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MINNESOTA ASSISTANCE COUNCIL FOR VETERANS
March 11, 2010

I have been on the board for MACV for over ten years, the last seven as Treasurer. During that time I have seen thousands of veterans assisted with financial, housing, vocational, and counseling support when they desperately needed it. I have spoken with hundreds of them and heard stories of lives being saved, individuals self-worth being restored, and of veterans again becoming productive members of society. In performing this important mission, MACV has established systems to ensure accountabilly and that all funds are most effectively used. They have been designated the primary organization to address veterans homelessness in the state by the Minn Dept of Veteran Affairs. The Governor has recognized them by including them in him budget initiatives. The US Dept of Veterans Administration recently awarded them the honor of being the best nonprofit working with homeless vets in the country. Countless audits by donoors and CPAs have verified the integrity of their financial systems. It is a privilege and honor to be on the MACV board.

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

talking to a vet in the program who oadmitted he had been homeless and suicidal. He related how MACV had approached him, got him into a structured environment, made him responsiblle for his outcomes, found him a job, and got him back on his feet.

Ways to make it better...

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

try to reduce reliance on the outside consultant that performs the accounting function.

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

the enthusiam of all the staff, from the executive director to each case manager. They are pasionate about the work they do.

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

dedicated, professional, knowledgeable.

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

establish outreach personnel throughout the state so more vets would know about he resources and opportunities available to them..

Ways to make it better...

MACV had been more successful inn raising nongovernment funds. I have participated in many different attempts to raised donations (golf tournaments, bass fishing contest, silent auctions, etc) that required a lot of work and had poor results.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

maintaining government funding and growing private donations. The need will always exceed the resources.

One thing I'd also say is that...

is that our country has the moral obligation to help vets in time of crisis. MACV has proven they are very effective at doing so.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Board Member & As Treasurer monitored the financial planning and status of the organization and participated in establishing goals.