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April 30, 2010

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April 30, 2010

I became acquainted with the Reef Ball Foundation while I was with the Center for Marine Conservation in 1998 through their marketing efforts aimed at the dive community and developed interest in their efforts, both as a conservationist and diver. As a youth I grew up in the 60s and 70s in Indonesia and the Philippines snorkeling and diving then nearly pristine reefs. Over the years I have witnessed the devastation of this valuable resource worldwide. My experiences in the nonprofit world lead me to conclude that the most efficient and cost effective conservation work is done through volunteer driven efforts by Reef Ball and like organizations, as well as science based advocacy at the governmental levels. As a volunteer with Reef Ball I have seen first hand the positive impact that Reef Ball as my work with them has taken me to post-tsunami Thailand and to the hurricane damaged reefs of the Caribbean where I participated in all aspects of reef ball implementation and have assisted in Reef Ball's marketing and educational efforts aimed at the dive community. This organization is one of driven staff and hardworking and dedicated volunteers that needs to grow its educational and advocacy role and increase it fund raising ability and staff infrastructure to further maximize its impact.

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

Post Tsunami Thailand and Post Hurricane Ivan Grand Cayman as well as educatonaland marketing efforts at dive shows:DEMA and Beneath the Sea.

Ways to make it better...

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

Grow its educational and advocacy role by increasing its funding and fund raising ability and professional staff infrastructure to further maximize its impact.

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

Accomplishing positive change for the marine environment and working hard alongside the dedicated staff and incredible volunteers that Reef Ball attracts internationally.

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

Among the most dedicated and hardworking people I have ever been associated with.

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

Become the leader in the marine conservation movement if properly funded. The reef balls are the "foot in the door" to expand conservation efforts and education at the local and governmental levels in so many communities nationally and internationally.

Ways to make it better...

The organization had more funding to extend its project work and educational efforts.

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

Funding. This is linked to its ability to grow its professional staff and further its mission on a larger scale.

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

Never have so many done so much in so many places with so little funding in the marine conservation movement. Its good working with this bunch.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

April 30, 2010

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April 30, 2010

Several years ago I had the opportunity to acutally go out on a barge to watch the Reef Ball team at work. What an amazing experinece to witness the reef balls being deployed into the water and within minutes seeing the fish begin to swim within the concrete balls. Even more impressive is to visit that same area a few months later and see the visual changes in the water and beach areas. A beach that had begin to erode was magically recreated in no time. The Reef Ball Foundation does an brilliant job in preserving our enviroment as well as educating people along the way.

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

help preserve the oceans and protect vulnerable areas from disaster

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

April 29, 2010

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April 29, 2010

While sifting through the thousands of files, videos, charts, maps, documents, etc. to organize for a website, I was amazed at the amount of knowledge on the world's coral reefs Reef Ball had accumulated. Their website is a veritable library of everything and anything you'd want to know about the Earth's reefs and the documentation on what Reef Ball has done in preservation and education is astounding. I've also worked with Reef Ball at various events to help raise awareness of what Reef Ball does as well as promote the amazing work it has accomplished.

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

Learning about coral reefs all over the world and meeting and getting to know the volunteers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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April 29, 2010

My first experience with the Reef Ball Foundation was as a volunteer at a fundraiser. I was impressed with the creativity of the event and the skill with which it was organized. I've never had so much fun working so hard. Later I worked with children at Captain Planet events. Not only were there fun and educational activities for the kids, (painting small Reef Balls was a big hit) but there were great opportunities to engage the adults as well. The Foundation provides a great supply of visual aids that spark interest. I was also struck by the quality of the volunteers that came out for Reef Ball. I got to work with a troop of diving Girl Scouts as well as marine scientists. Executive Director Kathy Kirbo has amazing problem solving skills and sees to it that your volunteer experience is enjoyable as well as meaningful.

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

reviewing the before and after pictures of the projects.

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

great people, great purpose.

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

engaged, enthusiastic and positive.

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

protect millions from devastating natural disasters, save thousands of endangered species, preserve and grow local economies through tourism and protecting traditional fishing areas.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 28, 2010

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April 28, 2010

Reefball Foundation is one of the most effective and benevolent nonprofit environment rejuvenation organizations I have ever encountered. Their tireless efforts worldwide have only been possible through the goodwill necessary to attract volunteer personnel and resources, and the environmental return has been much more effective and efficient than in most nonprofits we see. Their ultimate overriding and omnipresent goal of “putting balls in the water” translates to rejuvenation of coral reefs necessary to rebuild the critical economic base of coastal communities. From rejuvenating the Tsunami-torn areas to re-attract environmental tourism (such as SCUBA diving) to generating fish production in fresh water venues, to countering the ill effects of pollution, global warming, beach loss, and other hazards, Reefball has been a leader in mitigating environmental damage while taking into account the intricate biology, physics, logistical, and economic considerations of performing such projects in an effective way. I fully support this project in its endeavors.

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

personally seeing improvement of underwater ecosystems in short order directly from efforts

Ways to make it better...

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

fund it better

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

direct effort in a measurable tangible way

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

professional dedicated volunteers

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

energize local coastal communities and mitigate environmental damage by a large multiplier of investment

Ways to make it better...

some countries are more cooperative than others

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

funding

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 28, 2010

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April 28, 2010

I began as a volunteer 10 years ago and over the years have become more involved in all aspects of the organization’s activities. I have been impressed from day one by this organization’s foresight in addressing the specific environmental concerns it deals with and the far wider environmental impacts thereof, the breadth and scope of activities, the knowledge, professionalism and dedication of its members and volunteers and by the results both immediate and long term of its projects around the globe. My association with this organization and the rewards from this association have been some of the most satisfying and proud of my life.

