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Review for United Way Bay Area, San Francisco, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I joined the board for the United Way Bay Area late last year, and it's been an amazing experience thus far. To be honest, I didn't even know the difference between poverty and homelessness before getting involved, but that's precisely why I think their mission is so important. It's hard to believe that 1 in 5 families are in poverty in the Bay Area, crazy. To that extent, I've mostly spent my time working on the Make It Be ( campaign, which is just getting off the ground. I consider myself extremely lucky to be living here, and find the United Way's initiatives to be meaningful, full of impact and most important, necessary.

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How did you learn about this organization?

Through my friend and colleague, Noah Lichtenstein, who is also on the board.

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

I'd say the Make It Be campaign, but really it's all their work, like their SparkPoint Centers:

What is its top priority in the long run?

Within Make It Be, it's to cut poverty in half in the Bay Area by 2020.

Role:  Board Member

Review for Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

We've been taking our son Dash to this museum for years (well, he's only 4 but you get the idea). It's a super fun day of discovery and running around, and you can tell the staff really gets excited about being there and interacting with the little people.

We've also gone to a few of their auctions, typically parents at these events, of course, but there again it's a palpable enthusiasm for a really exciting and (gasp) educationally interactive museum.

Um, go discover it for yourself!

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

Both as a parent and watching my son just go bonkers here. Also have worked a little bit on the volunteer side with events.

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

I really think they are on it, in terms of moving forward.

Role:  General Member of the Public & I just try and keep up.

Review for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

While I'm a big SFMOMA fan, I've always been intrigued by the relative gallery-like feel of YBCA, just across the street; the latter being almost like that punky kid sister to the former. Over the years I've had the chance to serve on a few committees centered around some of their events and gatherings, and it's always been interesting to witness how they utilize volunteers and their respective connections/resources to bring something to fruition. There's a real sense of locality going on, and community. As with any organization, it does come down to the people behind it, and that's true here: I still remain in contact with Mary Beth Smith, who headed up their marketing efforts (and ironically who now does some work with SFMOMA). Emily Lakin, who I believe is still there, is another go-getter. Good people. And then, front and center, of course is the art. It's edgy, almost like a testing ground and/or launching pad for artists about to become huge. Most exhibits I've seen have been thoughtfully curated, but like I said before, it's their art happenings that truly bring this place to life.

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

See above.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & I worked on promoting and planning some of their parties and fundraisers.