September 10, 2011
I first heard of Oxfam America in a gift-giving guide. I purchased a gift for someone in need in my father-in-law's name. Specifically, I bought school uniforms for a girl in Africa, who cannot attend school without them. I saw it as a great way to use my money and recognize his birthday. After that, I continued to receive emails from them, most of which I just deleted. After a while, though, I really began to read into their organization. What impressed me is their views on helping people overcome poverty and live with dignity. They embrace the proverb, "give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime." They continue to update me on their progress toward their mission. I've read about women in Vietnam whose rice crops yield more because of a simple change in how they plant their crops. They focus on reasonable, simple changes that improve quality of life for millions.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Oxfam sends me newsletters with updates on where my money is going and the difference my dollars are making, which is something I hold a lot of value in.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I wish it had a record-retention policy -- according to this website, it does not, which was the only thing it was flagged for!
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What would you tell others about this organization?
I tell others about Oxfam all the time. I just say that Oxfam helps others help themselves, which creates a much more lasting impact.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Donor & I simply donated.