulatory action will ever protect, particularly when our regulators sometimes are seemingly more interested in acting as guide dogs for development.

Ways to make it better...

we always managed to compel compliance with existing laws and regulations. Center has done a good job but as Yogi Berra says, "if people don't want to do something, you can't stop them." Sometimes you can't compel compliance.

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

Significant pushback on many efforts at the rational use of our rich environmental resources on the coast.

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

the Center richly deserves assistance. It is a quality outfit with good people. Also, thanks for the good job your organization does. Have used your donation link to good effect while working with Georgia Land Trust.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 30, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 30, 2010

I have worked with the Center for a Sustainable Coast for several years now. The Center stands by its values and is not afraid to make a politically unpopular stance. In Georgia, where the coast has been a free-for-all to virtually any developer with a political connection, the Center has stood up for what is right, advocated for better developmental standards and educated on the risks of unchecked development. In addition, the Center has become a strong advocate for clean energy, especially offshore wind, and worked hard to discourage offshore oil drilling. The subject of climate change, and it's effect on the coast runs throughout the message. I enjoy my role as a board member, and have a tremendous amount of respect for David Kyler, the executive director. His tireless work as an environmental advocate and policy expert reflects well on the Center.

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

Working with the other members of the board. They really care about the mission of the Center and bring very different points of view to the table.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 28, 2010

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April 28, 2010

I found the Execuitive Director and other board members were very generous with time and information. I believe the combination of knowledge, involvement, and broad viewpoint enables the Center to have far more influence than its small size would suggest.

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

its providing opportunities for advocating important and critically needed innovations on the coast such as off shore wind, science based resource management, and improved application of state and federal regulations

Ways to make it better...

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

attempt to broaden membership, support and engagement.

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

the opportunity to learn about the coast, coastal issues, take action to protect and enhance coastal resources at the same time.

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

Knowledgeable, forthcoming, and supportive.

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

Create a broad-spectrum advocacy group which could ensure a healthy, sustainable future for the Southeast coast.

Ways to make it better...

I were free to commit more time and resources to Center efforts

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

the huge funding of industrial, port and residential development forces and the political support this money can buy vrs the Center's relatively negligible resources.

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

there is no other environmental advocacy group fully committed to a healthy, sustainable Georgia Coast in anything like a holistic way other than the Center. If we are to have integrated solutions to broad challenges, the Center is indespensible.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 28, 2010
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Review from Guidestar
April 28, 2010
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I was introduced to the Center for a Sustainable Coast and its Exec Dir some 10 years ago; my relationship with both has grown immeasureably as the Center's contribution to the ever-more challenging issues threatening all aspects of coastal ecology have become increasingly critical. During this time, the stature & reputation of the Center has evolved such that it is considered by many as

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

quality written and oral presentations on diverse topics relating to protecting coastal resources

Ways to make it better...

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

ensure that the Ex Dir stays fully engaged for as long as possible, and hire a least two professionals to assist.

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

being associated with highly experienced, dedicated professionals committed to saving coastal resources for future generations.

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

highly motivated and professional.

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

challenge a mindset that is altogether lacking in vision, forsight, or stewardship.

Ways to make it better...

there were more opportunity to meet with other members of this organization to brainstorm about how we could do more.

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

state political and regulatory infrastructure dedicated to unsustainable growth/sprawl with little regard to priciples of sustainability, conservation, or stewardship.

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

visit the website

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 3, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 3, 2010

As a resident of coastal Georgia for twenty years, I had long been aware of the work done by the Center for a Sustainable Coast in promoting the health of Georgia’s coastal ecosystems. However, it was not until I became deeply involved in a coastal development issue through my work with the Initiative to Protect Jekyll Island State Park that I actually had chance to collaborate with the Center’s director, David Kyler. From my first contact with David, I was taken with his command of the ecological, conservation and economic dimensions of the proposed private development of Jekyll Island, which is a Georgia’s only barrier island state park. But, it has been David’s persistence and effectiveness in bringing this issue into the public square that is most remarkable and has truly made a difference. Acting on behalf of the Center for a Sustainable Coast, David wrote editorial after editorial in Georgia’s leading newspapers pointing out how the proposed development conflicted with Jekyll’s state park mission and was inappropriate for a natural treasure as ecologically and environmentally sensitive as Jekyll Island. He made a powerful case for sustainable renovation of Jekyll Island at public meetings, including those held by the Jekyll Island Authority board of directors and the Georgia General Assembly’s Jekyll Island Legislative Oversight Committee. He has been a source of inspiration and support for the Initiative to Protect Jekyll Island State Park (IPJI), having provided wise counsel on a host of practical matters related to IPJI’s organization and operation. He has partnered with IPJI in making conference presentations and in meeting with groups interested in the Jekyll development issue, and has arranged for IPJI to receive free counsel from the Center’s attorney on matters involving environmental law. In helping to inform countless numbers of Georgia’s citizens about a coastal development plan that was at odds with the public interest, ecologically unsound, and fiscally irresponsible, David proved to be instrumental in elevating the Jekyll issue to center stage, with the result that the plan for expansive, oceanfront development on this fragile barrier island was dropped in favor of one far more responsible. In sum, integrity, commitment, objectivity and leadership are at the core of the Center’s personality. Those qualities find expression in the Center’s work week after week, year in and year out. For me, the Center for a Sustainable Coast, under David Kyler’s leadership, ranks among the most outstanding environmental and conservation groups in America.

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

influencing public policy and thinking about coastal resource issues

Ways to make it better...

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

not be able to do as good job as its current director.

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

the way it has persisted in trying to promote responsible stewardship of Georgia's only barrier island state park

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

intelligent, articulate, informed, caring and hard-working

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

help revolutionize the way coastal resources are managed in Georgia.s

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to be involved with the organization

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

finding adequate financial support

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

this organization could act as a model for how to go about serving the public interest in the most direct and effective way.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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