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July 31, 2014

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July 31, 2014

"Angels Along the River" is my first and only book. Tamarack is the place that sells the most. That an unpublished person can get that kind of support and exposure is both outstanding and heartening.

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

Have an automated system so they know when my book is out of stock and contact me for more. As it is, I have friends call and say, "I tried to get your book at Tamarack and it was sold out." Who knows for how long? How many sales they and I lost? So, I just bother them with, "Need any more books." calls.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Some

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

July 17, 2014

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July 17, 2014

I am truly impressed by the comprehensive professionalism of the Tamarack Foundation and its staff. I know of a number of people that have benefited greatly from their work. The Tamarack Foundation is making a real difference in this state.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

July 15, 2014

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July 15, 2014

This Foundation and its professional staff endeavor to promote Artisans of West Virginia, giving them support of skills, venues to create sales, and commaradie of like artists.

Ways to make it better...

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

More exposure to other markets beyond our borders; bring in professional workshops within our state (very lacking).

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

July 15, 2014

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July 15, 2014

Tamarack Foundation helps West Virginia artists in so many ways, including one-on-one technical and marketing counseling, workshops, and direct aid to artists in need. Over a period of many years, they have helped me promote and improve my own small creative shop. This foundation is in it for the long haul, doing good work that benefits West Virginia artists throughout their careers.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

July 15, 2014

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July 15, 2014

Tamarack Foundation Inc provides well conceived opportunities for West Virginia artists to grow artistically and professionally. As artists and financial professionals they understand the artist's frustration of balancing time in the studio with time at the business desk. The programs they offer clearly help us be more efficient and productive. I am thankful for the classes I have attended.

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They are working to travel the state with current meetings and it is appreciated. Thank you for understanding we just can't take time away from our studios and galleries for whole days of travel and meetings. Keep up the good work.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

July 15, 2014

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1 previous review
April 8, 2013

The Tamarack Foundation has been monumental with my goals to better myself as an artist. I am a West Virginia jewelry artist who turned to them for support and mentoring. They have helped me hone m... more

July 15, 2014

The Tamarack Foundation helped hone my skills as an artist and introduced me to the world of wholesale. All I can say is they have opened doors for my craft to be seen and for buyers to purchase it. They put me on the map. I wouldn't be where I am today with the help and support of the Tamarack Foundation.

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

Nothing. I wouldn't change a thing.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

April 8, 2013

The Tamarack Foundation has been monumental with my goals to better myself as an artist. I am a West Virginia jewelry artist who turned to them for support and mentoring. They have helped me hone my skills by taking me and 2 others to one of the best wholesale shows in the country and paying the all the fees. I would never have been able to participate without this grant. But the best thing is how they taught me the skills to be a wonderful business woman. The mentoring is priceless. We learned from the 3 artists they took last year. Most serious artists have the skills to sell their product in the world. The hard part is obtaining the audience that will respect and potentially buy the product you made. They taught me and brought me to a place where that happened. I have also participated in business summits they have held at Tamarack. They have been instrumental in my development of being a successful artist. I really couldn't have done it without them. This knowledge I have learned will be shared with three new artists for next year's wholesale show in Philadelphia. They have challenged me to be a better artist and I love them for that.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

July 6, 2014

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July 6, 2014

The Tamarack Foundation provided me with support and recognition as a Fellow in 2013. This honor validated the research and artistic direction I am pursuing with traditional fiber crafts. A small organization with a large network, the programs developed for marketing and business have benefitted hundreds who are contributing to the economy of West Virginia.

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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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

July 2, 2014

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July 2, 2014

After being encouraged to join The Tamarack Foundation's WV to Urban Markets program, I've been able to leave a full time job and dedicate my time to work that I LOVE!

Ways to make it better...

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

Increase their funding, so that they could benefit more artists and the state of West Virginia.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

June 30, 2014

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1 previous review
February 21, 2010

This Foundation funded an exploration bus trip to Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Craft Wholesale show of which I went on behalf of my wood working business and as a direct result of this trip ... more

June 30, 2014

Before I became a Board Member I benefitted from the Foundation on several occations. They sent me to attend and study two different national shows. One of which a year later we attended which we wouldn't have without the prior exposure. This show increased our income close to $100,000 that year alone and continues to contribute to our income years later. We also won a fellowship award that bought the tools we needed to teach our craft to students. This is a work in progress but has aided in our plans for the future and what we want to do with it as we near a retirement age.

As a Board Member I am so honored to work with such amazing people that go out of their way to help artist throughout our state. It humbles me what this foundation does for small business owners. The Artist Directory they have just launced has potential to bring many people business to their homes and communities. Looking forward to see the effects of this site.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

February 21, 2010

This Foundation funded an exploration bus trip to Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Craft Wholesale show of which I went on behalf of my wood working business and as a direct result of this trip we exhibited the following year and aquired over a years work in orders. This is wonderful expecially with a work force of nine employees. Next the Foundation sent me on another fact finding trip to the New York International Gift Show and we came away with product information and a nationally known accout which has put our work infront of millions of potential customers. Most recently we won a Fellowship Award from the Tamarack Foundation that funded three complete sets of hand tools so we can begin teaching our craft to students whom are interested in making traditional hand made Treenware. Also there was money to purchase three more tools for our shop that will enable us to begin experimenting with a new line of primitive furniture.

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

the opportunities it's given us to enlarge our audience and customer base and also in making it possible for us to pass on our talents to students from every walk of life.

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

help boost West Virginia's creative comminity allowing apprentiships, mentorships and putting people and places together so possiblities would be recognized and potentials reached by artist and artisans and their businesses.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 28, 2014

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1 previous review
February 25, 2010

As an art teacher for many years, I had given all of my time to fostering creativity in my students. Now it is my turn to find MY creative self. Tamarack gave me the opportunity to do this. Although... more

June 28, 2014

The foundation has created an artist directory.that has led to several inquiries about my work. Ii feel that these contacts will eventually become commissions.
I attended several workshops on creating a successful artistic business. These workshops were sponsored by the foundation .
After
retiring from thirty- two years of teaching art in public schools and an additional three years at the university level, with Tamaracks help, I have become a successful artist. I truly appreciate their help and advice.

Leona

Ways to make it better...

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

Add more workshops.

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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

February 25, 2010

As an art teacher for many years, I had given all of my time to fostering creativity in my students. Now it is my turn to find MY creative self. Tamarack gave me the opportunity to do this. Although I was rejected a couple of times in the jurying process, it made me perfect my skills to achieve the quality they demanded. I am now selling well, not only at Tamarack but in galleries across the US. I have begun to win awards not only as an Atisian but as a Fine Artist. Thaks Tamarack.

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

Perfecting my artistic skills. They appointed a mentor to work with me for 4 days at their expense.

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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 exposure and the opportunities for further training they provide.

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

Polite, Professional & well trained.

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

serve more WV Artisans & Artist. Add more education functions & classes.

Ways to make it better...

I have had an excellent experience.

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

The economy.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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