CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere)

Rating: 2.85 stars   20 reviews

Issues: International, Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: 151 Ellis St NE Atlanta GA 30303 USA

Mission: CARE is a leading humanitarian organization dedicated to fighting poverty and social injustice. We place special emphasis on investing in women and girls because our six decades of experience show that their empowerment benefits whole communities. We know that when equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Our mission is to serve individuals and families in the poorest communities in the world. Drawing strength from our global diversity, resources and experience, we promote innovative solutions and are advocates for global responsibility. We facilitate lasting change by: •Responding to natural disasters and emergencies, with an emphasis on meeting the needs of women, children and the elderly. •Helping improve the health — and save the lives — of pregnant women, new mothers and their babies. •Helping women access loans and start small businesses so they can provide for their families. •Helping girls around the world go to school and working with communities to improve education for all children. •Delivering health and nutrition services to millions of children and their family members.
Results: In fiscal year 2011, CARE worked in 84 countries around the world, supporting 1,015 poverty-fighting projects to reach almost 130 million people, over half of whom are women. This included providing emergency and disaster relief services and supplies to those in need, including more than 1.8 million women, children and families suffering from the famine and drought in the Horn of Africa. In fiscal year 2011: •CARE’s emergency preparedness, response and recovery programs reached nearly 12.5 million people, with special emphasis on the needs of those disproportionately affected by disasters: women, children and the elderly. •CARE’s programs worked to reach nearly six million people with information and tools to promote gender equality and empower women to claim their rights. CARE’s women’s empowerment programs help women and men promote women’s rights, provide solidarity and support groups for women, work to prevent sexual and gender-based violence, and ensure services and support for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. •CARE worked to improve food security for 8 million people by providing nutritional support and promoting sustainable agriculture, and reached more than 26 million children and their family members with information and services to improve child health and nutrition. •CARE worked to help more than 7 million people improve their household income through increased access to financial and non-financial services, participation in village savings and loan associations, market linkages and diversified livelihoods. •CARE’s programs worked to provide more than 5 million people with improved access to school and better quality education. •CARE worked to reach 41 million women, men and children with information and services to improve maternal health. •Through health and social services, CARE worked to help more than 16 million people protect themselves from HIV, reduce stigma associated with the illness, and mitigate its negative economic impact. •CARE worked to help more than 27 million people develop sustainable water management practices and helped communities improve hygiene and sanitation practices.
Direct beneficiaries per year: In fiscal year 2011, CARE worked in 84 countries around the world, supporting 1,015 poverty-fighting projects to reach almost 130 million people, over half of whom are women.
Geographic areas served: CARE works with people in poor communities in the following regions: ■ Africa ■ Asia ■ Eastern Europe ■ Latin America and the Caribbean ■ Middle East
Programs: ■ Agriculture and natural resources ■ Economic development ■ Education ■ Emergency relief ■ Health ■ HIV and AIDS ■ Nutrition ■ Water, hygiene and sanitation

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have donated to this organization in the past several times. In January they sent a request for money that essentially where you can choose to give a donation and make it one and done which I did. It said to allow 8 weeks for it to take effect. I get continual harassment from CARE from not only Georgia but also from Merrifield, Virginia as well. I guess you could say just throw them out when they come in the mail. Now I am getting harassed continually via my private e-mail address as well. I wish I could file a more formal complaint for harassment with someone as they are total liars and harassers as well. I've reached the point where I am no longer polite with these people, especially after the uninvited invasion into my private e-mail. I don't know what else to do to stop the harassment.

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

Fine them if they continue to harass after being contacted to stop the harassment.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Good luck getting off their mailing list. I have sent multiple requests in writing AND a personal letter to senior management and still they are happy to harass my frail, ill parents. It's unfortunate that any "care" the might have ends when they smell a dollar. BTW - they were warned that we would take this route to try to convince them to let my severely ill parents alone!

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

Fire their fundraising department and hire people who care about people.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I convinced coworkers to join me in sending donations to CARE after a horrific natural disaster in the early 2000's. After that, the solicitations started coming...and coming...and coming. I tried to get off their mailing lists: via phone, snail mail, email...repeatedly. My coworkers were aggravated in the same way. It took years, not "4-8 weeks," and then finally the mailings stopped. Or so I thought. Some time passed, and I just got another solicitation. I used to work in the field of nonprofit development. It is not that difficult to record such donor wishes in a database system. CARE deserves this negative review.

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Unsure

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No

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No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 3 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

It appears that Carter Center functions more effectively than CARE, higher % of donations to program, consistently better ratings, lower executive pay, and perhaps a better focus on opportunity for improvement. CARE can try harder. I'm switching my donation in this category to Carter Center.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

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Likely

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

As someone who does a lot with nonprofits, it is a full time job–7 days a week/24 hours a day especially with our connected world. It's also complicated. CARE has a long history of doing good. Instead of focusing on the CEO, let's focus on the accomplishments. I've worked for and with CARE for years. When there is a disaster, they are there. And involved on so many levels from policy, women's health issues, gender discrimination, maternal health, hunger, disease and more. Does anyone want to imagine a world without CARE and similar organizations. I don't. Especially where there is so much injustice and preventable diseases and things left to resolve.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 3 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I wrote this charity, explaining that I could not contribute in the near future and suggested that they could try again in two years. It had no effect. Well, I tried. If they persist, I will keep any gifts received and throw everything else away.

Was your donation impactful?

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Unlikely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Let's say I am a former donor. I have been looking very closely at the salaries of the CEOs. I will not donate to CARE as long as the CEO makes $406,000. If they can afford to pay that high a salary, they don't need my money. I'll put it someplace locally.

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Unlikely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 4 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

As another reviewer has noted, CARE uses nearly 90% of donations on its programs, and it meets all of the items on the Accountability & Transparency checklist. Apparently the rating gets knocked down a star mainly due to recent negative revenue growth. As for the high CEO salary, we should observe that it's a mere 0.06% of expenses--compared with lots of other charities, this is miniscule. I'm sure heading an organization of CARE's size and scope involves a heavy workload and great expertise, and you don't get top executives cheaply. Over the years I've seen lots of evidence of CARE's good work around the globe, and I'll continue to be a donor.

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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?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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