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Review for Biodiversity Conservation Alliance, Laramie, WY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Biodiversity Conservation Alliance is a strong, grass-roots, environmental group that works tirelessly to safeguard Wyoming's natural attributes, which are constantly under pressure in many ways, but especially from oil and gas extraction and associated industrialization of Wyoming landscapes. If you love Wyoming's natural places, consider donating to BCA. They accomplish much with a small budget thanks to the dedication of their staff. An example is the fight to protect the unparralleled beauty and solitude of the Adobe Town area from development.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Word of mouth.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Increasing funding base so that it can work more effectively to protect Wyoming's wild places.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Protecting Wyoming's wild places.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Board Member & Board member.

Review for One School at a Time, Eldorado Springs, CO, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

One School at a Time continues to work on successful projects in Uganda because they are small and focused on building active ongoing partnerships. Their current partner school, the Kukanga Primary School, is an example. One School is working hard to help Kukanga by supporting and learning from the school community. This strategy is evolving based on experiences with other school partnerships in Uganda. I visited Kukanga in 2009 and was impressed with how dedicated the teachers, students, and administration there was to improving their school with or without outside help. This is critical. One School provides small amounts of assistance exactly where it is needed.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Through the director, Bay Roberts (friend).

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

To improve opportunities for education in Uganda.

What is its top priority in the long run?

To develop a network of school in rural Uganda that can help each other provide better educational opportunities for children in the community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Board Member & I photographed this project for One School at a Time.

Review for One School at a Time, Eldorado Springs, CO, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I had the pleasure of visiting Uganda to volunteer for One School at a Time as a photographer. This NGO is exceptional in what they have been able to accomplish with a low level of funding. Their recently completed projects with their Kyamalinga partner school in Uganda is exemplary in its use of a few financial resources along with grassroots community commitment and involvement. This strategy is the key to this kind of project because without community buy-in, there is no sustainability. One School is now moving towards some new partners and I'm hopeful that they can generate the resources to accomplish the same successes as at Ky.

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

the genuine commitment of everyone involved, from people on the ground in Uganda to the directors in Boulder, Colorado. This is a passionate and effective group.

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

exceptional. Hussein Tadesse, the Ugandan coordinator is smart, committed, visionary and effective. The directors in Boulder are devoted and they work hard without compensation.

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

change the face of education in Uganda and perhaps other East African countries.

Ways to make it better...

One School had enough resources to partner with all of the deserving schools that I visited.

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

raising funds to continue their great work and to engage in new projects. One School needs a way to develop a strong, sustainable funding source.

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

One School can do so much with the funds they receive that anyone considering giving would be hard pressed to find a better way to get their gift to the ground where it is used to educate children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Volunteer & Shot photos of projects and helped vet potential new ones.

Review for Biodiversity Conservation Alliance, Laramie, WY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Biodiversity Conservation Alliance (BCA) is a smart, science-based environmental group that works tirelessly to protect the frequently maligned landscapes and ecosystems of Wyoming and bordering areas. The staff works all the time and is impressive in the amount of hard scientific research that they do to contest ecological unsustainable or unreasonable development in the region. They deserve a huge amount of credit for protecting Wyoming in the face of the relentless oil and gas industry and other industries that put profit before sustainability.

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

that the people who work for it are extremely smart and dedicated.

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

well educated, scientifically committed protectors of Wyoming's environment.

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

make a huge impact on protecting the Wyoming that I love and the plants and animals that try to live here.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Volunteer & Edit copy; photograph project areas.