My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Animal Folks, Saint Paul, MN, USA
I had the good fortune of meeting Ann Olson, founder of Animal Folks, shortly after the organization's inception. A native Minnesotan, aware of the fact that our state's animal protection laws are among the weakest in the nation, I recognized that Ann, her passion for the cause, her organizational ability, and her willingness to change hearts and minds at our state legislature, could play an important role in giving our state's domesticated animals a far better future. In the intervening years, Ann has proven to be a "bulldog" at finally seeing laws passed that provide far greater protections for the poor dogs trapped in the nightmarish world of the numerous puppy mills that exist here. She and her team, while limited in terms of financial resources, are accomplishing so much. They do so because they are professionals imbued with an ethic of integrity and very careful stewardship of the funding they receive. I cannot endorse the organization more fully.
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Review for PILGRIM CENTER FOR RECONCILIATION, Edina, MN, USA
Since learning of this remarkable organization two years ago, my wife and I have contributed frequently. Its two founders and leading lights, Rev. Dr. Arthur Rouner, Jr. and his wife, Molly, travel twice yearly to Rwanda, Burundi, and Kenya, where they bring the healing message of reconciliation to Africans who have suffered horribly during the Rwandan genocide of 1994 and in the course of other violent tribal conflicts. They are two of the most selfless individuals we have had the privilege of knowing. They quite literally and regularly change hardened hearts and provide deeply aggrieved people with newfound hope for a better life. In addition to their African work, they also minister to Native Americans living on reservations, many mired in a world of poverty and despair. I cannot commend their honorable work highly enough.