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August 3, 2011

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August 3, 2011

I first learned of GO from volunteering at their Presidio 10K this year. I felt compelled to contribute my time towards their cause--raising funds to build a 2nd story to the school they originally funded in a Ghanaian village because I had recently traveled there. Everyone had such great energy and enthusiasm at the event and I continue to be inspired by GO's accomplishments--the school addition was built in less than 90 days. I love that they support indigenous communities' ideas and are incredibly driven, results-oriented, and deeply committed to making lasting change where it is needed most.

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having been mentored by Bart in building my social enterprise.

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August 2, 2011

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August 2, 2011

Since I connected with GO my bussiness has grown rapidly, I have being receiving and hosting GO'S volunteers who come to visit projects here in in Moshi Tanzania. They were all nice people and foward looking to serve those who are ineed in the community. Go has grown fast since its started on its mission to conduct different projects in the community ineed world wide and this is due to its good management, commited staff and loving what they are doing. Iam so hapy and proud to be GO'S partners.
Wish you all the best on comming projects and together we can.
Ibrah Mkizu

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Yes, many projects are completed and others on process on ground and they are going well so far.

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So far so good,,, excelent. They should continue working hard as always.

August 2, 2011

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August 2, 2011

I was introduced to Groundwork Opportunities by a colleague about 5 months ago. I looked into the organization further and reached out to one of the leaders for some guidance regarding an opportunity to volunteer abroad.

Since the initial interest, I have had the pleasure of working with
this individual directly and strategizing how to become most effective with initiatives of the organizations/volunteers.

I look forward to my continuous involvement with Groundwork Opportunities and truly believe in everything they represent.

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I have experienced the results of Groundwork Opportunities in my personal involvement with the group and assisting in finding ways to better the effectiveness overseas.

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

Create a division that raised money to pay for volunteers' transportation the their destination of work.

August 1, 2011

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August 1, 2011

For the past 7 months I have been interning at Groundwork Opportunities as a Development Analyst. When I was originally searching for such a position I knew I wanted to find a non-profit organization that had a clear mission, enthusiasm for the cause and the ability to achieve results on a large scale. When I found GO I was exposed to all of these qualities and more.

GO operates off a simple maxim, The Power of Their Ideas and Our Support. They trust that the community knows what is best, and do everything in their power to support and drive such causes. The best part is that 100% of personal donations go directly to the cause, and can therefore be utilized to the fullest advantage.

Fun events, a great cause, and amazing volunteers, Groundwork Opportunities is an amazing organization to get involved with!

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From a health clinic in Southern Sudan to a model farm in Uganda, there are so many different ways to get involved and make a difference. With 100% of your donation going directly to the cause, it is important that you can choose a project that you are passionate about, and more importantly a project where you can see results and the impact that your donation can make!

Ways to make it better...

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

Get more people involved!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 1, 2011

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August 1, 2011

I have been an avid supporter of GO since it was founded in 2008. I had just moved to San Francisco and I wanted to get involved in the community by volunteering for a local non-profit. I was first introduced to GO because a close friend of mine, Jennifer O'Connor, had just started working as their Development Director. She invited me to attend their first fundraising event and I instantly was attracted to their mission of helping developing world communities own their development by investing in their ideas. The more I learned about GO's mission and all of the diverse community led projects they were involved in, the more passionate I became about this
organization. GO's 100% to cause donation model and transparency was so inspiring that I wanted to do more than just donate or attend their events; I wanted to volunteer, engage my network of friends/colleagues, and leverage my professional skills to increase the scope of its operations. Through my ongoing volunteer work at GO, I have learned the phrase "You Give What You Have" which, in my view, means that whether someone only has a $1 to spare, advice to give, or volunteers their time, it all really makes a difference in helping those in need.

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Volunteering for GO has been an amazing and rewarding experience. I continue to strengthen my communication, negotiation, marketing and event planning skills, as well as challenge myself through each fundraising event. Volunteering has enabled me to be more connected with the local San Francisco philanthropic community and various business networks, while building lasting relationships that share my positivity and passion with coworkers and customers.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Wonderful!!! I am constantly amazed by the work and people dedicated to this organization.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 1, 2011

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August 1, 2011

Groundwork Opportunities is a great organization that helps people do the volunteer work they have been wanting to do without charging a for profit price. You are confident all of the money goes to the right places. All of the volunteers have an amazing ability to find other amazing people in the area that are eager to help. They bring together like minded and hearted individuals end up with very contructive projects. I have not had the chance to volunteer abroad, but hope to someday. And, until then, they give me many chances to help the causes locally.

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Every fundraiser I go to and see the photos and hear the stories from the volunteers that were in the field

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

be a volunteer in the field- but that is more something i need to change about myself

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 1, 2011

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August 1, 2011

I am extremely proud to support Groundwork Opportunities because they have a very unique approach to solving many problems around the world. GO uses the power of money and resources to give people all over the world the ability to solve their own problems using their own ideas. For example, I was able to fundraise around $1000 for GO and all of the funds went directly to build out a school in Ghana that was overflowing with students. My donors and I were so happy there was a direct correlation from the donation to the project. The staff at GO also have very strong relationships with all of their project leaders and each one of them has a personal story that is very inspiring as well.

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I have personally felt inspired by the projects that GO has accomplished all over the world. I fundraised $1k for GO's 10k race which went directly to help build a school in Ghana. I am happy to support them and their meaningful projects.

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I think that GO is an exception nonprofit and I would only want to them to expand so GO can take on more projects worldwide.

August 1, 2011

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August 1, 2011

Groundwork Opportunities is so unique for many different reasons. I really appreciate the founders love and desire to make a sustainable difference. There are no ego's involved there is only a desire to improve lives all around the world. Every event I attend has a natural and encouraging way of reminding me that each of us can make a difference and I walk away wanting to be a part of their vision. Talk about combining love and passion to change the world.

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seeing and hearing the stories of the people and communities they have influenced.

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

find more donors so they can do more things.

March 11, 2011

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March 11, 2011

As the head of a 90 bed mission hospital in a remote part of northeastern Ghana, West Africa, I am deeply grateful for Groundwork Opportunities. They have assisted our hospital since 2008 and have been enormously helpful. GO is a smart, savvy organization that ensures donor monies are well spent on projects that work. Please support GO; you are helping those of us in deprived rural areas to serve the poorest of the poor.
Dr. Jean Young
Saboba Medical Centre, Saboba, N/R, Ghana

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See my review above. GO does a great job and makes sure donor monies reach the people in the trenches where the action is. We see lots of groups spending large amounts of money on themselves; GO gets the money to the people who are helping other people.

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

Nothing

March 10, 2011

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March 10, 2011

I support GO and encourage others to do so because they truly help individuals learn to support themselves ("teach a man to fish") and also every dollar that you contribute goes directly to this cause. They are able to do this because everyone in the GO organization is a volunteer, thus there are no overhead costs that take a portion of your donation away from those in need. I also promote GO because all of the events they hold to raise money and awareness are extremely well-organized, fun, and effective. They are always professional and have their eye on then end goal of helping those in need.

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I have seen those who have been helped speak at fundraising events to the fantastic work that GO does.

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

I would not change GO, but encourage others to volunteer to help GO meet its goals and donate to the causes.

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