David William Feeney Fund

Rating: 5 stars   6 reviews

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Location: 204 Temple Street West Roxbury MA 02132 USA

Mission: The mission of this organization is to seek the world's worst misery - wherever it is: abused children, poor children with leukemia who cannot afford transplants or proper medicines, children from disintegrated families, the forgotten elderly and others who cannot fend for themselves and whom are placed in nursing homes and, most recently, people who live in dumps. Our longterm goal(s) is to build quality schools in order to educate these marginalized people.
Results: Hit the streets of Torreon, Mexico, and fundraised for poor children with leukemia; paid the hospital bill for the parents of an eight-year-old girl who died of leukemia; purchased food, clean water, educational supplies, sports equipment, and board games for abused children living in a shelter in Torreon; clothed and fed people living in the Guatemala City Dump.
Target demographics: Latin American: abused children in Torreon, Mexico, and people, mostly children, living in the Guatemala City Dump, in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
Direct beneficiaries per year: The poor, the abused, the forgotten.
Geographic areas served: whole world

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Rating: 5 stars  

18 people found this review helpful

Let's hope that this handsome guy, that reminds me of a movie-star gets the donations He needs to help these poor children all around the world and the forgotten elderly. When He told me the story of the little girl with leukemia who passed away in severe pain, begging for some pain relief, but passed away without anything for her pain in Mexico, it just melted my heart. He has travelled all over the world as a great teacher and great humanitarian, volunteering his time and money on children, the elderly, and even animals in need. He found a dog in front of his home (hit by a car) rushed this poor dog to the Vet, paid the vet bill and posted up pictures every-where. But no-one answered to claim this poor dog. One day in School , his students said: "Mr. Feeney we have a name for your dog!" "Lucky" He is Lucky that he was hurt in front of your home (at this time it turned out Lucky was just a street dog the Vet said. So, therefore of course with his heart of gold and his "lucky" dog by his side He brought happiness to children all over the world. Let's get this guy on T.V. So all can see how great a job He is doing just by teaching and volunteering. After all it takes only one person to change the world. If I was well-known in any-way I would have him on every talk show available to better our world. Please contribute and spread the word. We need more teachers and people like this special person. He is currently caring for his Dad in West Roxbury, and still volunteering his time as much as He can to help all those in need. He is not only a great humanitarian, but an avid runner, and encourages our youth to stay in shape and care for your their health. Let's get this guy on T.V. with his pal Lucky...Your heart will melt. Thanks for the jogging tips Mr. Feeney for my four children who also love to run, they did pay attention and stopped running during snow storms. It releieved my mind. They don't listen to me, therefore your advice came in very handy. Good-luck with your Dad, Your Career, and your volunteer work. You are a true humanitarian. Sincere Thanks for all your helpful advice. Mrs. M. Marshall

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

Looking at the pictures it really does not describe how much this man has done for our World and also for me personally. In the early seventies, I looked about 12 yrs old even though I was 18. While out jogging one day two men in a car slowed down and grabbed me by my hooded sweat-shirt. His Dog Schultz who was nearby came charging through the woods barking and frightened these two men away. I would not be here today if it were not for the expert training and kindness of his german shepherd Schultz. Thank-You Schultzie, and your owner Mr David Feeney. This dog could sense who was kind and who was was a danger or a threat. I always went running whenever I saw Schultzie nearby and He would follow trailing beside keeping a watchful eye out while enjoying jogging with me as well. No leash and He always went right back to his home and sat on his front porch, and waited for his owner to come home. When I told Mr.Feeney this story it did not amaze him much for He trained his dog and made him aware of who was a threat and who to protect.. And now that He trained Lucky to help with the sick children, and those in need I know He is a great person with great humanitarian efforts, just by lending me his loving and kind german shepherd to jog with to stay safe. And today I am alive, due to his kindness and generosity of Mr Feeney and his dog Schultz. Keep on Going Lucky ! You have a great owner!! Sincere Thanks Mrs. Marshall and her dogs Buddy & Poopie.

