My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Family Violence Appellate Project, Oakland, CA, USA
I love this agency. Operating with a small staff, law student interns, and a statewide team of excellent pro bono attorneys who co counsel on briefs, it manages to make very efficient use of its budget, almost all of which goes to operating expenses.
And it's building a body of published family law appellate cases dealing with domestic violence. Before FVAP came into being only 3 years ago, there were very few such cases, and courts had little guidance on questions like "what is abuse if there are no broken bones and black eyes?"
FVAP is clearly meeting an unmet need, having screened over 400 cases so far. Last year alone FVAP was involved in 9 published CA cases and several unpublished ones, all of which move us closer to ending domestic violence and ensuring that children are safer in their families.
With a success rate of over 80%, almost unheard of in appellate work, this is really a non-profit that is making a huge difference in California.
Review for California Partnership To End Domestic Violence, Sacramento, CA, USA
I helped found the Partnership, as I served on the board of CAADV and worked on merging that group with SCCBW (these were 2 different DV coalitions, both in Ca.). I have been a member of the Public Policy and Research Committee of CAADV, now CPEDV, since 1983. I am happy with how CPEDV is operating, as it is a very vital organization, playing an essential role in helping to address and end domestic violence in our state. The annual conferences, the webinars, the conference calls, the amicus committee, the policy work, etc. are so important and the leadership is solid.
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