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March 1, 2011
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March 1, 2011
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I've been working with victim services agencies in Colorado for nearly ten years and am continually disappointed with COVA and their work in the community. They have an extremely poor management structure, primarily with the Executive Director who is far past the point where she needs to retire and the other management staff are simply not qualified. The person who has answered the phone for a long time, I believe her name is Colleen, is one of the rudest people I've ever encountered. The good board and staff members are driven out by the unethical managers of the agency and it is so tragic. Someday, COVA could be a good organization, but for now, they don't provide the community with services and they take money away from direct service agencies that actually do good work. Their trainings are abysmal and haven't changed in years.

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

working with them in the past.

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

encourage the Board of Directors to take direct action against the staff who have been there for years and to reform the organization.

February 7, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 7, 2011

My first experience with the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance was the yearly conference in the fall of 1996. It was nearly fifteen years ago and I was a brand new law enforcement based victim advocate. Everwhere I turned, I found helpful people and useful infomation. I also learned that COVA has a passion for victim services that is contagious! In the years since, not only have I grown in experience and responsibility, but I have grown in dependance upon and respect for this organization. The leadership and staff of COVA work tirelessly to provide statewide training and support for all of our agencies, emergency funds for victims, legislative involvement to continue to strengthen the Victim Rights Movement in not only Colorado, but throughout the nation. They are exemplary in reputation, service, compassion and leadership.

Now that I am a board member and have become more deeply involved with COVA, my respect and gratitude has deepened. This is truly a first class organization that strives daily to live out our mission statement.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization through our work with Katrina victims who were air lifted to our city. COVA provided us with experience, support, direction and organization. Those of us who were directly involved with the effort could never have been as effective without the support of the COVA orgaization.

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If I had to change this organization I would just make it bigger and put satellite offices in different parts of the state so that the rural agencies would have easier access.

February 7, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 7, 2011

COVA provides our communities with excellent information and referral sources for victims throughout Colorado. The training and networking opportunities provided through COVA events is extremely meaningful in ensuring that victim service providers are able to serve victims with the most current information but also through connecting them with the best community resources available.

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Ability to network and gain additional skills and information regarding victim service and the latest best practices in victim assistance.

Ways to make it better...

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

Create more opportunities for training outside of the Academy.

February 7, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 7, 2011

The Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance is the premier state organization for people and entities serving victims of crime in Colorado. It's annual conference is the conduit for both information sharing, training and networking to improve services to children and adults who experience physical/emotional/sexual violent crimes. COVA bridges judicial entities, nonprofits, grassroots organizations and crime-fighting efforts, including domestic, family crimes to street assaults. Nobody does this better.

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

The conferences and trainings, individual consultations, and requesting and receiving valuable referrals.

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

Differentiate children's services from adult and senior services better, and have them encourage the courts and legislators to promote more prevention and early intervention.

January 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
January 28, 2011

COVA is an amazing organization!! They provide excellent training year round to new and continuing victim advocates. I have attended the COVA conference for the last 4 years and have always walked away being more knowledgeable on how to further help victims. The staff is warm, caring and knowledgeable in their field.

They also inspire and encourage younger generations to follow in thier steps by allowing them training as well.

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

Through training and support in the victim advocate field.

Ways to make it better...

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

I think the only change I would make is to get this great organization more funding so that they might be able to hire more fulltime employees

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

The staff is stellar!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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