My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Zozu Project, Templeton, CA, USA
I have been a donor to the Zozu Project for many years, with my donations increasing each year for this simple reason: Zozu = high touch/high impact work that makes a direct difference in the lives of children, families and the larger community. It is one of those few non-profits where the founders are real people with regular day jobs, who are essentially also the strongest volunteers within the organization. The work is done with absolutely minimal (are there any?) layers of intermediary organizational framework. Your dollars go directly to support the operation of the school, Solid Rock, which directly contributes to the education, health and well-being of the entire community it serves.
I have a friend who has traveled the globe, documenting what poverty means in different parts of the world. His conclusion is that poverty is the absence of hope and power, rather than the absence of money (which is often what Americans think of first). Zozu works to eliminate that poverty of hope and power in Arua, Uganda through education and health. If we each took this approach, and stamped out poverty in one community at a time, the world would be a better place. I am proud to support the Zozu Project as they work to do just that.
Review for Teaching Fellows Institute Inc., Charlotte, NC, USA
The Teaching Fellows Institute takes the time to honor teachers both in their profession, and as human beings.Yes, TFI engages and inspires fellows as professionals with symposia focused on the art and science of pedagogy. But the extra perks - like having programs and resources focused on mindfulness, stress reduction, healthy living and simply having a good time together with tickets to professional sports games - honors teachers as the people we are, first and foremost!