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Perla N.

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What I want to do

Be able to get by with less sleep, be more patient, and become a better cook

What matters to me

People getting along with each other

What inspires me

Seeing things from the eyes of my 3 year old son

San Francisco, CA USA


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CITY LIGHTS PERFORMANCE GROUP OF SAN JOSE INC
December 12, 2014

I attended a performance at this theater and met a board member, hard-working volunteers who were there to greet us and saw an outstanding play. Very talented performers. People were super friendly and engaging. This is a wonderful community theater!

MY ROLE:
Client Served

CASA of San Mateo County
December 10, 2014

I've talked to the staff at this nonprofit and really been inspired by their dedication to helping neglected and abused children. CASA matches volunteers with foster kids and provides a lot of training and support to help the volunteers be successful. Volunteers stay engaged for many years with their foster child. One of my friends volunteered for years and loved it.

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public

At The Crossroads
September 27, 2014

I've seen how hard the staff here work to raise money and to provide services to the hardest to reach youths in San Francisco. They leverage volunteers, product donations and do a lot with what they have. Their staff are caring and passionate about helping youths on the street.

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field

OPEN BIBLE STANDARD CHURHCES
November 27, 2013

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

FILOLI CENTER
June 4, 2013

We are members and attend many of the events here. Spring event is terrific with dog shows, animals to pet, music, clowns, Filoli honey for sale, puppet and magic shows.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The lunch boxes are expensive at the events. And the kids lunch boxes could be healthier at the Spring event.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Some

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

MY ROLE:
Client Served

Harvard Museum of Natural History
June 4, 2013

This is a terrific museum that will please everyone in your family. There's dinosaur bones, an enormous beetle collection, and plenty of large stuffed animals. And yet it's pretty compact so your kids aren't exhausted from having to walk around a huge museum. Informative explanations, easy coat/bag check, and it's very close to Harvard yard.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Client Served

MARINE MAMMAL CENTER
April 29, 2013

We watched the National Geographic episode about this center and then came to visit. We did the docent led tour of the facility and learned about the different kinds of seals, how they get rescued, how they receive medical treatment, how "fish milk shakes" are prepared for them and how they are released. We were impressed by the educational and environmental mission of this organization at work. The volunteer docent was informed and inspiring, and was engaging for all the members of my family on the tour.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

MY ROLE:
Client Served

WANDA, Women's Achievement Network and Development Alliance, a fiscally sponsored project of Women's Foundation of California
April 11, 2013

I attended a WANDA event and met some of the single mothers in the program. I was really impressed by the determination of these women and what they said about how the program helped them to save money towards building assets and make important personal connections. WANDA also has very smart and passionate group of volunteers who are dedicated to helping the program participants succeed.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public

HILLER AVIATION INSTITUTE
January 13, 2012

My family and our kids here come quite often. This is a great place for any one interested in aviation. They have a wide range of events. We always learn something when we come here.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Client Served

TechSoup Global
August 17, 2011

We get our Microsoft and Adobe products through TechSoup. Love it! It saves us a lot of money that can be spent now on our programs.

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

Getting software

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more Adobe CS4 in stock - they are currently out of stock. Would also love donated web hosting and email marketing software. I know they are working on getting this.

MY ROLE:
Client Served & Applied for and received software product donations.

Opportunity Fund
December 9, 2010

Opportunity Fund is a truly innovative organization that is dedicated to phenomenal results for the low-income clients they serve. They did a 2 year longitudinal study following the people who graduated from their savings program. 75% of program graduates continue to save today — saving an average of 10% of their annual income. Equally exciting, 70% of those savers had opened savings accounts for their children, pointing towards a generational change in financial knowledge.

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

Reading their research. Talking to the Executive Director.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None that I know of.

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & I read the research about their work. I have sent interns to them. .

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
May 8, 2010

I toured the San Mateo warehouse and saw how the goods get processed and allocated to local nonprofits. I saw volunteers working to sort the produce. I heard about their efforts to get more fresh produce. Me and my kids went door to door to collect canned goods last winter.

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

I toured the facility and also donated canned food.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Donor & donated canned foods with my kids.

Environmental Working Group
April 15, 2009

This organization seems to be raising public awareness and getting legislation passed to protect consumer and children's health. I use their safe cosmetics database all the time to look for shampoos, baby lotions, sunscreen, lipstick that are less toxic. I read about their research - such as the latest report on rocket fuel chemicals found in baby formulas - frequently in NYT and other major media. I am impressed by the depth and breadth of their work.

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

The great public awareness raising they've done about lead in lipstick, toxic chemicals in sunscreen and bubble bath products for kids, toxic chemicals in baby formula.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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

How useful their research is, how accessible their website for safe cosmetics database is for looking up products, and how much advocacy work I see them doing to get our legislators to more carefully regulate consumer products

Ways to make it better...

I don't know. I am pretty happy with what I've seen of their work.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & I use their research to make buying decisions.

LUCILE SALTER PACKARD CHILDRENS HOSPITAL AT STANFORD
September 18, 2008

Long waits for appointments for pediatric GI. Especially on Wednesdays because apparently those are urgent days and they can't stick as closely to appointment times. We waited 1.5 hours to be seen.

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

I have heard great things about the GI doctors at the hospital.

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If we were told ahead of time how long the wait could take. It's hard to wait for that long with a 10 month old baby in a small examination room.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

MY ROLE:
Client Served & waited for the doctor in pediatric GI office.

Commonwealth Club of California St Francis Hotel
September 17, 2008

I've really enjoyed all the different programs they have. It's a rare place in San Francisco to get together and hear a great speaker and talk about public affairs or culture with other interesting people.

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

The programs that I've attended.

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Ways to make it better...

Their "upcoming events" link on their website would load up properly.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I attended their events.

Compasspoint Nonprofit Services
May 4, 2007

I am a local nonprofit executive and I use Compasspoint's services a lot. I always look forward to their conferences because they are super lively and fun and address a lot of issues that not a lot of other people are willing to talk about honestly in the sector. And they really mix it up and get speakers who are though leaders yet are willing to mingle, make jokes and debate with the audience. I also find their studies to be right on the money. Their Daring to Lead study which looked at leadership challenges facing nonprofit executive directors is practial and well-researched. I haven't yet attended any of their trainings yet, but I've sent my employees there and they've said they learned a lot.

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

the useful and educational research studies and conferences they've put on.

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

the candor of the nonprofit and it's willingness to speak up to funders about difficult issues facing nonprofits

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

passionate and bright with a willingness to both help individual nonprofit professionals get all the practical training they need, as well as advocate on a national level for issues facing nonprofit professionals.

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

be a national support system for nonprofit professionals and a voice for the nonprofit sector.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I attended their conferences and read their research.