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Canvass for a Cause

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Lesbian & Gay Rights, LGBTQ

Mission: Canvass for a Cause is incorporated as a 501c4 working to build support for the progressive movement. Staff and volunteers have worked on a projects ranging from marriage equality, DADT, to cannabis reform, as well as international relief efforts.

Geographic areas served: California

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

ugh tired of this place taking advantage of good, kind, hard working people i seen a lot of change happen in this place and i can say its not for good. i have seen many great people try to speak out against the corruption and one by one they were fired. its so sad to see all the good ppl there who are scared to speak out they call that a "safe space" ha!!! i was once afraid of them myself afraid to lose my job they are bullies isn't that ironic since they claim to work against that ha if only people could see what goes on in that place they claim also to be workers rights oriented well i can say from experience that they are not. i will NEVER go back to CFAC EVER unless one day people decide to push the bad out.

6 pudge

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I was a staff manager at Cfac for several years and as such, was privy to much of the design structure and development of each campaign during my tenure.This organizations primary function is to guarentee the continued employment of its upper management leadership through its daily fundraising initiative. The rhetoric deployed at storefronts by canvassers is crafted in order to compel supporters to donate as generously as possible, alledgedly, to provide the staffing and tools required to successfully protect the Student Non Discrimination Act, and or facilitate its safe passage and integration.

The money raised by Cfac, through that enterprise , in no way, lends direct support to anti bullying legislation!!! ...The donations instead go predominately, to pet projects launched by top leadership. Initiatives like marches and protests against marijuanna bans, rallies to "free Bradley Manning".and and a host of other projects that have traditionally been undertaken by a staff of UNPAID volunteers. The revenue garnered by canvassing largely goes to justifying inflated payrolls of largely inactive leadership and to fund the payroll of the canvass staff that solicites the donations of well meaning supporters

The organization expends great energy constructing,destributing and protecting its manipulative and deceitful practices and has caused great harm to way of live and reputation to those who attempt to evoke reform of those whose methods betray the community and those who support it

khadarlis-change

Volunteer

Rating: 3

Khadarlis For Sierra Leone is like a first baby to me. This is an organisation that was founded to champion the cause of the victims of the Blood Diamond Conflict in Sierra Leone; a conflict that devastated the socio-economic and humanitarian condition of the entire West African region culminating in the indictment of Charles Taylor in at the International War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague. That is not the amazing aspect of it. What attracts me and hundreds of other volunteers towards working tirelessly with this organisation is the aspect of lifting the cause of our courageous womenfolk who are rising to the occasion to serve as Development Partners in our 21st century. As a champion of female female empowerment and a staunch believer in the fortitude and outright nature of women, I am ready to stand by Khadarlis for Sierra Leone in order to contribute to the US Strategy in engaging the African market and knowledge and skills exchange relevant to globalization and economic growth.

Terrie B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization of driven social change professionals. Canvass for a Cause works tirelessly for change. I have been privileged to work with these great folks at Occupy San Diego. They risk their personal safety to drive change .

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an organization designed to advance a cause with a boots on the ground field canvassing effort.

If you like to jump right in and do good in your community, this is the organization to get involved in. Currently, I'm working on the Stop the Ban on medical cannabis effort in San Diego but other examples of what the great folks here work on are marriage equality and aid to Hatti.

Tres Watson, the Executive Director is a super smart, high energy professional who takes a cause, applies his canvass model and gets it covered.

I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment I've spent in this office. Tres makes the job fun and exciting, fresh and new and very hip!

Its the place to be if you like to whistle while you work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the opportunity to intern at Canvass for a Cause for the past few months working in the media department, and I find myself constantly impressed and empowered by the work being done there.

CFAC employs a group of inspired and effective activists who are steadfast advocates for equality at a time when our country's legislation unfortunately does not protect all of its citizens. By engaging supportive and unsupportive voters in face-to-face conversations, CFAC is doing the necessary and time-consuming work of holding people accountable for their individual vote and ability to say no to social injustice.

I consider myself lucky to be able to associate myself with Canvass for a Cause.

