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January 27, 2010

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January 27, 2010

I had the privaledge to serve on Fair Chance's Board of trustees for several years. Fair Chance is a dedicated, necessary organization working successfully to improve the lives of Washington DC children who are living in poverty. During FC's partnerships local organizations are taught essentials skills to increase their ability so successfully help thier target population. Partner organizations learn how to apply for funding, develop their internal organization, expand their services, and thrive for years to come.

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

Wow, Fair Chance could make an indelible mark; improving the lives of countless children again and again every year.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

January 12, 2010

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January 12, 2010

I have had the privilege of serving on the board of Fair Chance for four and a half years, and have recently assumed the position of board chair. What struck me when I first got to know Fair Chance – and still strikes me today – is the unique way Fair Chance is able to reach into the communities we serve with both depth and breadth, through the relationships that our capacity builders foster with our partner organizations. This model allows us to serve a variety of seemingly different organizations that all share our goal of helping youth and families. As a fundraiser, the investment that people are able to make in the children of Washington by investing in Fair Chance is equally striking. As just one organization, Fair Chance is able to provide service to and thus ensure sustainability to more than ten other local partner organizations a year.

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

watching its reach in the Washington community grow.

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

partner with so many other organizations in so many other areas of the city.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 12, 2010

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January 12, 2010

Fair Chance has been an excellent partner for us as we try to support nonprofit agencies in Wards 7 and 8 of Washington DC. We have funded Fair Chance several times over the years including our most recent grant of $50,000 for general operating costs. The ED has been a thoughtful and thorough leader, bringing a great deal of business and development experience to the organization. Fair Chance partners well with other nonprofits in the community and serves as an excellent source of information and support. The Board has really developed its own strengths over the last year and has been careful to plan strategically for the future, particularly during the economic downturn. One of the Fair Chance partners, Mentoring Today, is a prime example of the knowledge, management tools and financial stability that Fair Chance has helped a small group develop, leading to more students served and a better community overall.

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

Stability over the years, despite some turmoil. They have dealt with issues that could have been destructive and managed them in a positive and healthy manner

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

professional, dedicated and ready to meet challenges with an open mind.

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

Rock...smart people, s passion for their work and a strong strategy combined with money is a powerful entity

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 12, 2010

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January 12, 2010

Fair Chance has the demonstrated ability to multiply services and opportunities that reach our most impoverished and hardest to reach youth in DC. In my current role with a partner organization and previously as the Development Director at Fair Chance, I have been inspired by the amount of unsolicited praise partner organizations share about the benefits of the one-on-one, client-centered capacity building partnership. I had the honor of working with this wonderful organization for two years, and I know firsthand that investing in Fair Chance results in real and lasting change for thousands of our local children.

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

working with a partner organization whose strong foundation was built on the principals that Fair Chance instilled.

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

the amazing work of the diverse partner organizations and committed, highly-skilled staff.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 11, 2010

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January 11, 2010

I first got involved with Fair Chance about 2.5 years ago. I was struck by the mission and the fact that an investment in Fair Chance helps many small non profits in DC that have great visions but don't have the capability to grow or sustain. I first got involved with the organization's search for a new Executive Director. I am proud that I was part of the process to bring on such an experienced and effective leader for the organization. After spending a year on the Board, I accepted the role of Treasurer which I have held for a little over a year. As Treasurer, I see first hand how Fair Chance can help so many worthy non profits with a fairly limited budget. Fair Chance manages expenses and negotiates pro bono support that can be leveraged by many of its partners. I have had the opportunity to talk to the leaders of several Fair Chance partners and they are incredibly appreciative of the help Fair Chance has given them and attribute a lot of their success to this partnership.

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

Always professional, well trained and versatile capacity building specialists.

