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Brian_Engler

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Review for Fairfax Library Foundation, Fairfax, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Fairfax Library Foundation is a private, nonprofit corporation established in 1994 and dedicated to providing supplementary support to the 23-branch library system in Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax. Through the charitable donations of individuals, businesses, and other organizations, the Fairfax Library Foundation sponsors programs within our libraries and in the greater community, and purchases much needed books and non-print materials such as e-books. Some of the programs sponsored include: Changing Lives Through Literature, that gives first time juvenile offenders an alternative to formal court action by teaching values through literature; Ready to Read Early Literacy Outreach, which allows interactive reading activities to be brought to preschoolers; Scholarships for graduate, undergraduate and continuing education; and the ever-popular Summer Reading Program. These programs thrive only because of generous private donations to the Foundation. If you want to make a difference for your library you are not limited in your options. You can make a charitable gift to be used for programs or other resources, buy books through the library’s Amazon Wish List, or volunteer your time as a committee or board member within the Foundation itself. These donations of time and money will substantively and positively impact your library system, and you can choose exactly the difference you want to make by designating how and where you want your donations to be used.

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

Grow corporate outreach to raise the number and amount of business donations, focus on grant opportunities, and increase the scope of the Changing Lives Through Literature program to include adult offenders.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Role:  Board Member
 

Review for Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers, Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The large and growing number of service members who have no religious affiliation and no belief in a deity is seriously underserved by the existing corps of chaplains. Military chaplains, of course, derive from one or another spiritual denomination, but they are required to step beyond their own sectarian beliefs in order to serve all military personnel, regardless of those individuals’ beliefs, when called upon to counsel or comfort in times of need. Service members who have no denomination, however, at times are treated like pariahs or, worse, are overtly proselytized to become believers. These individuals may protest within their command, but their lone voices often go unheeded, so collective action is needed. Being a national organization with local chapters, the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers provides a larger and more focused voice for all nontheists in military service that, increasingly, is being heard in the upper echelons of the Department of Defense and by higher civil authorities. More needs to be done. For example the commissioning of explicitly humanist chaplains is one initiative being pursued. MAAF is dedicated to building a welcoming community for what it calls the last unprotected minority. It needs your membership and financial support to accomplish its aims. Please join MAAF and explicitly support our nontheistic service men and women.

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

Redouble the effort to reach out to individual service members and form local chapters--but to do so, more members, volunteers and monetary donations are essential.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Role:  Board Member