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

I would probably go to Coca Cola, and let them know how popular "Coca-Cola" is in Mexico.Or log on to the ellentv.com and ask if they could show some pictures of volunteering, and caring, on her show, or even the News Station in Dedham, Ma Channel 25. Contact Caesar Milan, the Dog Whisperer. They are both alike in many ways; Thanks to the kindness of their hearts, and their hope for the future. "Live for today" Live in the Moment and appreciate every day the sun shines down on us. For we never know what tommorow will bring.

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

The fact that He has not given up over the many years of trying to find others to help and to volunteer just a little bit of time or money to help the children, the forgotten elderly and our environment all around us every day.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Few and Far between in the U.S. We are all so involved in our selves right now with the recession (depression) We have forgotten things like the Hippacratic oath, The Geneva Convention. And The great men like "Thomas Jefferson" one of our great presidents along with "President Lincoln". (my personal favorite). We must not let the government become tyrannical in power, the words of the Preamble to the Constitution State; "WE THE PEOPLE NOT I THE PRESIDENT"

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

Not only help to nourish and feed the forgotten elderly in this nation, But It could help spread word all over the world what just a little bit of kindness one man, woman , child, or animal like his great dog Lucky have done for so many unfortunate children in need of homes, medical attention, etc. and just know that there are people out there who care, they are just hard to find, and very rare.

Ways to make it better...

If I had written this earlier, I will always remember your kindness and the fact that you still keep in touch with today's society and it's environment. And especially all those who have encountered your kindness will never forget it. Thanks

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

Not only apathy when it comes to the children, the elderly, and kindness to others. But we must open up our hearts and our minds to help this great organization. Help by donating what-ever you can, or by spreading the word of this great person, teacher, volunteer, animal activist etc. Thank- You Let's Make this World Better while we still have a chance.

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

I heard that although his Mom passed away last year very suddenly right before Christmas, She was very proud of him. He will always miss her and her kindness as well. Stay Well My Friend and keep smiling. You know she is proud of You. Love and Thanks Again, Buddy

Should this review be counted for a specific campaign?

Coca-Cola (spouse works there) and many friends.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

20 people found this review helpful

Other funds/organizations I've seen on this site have donors and are receiving money for their established institutions. This fund really needs money in the worst way. It's a shame that Mr. Feeney has given so much that he cannot even afford a website yet. In order to donate money contributors will have to either mail money directly to his mailing address in West Roxbury or phone him for bank info. This cause is one of the best I've been acquainted with. When I saw his pictures and chatted with him I asked if I could email photos of his children he helps to my family in China. Answer: yes. If you'd like to be proud of the fact that you helped get a fund off the ground, help this man, help kids with leukemia, poor kids, and, as he says, the forgotten elderly.

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

children crying to children smiling and laughing.

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

somehow get it noticed on the internet or approach large corporations for money donations.

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

meeting Mr. Feeney.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I live in Boston and his staff are in other countries. I know that he works alone right now but desires a large staff in the future.

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

Expand and help more kids with cancer.

Ways to make it better...

I could give him more.

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

no real working capital.

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

I hope anyone reading this who has a lot of money will donate to this fund. The donations will be wisely used and I know that he wants to actually show you how your money is working.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

21 people found this review helpful

I met David Feeney several years ago when he was teaching in the Boston Public Schools. He would come into my store to fax applications to international schools in poor countries for the purpose of obtaining a job so that he could do humanitarian work with those poor in those countries. When we conversed, he would always talk of his dream of helping people in poverty, especially children, and of how he could change their lives for the better if he only had the opportunity to reach them. (He's not a wealthy man.) He recently returned from Mexico and has been non-stop laboring to try and get funds to return in order to get abused children out of a terrible situation and to raise enough money for poor children with leukemia so that they would not die for lack of money. You won't meet many human beings like Dave Feeney in your lifetime. I'm now trying to assist him in his efforts. It's difficult.

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

The smiling faces of the children that Dave works with.

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

Do just what he's doing.

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

The genuine sincerity of his efforts.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

He works alone right now. He needs money to train more people and acquire a staff.

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

Get children out of poverty and save the lives of kids with severe illnesses and help relieve the boredom of nursing home victims.

Ways to make it better...

I could find donors.

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

lack of money, staff, and publicity.

