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December 11, 2012

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December 11, 2012

THINK Together is a nonprofit dedicated to helping children through early literacy programs, after school programs, youth development, and tutoring. Over 5,000 people throughout California volunteered to help kids. THINK Together also partners with local school districts and communities to help facilitate youth and parent summits as well.Volunteer opportunities include everything from office work to hands on tutoring and mentoring children.The Volunteer department is well organized and eager to assist potential volunteers.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

August 20, 2011

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August 20, 2011

THINK Together is a phenomenal organization that is redefining after-school programs in Southern California. They are not an after-school program that will baby-sit your children, but instead will provide additional hours of tutoring and mentoring in order to help your child succeed in school. THINK Together is partnering with more and more schools each year and is expanding their services at an outstanding rate due to their proven track record in improving test scores at their partner schools. Further, with schools continually facing budget cuts and being required to do more with less, THINK Together uses state funded grants as we as private donations to educate and improve the lives in the next generation of after-school students.

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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in various ways. I have met many students who have been impacted by THINK Together's programs in a positive way. The students I've met have hope in their eyes and the fire to exceed. Further, the THINK Together staff are all wonderful folks to work with. They truly have the students best interest at heart and THINK is truly and infectious organization.

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

None.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

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?

The problem is that our public school system needs help. THINK Together serves that need and provides the extra tutoring and mentoring that schools today need.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

I've made several donations over the past few years.

What would you tell others about this organization?

I tell others that THINK Together is an invaluable partner to our public school system. They help improve test scores in schools and a donation to this organization will be used to impact the life of a student who may not have a chance otherwise.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 25, 2009

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August 25, 2009

A bit of a misrepresentation is presented in the 2008 Form 990. On page 24, where a description of the program is required, the following is indicated among its 'noteworthy accomplishments: "received funding and local agreement to establish after school programs in the following year at all 44 elementary, middle, and intermediate schools in the Santa Ana Unified School District, California's seventh largest school district." The misrepresentation comes in that the District itself had procured the funding from the State through its own grantwriting-not through Think Together. Think Together was introduced to the district as a manager of those State funds-not as the provider of funds to the District. Moreover, after school programs have existed within the district previous to Think Together's involvement, some dating back at least 8 years (see elementary schools like Harvey and Diamond). The statement that "students in THINK Together's programs realized significantly greater growth in their CST (California's Standards Test) scores than their peers who did not participate in THINK Together's programs," also misrepresents the influence of THINK Together given the scores referred to are from after school programs within the district previous to the involvement of Think Together. In fact, it would be impossible to substantiate such a claim given that the CST scores of Spring 2008 precede the takeover of district after school programs by Think Together in the Fall of 2008. In sum, although Think Together is running the after school programs in Santa Ana, it did not procure the grants from which it runs the programs, and it is not responsible for the test score improvement. It is simply a financial manager.

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

its potential to incorporate itself in public school districts.

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

Listen to the stakeholders within the school district, i.e. teachers, parents and students.

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

unknown.

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

young and energetic.

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

run a program on a fraction of this money.

Ways to make it better...

I got the sense it was really interested in the district and not just district funds.

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

a lack of credibility from credentialed staff within the after school programs.

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

the CEO seems to be doing well per the 990 form.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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