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December 10, 2010
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December 10, 2010
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This past summer I had the immense opportunity to work for These Numbers Have Faces as their design/marketing/street fair intern. Working for them changed my career path from just wanting to design to wanting to work for non-profits from here on out. They do amazing work and the best part is that it is sustainable. Youth learning to reduce poverty in their own communities... this is how to teach the next generation. This is how our world will change for the better.

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

watching how our students graduate, are offered jobs and are supported by members within their own community.

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

n't change a thing.

September 16, 2010

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September 16, 2010

i went with TNHF to south africa in 2008 and documented their interaction with the people they exist to serve. it was awesome to see, and capture and learn the stories behind the "numbers".

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

the students lives they touch, the people they involve themselves with in south africa. i've personally maintained relationships, and had my friends support the group.

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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?

2010

September 16, 2010

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September 16, 2010

These Numbers Have Faces is an exemplary organization that performs its mission with integrity and fierce dedication. As a finance intern, I have had the privilege of working for Executive Director Justin Zoradi, whose inspirational leadership and visionary brilliance are the keystones of the organization. Justin’s commitment is so inspiring that the professional staff of TNHF are willing to pour their heart and soul into the organization for minimum-wage pay, while the intern staff are willing to work for free. In their modest office in Portland, Oregon, the walls are bare except for poignant photos of South African scholarship recipients and a tribute to Nelson Mandela. What the office lacks in frills, it more than makes up for in goodwill, laughter, and cooperative productivity. TNHF is a healthy, lean, ethical organization where every possible dollar is used to further the mission of helping South African youth attain education and empowerment.

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

seeing the faces and hearing the voices of beautiful, grateful, inspired South African students who have attained a college degree due to the work of TNHF.

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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

September 14, 2010

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September 14, 2010

It's the holistic approach of These Numbers Have Faces that I love. Yes, getting a scholarship is great, but if a student does not have encouragement, support, accountability, or practical life skills, the money is wasted. TNHF understands that. I am completely on board with the mission of the organization and the staff is just the cherry on top. I work with genuinely caring, supportive individuals. We are driven towards a common goal and believe in working together to accomplish our best work. It is this community effort that allows us to effectively impact South Africa. These Numbers Have Faces is truly the embodiment of the quote by Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." It's a blessing to be a part of that small group.

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

how it has caused me to refocus and re-prioritize my own life. A life well lived is one that serves others.

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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

September 14, 2010

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September 14, 2010

I first found out about These Numbers Have Faces in 2008. I had come across their website from some mutual friends that were supporters of the organization and decided to look into them and see what they were about. I was pleased with their mission and with their interactions with me, answering any questions I had. I offered my services as a Video Production Professional and we stayed in touch. Earlier this year (2010), I had edited a few videos for them and was informed by Justin (founder) that TNHF was going to start an internship and he wanted me to apply. So I did, and the Board agreed to bring me on the TNHF team as the Video & Media Intern. As of writing this, I've worked for the organization for over 5 months and have grown even more pleased with the organization since getting more involved. One area that has greatly pleased me is the efficiency with which money is distributed. So much of the funds donated goes to South Africa and that really encouraged me that I was working for someone with integrity, an organization that truly cares for the people it's helping. I am also happy that it's not basic charity but that the organization is built upon a model that can be taken anywhere and can be sustainable in the area that adopts that model, eventually without the help of These Numbers Have Faces. To have an exit strategy is not common among many non-profits and for that, I commend TNHF and it's founders, for wishing to bring more than charity to the people of South Africa. They seek to help them build a foundation for their future and for those who will come after the students currently in the program. They hope to one day hear that the organization itself isn't needed anymore, as the program has become a fully South African model that is sustaining itself. The organization is very personal with it's donors (it's how I ended up working for them) and is responsible with their resources and donations.

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

seeing the impact it has had on the students in the program in South Africa.

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

I am not sure. At the moment, I can't think of anything I would change.

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

how personal they have been with donors. If it wasn't for that, I would not have ended up working for them.

Ways to make it better...

no answer.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 13, 2010

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September 13, 2010

I first heard about TNHF from a friend of mine while I was describing my struggles to get in touch with a different local nonprofit in the Portland area. She mentioned that she had heard great things about this organization, that it was small, but extremely effective. One glance at their website and I was enthralled. I loved the mantra that called for TNHF to work themselves out of business, by helping to create sustainable change through South African youth in their communities. I immediately emailed the volunteer address and was shocked to receive a personal email from Justin a few hours later, thanking me for my interest. That personal touch is apparent through out the website and in the videos with interviews and speeches given by the scholarship recipients. The humility and dedication of our scholars inspired and motivated me and I am very excited to be a recent member of the TNHF team.

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I have personally experienced the team work and the dedication of the staff here in Portland. I'm very excited to meet with the South African staff, and I hope to travel to South Africa to meet the students one day.

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

the mission of this organization that is centered around the importance of building relationships!

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

full of energy and totally focused on the positive with a constant debate around improving and making things better. It feels like we're building and contributing to the solid foundation of education.

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

continue to build relationships between students and their families in South Africa with U.S. students, families and individuals creating a cross cultural community base celebrating the importance of education.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 13, 2010

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May 17, 2010

My experience with These Numbers started from an outside view. I loved how they used people to tell their story. Their financial model really impressed me as well. The idea that a dollar could have... more

September 13, 2010

TNHF strives to provide education opportunities in South Africa through unique methodology that I find inspiring. Students are not simply given money to go to school. They are holistically taking care of via financial literacy programs, mentorship, and of course, their collegiate educations. The staff is fully dedicated to this cause.

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I push the youth I work with here in the United States to pursue higher education in any form so that they can achieve the great results I've seen in the TNHF students. I'm inspired.

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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

May 17, 2010

My experience with These Numbers started from an outside view. I loved how they used people to tell their story. Their financial model really impressed me as well. The idea that a dollar could have such a reach and multiple applications is a rare find in many non-profits today. As a current intern, I love the hearts of the people working there, and it's obvious that the primary focus are the students in South Africa.

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

seeing the faces of sponsored students grow brighter each update we get from South Africa.

Ways to make it better...

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

continue efforts to expand brand recognition and presence in major US cities.

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

The people. They're full of joy for this cause.

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

More than dedicated. There is a motivation behind each of them that cannot be described in words.

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

finish its work in South Africa and focus on a new country.

Ways to make it better...

we had a coffee pot in the office ;)

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

continuing to expand reach.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 29, 2010

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May 29, 2010

TNHF is a grass-roots organization committed to sustainable change in S. Africa through education and community development. It has been inspiring to observe the consistent enthusiasm by young people for those living across the globe. That passion is complemented by hard work on a daily basis to advance the goals. And it's paying off: beginning with funding the college education for one student in 2008, TNHF now has placed 8 students in 2010 with plans to increase the number to 20 in 2011. One specific fundraising goal this year is to enable 10 women to attend college. Small donations fund the project, which seeks to change the world, one face at a time. And it's happening. I'm proud to do my small part for such an impressive, visionary organization.

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

participating in tangible support for promising young people, who then are, as we speak, becoming leaders for the future.

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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

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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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

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

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