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

I'd like to see Dave get a lot of donations and maybe even go with him.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

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I met Mr. Feeney while tutoring in Mexico, where he was doing a bit of the same. Much of his time, though, was spent with the residents of Casa Paterna Divina, children whose families were under duress of various kinds. Mr. Feeney helped them with homework, taught English, sat with them through dinner, played outdoor games with them, and listened to their concerns. Once Mr. Feeney learned of the needs of the "home", he asked affluent members of the community to help supply those needs. The children needed mattresses, clothing, toys and warm clothes at Christmas, and nutritious food. I know that Mr. Feeney spent all of his own extra money on bringing comfort and cheer to the children of Casa Paterna Divina. He purchased socks, mittens, and scarves for each child, wrapped these as presents, and delivered them before the children left for the holiday. Mr. Feeney managed to get some toys donated to this institution. A separate example of Mr. Feeney's involvement with families in Mexico concerns an eight-year-old girl who had leukemia. Her parents were told that their daughter needed an organ transplant, and what the surgery would cost. As soon as Mr. Feeney learned of their plight, he set all of his tutoring students to work. They canvassed local shopping centers with jars and collected money to help defray the medical bills. The little girl did not survive, but her parents were overwhelmed when Mr. Feeney presented them not only with money collected, but cards of cheer and good wishes from his students. Mr. Feeney's efforts touched many lives with a positive force during the 2 years I was acquainted with him in Mexico. I believe he wishes to continue and enlarge his scope, to reach more children and give them cause for hope.

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

the response of the community to needs, once they are made known.

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

probably assign staff members to a few children each, and allow bonding to take place. Staff could be responsible for identifying needs of each child in his/her charge, and getting help in solving those needs.

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

the delight of children who have received something when they expected nothing.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring, dedicated, serious about their mission.

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

build a clean, safe, private dormitory, school, playground, and cafeteria for children who are very distressed about their family situations.

Ways to make it better...

I had had more hands-on time with this group.

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

the lack of funding and staffing.

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

Should this review be counted for a specific campaign?

no sponsor

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

21 people found this review helpful

My wife and I had tears running down our faces as we watched Mr. David William Feeney's video. He should be ABC's Person of the Week or Time's Person of the Year. I don't know how he does it. He taught school all day long and then did humanitarian volunteer work all night and on weekends. If only there were more people like him in the world there would be no starving or sad people. He's one of those people who would save the world if he could. A very nice man with a very good purpose.

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

Pictures and video. Kids love him, the elderly love him, everyone loves him. He's a very kind and giving man.

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

Give Dave Feeney a jet plane to fly around the world and spread his humanitarianism.

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

Being acquainted with Dave Feeney.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I didn't meet anyone. I don't think he has a staff yet.

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

Bring a lot of happiness to a lot of miserable children/people.

Ways to make it better...

I could have given more.

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

Absolutely money. He needs $$.

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

Dave Feeney is one of the purest individuals I've ever met. Surely he is going to Heaven.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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13 people found this review helpful

I know David Feeney and what he does. Awesome! His fund should be called the see-your-money-work fund. He actually goes to very dangerous places and seeks out the most misery and then works his magic. Unlike a lot, most probably, of other funds, Dave Feeney stretches every penny of the dollar to help bring joy to abused children, people in nursing homes, children with leukemia, the poor in general. Your money will be well spent, believe me, he's a rare individual. Mike Johnston

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

A two-hour video. When he enters the home of the abused children they run to him calling his name, smiles on their faces, and then they smother him with hugs and love. It's extremely touching to watch the video and see the joy he brings these adorable children.

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

Hire Mr. Feeney.

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

It made me want to do the same thing. Actually, it made me jealous seeing how much the children love him.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Mr. Feeney did this ALONE! Amazing.

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

Save the lives of poor children who have leukemia and need transplants or expensive medicines but who don't have the money and consequently die. He also could change the lives of abused and poor children around the world. He spends money more wisely than any other organization I know.

Ways to make it better...

I had actually been along to help him with his work. If he gets enough money, I'm going to ask him if I can work along with him and learn from him and his experiences in Colombia and Mexico.

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

money. Mr. Feeney spent all of his own money on these wonderful children.

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

The poor children, abused children, and children with leukemia and the nursing home people of the world need more like David William Feeney. He's the best.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

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