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CITIZENS WATER ADVOCACY GROUP
April 28, 2009

I'm always impressed with the amazing work that can come out of an all-volunteer organization, and this group is no exception. "Staffed" with an incredibly knowledgeable, active and resilient board, this group is equally big on advocacy and education. Monthly meetings bring membership and the general public up to speed on numerous local water issues. You'll also find these folks at many of the local county and municipality meetings and forums intelligently articulating the issues to the public and decision-makers. Without their voice in the Prescott area, citizens would get only one side of the story consistently--that of local governments and developers through their PR hacks.

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

the change of tenor in public meetings of local governments. These folks know their stuff!

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

knowledgeable, active, friendly and marvelously outspoken.

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

completely change water policy in Central/North Central Arizona.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & I have given presentations to their group and frequently work with them.

VERDE RIVER CITIZENS ALLIANCE
April 28, 2009

What a great little group! Focus is key, and they have. A clear and important single issue - preserving the Verde River. VRCA does a great job of educating its members, providing meetings, forums and activities. They have some great talent and oodles of dedication and passion. I look forward to working with and donating to these folks for a long time to come.

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

is the knowledge, passion and dedication of the all-volunteer "staff."

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & I have given presentations to their group.

CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY INC
April 28, 2009

Hands down the most effective nonprofit environmental group in the U.S. They have an incredible success rate in terms of lawsuits won and campaigns furthered. When I first moved to Arizona a decade ago and was looking for an environmental group to work with/volunteer for, I was told to look up these guys. They were #1 on my list as the "most kick ass group in the country." And I've never been disappointed! Some of the battles are long and can be exhausting - emotionally and financially. But this is the group that will hang in there, stand firm and get the job done. Their quarterly print newsletter is informative and personal, providing glimpses behind the scenes. The online newsletter is quick hits on important issues and successes, an invaluable resource. They also provide alerts with letters, petitions and other actions that the public can take to make a direct impact on an issue. I like having a template letter available that I can add to and personalize for those issues that are dearest to me. I also like to sometimes just "sign" my name knowing that the issue is well-presented by the group and my little contribution both supports them and the cause and might even make a difference. There isn't a group out there that gets more bang for the buck. They've attracted the best and brightest as staff, contractors, and volunteers. That also extends to their membership and donors. Center membership is an elite and growing group of informed and passionate conservationists. May it continue to grow and protect/restore thousands more species and millions more acres; keep water flowing in thousands more miles of streams; and win the catastrophic climate change battle by getting us back to 350ppm.

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

oh, so many ways... from stopping a wasteful and unnecessary local power plant (or several) to protecting Alaskan seas from oil drilling to returning desert-nesting bald eagles to the ESA list to shedding light on corrupt Bush-era politicizing of science.

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

being aligned with them and their mission, knowing that my money and my time are well-spent.

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

incredibly earnest, passionate, effective, brilliant... and on and on.

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

expand its programs, add local focus, and do even more to protect species from going extinct.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I helped with outreach, writing, design and organizing.