My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for The Connecticut Audubon Society, Inc., Fairfield, CT, USA
In a wink, after being asked to join in 2004, I was consumed by the volunteer spirit and camaraderie of the regional board of the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury. This group works tirelessly and selflessly to plan and conduct fundraisers - five per year - to support the children's education programs about the natural world that the Center provides. You have but to shadow one class of third graders and to watch the awe and excitement on their faces as they have first-hand experiences with nature, on our field trips or in the classroom, to to understand why your volunteer effort makes a difference and how your investment of time and money reinforces the Society's mission. It is also a joy to watch our after school group of volunteer children learn how to take care of and handle the animals (birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods) at the Center.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
... developing a much deeper knowledge of birds and their habitats through the Society's scientific research that is disseminated in the annual Connecticut State of the Birds reports. ... hearing positive feedback from the parents of children, and from adults themselves, who have benefited from our programs and activities.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
... accelerate the positioning of each of the Society's regional centers by following the Grasslands Center strategy taken at Pomfret. To fund each repositioning, I would seek financial support from some wealthy "angels" - major foundations and donors, who would be willing to make long-term commitments to the Society and its mission.
Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?
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How did you learn about this organization?
Through a friend of my wife's.
What is this organization's top short-term priority?
Increase membership and donations to the annual appeal.
What is its top priority in the long run?
Strengthen the education program: broaden its reach and make it profitable.
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