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

Restoration of reefs damaged by storms,overuse,etc.Reversing beach erosion(both private and commercial concerns and for disappearing sea turtle nesting sites) restoration of protective mangrove groves. Functioning ecosystems to areas at death's door.

Ways to make it better...

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

expand educational activities, try to develop more avenues for financial support.expand activities to new applicable fields of application.

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

the satisfaction of actually seeing things "get done." Getting filthy, burnt, cut, bruised, stung and exhauseted with other great people happy to do the same for a good purpose.

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

the real deal.

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

expand activities & efficieny. Have more autonomy in response to time critical situations. Allow for more after project monitoring to record and verify the long-term results of ecosystem enhancement, water quality improvements, beach erosion mitigation

Ways to make it better...

there were more of it.

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

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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April 28, 2010

I was paired with the Reef Ball Foundation as part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored program which provides graduate students funding for internships with non-profit organizations. One of the most impressive things about the Foundation is that it operates on a 'people first' mentality: by driving awareness through community outreach and education, volunteerism, and collaboration, the Foundation not only stretches every dollar as far as it can go, it also accomplishes a key aspect of its own mission statement. Another thing I find refreshing is that the Reef Ball Foundation always strives to do the best thing for the ecosystem in any given situation (with revenue always second to environmental impact). Whether that means retaining additional scientific input/consultation, refusing to 'underbid' a restoration to get a contract, or even advising against the use of artificial reefs because they weren't the best solution for a given problem. Even in this competitive economy, with dozens of companies, riding the 'green wave' to make a quick buck, the Reef Ball team has stood on their principles, which is impressive to say the least

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

5 different countries, and ecosystems as wide ranging as oyster beds, mangroves, and coral reefs!

Ways to make it better...

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

Ensure availability of funding for scientifically grounded long term monitoring efforts (no easy task)

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

the people!

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

always devoted to doing what was best for the environment, regardless of cost (both in financial terms, and in willingness to spend 12 hour days waist deep in mud)

Ways to make it better...

additional funding were available for scientific research and advanced/long term monitoring.

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

external threats to coral reefs (climate change, overfishing, pollution), which complicate rehabilitation efforts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 23, 2010

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April 23, 2010

The Reef Ball Foundation has not only a highly dedicated and informed staff, but an impressive (and a continuously growing) base of volunteers worldwide who assist in building and implementing these unique artificial reefs on international trips. They offer excellent educational information from their web site and consistently provide outreach to children, school groups, and community based programs. Actually witnessing the Reef Balls themselves being deployed in the water was incredible and even more so to follow the growth of the reef from their photos and updates online as it developed and progressed. Both the staff and volunteers allow you to see their hands-on and up-close monitoring of the success of the artificial reefs. My hope is that the beneficial work and efforts of the Reef Ball Foundation, Inc. will be strongly endorsed and continue to thrive to the benefit of our environment.

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

successfully deploying Reef Balls to build and sustain a beautifully thriving artificial reef off the coast of Florida and have also witnessed and participated in their beneficial school and community educational outreach programs.

Ways to make it better...

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

encourage individuals, corporations, and groups to continuously raise awareness of and donate funds and grants for additional projects worldwide.

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

the dedication of the staff and volunteers to successfully rebuild and sustain our reefs.

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

dedicated, highly knowledgeable, professional, and committed to improving our environment together.

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

successfully reach out to, educate, and collaborate with more countries, more volunteers, and more children on rebuilding, restoring, and sustaining our reefs and thereby improve and conserve our marine ecosystem.

Ways to make it better...

only I could have participated in even more live projects with them!

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

building funding resources from countries and partners in the current economic climate.

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

the Reef Ball Foundation, Inc. has been highly innovative, educational, accountable, and collaborative in working together towards our mutual goal of restoring and conserving our underwater habitats! Way to go Reef Ball!

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

Out of the several environmental non-profits I have worked with, Reef Ball Foundation is by far the most dedicated and hard working organization when it comes to making a real difference. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work with such a non-profit that continuously gets results and works untiringly to protect the ocean.

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

amazing

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 22, 2010

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April 22, 2010

I have worked around the world helping to train local community's and international volunteers to propagate and plant corals, plant red mangrove trees in high energy areas, and to create artificial reefs specifically tailored to the specific goals and problems facing local marine habitats. I am very proud to be associated with such a broadly reaching, hands on, action oriented international non-profit.

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

Rehabilitation of coral reefs, restoration of fringing mangrove trees, building oyster reefs, and designed artificial reefs for fishing, scuba diving and to stop beach erosion.

Ways to make it better...

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

bring in and train even more young people to carry on the mission statement.

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

The Reef Ball foundation works in so many countries (over 70 in total) and having the chance to use a common interest (marine habitats) to bring diverse cultures together is immensely exciting.

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

There are over 400 international expert volunteers from all over the world all with a common love of the ocean and marine life....they are hard workers, willing to get dirty...and with passion to make positive changes.

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

Rehabilitate or restore vast amounts of marine habitats. And create billions and billions of kilograms of fish and marine life. [Really!}

Ways to make it better...

more people in the world understood how important marine habitats our to our planet's health.

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

Environmental education, degrading coral reefs due to human impacts, and contining to grow in the current economic crisis where environmental issues often take a back burner position.

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

Reef Ball Foundation is a truly unique organization built in a grassroots manner never having spent a dime on advertising as everything goes to the mission of helping restore or marine habitat. Spend some time to check out the website, you will be amazed

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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