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May 25, 2010

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May 25, 2010

The Anis Zunuzi school struggled for years to make a plan and achieve it but never realised its plans because it lacked a lot of funding to make those changes. With the help of the Mona Foundation long cherished dreams became a reality and new classrooms, basketball court, dining room and kitchen, and bahtrooms were all completed. This grealty uplifted the staff who work hard to provide an above average education for its students who are mostly very poor.

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

its support of a home for street children and for a school that provides a good education for children who are behind and who wouldn't otherwise be in school.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 21, 2010

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May 21, 2010

I am the Treasurer of a school in Haiti that has received assistance from the Mona Foundation over the last few years. Their understanding of the slow process of development assistance and the benefits of local implementation, coupled with their patience and extraordinary generosity, is extremely rare. After the terrible earthquake of 12 January 2010, the Mona Foundation immediately responded with funds and volunteers and has made a real difference in the area. Working with Mona is a pleasure for us. They require a sensible amount of accountability and reporting and are flexible when circumstances change, all of which makes our job easier. An exemplary organization.

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

See review, above

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

their trust in the organizations with which they work.

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

totally dedicated and competent

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

mess up! This happens sometimes when small organizations get too big. I bet the Mona Foundation could handle it, however.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 20, 2010

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May 20, 2010

This educational foundation is an amazing composite of hard-working volunteers, dedicated to supporting the mission and goals of its founding members. Thousands of children around the globe have been allowed educational opportunities where there were few available to them before. Hope for a better future has been given to those who had little. As a volunteer/staff member who had the privilege to travel to Mona supported projects both in Panama and Haiti, I can more fully understand and appreciate the impact of the project improvements in each country. By encouraging the directors of each project to outline their own development choices, the Mona Foundation builds capacity within each project, from the ground up. 100% of designated contributed funds go directly to the project and 97% of general fund contributions are sent to the projects. This foundation can be trusted to do what it says it will do--support and educate marginalized children and improve their life-long opportunities because of it.

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

working with the donors and the staff for the last ten years. The staff is committed to improving and expanding their impact each year and Mona donors are generous, caring individuals who sincerely want their contributions to count toward positive change.

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

the candid approach to everything they're involved with.

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

amazing, dedicated individuals who truly believe in their work.

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

make such an impact that other non-profits would just wonder how it was done! It's my feeling that the Mona model of social and economic development should be replicated over and over.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 15, 2010

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January 15, 2010

It is rare to see an organization that has the insights into development as Mona Foundation does. It truly understands what 'grassroots' means by supporting projects that are started by the community themselves and then it helps them develop the skills to help themselves. Now that is sustainability! The Mona Foundation also fully understands the power of education, especially that of girls, in combating poverty. And when do you have 100% of your donation go directly to the project and not to administrative overhead? There is so much integrity at this foundation.

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

Empowering schools to take care of themselves; providing scholarships to kids that have made a difference in their community; and grow internally in a sustainable and realistic way.

Ways to make it better...

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

figure out how to better get the word out on the work of the Foundation. Not enough people know about what amazing and real work it does. And it has a 10 year track record to show for it!

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

You see the impact of your work! I've seen it grow and stay true to its principles and values, and reach out to more and more deserving children every year.

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

The staff and volunteers are so knowledgeable and yet so humble. They truly care about education and development, and spend countless, selfless hours for the Foundation.

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

WOW! It would use it to develop the capacity of many more schools and projects to take care of themselves and become their own 'agents of change' and educate their own communities and children. The results would be true development.

Ways to make it better...

my experience has been great, so I can't think of an honest comment to make.

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

continuing to grow, especially in these financially challenging times.

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

you should go on the website and find out more about this remarkable organization that is making long term and sustainable differences in the lives of 1000s of children around the world.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

December 1, 2009

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December 1, 2009

I have known about the Mona Foundation for the past 2 years, and I have recently become involved as a supporter of the organization. The Mona Foundation believes in empowering individuals through educational initiatives and raising the status of women and girls around the world. The most important issue for me was to see how this plan was placed into action. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to Haiti with members of the Mona Foundation and see firsthand the work that the organization is doing there. I was extremely impressed with the dedication and sacrifice that the people involved in the projects in Haiti are making. The teachers, administrators and volunteers in Haiti were all committed to assuring that children receive an education, who would have otherwise not been given this opportunity. They were also concerned with providing these children a character building program or moral education, as well. The moral education, in turn, provides children with a feeling of self-worth, integrity and personal accountability, which when repeated over time, will hopefully, become incorporated into their way of life.The other aspect of the process that was impressive to see was that the Mona Foundation uses grassroots initiatives in all their projects. The Mona Foundation encourages local community members to direct projects and to make decisions, in turn empowering the local population and maintaining sustainability. I find the values and mission of the Mona Foundation are in line with what I believe will help make the world a better place to live in.

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

the schools supported by Mona Foundation in Haiti. Street children and other children who would not have had an opportunity to eduation were sitting attentively in class learning their lesson.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

that the members of this organization are all volunteers and share a similar vision with mine for improving the world's condition.

