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May 11, 2010

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May 11, 2010

I was attracted to GMRI initially by their work in building community among disparate stakeholders struggling to understand and steward the Gulf of Maine. As a Board member, I learned of the overall excellence of the organization in research, in education and in community-building, and in pioneering an adaptive model that links these aspects together for long-term progress in preserving this unique resource. interested in the Gulf of Maine and their vision for using rigorous scientific exploration to support both an ecosystem view of the Gul

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

Quality of research; innovative education programs for 5th and 6th grade students and for general community; outreach and collaboration with other institutions interested in Gulf of Maine; ability to realize challenging vision

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

Learning about the Gulf of Maine ecosystem

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

Outstanding -- smart, committed, energetic and excited about their work

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 9, 2010

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May 9, 2010

I found the staff to be genuinely interested in the various programs at NSF. They asked relevant questions and were very enthusiastic. The work that is done by GMRI is first class and the educational activities are truly impressive. The people of Maine are fortunate to have the GMRI.

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

Conversations with staff regarding GMRI activities and NSF funding

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

April 26, 2010

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April 26, 2010

GMRI is a world class institution. I beleive it will be looked at in years to come as the most significant public/private partnership in Miane. The research is world class and the education is a transforming opportinity for young children through out the state.

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

many ways. The quality of the staff and building, the quality of leadership that Don Perkins provides and the affect the Cohen Center has on children

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

The best in class in everyting they do.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 26, 2010

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April 26, 2010

I was immediately impressed with the science class GMRI provided for 6th graders. Honestly, I don't think I have ever seen children so excited about science! Now that I've learned a little about GMRI, my wish is that its symbiotic relationship between education, research and the community continues to flourish.

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

It could expand its education and research operations. For example: GMRI could conduct research overseas. provide scholarships/fellowships to undergraduates and graduates. Install a field study program led by professors.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 23, 2010

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April 23, 2010

Even before moving to Maine five years ago, I disovered the Gulf of Maine Research Institute's website. I have consistently found it chock full of information; and of course, the photos that go along with the many articles and postings are glorious! Thank you for all you do in educating both our children and everyone else and for sound research.

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

the consistency of its information, education and research.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 23, 2010

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April 23, 2010

The people involved with this organization are so committed not only to their work, but to the Gulf of Maine as a whole. They realize the importance of collaborating to achieve a common goal: A Healthy Ocean Stewarded by a Vibrant & Science Literate Community.

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

my behaviors regarding a healthy environment. (I recycle more and am more concious of my impact on the ocean & watershed.

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

the learning, every day I am there, I learn so much. This org. is so committed to learning it permeates all levels, from specific prgrams and research to teaching an intern about the way an org. like this operates etc.

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

so diverse! There are people from all over the world working to help make Maine a better place. The wide range of life experiences held by everyone make for some very open and interesting conversations.

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

achieve its goal of finding sustainable funding for thier programs. (reach every 5th & 6th grader, help every fisherman, & connect the community to the ocean in a way that inspires them to protect it, backed by world class research)

Ways to make it better...

I got a stipend as an intern.

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

growth. They have grown so quickly and may not have necessarily addressed little issues when they were smaller that might now be bigger issues as they grow.

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

I wish everyone could see the importance and the good that comes from the work they are doing at GMRI.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 23, 2010

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April 23, 2010

What a great organization with wonderful and committed people. They are always open to collaboration and new ideas. I like that when I call them about an idea or to find information, they always find a way to address it.

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

powerful, motivated, entrepreneurial

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 22, 2010

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April 22, 2010

I can only speak to GMRI's educational center because that is the portion I know best. As an instructional consultant who advocates for experiential and inquiry-based learning, I think that GMRI is doing a great job of pressing the boundaries here. I look forward to seeing them go even farther in this direction, as well as diversify the settings for their teacher professional development.

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

seeing the students engaged and confidently answering questions.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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