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Lutheran World Relief
January 15, 2010

LWR is known as one of the more effective disaster relief agencies. They have several core strengths: - professional staff and mission-focus - long-standing relationships in deployed communities and with other agencies - partnership with local churches and civic structures - commitment to work after the initial response In areas where they are not the "boots on the ground," they do a good job geting money and resources to effective local partners.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely professional, well-organized, non-nonsense, and mission-focused. Their care is best expressed in they way they often seek to "unmet needs" - cracks between other relief efforts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & Observed them directly in one disaster response effort (while working with another agency), and followed their work in others over the past ten years.

NEW JERSEY REGIONAL COALITION
September 30, 2009

The New Jersey Regional Coalition is a statewide community organizing group in NJ. Membership consists principally of religious congregations and judicatories, with some civic groups, non-profit advocacy groups, and labor unions. The NJ Regional Coalition was the only grassroots organization to successfully promote NJ school funding reform (passed and signed 1/08). The NJ Regional Coalition also successfully waged a three-year campaign to eliminate the outsourcing of affordable housing (a change widely described as "impossible") and reform the state's Fair Housing Act (passed and signed 7/08). In 9/09, NJRC was a founding sponsor of the Building One America campaign, and national summit on regional opportunity.

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

Successful leadership training and development, and successful issue campaigns.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Board Member & Chair, Housing Task Force.