My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for The Radiant Peace Foundation International Inc, St Petersburg, FL, USA
I can't speak highly enough about The Radiant Peace Foundation International and its many programs dedicated to inspiring and promoting Radiant Peace around the world. I have been a volunteer for this professional organization for over 20 years, and continue to be deeply touched by its outreach to children and adults…especially through its major program, The Radiant Peace Education Awards.
Throughout each year, children from pre-school through high school are encouraged to submit artwork and essays, expressing the meaning and value of Radiant Peace in their lives. Often, entire classrooms or schools will participate, integrating The Radiant Peace Education Awards with their academic curriculums of English, Art, Social Studies, and more. It is easy to see through the thousands of entries that have been submitted over the years, that these students find Radiant Peace to be vital to their sense of well-being.
These powerful and heart-warming entries are then displayed at The International Museum of Radiant Peace. In today's world, where the news media seem to focus daily on negative and discouraging events, this lovely, colorful museum provides an oasis of calm and celebration amidst the outer chaos. In addition to the uplifting artwork and multimedia displays, there are inspiring quotes, and lively, interactive exhibits that give visitors a chance to experience Radiant Peace for themselves.
As a donor, I've seen my money be used for: further expansion of the museum (from one room in 2001 to the entire first floor of a small business building); greater distribution of Radiant Peace Patches (every child who enters The Radiant Peace Education Awards receives one), and more awards given to more winners and honorable mentions than ever before.
Due to limited space, only a fraction of the entries can be displayed in the current museum, and the need is great for a larger building that can also enable entire school groups to visit.
It is important to state that the International Museum of Radiant Peace is not just for children -- adults of all ages have visited, and continue to be inspired by its message of Radiant Peace. It is a message which resounds off the walls loud and clear, carried through the heart and voices of thousands of children around the world.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
seeing firsthand the great impact it has on children and adults. To be able to award a child for taking the time to even think about how Radiant Peace touches their lives, and those of their loved ones -- and, to see their delight in visiting the museum. They have an enormous sense of pride to see that what they create about Radiant Peace is on display to inspire people thoughout the world.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
not change the fundamental basis of its purpose, structure and mission. In all my years of volunteering for multiple organizations, I've never experienced an organization with as much Integrity as The Radiant Peace Foundation. No huge salaries, or unnecessary spending -- all of the money donated goes into fulfilling its mission. The only change I'd like to see is that it gets to have a larger building for The International Museum of Radiant Peace!