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CHURCH WORLD SERVICE INC
September 9, 2011

As a former Treasurer of this organization, I have been consistently impressed with the thoroughness of Church World Service's processes around financial accountability. External observers, including our auditing teams, have always held up the quality of CWS' internal staff in the financial realm. There is an intentionality about using funds efficiently and always in a manner that reflects the goals of donors.

I often have occasion to speak to grassroots donors as well as to institutional stakeholders, and I can honestly say that I have never had any reservations about presenting CWS as a preferred choice among organizations working to end hunger and poverty in the global arena.

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

-- Visits to partner organizations and CWS staff in Ghana, Thailand, and Vietnam. I saw firsthand newly-dug wells, hospitals and medical clinics constructed and functioning, schools with new equipment and with new chairs and tables. -- Participation in CROP Hunger Walk, the national fundraising and awareness program of Church World Service. As a walker, I had the opportunity to tour local beneficiary food banks and soup kitchens receiving funding as a result of the CROP Hunger Walk program.

Ways to make it better...

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

develop greater focus on relationship building with corporate sponsors and major donors.

More feedback

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Board Member & Treasurer, and later First Vice Chairman of the Board (responsible for governance of strategic planning.).

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