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Review for Project Vote Smart, Des Moines, IA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I once wrote to Project Vote Smart asking about a rating they had received from an organization that rates charities. The head of the project wrote me a long letter with a great explanation about how they don't easily fit into the rating categories and I am now a donor for life. They do amazing work on a shoestring budget, and manage to stay neutral while reporting facts.

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Role:  Donor

Review for Xela AID Partnerships for Self Reliance, Long Beach, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

A year ago I signed up for a volunteer vacation to a Mayan community in Guatemala and was so impressed with how effective and personal Xela-Aid is that I agreed to join the board as the Chair of the Micro-business and Leadership programs. I have stepped into a world that is vastly different from the one I know - where 15 year old students work at dawn in the fields so that they can afford to attend secondary school, and who seek an education so that they can help their parents and siblings. In spite of this, they find time to give back to their communities in significant ways. They are an amazing group of people and my life is so much richer for having gotten to know them and having the opportunity to be of help.

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I don't know what to say here. We are continually changing and improving as we learn. I would love to have the money to be able to hire more people in Guatemala, which would make our work even more effective. I think our focus has to be on a business model that is more self-sustaining.

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Role:  Board Member