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Review for Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, Madison, WI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am privileged to be a volunteer member of the DAIS committee for the annual fund raising “Celebrate Independence” luncheon. Economic times have created difficult situations for many, including victims of domestic violence. In the past year, DAIS has received 352 calls seeking information about shelter (144% increase), 293 new crisis response clients (49% increase) and 964 nights that people have been waitlisted for shelter from their abuser (1621% increase). In the past year, Dane County has experienced an increasing number of deaths resulting from domestic violence. This dismal picture is exacerbated by the fact that while demand has dramatically increased, retaining funding for important DAIS services has become much more challenging. DAIS is the only domestic violence agency supporting Dane County. Dane County has a projected 2009 population of 491,357. DAIS serves this population with a budget of just over $1 million and through a 25-bed safe-house residence. What they accomplish with minimal resources for the population base they serve is commendable – direct service to victims, community outreach and training for law enforcement, human services staff and other related professionals. In spite of their sterling reputation and the need for their services growing at astonishing rates, they unfortunately continue to have to direct a significant amount of staff resources to just maintaining their budget, let alone grow it to better need the pressing needs.

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

working with the talented and dedicated DAIS staff in fund raising.

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

provide DAIS with the financial resources for an operating budget that permits them to meet the domestic violence needs of Dane County and to provide a larger and better shelter and office space for the program.

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

contributing in a small way to addressing the issue of domestic violence.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

talented, dedicated, hard-working and of the highest integrity.

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

better meet the pressing needs of Dane County and provide a safe, healthful safe-house residence for DV victims.

Ways to make it better...

couldn't be more positive.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial resources to maintain the staff and facility needed to meet the DV challenges in Dane County.

One thing I'd also say is that...

DAIS finds a way to squeeze at least $2 of results of every $1 they have to spend. They are remarkable stewards of the limited financial resources they have available to them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & serve on committee for annual Celebrate Independence fund raising luncheon.