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What I want to do

Be a part of vibrant communities that change the things that don't work and enjoy the things that do.

What matters to me

Community, women's rights, education, the environment, information technology, liveable cities.

What inspires me

Outside-the-box thinking, courageous leaders, civil disobedience

San Francisco, CA USA

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Global Fund for Women
August 8, 2011

Akili Dada, a women's leadership organization based in Kenya, has been a grantee of the Global Fund since 2010. We are honored to be recognized and supported by an organization that furthers women's rights around the world. As a startup nonprofit, we have been working on entering the next phase of our story - as we serve more and more young women in Kenya with leadership training, we are proud to know that Global Fund for Women upholds the work we do. They helped fund our 1st annual strategic planning retreat in July 2010 and contributed again this year for an organizational development retreat for our women-led organization. The retreat brought together our staff (from Kenya and the U.S.), board members (from U.S., Kenya, and Uganda), scholars who have received our leadership training, and advisory council members. The result was an intensive and productive session of planning and strategizing.

We look forward to continuing to strengthen our ties with Global Fund as our two organizations work to empower women around the world.

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

I've personally experience the results of this organization through the incredible support Akili Dada has received from Global Fund for Women and the feeling of community that has come from being a GFW grantee. They have contributed financially to Akili Dada but have also been wonderful supporters through online media and personal contacts. They clearly live the values they promote, and I appreciate their dedication, integrity, and tenacity.

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

not change anything.

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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

MY ROLE:
Client Served & We received grant funding for our 2010 and 2011 strategic planning and organizationl retreats which were held in Kenya. .

Akili Dada
November 18, 2009

When I first learned about Akili Dada's mission, I was a senior in college and desperately looking for some way to combine my field of study (international studies) and my passion for social justice and international development. I learned that Dr. Kamau-Rutenberg, Akili Dada's founder and Executive Director and also my professor at the time, was in need of interns to help with the nonprofit's administration and development. I jumped at the chance to get involved, and since then have become passionate about Akili Dada's mission and have found my volunteer work with the organization to be incredibly fulfilling. It's an honor to be part of building this new but highly necessary and functional organization from the ground up!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being a part of shaping such a young and promising organization. It's great to work closely with everyone involved and to learn more about the ways in which Akili Dada successfully gives underprivileged Kenyan girls a chance at pursuing their dreams.

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

incredibly dedicated and passionate about Akili Dada's mission; they volunteer their time because they believe strongly in the kind of positive change the organization is effecting in Kenya.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the lives of countless young Kenyan women by giving them a chance to pursue their education and be mentored to become a strong, successful, and dedicated leader for their country.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I assist with administration anf organizational development, such as foundation research/grantwriting and event planning.