My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Canvass for a Cause, San Diego, CA, USA
Ive always been very, very skeptical about giving money to anyone to fix a problem. Ive always felt that if an issue\problem is important enough for me to sincerely care about, I need to do more to get involved than throwing money at the problem until it goes away. In short I didn't see how me giving them money was any different from anyone else, and how it was going to dramatically address the issue. At this point, I had been approached by numerous, almost incalculable amounts of people (In the Streets, T.V commercials, Web,etc..) wanting money to fix problems, and in digging I've always found that I wasn't going to completely satisfied with the return on my investment.... Until I came across Canvass for a Cause. What makes them different? They're asking for money just like everyone else. Sure, its unrealistic to expect a Grass Roots Non-Profit to be successful solely running on hopes and dreams. Faith will only fill the gas tank so many times. What sets them apart is how the money's used. What makes them so effective is their model, the model of engagement. Being proactive is the only way to resolve existing issues, and preventing future ones. I was truly happy to see a group of people who were not looking for the easy way out in a hard fight. Its easy to see why they are so effective, they are willing to do the hard work of being out in the field, having those face to face conversations, when no one appears to want to, and that's when the WIN happens.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
Seeing the change happen. People Rights have always been an issue. The civil rights movement never stopped, it just got distracted. When in school learning about the Civil rights movement of the 60's, I always dreamed of what I would do. Now I can!
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
people that all cared more about making a change, then the change in their pocket.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
Open a chapter in every major city, in every state. Work with existing people right groups, and provide an opportunity for people to get involved (with measurable success) an outlet who may not of had one.
Ways to make it better...
I got involved sooner. ;)
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...
It's people, everyone, US! As with a lot of things, sometimes our biggest strength can be our greatest weakness. The model is perfect, we as people just need to step up to do the hard work.
One thing I'd also say is that...
We have the opportunity to live out every fantasy we've ever had, and experience every emotion possible. Lets do something with the opportunity in-front of us now, don't waste it, living vicariously watching other people live. Live for more than money.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?