"I truly believe in this effort because I know it will lead to much safer and healthier communities when they return," says Liz Evensen, the foundation's executive director, lone staffer and chief fundraiser.
"I am so proud of being a part of this, because I see the value and I also see the big picture in this."Evensen
has the kind of can-do personality needed for a fundraising job that one Stillwater inmate said is about as tough as "selling ice cubes in Alaska."Evensen
acknowledges the challenge.She
knows there's intense competition for donations, and that the immediate beneficiaries are not cuddly kids or animals.
"You get a range of reactions, from those who express some understanding to others who are very direct and tell me that I won't get one penny from them and not to ever contact them again," she