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February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

The Colored Pencil Project is an exceptionally inspiring non-profit. Donating to TCCP is a privilege in that through making a contribution, we get to be part of something magical. The TCCP brings an abundance of hope and joyful self-expression into these children's lives who live in impoverished, often stark environments. The fearless leader, Hannah, is extraordinarily dedicated to this cause and has the energy, intellect, and passion to continue to expand the TCCP and impact countless lives. And our world is a better place for it.

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

dedicated, passionate about TCCP, and inspired to grow.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 23, 2010

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February 23, 2010

I have had the opportunity to watch The Colored Pencil Project grow from the seed of an idea into an incredibly well organized, accountable and successful nonprofit. Bringing art supplies and lessons to children in developing countries is such a simple idea, yet so very powerful. This work has an immediate impact on the children, and for donors the benefits are visible and tangible. I know that the money I donate goes directly to bringing pencils and paper (and a lot of joy) to children all over the world. TCPP makes it easy to make a difference. And for this reason, I will continue to support them each year. The Colored Pencil Project has an excellent track record – it has reached some 2,000 children abroad in just two short trips and hopes to work with another 1,500 this year. Imagine what it will accomplish as this small but fast growing nonprofit attracts even more support for its easy-to-see results, dedicated leadership, playful multimedia and creative outreach. I hope you will consider giving your support to this very worthy and truly grassroots organization.

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

Give millions of children a chance to express themselves!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 21, 2010

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February 21, 2010

Donating to the Colored Pencil Project has been my most gratifying charitable donation. Poverty stricken communities need many basic necessities - it is easy to forget that children need nourishment not only for the body but also for the mind and spirit. The Colored Pencil Project is exceptional in its focus on self-expression, creativity and the simple joy that art provides. The Colored Pencil Project connects the children to donors throughout the year with emails and picture postcards depicting the children’s first expression of art. As this exciting nonprofit organization continues to expand its reach to children both locally and worldwide, I feel honored to pledge my ongoing support.

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

committed, caring and dynamic.

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

reach out to millions of children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 20, 2010

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February 20, 2010

I am constantly inspired by The Colored Pencil Project, and in awe of all that it accomplishes with such simple materials. Its innovative mission achieves the unlikely goal of connecting impoverished, marginalized children to their personal experiences and their joy through artistic expression, and connecting people across the globe. It's a rare gem of a nonprofit with a generous, spirited founder, a dedicated board and a mission with SUCH heart.

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

its desire and ability to inspire goodwill and to connect people and create communities despite socio-economic and geographic boundaries

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 18, 2010

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February 18, 2010

The Colored Pencil Project is a little miracle that brings an extraordinary experience of art and expression to third world children and returns their creations and visions back to the children of the United States. With its insightful curriculum it celebrates the exceptional eye of a child and allows us all to see how beautiful our world is.

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

seeing what a small box of colored pencils and a piece of paper can unleash in the imagination and the heart.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 17, 2010

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February 17, 2010

The Colored Pencil Project has truly brought a dream to life. What started as a relatively simple concept has brought joy (and colored pencils!) to children locally and globally. I am continually impressed by the dedication of Hannah and the entire board to expand the reach of the project (specifically local programming)and continue to grow in leaps and bounds.

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

the overwhelming committment that the organization shows for the overall mission and the selfless way in which they dedicate their time to do so.

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

expand its reach to children of all corners of the world!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 16, 2010

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February 16, 2010

As a contributor and a close observer, I am continually amazed by the work of The Colored Pencil Project, which, with the simplest of means - paper, pencils and love- allows underprivileged children in disadvantaged parts of the globe to express themselves through art work. Their emotions, thoughts, concerns and aspirations are touchingly visible in their drawings, and might otherwise go unarticulated. Fortunately, The Colored Pencil Project has a vital vision of art and childhood, as inseparable unities. That it has accomplished so much on such a small budget is a tribute to the energy and the dreams of its young founder, Hannah Richards. The organization, however, deserves and needs to exist on a larger scale. Not only do more youths merit the chance to participate in the program, but the art work itself - beautifully direct and unfailingly moving - deserves to be seen and enjoyed by the public at large. I say this as one of the first volunteers in 1963 in the Peace Corps. I have seen and worked with many volunteer organizations and I can honestly say that the Colored Pencil Project is as meritorious as it is innovative.

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

dedicated, selfless and, I truly believe, capable of effecting important change in understanding among diverse countries.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 16, 2010

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February 16, 2010

This small but life-changing organization brings joy not only to the kids who participate in the projects but to the people that learn about it as well. Philanthropy at its most genuine.

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

seeing people at fund raising events remember that life is bigger than us. There is always someone else in this world that can use our help.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 10, 2010

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February 10, 2010

As someone who has worked with and for nonprofits for many years, The Colored Pencil Project (CPP) stands out because it touches so many lives with so much impact with so very little overhead. Virtually all the donations go to the mission...bringing the world's people together by reaching out to children in the poorest regions of the world and bringing them joy and self-expression and sharing their message with children here in the United States. It is a program that connects strangers in profound and life-affirming ways.

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

the impact the program has with the children here in towns such as Acton and Boxborough, MA when they reach out to the children of India, South Africa and, this year, Central America.

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

the people involved are extremely close to the project on the ground and are dreamers yet doers.

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

Staff? We are all volunteers and they are folks with wonderful hearts and terrific talents.

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

bring color and joy to thousands more children who have never had the opportunity to hold a colored-pencil, must less, express themselves in art to others across oceans.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 10, 2010

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February 10, 2010

We have been very fortunate to be able to be involved in the Colored Pencil Project as it has transformed from South Africa to India. The work done with the orphans transcends continents.

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

dedicated, hard-working and passionate. They believe in what they do, and continually impress me.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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