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November 2, 2013

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November 2, 2013

I have worked on the Board of FA for almost ten years. Their commitment to the cause of reproductive choice is admirable. The organization is fiercely dedicated to maintaing the political infrastructure necessary to protect a woman's right to choose. These religious leaders are passionate, articulate, and courageous. They have a network of support for women who struggle with their choices, who seek counseling in times of stress and crisis. Their presence is highly valued by women who are accompanied into clinics while being threatened by anti-choice bullies, when testifying before congressional hearings and committees, or when speaking in public or to the media about a woman's right to choose. I am a proud member of this fine organization.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 31, 2013

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August 23, 2011

In the past year or so, Faith Aloud has grown exponentially and has increased its impact so that it serves women nationally. This isn't a "national organization" in name only-- in the past year, Fait... more

October 31, 2013

I have worked with Faith Aloud's Executive Director for nearly a decade and I believe strongly in Faith Aloud's fills a valuable role in society-- Faith Aloud has given voice to women's religious dignity at a time when much of the morality conversation is about shaming women.

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question that this organization's lean operating model allows the most good to be done for women and families. In fact, the Faith Aloud team mobilizes volunteers effectively to serve women all over the United States and even internationally. The creative use of technology allows a Board of members from all over the country-- I am in South Florida-- to work together to support our shared beliefs and common mission.

Women need Faith Aloud. There is no question in my mind.

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I think Faith Aloud needs more staffing in the "storytelling" department. I believe the stories Faith Aloud staff and volunteers share from the women they serve are so poignant they could change the national morality conversation. Storytelling staff include grant writers, political outreach directors, marketing managers. I believe that everyone needs to know what this small nonprofit based in St. Louis, MO, is accomplishing so that the conversation can change.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

August 23, 2011

In the past year or so, Faith Aloud has grown exponentially and has increased its impact so that it serves women nationally. This isn't a "national organization" in name only-- in the past year, Faith Aloud truly has supported women in nearly every state (and even other countries!), reached out to clergy in a spectrum of denominations, and supports clinic staff who will, in turn, serve thousands of women.

Even though I moved geographically far from the Faith Aloud headquarters, I am informed, involved and my passion for Faith Aloud's mission has not waned. One of the many things Faith Aloud manages well is communications on a tech-savvy and personal level.

In every way, Faith Aloud is a professional, outstanding nonprofit organization and the leader in its field.

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

... outstanding communication and witness to its growth!

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

... shout from the mountain tops that Faith Aloud is the premiere faithful and religious supporter reproductive justice! Faith Aloud is the organization you should join!

August 19, 2010

The Board of Directors and staff of Faith Aloud (previously, of MORCRC) are pioneers with sense; they respond creatively to the needs articulated by women and clinics and provide a public service in a way no other nonprofit has. Executive Director Reverend Rebecca Turner is a trustworthy, resourceful and innovative leader and her enthusiasm and compassion are mirrored by the volunteers, staff and Board of Directors. These are the experts, the leaders in the reproductive justice field. There is nothing quite like Faith Aloud, and certainly nothing so expertly run.

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

... my career! Rev. Turner hired me as an intern and gave me every opportunity to learn about reproductive justice, nonprofit management, religion, social justice, Missouri politics... not every young person learns leadership hands-on. Thank you.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 16, 2012

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August 17, 2010

I have been a supporter of Faith Aloud for several years--first as an intern, later as a staff member, and now as a board member. Over the years I have seen the organization grow in strength and suppo... more

October 16, 2012

While Faith Aloud's stated mission is to eliminate the religious stigma of abortion--the work and reach of the organization is so much greater. As an inter-faith voice that validates all reproductive choices, Faith Aloud embodies all that is great about the reproductive justice movement. It seeks intersections, makes connections and tirelessly promotes the idea that it is possible to trust women and trust families. Despite a challenging economic climate, Faith Aloud is doing great work, and I'm proud to be involved.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

August 17, 2010
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I have been a supporter of Faith Aloud for several years--first as an intern, later as a staff member, and now as a board member. Over the years I have seen the organization grow in strength and support while holding true to its core values. Over the years I have had the opportunity to work and support a variety of other non-profit organizations, and can say without a doubt that Faith Aloud is among the 'best of the best.'

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

Community based-events, on the phone with supporters and at events.

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

Change the world. Really!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

November 10, 2011

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November 10, 2011

I have been involved with Faith Aloud for over 4 years and am honored to be a Board Member for this professional, progressive and compassionate organization. The growth over the last three years has been phenomenal and I am eager to be part of Faith Aloud's continued success as we penetrate new markets with our messaging.

Women are not victims of abortion! We are victims of religious ideology that causes shame and stigma around our sexuality and reproductive choices! One huge mission of Faith Aloud is to eliminate the stigma of abortion by creating what I believe to be a paradigm shift for people of faith. The message is that God loves you, Jesus trusts you, you are empowered to make your own decisions and do not require forgiveness for it! It's all so simple!

We also embrace LGBTQ issues from a faith centered perspective; again with the same messaging: God Loves you, Jesus trusts you, You are empowered and you do not require forgiveness. We DO NOT pray away the gay here at this organization! Quite the opposite - we embrace it!

This is one organization I will support throughout my life in some way - either financially or through volunteer work, time - whatever is needed that I may provide.

