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October 19, 2011
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October 19, 2011
4 people found this review helpful

I spent several years as a Stand for Chidren member and activist. in the beginning Stand was very helpful in organizing our community around education funding issues. We got some great training and our membership grew. Then everything changed. Stand decided they they no longer needed us or our community. Only later did I discover that it was because they decided to go with the money provided by large wealthy charities that were looking for fronts for their agenda. Stand Children now represents the interests of the Walton Foundation, The Gates Foundation and many other powerful political interests. They are no longer a grassroots organization. I am very sad about how this all played out.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

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

A little

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Somewhat badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 3, 2011
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September 3, 2011
6 people found this review helpful

I used to be a donor and volunteer for Stand for Children. That was at a time when it was actually striving to be a grassroots organization in Oregon. In 2006, I protested to leadership when SFC decided to create this 501(c)4. I knew that these political activities would outstrip the 501(c)3 and the mission of the organization would be distorted by the wealthy elite. I am struck by the only "news" you have on this organization is a puff piece coming from Colorado.

So let me give you a couple other links to add to the news.
http://www.portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=131105508519296400

http://www.substancenews.net/articles.php?page=1948

http://parentsacrossamerica.org/2011/07/jonah-edelman-on-outfoxing-teachers-unions-transcribed-remarks/

I would give this organization 0 stars if I could. With the help of an oligarchy, it (with Jonah Edelman as leader) is out to destroy public schools--and with that, will go our democracy.

Kris Alman

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How to Fool the Unions and Bribe Politicians - Aspen Institute session on SB 7

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

Seeing how this organization has negatively affected Oregon education politics. High-stakes teaching to the test is bad for all kids who are impacted by Edelman's reach. And when he boasts of how he clubbed teachers in Illinois behind their back, the reality just sinks in.

Ways to make it better...

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

Eliminate the 501(c)4 and PAC and get back to the grassroots.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

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

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have met other incredible people who became Stand for Children leaders and left the organization, disillusioned with Jonah Edelman's leadership. We are a new committed group of citizen activists who will now use our voice to advocate for public schools despite Mr. Edelman.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I felt unworthy and unappreciated unless I towed their party line. I had absolutely no voice.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

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