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May 27, 2010

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May 27, 2010

I love this organization. TNHF is grassroots, but that doesn't mean they're not professional in approaching tough issues in South Africa. The organization has taken the time to understand the communities where they are working, and to provide options for South African young adults who can truly impact their country for good. I also appreciate the creative ways TNHF fundraises. As a donor, they keep me informed and educated as to how the money I give is impacting individuals.

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TNHF keeps me very informed. They use Facebook, email, Twitter and direct mail to show me how the money I give is being used in South Africa. Because of their great communication, I know how young adults in S. Africa have grown in just the last few years.

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 26, 2010

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May 26, 2010

I got to know the founder, Justin Zoradi, when we both were in Belfast together in 2005 - 2006. Since that time, I have kept close tabs on These Numbers Have Faces and what they are doing. I have been very impressed by their work with the soccer and dance teams that they support in South Africa. More importantly, they are enabling these kids to get a University education through sponsorships and have an economic model in place where they give back after graduation. I have been impressed by how they are run operationally. The videos and pictures that they put together are top notch. I have received hand written thank you notes from their staff and they are very passionate about what they do.

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I always read the updates that I get from TNHF and love hearing about the latest news.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 25, 2010

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May 25, 2010

I remember receiving a call from a good friend from college and he told me that he wanted to start an organization committed to helping South African college students. From that moment, I was hooked. Since then, I have seen These Numbers Have Faces grow and flourish from a simple idea into a sustainable, impacting organization that is touching many lives. I have always been impressed by the organization's focus on specific, tangible actions that create lasting change. I'm grateful to be a part of this organization.

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

Developing a greater awareness of poverty and how to create a model that helps eliminate generational poverty.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 25, 2010

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May 25, 2010

TNHF is a solid nonprofit that is taking an honest look at one specific issue - lack of access to education for black township youth in South Africa - and doing what it can do create positive change for those affected. They are working to break the most debilitating generational poverty cycle that I believe exists. There is clear energy and momentum surrounding this relatively small and young organization. The amount of positive press is only a testament to the power of a transparent, progressive, and grassroots movement. I began volunteering to put my development and business degrees to work, and once inside the organization it was clear that they have a clear sense of purpose and calling. Having worked for a number of similar organizations, I was very impressed at how well TNHF is run, and how clear it is that the mission of the organization comes before anything else. They have a clear identity and that will take them so far.

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

seeing (from afar) the first class of youth graduate from college. That was a huge milestone.

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About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 25, 2010

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May 25, 2010

There are hundreds of non-profit organizations out there, each with its own mission and goals. Sometimes it seems like giving money to help impoverished children is like throwing pennies into a bottomless well, or getting stuck running through a revolving door with no end in sight. Although the charities that take care of these kids are important and they should receive support, it is overwhelming to hear that 1.1 billion people in developing countries have inadequate access to water, and 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation (2006 United Nations Human Development Report). Or that 15 million children worldwide were orphaned due to HIV/AIDS (State of the world's children, UNICEF, 2005). Don't lose hope! We CAN make a difference! Despite all the statistics, you should always remember: These Numbers Have Faces. The global impoverished youth is not merely a tally mark on a bar graph, or a distant intangible cause. These are real people, with hopes and dreams, fears and doubts, and optimism and motivation beyond that which we can comprehend given their circumstances. These Numbers Have Faces is a unique community impact model through which South African youth are given the opportunity to receive a college education with the goal of creating a sustainable culture of reinvestment and mentorship. There are no better people to help a community than those who have been raised within it, whose families and friends depend on their support, and who have a personal and passionate interest in helping their townships succeed. Recently, These Numbers Have Faces has been able to start an initiative to raise $50,000 for a Women's Empowerment Fund, to support township girls as they pursue college educations, which many of them did not think could happen in their lifetimes. Students are nominated by township leaders and undergo an extensive application process to ensure their commitment to their community and their personal growth. The accepted students are required to maintain good grades, participate in community service, learn about financial literacy, and set examples for children and other youth in their neighborhoods. Throughout the process, they have community mentors from the JL Zwane Church or Football Club, and they also have the individual and group support of their friends here in the U.S. By donating to These Numbers Have Faces, you can have a personal relationship with one of the students in South Africa. You can send encouraging e-mails and letters, get updates on final exam completion and college graduation, and you can actually see your donations making a difference in the lives of the youth. These Numbers Have Faces is an organization with a goal of sustainability, which means one day the students who have been a part of this community impact model will be the township leaders, working to reduce poverty and improve the quality of the communities in which they live. For These Numbers Have Faces to go out of business because the students you helped encourage and support are doing such a great job of reinvesting their resources and their talents into their communities will be awesome. We should all get together and celebrate on the day These Numbers Have Faces can contentedly close its doors...I'll provide the pizza, you guys bring the drinks.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in seeing the growth and development of youth who are a part of the community impact model of These Numbers Have Faces. Please see the above review.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 25, 2010

