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Review for St Croix Valley Foundation, Hudson, WI, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

The staff and board have worked very well together leveraging the impact for increasing gifts to the foundation and as important, providing grants from the foundation. I've personally experienced the results of this organization through significant growth in gifts to the foundation in a time of uncertain economic conditions, and seeing needed programming benefit from grants increasing the quality of life in the St. Croix Valley, and indeed in other parts of the country. I have met an abundance of good people that founded the SCVF, and continue to help grow this important charity. One of the most significant accomplishemnts of the SCVF is the bringing together of like minded individuals (8 affiliate organziations) in the watershed to collaborate for the greater good. Historically, this would have been impossible, but through persistent leadership, the affiliate organizations comprising the SCVF are learning from each other to increase the giving opportunities to more people. At the most recent Legacy event, one of our grantees explained how a River Falls Wisconsin charity has helped the homeless, in particular young people that have no homes. The SCVF Board is very cohesive and effective. I've witnessed tremendous leadership to bring together affiliate organizations, grow assets under management in difficult economic times and the sensitivity to personally thank donors on a frequent basis. Based on increased gift amounts, increasing granting opportunities, the Board has been very cognizant of the importance of very clean audits, great return on investments for donors and appropriate marketing to constituents. The staff is led by an executive director that has grown quickly as a leader by effective listening and seeking significant board involvement through strategic planning. The staff is well coordinated, professional and highly sensitive to the needs of the donors and the grantees.

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