ADVENTIST DEVELOPMENT AND RELIEF AGENCY INTERNATIONAL

Rating: 3.56 stars   9 reviews

Issues: International, Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: 12501 Old Columbia Pike Silver Spring MD 20904 USA

Mission: ADRA International has been providing development and relief activities and programs for more than 40 years, and we currently operate in 125 countries. ADRA actively supports communities in need through a portfolio of activities (food security, education, primary health, emergency management, and economic development) which are planned and implemented cooperatively. It works to achieve positive and sustainable change in communities and promotes and expands the equitable and participatory involvement of women in the development process.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Have been sending donations to ADRA for over 10 years now. The overhead is acceptable and the money goes to those less fortunate. I have seen the results of their work through newsletters and communications. I wholeheartedly recommend that ADRA be a part of any systemic giving program.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Never heard anything negative about ADRA that would stop me from donating. ADRA goes around the world to help those in need regardless of religious affiliation, political persuasion or other irrelevant considerations.

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

Donors need to know that this organization is in a miss. It has just fired its president and there is widespread dissatisfaction from its global offices about the head office in MD. See this story: http://spectrummagazine.org/blog/2012/06/25/adra-board-dismisses-president and

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No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

ADRA is highly respected worldwide for the excellent work that they do. Their overhead is extremely low, and they do not over-pay their executives. Their organizational culture is one of MISSION, and they do more than throw food or band-aids at a problem--they seek for ways to make long-lasting changes that will improve lives. It is unfortunate that the "formula" approach to ratings has left them with a lower-than-deserved rating.

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Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

There is a new president at ADRA, Rudi Maier, and he has fired many good people. He is spending money like it's going out of fashion and is spending it on unnecessary things. I have friends who work there and they say he is a dictator; his way or the highway. And if he doesn't like you, he screams and humiliates people. His friend and colleague, Mario Ochoa, fondly known as Teflon Man to staff because he somehow manages to avoid getting fired even though he's violated church and agency policies, woud squish Rudi like a gnat if he got the chance. Staff are unhappy and they just fired the in house counsellor.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 2 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The august 2011 review has some mis-information. ADRA receives the majority of it's funding from the government. it is a common perception among Seventh day Adventist members to believe they provide the majority of funding. contributions from members only amounted to 5million in 2009 vs over 33million from the us government. in fact the us government provides over half the revenue of ADRA each year

Was your donation impactful?

Unsure

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Unlikely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I too disagree with ADRA's rating. Last time I donated the organization was taking less than 10% of each dollar donated in comparison to other organizations that take up to 30% of each dollar. Their CEO/President compensation is very low and comparable to a normal job where as other charity organizations pay their CEO/President up to or close to One Million dollars a year as well as other compensation. ADRA also uses word of mouth and the churches magazines and publications to do their advertising so they have more money to put toward the actual need. They publish a catalog each year where 100% of your donation goes to the need of your choice. They deserve an excellent rating.

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

and through my donations and the wonderful things ADRA has accomplished especially in other countries. I have viewed their films, read their updates, and seen in their financials and pies that they strive to be fiscally responsible.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have a problem with ADRA's lowered rating. It's revenues are off largely due to the economy. ADRA is funded heavily by church members and the impact of job loss and business slowdown here in the US has limited my ability to donate as I'm sure it has limited others. ADRA's significant income from independent sources allows it to operate more freely of government meddling than it might were it more heavily funded from government sources. This is a good thing, at least the way I look at it. Unfortunately, independent donors can't borrow from China to keep up our "foreign aid" contributions, so income from us will necessarily drop. ADRA still operates on a relatively lean admin budget and its board serves on their own nickel. This is a good organization and deserves far better than two stars.

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

Regular reports from the field about their organizations and from family members who have worked with them in mission field projects.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get them a bigger budget.

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Rating: 4 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

From my research this group has extremely low overhead, but talented personnel to accomplish productive results under dire condtions world-wide, with onsite trained representatives, under pretty good supervision. Their website has multiple areas of selectable options [for donators], that are well thought out. Their team is extraordinary, in terms of providing 'Bang-for-the-Buck' results vis-a-vis the general public contributions/donations.

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

change the world for prosperity and stable health

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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