AmeriCares Foundation, Inc.

Rating: 3.38 stars   8 reviews

Issues: Health, International

Location: 88 Hamilton Ave Stamford CT 06902 USA

Mission: AmeriCares is a nonprofit international disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization, which provides immediate response to emergency medical needs and supports long-term humanitarian assistance programs for people around the world, irrespective of race, creed or political persuasion.

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Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I donated to AmeriCares two years ago and, as is my wont, reviewed my charity contributions annually so that I would be able to donate to other charities in an effort to vary the impact my charitable giving has each year. Ever since I gave them that donation, they have relentlessly pursued me via attempted phone calls and letters. Frankly, they should spend their efforts on other possible givers and not keep coming back to the same donors. Their actions have made me much less interested in ever donating to them again.

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

Reexamine my fund-raising strategies.

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?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

We love AmeriCares and everything they do, and have been giving generously for serveral years. We feel that we can trust that our dollars are actually going into programs and support, and they seem very receptive to input from contributors. I am upset to see people using this forum to slam a charity for being persistent in their fund raising -- and without knowing anything about their programs or operations. Annoying as solicitations can be, it still seems petty. Likewise, it seems clear that charitynavigator.org financial ratings system unfairly penalizes smaller charities like this one that are not raking in cash hand over fist since the recession. AmeriCares is as good as it gets when it comes to low administrative costs and efficiency. They are one of the few American charities actually representing American values in a positive, unapologetic way.

Was your donation impactful?

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: 3 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Hmmmm.... Maybe I am blind (my wife says so) but I cannot see how the COMMENTS feature works on these reviews. I see either a link that tells me to login (I have) or I see no useful link at all. So I will pretend to write a "review" as a "donor" in order to comment on previous reviews. (As of now, I am still investigating and have not yet contributed to AmeriCares.)

Those that have scored this org low because of incessant (harassing) solicitations despite contacting the org to be removed from mailings should contact the BBB Wise Giving program. The only way that BBB works is when people use it. Get your negative experience in a public place, and it will help. Also BBB should be able to get you off of their list.

As for the credibility of their 1% fundraising, I notice in their financials that they got over $626,000,000 of donated medical & disaster supplies in their 2010-11 fiscal year. (This is more than 16x the $37,800,000 that they got in cash donations.) With that big of a denominator, they can spend millions on fundraising and stay around that 1% mark.

Was your donation impactful?

Unsure

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

Unsure

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Unsure

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Being a former resident of Stamford, where AmeriCares is headquartered, I decided to visit their offices three years back. I found the people to be warm, genuine and committed. I saw their operation in Connecticut as efficient and real. I also met the President, Curt Welling. My dealings with AmeriCares have been positive and encouraging. It is always easy to criticize a charity for this or that. I give thanks to God that AmeriCares is out there, serving globally. Sure, there name is not always swinging from the media rafters, but they are,in my opinion, moving as Jesus would do to serve the needy, the homeless, those without competent medical care and/or facilities, and dong all of this without bias. If any of you doubt AmeriCares motives or transparency, I suggest you get on a plane and go and see for yourself. I have no doubt you will reach the conclusion that my family has-AmeriCares is real! I will keep on giving to them as long as I have money to do so! Eugene

Was your donation impactful?

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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Review from CharityNavigator
Rating: 1 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Americares is so bad they make me afraid to donate to anyone. I received a mailing from them where they promised to only contact me once a year, and I looked up their financials, they seemed pretty good so I donated. Biggest.mistake.ever. They have proceeded to contact me weekly for the past year, continually hitting me up for more donations despite the fact I have contacted them 10 separate times to tell them to stop contacting me that I will never give them another penny ever they keep mailing. It's ridiculous. When I look at their reported amount of fundraising it doesn't seem possible, so I suspect that there may be something funny up with how they report the money they spend because they certainly were dishonest with me.

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

repeated harassement for more money

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

change it so they don't hit up people constantly especially after they made repeated attempts to ask them to stop.

Was your donation impactful?

Unlikely

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

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

I got mail from them, they seemed like a good charity and they promised not to contact me more than once a year

What would you tell others about this organization?

stay away!!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Review from CharityNavigator
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Americares is one of the best . They distribute much needed supplies where they will do the most good and are great partners with smaller organizations

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

no personal first-hand experience

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

Raise awareness of the organization

Was your donation impactful?

Likely

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?

Likely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Japanese earthquake and tsunami

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 2 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I am not sure how this organization could POSSIBLY be so efficient in their use of funds as is stated here. We contributed to Haiti relief effort nearly 1-1/2 years ago and have been receiving junk mail from them almost WEEKLY ever since. I feel that surely half my donation went to "marketing" me ever since. Very poor use of funds, if you ask me - so much so that I would never contribute to them again.

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

Receiving junk mail.

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

Not dissuade donors who have already contributed by showing how inefficiently they operate. Spend money finding those who have NOT already contributed to you (and maybe an annual reminder to others)!

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Review from CharityNavigator
Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Americares helps The Friends of the Children Of Haiti take care of the patients at our clinic in Cyvadier, Haiti. The medications and supplies are wonderful. Thanks to all who donate to Americares

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

Haiti

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

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Promptness of delivery

Ways to make it better...

There was a broader selection of medications

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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