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Review for Rainbow Rumpus, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

In over 90% of American counties, children are growing up with two moms or two dads. Many of these children may never hear a story about a family like theirs in child care or school--stories about children with two moms or two dads, or other parents who identify as gay, lesbian, bi, or trans, are simply not being published. For children who don't have a strong community of similar families in their area, this can be devastating. Rainbow Rumpus publishes professional children's stories, illustrations, comics, and other media that reflect the lives of these children, and makes this media available free to children and their families, neighbors, and teachers, in monthly online issues. We receive email, letters, and comments every month from children around the country (and even around the world) telling us how important this work is to them. The MN Council on Nonprofits awarded us their Dot Org award for our work, too. Every child deserves to read stories about families like their own. Every child needs to read stories about families that are different from theirs, too. Rainbow Rumpus makes this possible. I have volunteered for Rainbow Rumpus for three and a half years. I come back because I know how important the work is, and because the community in the organization is so strong. A core group of over 30 volunteers put the issue together every month; their enthusiasm and dedication are palpable. I learn from them all the time.

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

the amazed and delighted reactions of children and families who read our magazine.

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

the incredibly talented and hardworking volunteer staff members; the opportunity to create something new from the ground up.

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

continue to publish online and also have a print publishing program; distribute books to child care centers & schools for free; publish in other languages; pay staff and stabilize.

Ways to make it better...

I can't imagine it being better. I've been in the nonprofit world for a long time, and this is one of the best organizations I've worked with.

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

managing our rapid growth and moving into our adolescence as an organization; creating solid and reliable funding streams.

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Role:  Volunteer & I acquire and edit children's fiction, and work with all the editorial volunteers.