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Central Asia Institute
February 11, 2010

This organization has really hit on the BEST way to reduce terrorism and improve the lives of people in poor areas -- it builds sustainable schools that educate girls. Girls stick with their community and build families and communities. Education allows democracies to grow and countries to prosper. Prosperous communities don't breed terrorists, they breed citizens.

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

change the world for the better in a very economical way.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Donor & Donated, supported, told my friends.

American Youth Soccer Organization
February 11, 2010

AYSO is an incredible volunteer organization that helps parents and communities teach their kids to be better team players, athletes, good sportspeople, and soccer players. Both parents and kids have great fun as well as learn life skills while enjoying the beautiful game of soccer. The biggest rewards are earned by those parents who are referees, board members, and especially coaches. The entire organization is extremely well run by a huge volunteer base. The organization's documentation and practices are excellent. AYSO exemplifies the best of the best in how to run a youth sports program efficiently, economically, and sustainably.

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

having fun with the kids.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Board Member & Coached, Refereed, Taught Coaches, Managed Coaches.

The Freecycle Network
February 11, 2010

Freecycling is a great idea and new word. People have been doing it curbside for many years but did not have a word for it. Using free online mechanisms like Craigslist, Yahoo groups, Google groups, and email lists popularized the new word and makes freecycling even easier. Unfortunately The Freecycle Network (TFN) ended up being rather hypocritical in trying to take back a word they gave away for free (notably the new word freecycle) by suing and harassing those who just wanted to use it as a new word. Furthermore TFN decided to be even more hypocritical by asking others for MONEY to run a service that others are happy to provide for free (freecycling is supposed to be about giving things away for free). This also runs counter to the whole REDUCE, Reuse, Recycle mantra. Finally, TFN suffers from too much group think and cliquishness such that it wants to prevent others from freecycling if they don't freecycle the way TFN wants them to freecycle. The executive director is the primary person making money from TFN and sits on the board along with his wife and a close friend. The executive director essentially has control of the board -- this does not seem like a very good idea for a nonprofit corporation. If TFN was simply an educational and advocacy group that promoted freecycling, that would be a worthy cause. But in trying to monopolize the world of freecycling they are overreaching and wasting precious resources.

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

its original vision.

Ways to make it better...

the organization had really stuck to its original vision and not become hypocritical in myriad ways.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Ran freecycling groups.