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Liz Shear

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Review for Casa De Amparo, Oceanside, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

June 4, 2011

President Board of Directors
Casa de Amparo

Oceanside, California,

Dear President,

Like a kaleidoscope, the work of nonprofit governance is intricate, varied, and involves viewing the organization through a variety of lenses. Exceptional governance requires precision, imagination, and principled and adept decision-making. Its’ practitioners are dedicated volunteers who contribute valuable services to our community.

The University of San Diego’s Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium recognizes an exemplary nonprofit board of directors with the “Kaleidoscope Award for Exceptional Governance.” The purpose of the award is to celebrate, promote, and inspire excellence in nonprofit governance. A six-member blue ribbon committee of nonprofit leaders does an extensive review of applicants’ governing documents, financials and other organizational material. Finalists are interviewed. The award is given at the annual USD symposium.

Casa de Amparo was among the first three award winners. They won the award because of their diligent fiduciary governance, their ability to move their organization strategically over the long term and their willingness to ask themselves generative questions in order to keep their programs relevant. Their board is intelligent, hardworking, courageous and engaged.

We are proud to have them be part of our kaleidoscope.

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

I have watched Casa de Amparo take on a huge fundraising goal in order to better serve children and families and achieve it--despite immense odds.

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

I would change the way our nation funds services to abused children, so that organizations like Casa de Amparo don't have to struggle so much.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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What is unique about this organization?

Expertise, dedication, committed board of directors and nimblness

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Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & I am part of University of San Diego's nonprofit governance award team.