1 queer_power

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As anyone viewing this site knows, there are an overwhelming number of nonprofit organizations out there and it can be difficult to distinguish the really great ones from all the rest. CFAC is truly one of the great ones. CFAC served and empowered thousands LGBT folk and thier families in the San Diego are by being a voice for those who are unable to spend all day talking to voters. I think one of the greatest testaments to CFAC's success is the number of people who have been persuaded by their efforts in the field, and I was one of them. This shows just how much CFAC has made a difference in their lives. At every level of the organization, the CFAC staff goes above and beyond the call of duty. I feel lucky to have met the CFAC family at a critical point in my own life.
My parents do not support gay marriage, and I am gay. Three weeks ago a woman came to my door, and my mother spoke with her. My mom is pretty adamant about her support, and she doesn't know I am gay. The woman she spoke to was very nice, and asked her why my mom got married. After 10 min, my mother was not persuaded but trust me no one could persuade her...

But the fact that this woman knocked on my door and took on my mother... it was amazing. I've been to afraid to ever talk with heard about it, and this was the first time I heard someone who wasnt part of our church or whatever. I hope she knocks on my door again.

1 Eugene D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for Canvass during the Prop 19 campaign and must say this is the most best run, honest, and most dedicated group of advocates that I have ever worked with. Their executive director Tres Watson along with Ben and Rachel who ran the campaign provided great leadership and direction to everyone, while fulfilling their promises to all the canvasers.

This is a great place to volunteer, work, and be involved with!

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

The Staff are brain washed into thinking that the money they receive for canvassing is helping the cause. How can it be a nonprofitwhen everyone is profiting from it but the cause. I went to the training and after doing it saw right thru the brainwashing training. Its just panhandling.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have just recently started working for canvass for a cause in San Diego and have found it to be a very good experience. I am working on the Stop the Ban campaign to keep medical marijuana facitlities in san diego open. All of the staff and volunteers have been very helpful and friendly and I do truely believe we are making a difference.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Rachel Scoma, I was a volunteer on the Yes on 19 campaign and Canvass for a Cause was literally the only organization in San Diego that was willing to help us overturn 80 years of racist cannabis prohibition. Not only does Canvass for a Cause educate and persuade the public everyday about the importance of marriage equality, they were willing to give time and resources to help us.

Thank you Canvass for a Cause!

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Tres Watson work at 3705 10th ave. 619-630-7750

Tres Watson is a dishonest gay man he steals, lie to people.

Tres Watson need to be reported to the San Diego police & tv stations

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Tres Watson is a Scammer report him to San Diego police.



Tres Watson belongs in jail.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Canvass For A Cause provided me with one of the most rewarding and unforgettable volunteer opportunities of my life. Every single member of the staff is friendly and has a passion for his or her job. Started by a group of experienced people and now blossoming into a well known organization, every member of the team is helpful and welcoming. Getting to speak with all different types of people around San Diego helped me realize my passions and how rewarding it is to volunteer with this group. Knowing that with one face to face conversation I reached at least five other people made all of the negative feedback worth it. Working with such a great group of people and a truly unique organization was more than I could have asked for and I would recommend it to any and all with an interest.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ive always been very, very skeptical about giving money to anyone to fix a problem. Ive always felt that if an issue\problem is important enough for me to sincerely care about, I need to do more to get involved than throwing money at the problem until it goes away. In short I didn't see how me giving them money was any different from anyone else, and how it was going to dramatically address the issue. At this point, I had been approached by numerous, almost incalculable amounts of people (In the Streets, T.V commercials, Web,etc..) wanting money to fix problems, and in digging I've always found that I wasn't going to completely satisfied with the return on my investment.... Until I came across Canvass for a Cause. What makes them different? They're asking for money just like everyone else. Sure, its unrealistic to expect a Grass Roots Non-Profit to be successful solely running on hopes and dreams. Faith will only fill the gas tank so many times. What sets them apart is how the money's used. What makes them so effective is their model, the model of engagement. Being proactive is the only way to resolve existing issues, and preventing future ones. I was truly happy to see a group of people who were not looking for the easy way out in a hard fight. Its easy to see why they are so effective, they are willing to do the hard work of being out in the field, having those face to face conversations, when no one appears to want to, and that's when the WIN happens.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer a few hours a week updating their membership list. They are a dedicated group who spend hours in the sun informing people and correcting misinformation about gay marriage and other issues on their slate. They are courageous and often have to put up with a lot of negative, harsh feedback. I first met two of them in from of Walmart and began asking if they were aware of the religious misinformation behind Prop 8. I saw that they needed some help and offered to do what I could. For many of them this is their day job and they need contributions to be able to continue. This is an organization worth contributing to as well as volunteering for.