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American Jewish World Service, Inc.
May 19, 2011

The trip my husband and I took into the field with AJWS was a turning point in our philanthropic and passionate commitment to this great organization and to the people served through its programs. Several years ago, we accompanied the indefatigable Ruth Messinger and other staff and volunteer leaders to Thailand and Cambodia to meet the leadership and beneficiaries of programs that AJWS funds, We were moved by the level of professionalism and passion of the workers we met. And we were impressed by the strategic funding choices AJWS makes in the field, as well as the organization's commitment to measuring the impact of its investments. AJWS's funding is often to small cutting-edge groups who may not receive the largesse of traditional funders. This means AJWS is often one of the first funders to a new cause or organization -- and because this early money is the hardest to raise and has the greatest impact, it makes AJWS a leading player in the communities it serves. Our commitment to AJWS has deepened over the years, as we have come to know its leadership, its programs, and the depth of its commitment to healing the world.

The Great!

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

our trip to Cambodia and Thailand (see above)

Ways to make it better...

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

multiply its budget many times over so it can have even greater impact in our bruised world.

MY ROLE:
Donor & Traveled to view international programs, and read AJWS materials to better understand the work.

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