My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for BANANAS, Inc., Oakland, CA, USA
When I was seeking child care for my baby daughter with disabilities, Bananas was a god-send, helping me understand and sort out what I needed to know to select good quality care. Later, when I wanted to work to improve child care as a volunteer advocate, Bananas provided encouragement, direct support, and advocacy tools so that I could be successful. I was so inspired by the staff and the programs at Bananas that I joined the Board of Directors. After more than 20 year, I support Bananas and thework they do whole-heartedly. This is a socially responsive and responsible organization....creative and outside the box thinking grounded in a clear understanding of community needs and social values.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Bnanas has been a key organization in helping to develop the field of child care. Staff at Banans were key in establishing the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network and the National Association of Resource and Referral Agencies for example. I personally have benefited as a consumer of child care; there isn't a policy or program in California related to child care that Bananas has not played a key role in developing and improving.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I worry about how the organization will weather the loss of key leadership. I hope there is succession planning and a conscious attempt to be writing down the history and the knowledge that the leadership has stored up inside their hearts and minds.