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August 30, 2011
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August 30, 2011
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I first became aware of IFAW in the 90s and their efforts to end the brutal seal hunt in Canada. In 1996 I moved back to Massachusetts from Baltimore and found myself living less them a mile from their headquarters. I wanted to learn more about IFAW before I became a donor and was amazed at the number of causes they are involved in globally, and equally amazed at the dedicated staff. Now in 2011 I am a proud supporter of IFAW. I traveled to India and saw the amazing work they their team does in Kaziranga in rehabilitating orphaned elephants and Rhinos, I have witnessed the heartbraking struggles of the marine mammal rescue team during strandings, I met Cora Bailey from the CLAW program in South Africa and I have been privileged to have many conversation with IFAW staff members and Executive Leadership. The passion and commitment to end cruelty and exploitation of animals is felt from the top down. I celebrate all of their victories because they deserve it and they do it with quiet resolve.

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many many ways - I follow their campaigns on-line

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ask them to promote themselves more - even folks on Cape Cod are not aware of the work that they do

August 30, 2011
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August 30, 2011
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My wife and I have supported IFAW's important mission for over 30 years. We believe that while this is not the only animal welfare non-profit out there, it is one that has maintained a consistent mission and communications strategy over the years. They are important advocates for wildlife for its own sake. One thing that distinguishes IFAW is the focus not on maintaining habitat and wildlife for eventual "use" by people, but to simply "do the right thing". Their "save the Seals" campaign was probably one of the most important campaigns ever run to highlight the needless and cruel exploitation of animals for human frivolity. I will continue to support IFAW into the future, and have confidence in the management team and staff to maximize the use of my donations to further the mission.

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I've developed confidence that there are organizations who will advocate for continued focus on animal welfare. Without them, the world will rapidly become a human monoculture.

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

Add marketing personnel and communications professionals to continue to expand the messaging.

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August 30, 2011
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August 30, 2011
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We have been supporting IFAW for nearly 40 years. We believe in their mission and the need to protect all animals. They work with people to avoid animal and human conflict.

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We had the priviledge of going to Kenya on safari and seeing firsthand the wonderful work that IFAW does.

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I would try to figure out a method to get more name recognition, especially, in the USA.

August 29, 2011
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August 29, 2011
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I am a huge supporter of IFAW and their pragmatic approach to saving animals around the world. The work they do is amazing! I'm in 100% support of the way they directly assist animals in distress and help with policy change to protect populations and their habitats. I've seen first hand, in India, theie rehabilitation center and how they provide/protect the animlas from becoming engaged in conflict with local villages.

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Yes!

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

nothing

August 26, 2011
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August 26, 2011
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I have been an admirer of IFAW and the work that it does for years. I have worked with its staff and evaluated its programing. I believe it to be very well run organization with leadership that seeks out and achieves practical and meaningful successes for the animals it aspires to protect. As a lover of wildlife, I am a willing donor and ready volunteer to assist IFAW.

Ken Bernhard

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Africa, California, New Orleans.

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

help it to grow larger to enable it to be even more effective.

August 26, 2011
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August 26, 2011
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I went on my first deployment to Minot, ND in July. It was my very good fortune to work side-by-side with an IFAW team from Northern California lead by IFAW Team Leader Shannon Walajtys. Ms Walajtys was extremely competent, knowledgeable and helpful, and the entire team was a pleasure to work with. If this brief first encounter with IFAW is any indication of how the organization as a whole operates, I was very favorably impressed. I have made it my mission to become more involved with this organization and go on more deployments with them.

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animal sheltering operations in Minot, ND in July, 2011.

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None. I was extremely impressed with the organization and would like to become more involved with it on a personal level.

August 26, 2011
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August 26, 2011
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For several decades, IFAW has successfully adjusted to changing eceomonic and social realities and done so with focus and sound program and financial management which has allowed it to continue and grow its work of creating a better world for animals worldwide. IFAW's base of over 1.2 million supporters and its presence in over 60 countries makes it possible for it to suscessfully collaborate with communities, government leaders, and like-minded organizations around the world and achieve lasting solutions to pressing animal welfare and conservation challenges. The change IFAW is making in the world is sustainable change becuase its solutions benefit both animals and people. I am proud to be an IFAW supporter and eternally grateful for the work it does every day to create a better world for the animals that we love and respect.

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I traveled to india in January of 2010 to visit IFAW's Center for Wildlife Rehabilition and Conservation. CWRC is located near Kaziranga National Park, in North East India, and was founded in 2001 through a collaboration between the Wildlife Trust of India, IFAW and the Assam Forest Department. CWRC was one of India's first multi-species rehabilitation centers and is designed to care for a variety of animals until they are capable of surviving release back into the wild. It was a life changing experience.

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I only wish that there were enough resources to allow IFAW to be in every country in the world. Those people and animals touched by IFAW's work are incredibly lucky.

August 25, 2011
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August 25, 2011
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This was our first experience with the International Fund for Animal Welfare as national disaster responders. Minot, North Dakota had experienced severe flooding in June of 2011 and the community had been devistated. Both people and pets alike had been displaced by the flooding and there was a critical need for people to shelter there pets in a safe place.

IFAW deployed a team to North Dakota to assist with local sheltering efforts. As members of that team, we experienced educated, knowledgeable, professional, and caring people; a team that was dedicated to the community of Minot, a team that was dedicated to the animals, and a team that was dedicated to each other in fulfilling a successful mission on behalf of IFAW.

Our team leader, Gail A'Brunzo was absolutely brilliant. Her wealth of knowledge and her years of experience provided us with a unique global picture. Through her guidance, the team acquired new skills and techniques.

Gail radiates the traits of a warm and caring individual who advocates strongly for all animals. We found her to be down-to-earth, fun, appreciative, articulate, and a person who communicates her expectations in a positive way that fosters and nurtures teamwork.

Under Gail's guidance and the expectations of IFAW that were communicated to us, we feel more enriched to have been able to respond to the Minot community and their needs. Our involvement with the animals was completely rewarding and fulfilling and we truly felt that we were able to make a difference. In addition, we are more enriched to have made life-long friends.

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the Minot, Northy Dakota deployment and IFAW's ability to educate and better prepare a community for future disasters.

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

I would like to see all training opportunities offered to state animal response teams.

August 19, 2011
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August 19, 2011
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Great group. Not as well known in the U.S. because most work is in poor countries overseas. I see this as a big benefit because my gift has a bigger impact in places like Africa and Asia.

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

I read their blog frequently (great info) and have also seen them in many news reports. Most work is overseas so check international news.

Ways to make it better...

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

Spend a little more time getting publicity for accomplishments. Great work, but not as well known in the USA.

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Was your donation impactful?

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Elephant protection

What would you tell others about this organization?

Donations have a bigger impact because they work in developing countries, but they also help animals in the U.S.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 11, 2010

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August 11, 2010

It is not just the top staff that are earning huge salaries, it is also the CEO and the EVP. Between them, they are costing more than $700 thousand US dollars! My wife also used to be a monthly donor, but I can now see that they do not need our money. In the US, Charity Navigator just reduced its rating of this organization.

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I have not.

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2009

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