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Review for City Of Angels Community Choirs Inc, Chatsworth, CA, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

The City of Angels Community Choirs has grown immensely over the last several years. They have performed at numerous venues including Carnegie Hall with John Rutter. The summer children's workshop has performed at Disneyland. Richard Medrano knows how to get the sound from both adults and children. Patti is the office maven that keeps everything running smoothly. The group also has provided significant support to the community through a Spring Choir Festival.

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

Find more donors who would sponsor the group and create more publicity.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field
 

Review for Seventh-Day Adventist Kinship International Inc, Orinda, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Seventh-day Adventist Kinship International became an important part of my life starting in the mid-1990's. The annual Kampmeeting that year featured a theologian who helped me to accept my orientation after nearly thirty years of trying to change who I am. Since that time, I have been actively involved at the Regional, National and International levels of the organization in helping to bring a face for LGBTIQ Seventh-day Adventists to the Church. This has provided me with opportunities I would not have enjoyed apart from Kinship. I have new friends in my own area, I have new friends and colleagues across American and around the world who have also become involved in providing support. These friends are both LGBTIQ and straight allies who are giving tirelessly to support the work of Kinship. Kinship has also supported efforts to develop a book, "Christianity and Homosexuality: Some Seventh-day Adventist Perspectives" and a documentary, "Seventh-Gay Adventists" These are valuable resources for changing hearts and minds. I am currently serving on an interim basis on the Board until someone can be found for the position.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Advisor
 

Review for The Gay Christian Network, Raleigh, NC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Gay Christian Network is an amazing organization. In just a few years it has grown to be a solid member of the gay christian community. GCN provides support and services for many people of all ages in a large number of countries. Some of these people are isolated and feel all alone in their quest to reconcile their Christian understandings with the fact that they are gay. GCN provides a wonderful network for them to be connected. GCN has harnessed today's technologies in a wonderful way to provide support and outreach. GCN also has developed a great outreach to other LGBT organizations that helps them reach their mission.

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

The tremendous sense of community created at their annual conference.

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

Be excited to see all that was happening

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

The breadth of their exposure to various Christian churches and organizations

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

Friendly and helpful

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

Create more marketing so more people could benefit from their ministry.

Ways to make it better...

I would have known more people before attending my first conference

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

How to continue growing at the same pace without being overwhelmed.

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

It was wonderful to see parents/clergy who were wanting to support their young adults who were attending GCN.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  General Member of the Public & I attended the annual conference in January to get acquainted with GCN.