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REEF BALL FOUNDATION INC
April 30, 2010

I became acquainted with the Reef Ball Foundation while I was with the Center for Marine Conservation in 1998 through their marketing efforts aimed at the dive community and developed interest in their efforts, both as a conservationist and diver. As a youth I grew up in the 60s and 70s in Indonesia and the Philippines snorkeling and diving then nearly pristine reefs. Over the years I have witnessed the devastation of this valuable resource worldwide. My experiences in the nonprofit world lead me to conclude that the most efficient and cost effective conservation work is done through volunteer driven efforts by Reef Ball and like organizations, as well as science based advocacy at the governmental levels. As a volunteer with Reef Ball I have seen first hand the positive impact that Reef Ball as my work with them has taken me to post-tsunami Thailand and to the hurricane damaged reefs of the Caribbean where I participated in all aspects of reef ball implementation and have assisted in Reef Ball's marketing and educational efforts aimed at the dive community. This organization is one of driven staff and hardworking and dedicated volunteers that needs to grow its educational and advocacy role and increase it fund raising ability and staff infrastructure to further maximize its impact.

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

Post Tsunami Thailand and Post Hurricane Ivan Grand Cayman as well as educatonaland marketing efforts at dive shows:DEMA and Beneath the Sea.

Ways to make it better...

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

Grow its educational and advocacy role by increasing its funding and fund raising ability and professional staff infrastructure to further maximize its impact.

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

Accomplishing positive change for the marine environment and working hard alongside the dedicated staff and incredible volunteers that Reef Ball attracts internationally.

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

Among the most dedicated and hardworking people I have ever been associated with.

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

Become the leader in the marine conservation movement if properly funded. The reef balls are the "foot in the door" to expand conservation efforts and education at the local and governmental levels in so many communities nationally and internationally.

Ways to make it better...

The organization had more funding to extend its project work and educational efforts.

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

Funding. This is linked to its ability to grow its professional staff and further its mission on a larger scale.

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

Never have so many done so much in so many places with so little funding in the marine conservation movement. Its good working with this bunch.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Reef Ball construction, deployment , coral rehabitation and dive show booth assistance.