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Review for DINING FOR WOMEN, Greenville, SC, USA

Rating: 2 stars  

The idea behind Dining for Women is a really great one - meet, learn, share a meal and give to help women and girls in the developing world. It is fun, and enriching. However, there does not seem to be much support for the chapter leaders once they have started meeting. While I continue to hope that something will materialize, all I see is more and more about money and extreme growth, and less about how to be a successful chapter leader, and that someone is noticing. I do not understand why an organization that seems to be growing at a very comfortable, manageable rate insists on pushing so hard. It seems that much of the focus on the programs and the education of members has been lost in the money shuffle, sadly. Most everything seems to be about raising more money and an unrealistic growth rate. So, in my estimation, Dining for Women is at risk of losing its soul and becoming like so many other non-profits - large, cold, impersonal and uncaring. A true shame and a lost opportunity.

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

learning about and helping others learn about women in the third world, and having the opportunity to help

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

not very professional, mostly

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

be really scary, and is not in any way ready for $100,000, let alone $10mm

Ways to make it better...

the HQ was more professional and thorough

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

the shift in direction towards massive growth at the expense of any effort towards maintaining what is in place and growing organically. The ego of the founder. Politics

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

On the whole, the Dining for Women experience is a wonderful thing. The organization seems to be not there yet.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Volunteer & chapter leader and committee member.