Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
September 29, 2009
As a business that understands being a good corporate citizen means investing in the communities we serve, selecting an organization to share our resources with to ensure our philanthropic investment is well spent, goes beyond asking the typical questions of “do they service the target market, mission or need that we are focused on”.
There must be a high level of trust that not only does the organization have the passion, focus and resources to succeed... we must ask. “Can they execute the plan with fidelity and integrity?”
As I was pondering your question on what our experience with Volunteer USA has been... my immediate first thoughts were two words… fidelity and integrity.
There are many organizations that have the best of intentions, yet are unable to deliver. The Volunteer USA Foundation thinks big, shares high level thought leadership; delivers by exceeding highly set goals time and again -despite today’s economy; is collaborative beyond the "WIFM" for their organization, which many organizations start benevolent then place feed the organization as high as achieving their mission; and has the success record to back it up.
Success of their magnitude happens only through strong leadership and a team of professionals that are stealth and competent. Given their high levels of achievement, diverse activities, and large multi-state focus –I’m constantly amazed of their ability to deliver, yet not surprised. The team at the Volunteer USA Foundation is stellar, experienced and professional and it shows.
They are truly a winning force that enables communities to be the best they can be. Therefore, as a business and community partner choosing to work with the professional staff at Volunteer USA is a very easy decision to make and wise investment.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Introducing partners to leverage community resources.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
their high-level quality of knowledge, research and preparedness invested in their projects. If they don't have the expertise they get it versus making guesses and winging it on decisions that have cause and effect. Good Planners.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
extremely knowledgable bringing expertise, yet eager to listen and learn.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
triple the outcome of the investment, in human capital by creating and successfully delivering direct programming to impact individual lives with the power to completely redefine communities in a model that can be replecated to serve for years to come.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every month
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Donor & Support numerous projects over the years; Active partner on focused projects at the state level that support education, social in-service, at-risk populations and quality of life.