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WESTON A PRICE FOUNDATION
April 5, 2013

I discovered the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) in 2000 and my life has been forever changed. WAPF promotes nutrient-dense traditional diets and sustainable agriculture. One of the reasons this is my favorite nonprofit is that I know that my time, money, and effort are promoting a better world on so many fronts:

-Human health (including general nutrition, fertility, pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, children's health, immune strengthening, digestion, mental health, prevention of chronic disease, and more)

-Animal health and welfare (WAPF promotes pasture-based systems with animals living and eating as they were designed to do, and works toward small local abbattoirs, not CAFOs and huge slaughterhouses)

-Environmental well-being (pasture-based and sustainable agriculture eschews synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and GMOs, and promotes clean and healthy air, soil, and water)

-Worker health and welfare (industrial food production, from monocropped vegetables to modern slaughterhouses, are dangerous for the health, life, dignity, and spirit of workers)

-Rural economies, small business, and cottage industries (locally bases sustainable food and value-added local food processing keep food dollars in communities and revive small towns and rural areas)

WAPF puts out a fabulous quarterly journal with unbiased scientific articles as well as how-to information for lay people. Their yearly conference attracts about 2000 people and they've recently added smaller regional conferences. They issue press releases and submit testimony to Congress and regulatory agencies about food/health initiatives. They have a robust Action Alert system so people know when relevant legislation and regulations are being debated. A local chapter system of volunteers helps people find local nutrient dense food worldwide. Educational materials include the website, videos, podcasts, brochures, shopping guide, booklet with simplified four-food group model and recipes, and more. They established the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund in 2007 to protect farmers and consumers from government harassment, seizure of property, etc. All of this is done with a VERY small staff (only one full-time paid employee and a handful of parttimers and freelancers) and a dedicated army of volunteers.

(More on my role: Soon after originally volunteering to help with WAPF's efforts, I signed on as their freelance webmaster, maintaining westonaprice.org and realmilk.com, and designing the original farmtoconsumer.org site. I have been maintaining the sites since 2001, attending conferences, and promoting WAPF's work on my own blog and through networking. I always have their literature in my trunk and talk them up frequently.)

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

Definitely

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?

2013

MY ROLE:
Advisor

National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts
May 16, 2012

I was enrolled in the Conservatory during 2007-2008. I found it to be a professionally run, intensive, useful program that hit on all the fundamentals needed to pursue a career in acting. The audition and business classes were particularly helpful and something that was neglected at the university where I previously studied. The staff and faculty were very helpful and available, and have remained so for me since graduating. It is very much a family atmosphere, with wonderfully small classes and lots of individual attention. The camaraderie, bonding, and network during and after my time there have been really important in launching my post-Conservatory acting career.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would love for them to find a really rich patron to help them expand their facilities and curriculum, and be able to offer scholarships.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

How did you find this group?

Actor's Center newsletter

MY ROLE:
Client Served