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

re-creating how I personally talk about abortion, reproductive health and women's issues.

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

EXPAND IT! Quadruple the membership and donations, get more messages into the public, have more funds to create video campaigns and other marketing efforts, Get our Executive Director on Rachel Maddox, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and other liberal media outlets.

September 16, 2010

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September 16, 2010

Faith Aloud is an amazing organization that is doing so much great work out in the community! Finally there is an organization that provides spiritual counseling to women regarding their reproductive rights and options!

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

I've seen how much Faith Aloud has had an impact on providing patients around the country a number they can call and receive spiritual counseling via phone.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 20, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
August 20, 2010

I am honored to be a board member for Faith Aloud, as I was for its predecessor (Missouri Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice). Faith Aloud provides counseling services and support for women who are making difficult reproductive choices. Faith Aloud is comprised of people from all faith traditions who support reproductive choices. I have worked extensively with its executive director, the Rev. Rebecca Turner, who sensitively and passionately advocates for women.

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I have been a counselor and guest speaker for this organization. I have presented the Jewish views on reproductive choice to legislators, synagogue and church members, and others. People are pleased to know that many religions support women's choice.

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

meeting people from different religious traditions who feel passionately about their religion and passionately about this organization and the pro-choice movement as a whole.

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

truly amazing! They are passionate about the work of Faith Aloud and very knowledgeable about the pro-choice movement as well as the various religious traditions represented. I am proud to be a volunteer for this organization!

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

get the message across to the entire country that we should support women who are making difficult reproductive choices and that our legislators -- both national and state -- should butt out of women's private lives.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 18, 2010

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August 18, 2010

I was a board member with Faith Aloud, during my years the MO Religous Coalition for Reproductive Choice, for four years or so, After attending trainings as an all-options counselor around helping women deal with concerns around unexpected or unwanted pregnancies, I answered and responded by phone to women who wanted to discuss faith and their desires to choose an abortion as the sensible path given their current circumstance. Executive Director Rebecca Turner and her staff did a consistantly superior job of providing educational training, support and guidance as needs arose. The program to recognize heroes in the Choice Movement, those committed to protecting the reproductive health and rights of women, and to stand with women who chose to exercise their right to an abortion found me donning my collar to stand silently with and on behalf of women, often carrying a sign that said "pro-faith, pro-family, pro-choice," or a similar sentiment. Faith Aloud addresses the hurting women's need in our communities, who because of the loud voices of the religious right (which is neither), assume that there are no supportive folk in the faith community. By honoring these women's stories, and standing in solidarity with them, those of us who believe that God's love and justice requires our graceful presence at the side of the hurting and the "least of these" while many on the other side of the discussion choose to scream and call them names, proved a profound and faith shaping exercise for me. I apprecate Rev. Turner's leadership, and that of Faith Aloud. They remind us to speak up and out about our convictions, to not be silent while so many rage like the wind. Women on the front lines of the war over reproductive rights need allies, support and encouragement, and I'm proud to have played a role in the work of Faith Aloud on their behalf.

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

a variety of settings. At the abortion clinic in Illinois where we went to support the staff which was looking for answers to some of their spiritual concerns after listening to the hateful voices of protesters week after week. And from women in need.

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

make sure they had more staff. Too little financial support has often left the small staff over-worked and yet with many things they would like to accomplish undone... Faith Aloud is an amazing work, and I'd like to see it grow and stretch in influence.

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

the staff, the commitment to stand with and on behalf of women, the interfaith element in the board members, the work itself and the good spirit of the co-workers.

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

diverse folk, Jews & Christians mostly, mostly women... spirited, youthful, energetic, committed.

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

speak out on behalf of the reproductive health of women, work for glbt equity and equality, speak out from science to issues of faith and practice that the religious right often uses to dominate in the so-called culture wars.

Ways to make it better...

they'd had more staff to work with... the limits of the success of the organization were largely financial, which kept the staffing to a minimum... but what they did with what the had, that's worth celebrating.

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

visibility, staffing, fundraising... these continue to be concerns going forward.

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

if there's a better organization supporting the reproductive rights of women from a faith community perspective I've yet to see it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 18, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
August 18, 2010

081810 Yesterday's Board of Directors meeting was the most professional, efficacious, and kindly environment for any board meeting i've experienced to-date. What a privilege to be within this healthy learning and work environment! great kudos to Faith Aloud!!

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

Training of clergy counselors.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 11, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
August 11, 2010

This organization has displayed great courage and creative strategies in responding to the needs of women seeking good information about their reproductive choices, as well as offering those women shelter, compassion, and protection in a climate where making certain choices can stigmatize them. They are a group of very committed religious leaders whose theological posistions are consistent with longstanding traditions, and who are able to offer new words to counter the more intolerant voices within their faith traditions.

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

many ways. Their Executive Director is one of the most competent organizers I have ever met.

Ways to make it better...

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

seek funds to increase their ability to use developing technologies to saturate the marketplace of ideas with their message.

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

the difference we make in the political, religious, and personal arenas.

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

Rebecca Turner, Cindy Bumb, Rabbi Susan Talve, Rabbi Dan Plotkin

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

effect long lasting political change and bring compassion to many women.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to give to them.

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

fundamentalism and intolerance.

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

The people with whom I serve in this organization are among the most passionate, courageous, and committed anywhere.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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