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April 6, 2013

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April 6, 2013

Eve Ensler has mobilized support around the world through its One Billion Rising campaign most recently to raise awareness and end violence against women and girls through V-Day. The organization deserves every distinction and award for the work it is doing in the Congo alone

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

June 6, 2012

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June 6, 2012

V-Day is an amazing movement that inspires people all over the world. I was able to participate in V-Day this year in Sacramento and see the Vagina Monologues. There I encountered a group of amazing and passionate women dedicated to ending violence. What a wonderful group and a wonderful cause.

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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?

2012

June 3, 2010

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June 3, 2010

On opening night of "The Vagina Monologues," a woman approached me. Surrounded by t-shirts bearing testimony to survivors and victims of violence, she told me: "Thank you so much for doing this. I've been a advocate for survivors for years and I am always touched seeing what you put on. I will always come here every year." Her remarks, and many others, illustrate the ever expanding reach of V-Day. While powerful in itself, V-Day also invites creativity to its campaign. Every year we put on a variety of different events to raise awareness and money for our local Rape Recovery Center. All of this is in conjunction with "The Vagina Monologes." I am sure I am not alone in saying my experiences with V-Day will continue to inspire and strengthen me throughout my life.

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

As a volunteer and Organizer, I've developed my ability to coordinate and manage large events. But, on a deeper level, I've experienced emotional strength. V-Day helped me recover from past abuse and it gave me a venue to re-empower myself.

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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

June 2, 2010

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June 2, 2010

I hosted the first V-Men event to take place in the state of Rhode Island and I have to say, V-Day was an organization I would gladly work with again. They made the process clear and easy to understand. Mark Matousek went above and beyond to make the experience a valuable one. Eve Ensler was truely an amazing person and I have to say she is an excellent dancer! The inights V-Day provided through their artist work has honestly changed my life. I now have a new perspective because of them. I view the world differently, I see women more positively, and I even have a better sex life because V-Day and The Vagina Monologues!

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

Providence, RI

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 31, 2010

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May 31, 2010

I was first introduced to V-Day in 1999 when I performed in the first ever production of The Vagina Monologues at Georgetown University. This experience moved me in unexpected ways - as a survivor of sexual violence I began a long overdue healong process; as a college student I changed my major from Nursing to Women's Studies and ended up writing my senior thesis on TVM; and I became more aware of myself as a global citizen. I continued to volunteer with V-Day for the next 3 years of college and resumed my relationship with the organization during the 10th Anniversary celebration in New Orleans. My mother, sister and good friend accompanied me to this event, which made it even more amazing. That fall while in graduate school I committed to organizing V-Day events at San Diego State University and was once again reminded that V-Day is a tremendous asset to the global campaign to end violence against women. I remain impressed that with a small staff V-Day is able to hold workshops for volunteers, coordinate new productions , raise millions of dollars and stage new spotlight campaigns each year. As an instructor at SDSU I was able to use the Congo Teach-In multiple times on campus and helped an undergraduate student begin a chapter of STAND. My awareness of the atrocities in the DRC was enhanced by the information provided by V-Day through the teach-in, the website and a workshop with Eve Ensler in L.A. so I could pass along what I learned to my students and other members of the community. I will continue to support V-Day and its mission for as long as I am able and encourage others to do the same. A final story is worth mentioning to highlight the dedication of the V-Day staff. My support of V-Day is no surprise to my friends and family and in 2007 my fiance found a publisher's proof of The Vagina Monologue to give me as a Christmas gift. He thought an autograph from Eve Ensler would make the text even better so he contacted the generic V-Day email to see if this would be possible. He immediately heard back from Kate Fisher, Communications and Campaigns Manager, who let him know that Eve was in and out of town for the next month or so, but if he mailed the copy of the book to her she would do everything she could to get it signed. When it looked like the autograph would not happen, Kate sent the book back to make sure that he had it to give to me on the holiday. Just before Christmas, however, he got another email from Kate saying that Eve would in fact be in the office for a very short time and could he send the book back. He FedExed the book, it was signed and sent back in time for Christmas. This is an example of the kind of dedication one can expect from the V-Day organization. This request could easily have been ignored, but Kate went above and beyond any expectation. If this is the type of care the V-Day staff takes with an autograph request, imagine what they are doing to end violence against women!

