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Jeffrey Drichta

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Review for Fair Chance, Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As a Fair Chance board member for over a year, I have been honored to serve with such a hands-on, motivated board and dedicated, resilient staff. In the past several months, I have spent significant amounts of time interviewing the executive directors of the nonprofits with which Fair Chance has partnered. What has impressed me most is the truly transformative effect our capacity building has on these dynamic, community-based nonprofits serving youth, children and their families in Wards 5-8 of Washington, DC. To a person, these executive directors have discussed how Fair Chance has helped to stabilize, strengthen, and sustain their organizations in areas like board development, fundraising, financial management, human resources and succession planning. It is obvious to me that there exists a direct correlation between having a stable, sustainable community-based nonprofit and the positive outcomes these nonprofits can achieve. Moreover, Fair Chance has truly developed the leadership skills of these executive directors, who now feel more effective in their roles as leaders of their organizations. One executive director gave me the following apt analogy of the relationship between her organization and Fair Chance: her organization is the mission, the heart, and Fair Chance is the structure, the skeleton that protects and nutures that heart to ensure that it can do great works in the community. That's a great way to think of what Fair Chance does at its best.

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

the meetings I've had with the executive directors of the organizations that partner with Fair Chance.

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

Continually shaping the message of Fair Chance in the community, as well as working with our board and staff.

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

Help build the capacity of so many more nonprofits and their leaders to improve the lives of children, youth and families living in at-risk communities in Washington, DC.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

Role:  Board Member & Board of Director service since 2007.