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Dawn Leader-Peloso
Works at Palos Youth Theatre
Attended DePaul University
Lives in Homewood, IL
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Dawn Leader-Peloso

Class 6: Tools You Can Use  - 
 
I was not aware of Philanthropedia prior to visiting the tools you can use resource page.  What a great resource!  I discovered some new charities in my areas of interest that I was not familiar with, but will consider adding to my portfolio of giving.  I was also surprised when researching some of my favorite charities - some are not operating as I assumed they were.
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Dawn Leader-Peloso

Class 4: Sustainability  - 
 
The interview with Ben and Jerry illustrated that there are many ways, in addition to monetary donations, that a business can become active.  The strength of putting a message on packaging is that everyone who purchases it sees the message, of course the weakness is the same - that only those who purchase it see the message.  Through events and activism they engage the public in their values and mission.  This could have the drawback of alienating those with differing views from your business, but doesn't seem to have hurt Ben and Jerry significantly.  The stamp campaign is clever - a way to get the community involved, spread a message and make a wider impact.  I wonder how seriously someone is going to take a "not to be used to bribe politicians" message.  While it's clever, and I'd see it and be amused, I don't think it would inspire me to spring into action in any way.
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Class 3: Impact  - 
 
What struck me about the interview with Soledad O'Brien was their approach to supporting the girls in the way they'd support their daughters - getting them whatever help they need to reach the goal, not just paying the tuition and leaving them to figure it out or fail on their own.  That whole approach to reaching the goal contributes to a successful outcome.  When assessing her program, she should evaluate not just the number of girls who have made it to graduation or found a job, but how the girls lives overall are improved, which allows them to give back in their way and improve the world further.
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Class 3: Impact  - 
 
In addition to spending time researching the best organizations to give money to, I have expertise in nonprofit management and marketing that I can use.  I was using social networking to spread the word about dogs in need of homes or donations, but I think people stop reading when they see so many posts they stop reading them (and start to call me the crazy dog lady), so I've cut back on how much I use social media and limit it to a few select causes.  I have participated in runs and walks for charities.  I do carry a notebook where I make notes about the activities of various politicians, so that when it's time to vote, I can vote in a way that makes the greatest impact.  (which I never thought of as being part of my social impact until now).   I do try to use my consumer dollars to support (or not support) certain business practices.  When it's time to clean out the closets, I make sure to donate our old items to nonprofits who will best use them to make a difference in the areas I care about.  I've just agreed to chair the philanthropy committee at work, so I can help direct our corporations funds where they will make the most impact.
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I think in most cases my motivation for giving is to help those who can't help themselves or those in need due to circumstances they cannot control.  I also tend to pay careful attention to how an organization is operated.  If I become involved with a group more deeply than just sending off a check, and I find that the management is motivated by ego more than by the cause, I'm out.  Effective and involved management is important to me.
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Dawn Leader-Peloso

Class 5: Excellence in Management and Operations  - 
 
If I were invited to join a board, I would first make sure that the organization has a clear strategy, that they are making tangible, positive change and that they fit the RISE criteria.  Then I would consider my own interests  - does this organization address a cause I am passionate about?  Finally I would consider whether my time and skills would be a good fit to make a positive contribution to the organization.
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Class 4: Sustainability  - 
 
There is an expectation to keep overhead and salaries low because people want their money to go to the program.  The problem is that nonprofits are competing with corporations for the best employees, and the corporations can afford higher salaries and better benefits.  Sure, some people will take the lower salary because they are passionate about the cause.  (and thank goodness for those people!)  But people still have to have to support themselves, and I think a competitive salary is reasonable.
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Class 2: Relevance  - 
 
I think anyone who is giving either money or time in any amount should follow the lessons that Cal Ripken discussed.  Focus on what you care about and take the time to learn about the organization you're giving to.  Don't assume the organization you're trying to help is running properly and learn what is the difference they're making.  I was also struck by the quote "our impacts are real and they're measurable, and if the numbers are smaller, that's OK."  So many groups try to impress with big numbers, but sometimes quality is better than quantity.  If a group makes a real significant change to someone, I think that has more value than making a small unimportant contribution to many.
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Dawn Leader-Peloso

Class 1: Why Give?  - 
 
Activity 1.2
I think de Tocqueville's observations are somewhat less relevant today.  While there are still many associations meeting social needs, other needs are being met by the government or corporations.  Voluntary association is effective in responding to many social needs.  But there are other needs that are not met because the cause is less popular.  (for example, breast cancer seems to be a much more popular charitable cause than prostate cancer or herpes research).
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Education
  • DePaul University
    SNL, 2007 - 2009
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
    theatre, 1998 - 1999
  • Lewis University
    theatre, 1991 - 1993
Basic Information
Gender
Female
Work
Occupation
Marketing by day, theatre director/photographer/writer by night
Employment
  • Palos Youth Theatre
    Director, 2013 - present
  • Fuchs Lubricants Co.
    Marketing Communications Specialist, 2006 - present
  • Homewood Flossmoor Park District
    drama director/instructor, 2004 - 2013
  • John Robert Powers
    acting teacher & misc., 2002 - 2004
  • St. Coletta's of IL
    marketing/PR, 2001 - 2003
  • Joffrey Ballet
    Public Relations Manager, 1998 - 2001
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Currently
Homewood, IL
Previously
Tinley Park, IL - Country Club Hills, IL