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

the dedication of the staff to disseminating the mission of V-Day through events, workshops, emails, press releases, building relationships with like-minded organizations such as the Enough Project and STAND, the spotlight campaigns, and V-Day New Orleans

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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 31, 2010

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May 31, 2010

Statistics for sexual assault - as well as the results of - are horrifying to say the least and, at the same time, it often feels like no one cares. I feel that people should be screaming down the street, throwing tantrums in stores and stopping traffic. Men, women and children everywhere should be stopping their lives to not just take notice, but to take action. V-Day is one of the only organizations that isn't just reacting to the facts, we are actively trying to change them. Training at other centers focuses on dealing with the after affects of sexual assault, whereas V-Day is a grassroots movement aiming toward community organization and unification to stop sexual assault from occurring in the first place. They encourage and try to cultivate leadership and ownership of one's own voice and intuition via numerous avenues including theater, film, and most importantly, open and honest communication. They provide training, have high level executives communicating directly with grassroots organizers, and encourage positive individual futures while still knitting a powerful, forward-thinking community.

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

my every day interactions. Just casually talking about my involvement provides me with nearly daily encounters of women in need of healing and empowerment. These very same interactions feed my sense of civic duty and dedicate me further to our cause.

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

build and strengthen relationships between organizers in order to stay true to the goal of building a global community and to better effect change. I would also add 'continuing education' to truly utilize the volunteers to their maximum potential.

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

meeting others who are as passionate about this issue as I am.

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

concerned, grateful, supportive and encouraging.

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

develop feasible, long-term plans to reduce all types of violence internationally, and change our world.

Ways to make it better...

there was just a touch more guidance, such as a regional contact or ongoing education for people who want to do more but need an umbrella to work under.

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

coordinating the army they have built.

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

V-Day has saved many lives and peoples' sanity, including my own.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 29, 2010

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May 29, 2010

The organization V-Day haves one of the best website there is to visit related to women issues, with a lot traffic. They have great information and the web it's beautifully designed I have to point out, after studying many sites for a theses of ciberfeminism. The people on these organization, really help women also with the detail they put on the way they communicate.

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

The knowledge that I have gotten reading their website.

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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

May 28, 2010

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May 28, 2010

Being part of the V-Day movement for me is a priviledge and a cause very dear to my heart. V-Day brings the issues of violence against women and young girls up front and center, not only nationally but internationally. It is because of wonderful organizations like V-Day that we now truly know the atrocities that women from around the world suffer every day. The hardships of women and young girls from Iraq, to Afghanistan…to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico…to the Democratic Republic of Congo affect us all…our families, our children and our overall communities. Violence against women should be as important as any other issue that is troubling the world today. V-Day is an organization that we absolutely need in order to continue to raise awareness about violence against women and young girls locally, nationally and worldwide. On a personal level, V-Day single handedly changed my life back in 2006 and continues to do so up to this day. V-Day has taught me that women need to stand by women and that men can stand by women as allies and that together we can change the story of women. From performing, to directing and organizing The Vagina Monologues; it has helped me and given me the opportunity and the power to raise my voice…to reach within myself and stand tall and be heard. V-Day has not only helped me become a better woman, but has opened the lines of communication within my own family. Being able to openly talk to my conservative parents about what V-Day stands for - has become a life changing experience. V-Day has brought many beautiful, strong and wonderful women into my life who I now call my V-Sisters. My life will never be the same because I have crossed paths with them and I have V-Day and Eve Ensler to thank. V-Day is and will always be a part of my life. Viva la Vagina!

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

I have been empowered by V-Day and have shared this new found energy with other women. I am part of a collective voice that refuses to stay quiet about violence against women and young girls.

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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 28, 2010

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May 28, 2010

I am the administrator of the Facebook cause, "Choices For Panzi Hospital In The Democratic Republic Of Congo," and V-Day is our choice beneficiary to end violence against women. I trust V-Day because it is there, with the women in need. V-Day tells the whole story with sheer honesty. This is the most effective approach to getting political & cultural attention to raise awareness & making meaningful change. V-Day is changing the world.

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

V-Day raised awareness in me, so in turn, I raised awareness in others & urged them to support V-Day. It is effective.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 28, 2010

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May 28, 2010

V-Day is focused on empowering women to tell their stories and gain control of their lives through education and discussion. It releases women from shame and reluctance to celebrate their complete feminine selves by complete honesty and open acknowledgment of their bodies, their identity, their strength and their character. Performing in the Vagina Monologues was an amazing affirmation of the various roles we inhabit as women, plus exposing the hypocrisy of a male dominated society which forces women to hide their sexuality and differences from men to fit the male worldview.

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

Personal growth, confidence and meeting goals for my life.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make Eve Ensler immortal.

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

The focus and positive energy of everyone involved.

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

helpful, good listeners, creative and diligent.

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

Empower young girls and women to celebrate their complete femininity with courage and vision, through more presentations of Vagina Monologues, more information distribution and organizing events.

Ways to make it better...

I could have repeated performing the play.

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

indifference and ignorance of our young people, especially in the cases of global oppression of women in areas like genital mutilation and basic human rights for women.

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

I've run out of things to say.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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