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

help 10x more organizations to help more young people who are living in underserved neighborhoods.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 27, 2009

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August 27, 2009

From January to August in 2009, I led a pro bono project team from the Taproot Foundation to research, write, design, and produce new fundraising materials for Fair Chance. As I learned more about the organization, I became increasingly impressed with its unique business model offering free, high quality, one-on-one capacity building services to other local nonprofits. I also enjoyed a close working relationship with the Fair Chance staff, who amaze me with their dedication, responsiveness, knowledge, and passion for the cause. I highly recommend Fair Chance to potential corporate and individual donors (I have become one myself), as well as to future partners, employee candidates, and volunteers.

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

the tremendous satisfaction that comes from supporting a young, yet highly efficient and effective, organization whose mission I believe in.

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

professional, enthusiastic, energetic, and passionate about the good work they do.

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

make an even greater impact on building the sustainability of the nonprofit sector serving disadvantaged children and youth in Washington D.C. With this amount of money, it could also expand its services to areas outside of the nation's capital.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 7, 2008

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November 7, 2008

Fair Chance’s Capacity Building Partnership with BT strengthened the organization in the areas of fiscal management, fundraising, communications, board development and human resources. During the Fair Chance partnership, BT more than doubled its budget and tripled the number of participants served.

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

the growth of every area of Beyond Talent

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

they are a model organization, so – I guess I would do more of the same

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

the accountability and encouragement

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

dedicated, knowledgeable, enthusiastic

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

build capacity for nonprofits all over DC

Ways to make it better...

it had been longer

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

turnover and transition

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

October 10, 2008

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October 10, 2008

As a new transplant to the DC region I needed to establish a network. I reached out to many leaders in the nonprofit community and I was impressed with how and what they said about Fair Chance. I wanted to align myself with Fair Chance because it was an organization that spoke to my values to strengthen nonprofits as they pursue excellence in meeting their mission. The beneficiaries of their services were not only the nonprofit organizations they partnered with to support but most importantly the youth that those organization's served. As a volunteer with Fair Chance, I invest my time because I believe in the far-reaching value and impact of capacity building. The Fair Chance staff is passionate and committed to supporting their nonprofit partners to achieve mission success. That's something we should all value. Building stronger nonprofits = Building stronger communities.

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

Their openness to new and innovative ideas. This is a small but mighty group of highly engaged, dedicated and experienced capacity builders. I'm proud to know them.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

October 9, 2008

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October 9, 2008

Fair Chance fills a much needed gap in educating small non-profits in neighborhoods on how to more effectively operate their organizations. They've done a terrific job with identifying appropriate organizations and providing them with important organizational expertise.

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

The many neighborhood organizations they serve.

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

the energy, commitment, and knowledge they bring to under-served communities.

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

ensure that neighborhoods become the architects of their future.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

September 16, 2008

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September 16, 2008

As a Fair Chance board member for over a year, I have been honored to serve with such a hands-on, motivated board and dedicated, resilient staff. In the past several months, I have spent significant amounts of time interviewing the executive directors of the nonprofits with which Fair Chance has partnered. What has impressed me most is the truly transformative effect our capacity building has on these dynamic, community-based nonprofits serving youth, children and their families in Wards 5-8 of Washington, DC. To a person, these executive directors have discussed how Fair Chance has helped to stabilize, strengthen, and sustain their organizations in areas like board development, fundraising, financial management, human resources and succession planning. It is obvious to me that there exists a direct correlation between having a stable, sustainable community-based nonprofit and the positive outcomes these nonprofits can achieve. Moreover, Fair Chance has truly developed the leadership skills of these executive directors, who now feel more effective in their roles as leaders of their organizations. One executive director gave me the following apt analogy of the relationship between her organization and Fair Chance: her organization is the mission, the heart, and Fair Chance is the structure, the skeleton that protects and nutures that heart to ensure that it can do great works in the community. That's a great way to think of what Fair Chance does at its best.

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

the meetings I've had with the executive directors of the organizations that partner with Fair Chance.

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

Continually shaping the message of Fair Chance in the community, as well as working with our board and staff.

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

Help build the capacity of so many more nonprofits and their leaders to improve the lives of children, youth and families living in at-risk communities in Washington, DC.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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