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GROUNDWORK LAWRENCE INC
April 23, 2010

I am the Executive Director of an organization that provides skill-based volunteers to help nonprofits. Knowing the broad breadth of work this organization has in the City of Lawrence to improve the the neighborhoods from the ground up, I was expecting to find an office with at least 50 staff members. I was astounded to find only 5. What makes them so successful? They are brilliant professionals, knowledgeable in civil engineering and community organizing. They keep their ear to the ground to hear what the needs are of the residents they serve. The take best practices for running a nonprofit very seriously. And they are fueled by a passion to improve this city of hope. Their past several executive directors could run a large for-profit company, but instead, they are committed to a mission. Their hours are long. Their talents are extensive. And their mission is an imperative to the success of the city.

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

I personally experienced the results of this organization by participating in their community supported agriculture and farmer's market.

Ways to make it better...

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

Have them receive more funding so that they could execute their programs within the work day, rather than weekends and evenings.

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

Their commitment and competence.

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

The executive director and program managers. Also volunteers working on the street to help them with their projects....particular in the CSA.

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

Clean up the neighborhoods and manage far more projects professionally.

Ways to make it better...

They had more time and more staff to work with volunteers

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

Capacity building and funding.

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

They are exceedingly inspiring.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I matched the organization with pro bono white collar professional help.