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May 25, 2010

These Number Have Faces is a hazardous organization to your apathy. By putting a face, a person, and a story behind real world, solvable problems, they provide both the motive and the opportunity to assist those in need. While I know that I can't change the world, TNHF helps my money make an impact by supporting real, living, breathing people, and works to support an bring opportunities to those in need. Their community impact model is brilliant. It supports those involved in the program, and provides a means for the continuation of this great cause. Their website is clean, functional, and welcoming. Their marketing materials are top-notch. You can tell that they pour their heart into everything they do, and that's exactly the type of nonprofit I want to support.

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my life. They work with such a passion and drive that it's infectious. Every time I talk to TNHF, I want to give them all of my money.

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

make them move to Chicago, so that I could work for them.

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

that it's not just about money. They make it easy to support them through other creative venues.

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

kind, generous, patient, charming, beautiful, accepting, fun, smart, creative, punctual, and radical.

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

change America and Africa (even more, and even faster).

Ways to make it better...

I had gone to their dance.

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

helping people overcome their apathy to get involved.

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

they make the raddest shirts in the world, and I would wear them every day if I could.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 25, 2010

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May 25, 2010

I got involved with These Numbers Have Faces about 8 months ago when Justin contacted me about doing some video work. Since then I have been a monthly donor and remain involved in both These Numbers Have Faces and the friendships I have built with their staff. While the vision appears simple, it is the heart and thoughtfulness of These Numbers that keeps me engaged in this organization.

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

watching it grow. These Numbers has a steady pace of growing itself and creating a sustainable impact in South Africa. I've had the opportunity to be a part of some recent events and watching what comes out of that.

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

All great. I consider them to be some of my good friends after knowing them for such a short while.

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

not only provide college scholarships for numerous South African youth, but also create a sustainable model to make a real impact in the lives of real people through mentoring, programs, and impacting the culture of segregation in South Africa

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 24, 2010

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May 24, 2010

I used to live and work in Cape Town with an organization that was involved with community development work on a small scale through training community health workers. When I moved back to the states I was looking for a way to stay involved in South Africa. These Numbers Have Faces is working in a very similar community to the one I had experience in and I appreciated their vision to find ways for the recipients of their scholarships to take ownership in their communities by giving back through financial reinvestment and community service. The organization is putting structure in place to be mentoring the youth they have in their scholarship program, so it's not just about giving money, but it has more of a relational focus which in turn makes it more sustainable. I think the most important thing the organization could move towards is putting the leadership in the hands of local South Africans so it will be run even more effectively. As they launch the Women's Empowerment campaign I'm excited to see how they expand their influence in the community by having more of a focus on bringing women into their community impact model through granting scholarships to them and plugging them in to the different facets of what is expected of those receiving scholarships.

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

meeting the students who they are serving while visiting Gugulethu in March 2010.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 24, 2010

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May 24, 2010

This organization is tremendous in their efforts to assit not only the women of South Africa, but ultimately, through them, the greater South African community. Meaningful relationships is the counduit of all they do; through this intimate and hands-on approach, communities are being tranformed and will eventually be able to lift themselves out of poverty through education. I wholeheartedly believe in the excellent leadership of this organization and know that the affects of their work will ultimately reach farther and wider than South Africa.

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

hearing stories of lives changed.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 18, 2010

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May 18, 2010

These Numbers Have Faces is a first-rate international development nonprofit. Their work outside Cape Town, SA defies the traditional development model. That's why I was initially drawn to their programs. What began with youth soccer players in the townships has grown into an encompassing community 'to end poverty' model. It's quite fantastic. I'm personally motivated by their mission and the wonderful people working behind the scenes at TNHF. Keep up the good work!

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My college soccer team ran a number of community soccer clinics for youth players in impoverished areas of inland Southern California.

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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

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