My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for David Brower Center, Berkeley, CA, USA
I've been involved in the David Brower Center from the time when it was merely an idea in the minds of some of David Brower's closest friends and colleagues. I learned about it at David's memorial service and helped in the early stages of organizing and fundraising to lay the groundwork for the Center. Since then, I have continued to support the Center as a donor -- and I have participated in a great many events held there. The David Brower Center has become a cultural centerpiece for Berkeley and a magnet for environmental activism for California and the West. It's a brilliant testament to the continuing impact of David Brower's legacy.
Review for Center for Investigative Reporting, Inc., Berkeley, CA, USA
The Center for Investigative Reporting, now located in Emeryville, has brilliantly served not just the Bay Area but the nation with its award-winning journalism. What I find most outstanding about CIR's work is its use of all available channels to disseminate the results of its investigations -- not just print, radio, TV, the web, and social media, but such others means as poetry and drama. The Center's leadership -- executive chairman Phil Bronstein and executive director Robert Rosenthal -- are an extraordinary team, and they've recruited an impressive staff of journalistic stars.
Review for OPTIONS RECOVERY SERVICES, Berkeley, CA, USA
I've known Dr. Davida Coady, the founder and director of Options, for 30 years. She is one of my heroes. Though a physician who could earn a comfortable living from medicine, she has devoted her life for all that time to improving the lives of others through her selfless dedication to philanthropic efforts. Options is the latest expression of her commitment. I have supported the organization as a donor for many years, not just because of Dr. Coady, but because I have witnessed the breakthroughs made by so many of its substance-abuse clients. Options' success rate is enviable.
Review for La Peña Cultural Center, Inc., Berkeley, CA, USA
I've followed La Pena for more than 30 years, going back to the time when I worked in an office across the street from that striking mural emblazoned across its front. More recently, I've become a donor. The organization is in the midst of a major rejuvenation campaign designed to maintain its invaluable role as a center for politics and the arts for another four decades. I'm proud to be supporting the effort.
Review for GreatNonprofits, Redwood Shores, CA, USA
I've served on the board of this remarkable organization almost since its inception. Founder Perla Ni is an inspiration, and the organization's mission is close to my heart: offering a viable alternative to the financially-based evaluations of nonprofit effectiveness from the self-appointed watchdog organizations.
Review for Global Fund for Women, San Francisco, CA, USA
My fundraising agency has served the Global Fund for Women for at least a decade, and I was personally involved in the work during the first several years. For an organization of such modest size, the Fund's reach is truly global. As the website says, "Since 1987 we have awarded over $71 million to 3,800 women's organizations in 167 countries." That's an astonishing record, and I've learned about a number of the group's well-chosen projects through contacts I've made in developing countries during extensive travels around the world for most of the past decade.
Review for Union of Concerned Scientists, Inc., Cambridge, MA, USA
My fundraising agency has served the Union of Concerned Scientists since 1999, and I was personally engaged in the work for the first five years. I have rarely seen a better-managed or more focused nonprofit organization. As a result, I have become an annual donor, and I intend to continue supporting the organization because I'm convinced that it delivers the best return on a charitable investment in the environmental field.
Review for Ashoka, Arlington, VA, USA
Ashoka is unquestionably one of the most important organizations in the world to have started in the last half-century. As a prime engine of social innovation, Ashoka has made its mark in dozens of countries. Its 3000 Fellows, primarily in developing countries, form a network of changemakers that is collectively one of the chief sources of new energy in the global movement to build civil society.
Review for Social Venture Network, San Francisco, CA, USA
I've been a member of SVN since 1990. I've attended most of the group's twice-annual conferences since then and participated especially actively during the past decade, serving on the board for six years, four of them as chair. This has given me a unique perspective on the value of the organization, from the outside and the inside both. I'd sum up that value by noting that virtually every social and environmental innovation I've introduced into my consulting company came about as a result of my membership in SVN. The experience has been equally valuable for me personally. I've formed many close friendships with other people in the network who share my commitment to the Triple Bottom Line.