My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for The Rotary Foundation Of Rotary International, Evanston, IL, USA
I've been a member of Rotary since 2003, and immediatley began serving as a local and international volunteer. For the past few years I've been focused on clean water projects in Central America. Last year we dedicated the first, entirely solar powered, community wide potable water system in a rural village in El Salvador. This would not have been possible without the support of local clubs in multiple districts in Michigan, Ohion, Indiana and Ontario, nor especially without the help of The Rotary Foundation. We are continuing to build ecologically friendly, solar powered and UV filtered community potable water systems and look forward to the continued support of The Rotary Foundation. Thanks!
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I've been involved in working with Rotary Clubs and other organizations in developing, leading and implementing these water projects, including coordinating with local host clubs and writing the grant requests supported by The Rotary Foundation. If you want to see results, check this website: http://cocoda.weebly.com/projects.html
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
TRF and Rotary is implementing a beta test of Future Vision, which provides for more District-level control of the granting management process, which I believe will assist Rotarians in implementation of a more nimble project managment structure, creating a faster turnaround on project wrapup and allowing clubs to move to other project implementations more quickly.
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
Did the organization use your time wisely?
Would you recommend this group to a friend?
What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?
Increase publicity of the projects for which grants have been provided. Help coordiate delegations to key project sites so that donors from outside of Rotary International could see the work of Rotarians first hand. Highlight successful project management methodologies that support the development and implementation of sustainable projects.
Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
I'm a Certified Public Accountant by training and I've learned so much about building and implementing clean water projects through workshops, seminars and speaking engagements that I've been asked to participate in. Many people think that I must have an engineering background to be involved in these projects. All you need is the desire to be involved and make a difference.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
Volunteering on these delegations and sharing my experiences with the delegates, and learning from members of these affected communities has a huge impact on my desire to continue to be involved in expanding the project methodologies thorughout projects in Central America and the world.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?