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Washington Humane Society (The Society for the Prevention Of Cruelty to Animals)
September 15, 2013

As a former board member and volunteer, I have seen this organization grow from what was perceived in the community to be the "animal shelter" become one of the most effective animal welfare organizations in the U.S. While it runs the D.C. animal shelter for the District of Columbia, it has numerous other programs that benefit animals and the larger community. Adoptions, animal behavior training, humane education, spay and neuter and Humane Law Enforcement.

What sets WHS apart from other rescue organizations and non-profits -
- it carries out is mission effectively
- it constantly reviews its performance and makes changes wherever possible to make it better
- It has improved its performance in measurable ways. For example, the number and percentages of animal adopted from its shelters has increased significantly over the past several years
- It is fiscally responsible
- It has a dynamic, dedicated team of staff and volunteers and an engaged and qualified board of directors

Much of the credit for the organization's remarkable performance belongs to its current president, Lisa LaFontaine. While she is charismatic, hard working and an excellent spokesperson for WHS, perhaps her most impressive but least-noticed accomplishment has been to put in place a team of exceptionally qualified and dedicated senior managers. This has enabled her to focus on many important matters besides day-to-day staff and program management.

Overall, a first-rate organization in every way.

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

Likely

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?

2012

MY ROLE:
Board Member

PCI Media Impact, Inc.
September 15, 2013

PCI Media Impact )PCI) has used education-entertainment (E-E), which it often refers to as storytelling, to bring about sustainable change in different subject matter and geographical areas. By partnering with other organizations and being a "means to an end," it has touched communities around the world and has had an"impact" far greater than would seem possible given its size. It does an excellent job of implementing the E-E methodology.

As an organization, PCI is program-oriented. Referred to as team members, the employees are generally well qualified, enthusiastic and hard-working. Its Executive Director actively seeks advice, is receptive to suggestions and responds well to negative as well as positive feedback. He looks at different ways of problem solving and while maintaining set priorities, is quick to adapt to changing needs and circumstances.

Overall the organization appears to be well-managed, fiscally responsible and effective in carrying out its mission.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would like to see more senior managers. While donors typically like to see their money used for programs, infrastructure is important and I think PCI would benefit from additional experienced staff members.

More feedback

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

Likely

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