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April 1, 2011

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April 1, 2011

I have been a volunteer in multiple capacities for WOMENS WAY since its formation 34 year ago – from serving as chair of the annual fundraising dinner and several of its subcommittees, to serving on committees reviewing grant applications to representing WW in the city’s combined fundraising campaign, to most recently joining the Public Policy Committee. And in every instance, the staff and volunteers have been amazing! The staff is hardworking, passionate, creative, and energetic. And so are the volunteers. WW is an amazing and essential asset to our community – providing financial and other support for agencies which empower women and girls as well as advocating for programs and policies which empower women and girls. I have also seen the work of WW as a board member of several agencies which receive funding (don’t; worry I always disclose my conflict and leave the room when any agency in which I am involved is discussed). The essential funding for general operating and for new and emerging programs in so key to our community and its services for women and girls.

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

using , or referrring friends to, the services of many of the agencies funded by WW ; seeing the impact of funding on clients and services of funded agencies: and, to be totally selfish, learning a lot and meeting wonderful, dedicated adn passionate women ( and men)

Ways to make it better...

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

spread the word even farther to get more folks involved

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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

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

not sure - I feel that WW staff is very receptive to comments fro volunteers and alwasy gives us the opportunity both in surveys and in meetings to share our input about process and direction.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

definitely . I have learned an immense amount and met wonderful dedicated passionate people

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

like my talents were being very well, effectively and appropriately used

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 31, 2011

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March 31, 2011

I've been a Women's Way volunteer for over 20 years . In that time I've watched the organization weather economic ups and downs and seen it continually evolve to best meet the needs of women and girls in our region. One of the things that makes Women's Way unique is that its yearly funding priorities are derived from the community at large at a yearly event. So while the mission itself is unchanging, the discretionary funding priorities do based on what is most needed at a given time, be it funding for groups that provide housing assitance to groups that provide clothing for job interviews.

One of the other things that has always impressed me is that every five years the organization goes through a long range planning process to evaluate the effectivness of their funding model. Over the years the model has changed and I like that the organization is dynamic. I feel confident in giving my time and money, knowing that the organization will continue to evolve as needed to keep pace with the needs of the community it serves.

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

Seeing the amazing creativity of the organizations we fund and partner with. Seeing first hand how the money I donate and help raise changes the lives of the women and girls we serve.

Ways to make it better...

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

I wish we had more money at our disposal to give away!

More feedback...

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I've made new friends and new professional contacts.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Like I had a hand in changing things for the better.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 31, 2011

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March 31, 2011

I have been involved with Women's Way for almost 10 years in many volunteer capacities. My favorite volunteer activity is to sit on the Community Womens Fund committee and hand out money Women's Way raises to other well-deserving organizations. Then throughout the year I receive updates on those organizations and I can track all the wonderful things that Women's Way's money does for the community. It is a fantastic group of people working for many noble causes and raising a voice for the needs of Women., Girls and Families in the local, state, national and global community/

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

Personally I have benefited by what I have learned at the Women & Influence conferences I have attended. I have learned information that has helped me both as a parent of a daughter and as a family law practitioner.

Ways to make it better...

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

Figure out how to get more money so we could give more money!

March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

Recently, I joined a group of women who had helped to found or support the early efforts of WOMEN'S WAY three decades ago. We agreed that, thanks to the work of the agencies and programs that WOMEN'S WAY has supported, the professional and volunteer network dedicated to abating the urgent needs of women and children has persevered, indeed grown, despite enormous political and financial obstacles. But, we also agreed that the needs today are as compelling as 30 years ago, requiring WOMEN'S WAY's ongoing powerful advocacy. WOMEN'S WAY must continue to capture and retain the attention of political operatives and corporate funders to battle the misconceptions and disadvantages that women and girls seeking equitable employment, effective healthcare and appropriate childcare continue to face daily.

The Great!

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

...the enthusiasm of successive generations of young women who have joined the WOMEN'S WAY community to perpetuate and renew its effectiveness in spotlighting the needs of women and children

Ways to make it better...

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

... support the changes the Board is already making.

March 29, 2011

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March 29, 2011

I have been a volunteer and donor for Women's Way for about 8 years, and I am continually impressed by the facts that: (1) Women's Way solicits input from direct-service providers about what needs and challenges they face in serving women and children so that Women's Way can address those needs and challenges, (2) Women's Way engages volunteers in the grant review process for funding of direct service organizations, (3) Women's Way is increasingly leading awareness and policy change for issues facing women and children, and (4) Women's Way does so much with so little! I'm looking forward to helping them to continue to grow their resources so that they can do more great work.

The Great!

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

Meeting with leaders and staff of organizations that receive funding from Women's Way and hearing the impact that those funds make on organizations' cliens; seeing awareness raised and policy changes made on issues like human trafficking and earned sick days

Ways to make it better...

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

Raise their profile so more people are aware of the work that they do and increase their donor and other revenue so that they have more resources to effect even more change.

March 29, 2011

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March 29, 2011

I've been working as a volunteer with Women's Way for the last 10 years or so helping to raise funds and create programs to serve women in the community. It has been around for several decades now and serves both as a place for community members who want to help less fortunate women to offer their personal services or financial resources for that purpose, and, it serves as a clearinghouse of financial resources for organizations that serve women and their children. I became invovled on the committee that plans its annual dinner/event after attending for the first time and being impressed with the content and the sheer volume of supporters in attendance. I went on to help create a planned giving committee and organize the first two of a series of "Women & Influence Conference". In addition, I chaired it's Campaign Leadership Committee for 2 years. My involvement in this organization has given me the satisfaction of having helped others in need, met a number of great people in the community with common interests who I otherwise wouldn't have met, and helped me get experience in leadership roles, as well as in general committee service roles, which I've been able to capitalize on for other organizations. This organization has always attracted capable and dedicated staff members who have been a pleasure to work with despite it's minimal resources. They know how to create the Wizard of Oz effect - making it appear to be an organization with much greater resources than are actually available.

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

See above

Ways to make it better...

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

None.

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