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

dedicated, sacrificing and genuinely concerned about the future of their students, their schools and their community.

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

develop more widespread programs of educational empowerment in so many areas of the world where they are desperately needed.

Ways to make it better...

I were able to spend more time in Haiti to see how a typical classroom functions.

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

lack of infrastructure in areas where they have and are planning to have schools.

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

education is truly the answer to promote both individual and societal progress, to eliminate all types of prejudice, including racial, gender and religious, and to empower individuals to improve their conditions. Mona Foundation is making this a reality.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 30, 2009

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November 30, 2009

What attracted me most to the Mona Foundation as a volunteer was being able to put my professional talents to use for the betterment of the world. What kept me coming back was having the vantage point of seeing first hand how the Mona Foundation lovingly accompanies the organizations they work with -- in a learning mode and through consultation. I was amazed at the level of deep trust and respect that has been cultivated as a result. Also the caliber of people who literally toil in service to their communities at project sites around the globe -- to bring about universal educate -- to raise the status of women and girls -- truly touched my very soul. My life is changed for being part of the Mona Foundation and I will always be grateful.

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

six countries and nearly a dozen projects. As a filmmaker I focus on the people -- in story after story I kept sensing great transformation. The projects allow for tangible, long lasting change in society...

Ways to make it better...

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

continue to build up a core of paid staff that could manage the organization - the Board members are committed to 100% of designated funds going to the projects - and adding a small ops fund so the Foundation has the human resources it needs to grow...

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

being able to consult with experts, students, administrators, and families from a variety of backgrounds about what development looks like. More than this the beauty of seeing the application of this learning in practice...

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

dedicated, creative, passionate, helpful -- and believe intensely in the power of human potential.

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

help educate tens of thousands more children -- via a network of projects worldwide.

Ways to make it better...

I had the foresight to bring more people on the film project from the beginning. Or if I had combined my journey with additional opportunities to raise funds for the Foundation and by extension the projects themselves...

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

establishing an endowment fund and keeping supporters super current/up to date on what is happening at project sites. The good news is many new goals have been set and obstacles removed to make both of those very attainable.

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

service to humanity is where it's at...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 30, 2009

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November 30, 2009

My wife and I have been involved with Mona Foundation since 2005. I'm a firm believer in education as a sustainable tool for lifting people out of poverty. Mona's focus on supporting projects established by the people who live in the actual communities, projects that are already self sustained ensures that with or without outside help these worthy efforts will continue to benefit the people they are meant to serve.

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

Haiti and Tanzania where the Foundation has been a long term supporter of a few schools. Mona Foundation does not just offer financial support but also gets to know the specific projects and the people involved and continually monitors their development.

Ways to make it better...

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

Do more to publicize it.

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

No board member or leader of the organization works for a salary. It's ensured that the funds in their entirety benefit the projects designated by the donors.

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

selfless and truly dedicated to make an impact.

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

do more with that money than most do with $100 million. Mona Foundation truly has the right model to get the most out of every $. Those who are familiar with this foundation know that 100% of their money is used for the specific projects and nothing else.

Ways to make it better...

I could have spent more than just a week or two a year visiting projects in different countries. These efforts have as much positive impact (if not more) on the donors as they do on the recipients of the support.

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

in building the necessary scalable infrastructure to grow into a much larger foundation. Mona Foundation has the right model to have a meaningful impact in the world.

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

It takes time to build great organizations. The team at Mona has been doing this for 10 years. They are good people with the right model...10 years from now this foundation will be widely known for its positive impact all over the world.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 30, 2009

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November 30, 2009

I have been involved with the Mona Foundation for almost three years. I began as an attendee at the annual fundraiser and immediately was touched by the incredible, personal stories of children in developing countries whose lives had been directly touched by the support the foundation gives in the area of education and skills development. The following year I was able to champion a corporate sponsorship for a table at the annual event, and the associates who joined me were equally impressed. This year, I have deepened my commitment to this amazing organization by helping plan their fundraising activities, do e-outreach, and identify other individuals who have skillsets the foundation can use to grow. Mona Foundation is incredibly unique in that the projects that are invested in are "grassroots" endevours...they are started and nurtured by native leaders in each country, and Mona serves as a consultant and monetary support in areas that are driven by the project/program leaders themselves. The priorities are set by those running the educational programs - not by an outside organization. It is a partnership that is based on long term commitment, building on trust and deepening relationships. The opportunities to help through the Mona Foundation are endless and exciting. The people associated with Mona are from many backgrounds, and it is a non-sectarian organization.

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

..the growth of the schools I visited in Haiti! The number of children being served by these schools in one of the world's poorest countries has grown manifold in just a few short years and the facilities to serve them have been greatly enhanced.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

...the people I meet - both those working for the foundation and the growing circle of volunteers. Most of all, I have enjoyed getting to meet some of the recipients of the goodwill and support Mona brings.

Ways to make it better...

...I had had more time in Haiti, and if I had more hours in the day to devote to this incredible organization.

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

Maintaining a small overhead while expanding the range and depth of assistance it can give to projects.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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