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Review for International Tibet Network, Vienna, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

International Tibet Network (ITN) provides a crucial connection between Tibet support groups worldwide, allowing hundreds of geographically disperse groups to work strategically and effectively together. In addition to providing this connectivity, ITN plays a vital leadership role for the international Tibet support movement, providing resources, a wealth of canpaigning expertise and an overarching strategy and pathway.

Specific examples of ITN's important service to the Tibet movement include the provision of a common campaign strategy, developed through extensive consultations with it's member groups. This strategy is rolled out through a series of work plans and is regularly reviewed and tested. Importantly, ITN provides regular recommended actions and resources to its member groups, allowing even very small groups to access the resources with which to carry out effective campaigns. It also allows the movement as a whole to respond rapidly to emerging situations in Tibet or significant international campaigning opportunities.

In overseeing such a large network and body of work, ITN inevitably faces challenges from limited financial and human resoures. Further funding would enable ITN to provide more targeted support to oorganizations in particular regions. That said, ITN's present operations are testament to what a small but experienced campaign staff are able to achieve.

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

My work at Australia Tibet Council. In particular the ability to access ITN's campaigning expertise and resources and connect with other groups internationally.

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

Consider appointing additional regional coordinators to aid the roll-out of campaigns.

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

Likely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Through my prior work in the Tibet movement

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Building capacity within the Tibet movement

What is its top priority in the long run?

The survival of Tibetan culture, religion, language and heritage

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Board Member & I used resources and support from ITN to help develop and implement campaigns at the Australia Tibet Council, one of ITN's member groups.
 

Review for Chewonki Foundation Inc, Wiscasset, ME, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I spent three of the most formative and enjoyable summers of my life at Chewonki and it remains a very significant influence on my work, values and day-to-day life. Chewonki gave me not only some great practical skills but many extraordinary friendships, memories and life lessons. It gave the opportunity to reconnect with what is important and better understand the world around me. In today's world the value of such experiences are immeasurable. Go Chewonki!

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

too many ways to count

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

the philosophy and outlook of the organization, the fun and the friendships

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

have a tremendous positive influence on thousands of children and adults

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Former staff & I spent two summers as a wilderness trip participant and later spent two summers as a camp counsellor and sailing instructor.