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Review for Fulbright Academy, Cape Elizabeth, ME, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

This is an unusual organization devoted to technical analysis and problem-solving, drawing on the thousands of current and former Fulbright scholars and their hosts. This is a large, sophisticated, and significant talent pool that can bring experience and global perspective to issues both small (repairing a telescope in Morocco) and huge (global health). The value added is that FAST brings "Fulbrighters" together on basis of technical expertise and interests rather than country program, which had been the only basis for alumni groups previously.

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

Global health initiative

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

1) Raise endowment for sustainability 2) Create partnership networks so that programming and initiatives do not depend on a few interested individuals

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

diversity of points of view and intellectual stimulation.

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

highly diverse in age and background and highly committed, usually passionate about potential for doing good by applying a particular technology or approach to problem solving.

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

leverage networks of very bright and experienced people who would support each other in making serious change.

Ways to make it better...

there were more support staff to help manage initiatives.

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

fund-raising and membership outreach, because although there are many Fulbright scholars they are not conveniently accessible in databases.

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

this Academy could be replicated for other broad disciplines (humanities, social sciences, etc.) with potential for interdisciplinary colaboration. It draws on an existing, well-qualified, vetted, experienced base and mobilizes this global talent pool.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & Conference participant and supported DC event in 2010.