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Review for Optimist International Foundation, Saint Louis, MO, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Optimist International Foundation makes possible the several programs of Optimist International, a civic organization whose motto is, "Bringing out the Best in Kids." The Foundation's Executive Director is a true professional and has been able to increase donations and, most importantly, reduce the administration and fund raising costs as a percentage of donations.

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

working with my fellow committee members while training and planning, associating with my fellow Optimist members in encouraging gifts to the Foundation, working with the staff, and most importantly, my involvement with oratorical and CCDHH contestants.

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

highly professional, dedicated to the program and hard workers.

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

increase the amount of the college scholarships awarded to our communications contest winners.

Ways to make it better...

the scholarships given to winners of our various communications contests could have been larger.

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

aging of the population that was originally attracted to this type organization and the struggle to "reinvent" ourselves to attract a new generation.

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

all involved in Optimist International programs- members, young people, parents - are rewarded by tremendous increase in self esteme.

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Role:  Volunteer & Sought donations as a District Foundation Representative and corresponded with prospects as member of Planned Giving Committee.