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CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY INC
April 30, 2012

I am most familiar with the crucial and essential help the Center for Biological Diversity has given in Nevada toward preventing a devastating aquifer drainage that would/will destroy about 1/4 of the state's lifeforms, both animal and vegetable, if implemented. The Center's information is always to the point and timely. As a several-year worker against the same project, I know I'd have been much less effective without the Center's guidance, research, and information stream. As one of those with more time than money, I am very grateful to those of you who can contribute, and highly recommend the Center for Biological Diversity to donors of money, time, and expertise. It's impossible to put a dollar value on the kind of detailed factual material I've gotten from them and used to "spread the word."

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

I read their dispatches and incorporated the information into my writing and speaking against the project. I have been involved enough to make several trips to Nevada to testify and speak against the diversion project. Instead of sounding like an amateur tree hugging hippie grannie, I was able to use their information to sound like I knew what I was talking about, always a good thing.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & I worked through my own organization in Salt Lake City to raise awareness of the harm the planned water diversion would do. .

League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh
April 6, 2012

I am a member of a local board in Utah, not the main board. I looked up our rating because of a dues issue upcoming at National. League has been very worthwhile and I work hard at educating our members and our neighbors about what's happening in our state. LWV is a "thinking person's organization." If you are thinking of joining, do go to our national LWVUS website and find your local group, you will never regret it except at the end of the legislative season, when you can't hear about another bill proposal. By the way, LWV is different at the local level than most NPO's because we only raise enough money to do our work--learn, educate, and inform. We raise little money and spend it mostly on those three things. And an office person, too.

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

There are several ways in which LWV is very effective in Utah. A large group of members attend every Legislative session, sending a daily update on action there, on radio; emails go to state and local governments & all our members. We are highly respected for this. We are working on education policy positions, in small and large groups, very successfully. My work on "natural resources" has given us publicity and respect. LVW positions make policy differences here.

Ways to make it better...

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

find a way to attract more young people, college and newly employed ages, to join us. It would be good for them, and it would invigorate us.

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

Definitely

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

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

I belonged a zillion years ago when I was a young mother, joined here because I had free time and wanted to do something worthwhile and mentally stimulating.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Register more voters and stop the spread of restrictive voting rules. Locally we have an "ethics in government" problem and serious environmental challenges that need to be publicized and then receive educated public attention.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Nationally I believe registering and educating voters, and protecting voting rights are primary. Ethics in government run a close second. After that we care about the environment, schools and education, etc. Whatever it takes to produce an active, educated, and informed electorate which goes to the polls regularly and picks carefully.

MY ROLE:
Board Member & My particular special work is monitoring environmental matters in the State government and elsewhere. I report to my board, and when they agree there is an urgent problem I arrange public meetings and forums for discussion. .

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