Easter Seals, Inc.

Rating: 3.4 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Job Training, Health, Human Services

Location: 233 South Wacker Drive Suite 2400 Chicago IL 60606 USA

Mission: Easter Seals'' mission is to provide exceptional services to ensure all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities.
Programs: Easter Seals is the leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and other special needs. For more than 85 years, we have been offering help and hope to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play. Easter Seals services benefit 1.3 million children and adults annually through more than 550 centers nationwide, in Puerto Rico and Australia. See great things at www.easterseals.com.

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been working for Easter Seals for 6 years the last 3 has been 40 hrs or more a week and I am part. Time . I do I H B S , P C and Respite I make 830 - 1075 dollars an hour This what I starter working for 6 years ago . What most people Don't know is Medcaid paids for all these Sever . Now yor tell me who gets all the money from this nonprofit organization ?

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

Badly

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

None

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I donsated every year for many years to Easter Seals. But as time went on I became more concered about their aggressive marketing (nearly $15 million last year) their inadequate privacy policy and the salary of their CEO (nearly $800,000 last year).

In 2010 I decided to donate elsewhere and notified Easter Seals in writing. A few days ago, in spite of four written requests to be removed from Easter Seals mailing lists I received annother solicitation. These written requests were sent to to EASTER SEALS NATIONAL Hqs by e-mail on 1/18/2010, 1/28/2010, 0/07/2010 and 1/11/2011.


Was your donation impactful?

No

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved as a volunteer and donor for over 40 years. I have seen first hand how effective Easter Seals is in making is possible for people - adults and children - with disabilities to achieve their potentials. Their programs are efficient, effective and greatly appreciated by the families they serve. I believe that this rating system that does not really reflect the quality of the services provided.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 2 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

For charitable organization, more than $200 in base salary is too much on donor's dime. People wake up! If the CEO is getting $500+ salary then what about the VP's? You really should look at the whole top level management but if the CEO is getting over paid then the rest will be not far behind. Don't donate to these organizations and be outspoken to reform these organizations or the salaries will be even higher!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son received services from Easter Seals for several years after having been diagnosed with autism. From the day that I met the people at Easter Seals until my son was ready for school, the therapists and all of the people at Easter Seals were wonderful to me and my family. They truly cared about all of us, and they worked tirelessly to find ways to help.
Even in the bleakest times, they were always there with promise and hope. The were truly marvelous as the worked with all of us. Now my son is ready for school and eager to succeed. Thank you Easter Seals.

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

I know what it is like to live with the challenges of dealing with a child with autism. I've seen first hand what Easter Seals did for our family through their therapy and other services.

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

I would find as many ways to help them as possible.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Having served as a volunteer for many years, here are facts not shown in the rating by Charity Navigator. Easter Seals serves over 1.4 million people a year. Annual revenues are more than $1.2 billion. Easter Seals receives many accolades for its efficient use of contributed funds and its transparency. The organization receives the highest level of recognition from the Better Business Bureau. It exceeds the best practice standards of the National Health Council. More than all of this, Easter Seals provides exceptional services that helps children and adults with disabilities achieve their dreams and goals every day across the country and around the world.

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

Seeing how Easter Seals has helped families and individuals with disabilities and provided solutions has affirmed over and over again how important this organization is to me personally and to the peope it serves.

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

I would recruit more people to volunteer and get involved with this fine organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Easter Seals is a wonderful organization that I have supported a very long time. I am dismayed that Charity Navigator does a real disservice to this organization and donors by using a "Fannie Mae" like financial calculation without looking at the results and impact that programs provided by Easter Seals has. If you look at the lives changed and the families they have helped, you would give them a 4 star plus rating. I have supported them for years and will continue to do so.

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

By seeling clients and families at events and talking with them I know how much Easter Seals has helped them. By evaluating their finances and results I know taht this is one of America's best charities.

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

Help them find ways to let more people know about their great work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I can't say enought about this organization and its wondeful people. When my father had a stroke the people at Easter Seals helped us understand what had happened and what was going to take place and they provide therapy that made improvements almost every day. They are truly caring and remarkable people who deserve my thanks and the support of everyone who wants to help a charity that really does what it says.

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

I saw for myself the dedication and commitment of all the people at Easter Seals. They are remarkable. God bless them all.

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

I would tell more people to support them so that they can continue their work in these tough economic times.

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Rating: 4 stars  

As a donor to Easter Seals at both the national and affiliate level, I have been impressed by the accomplishments of the organization's staff in the lives of the individuals who receive the services. Each individual receives the personal attention necessary to his or her situation, which continues throughout the life of the individual as appropriate, including the families. Easter Seals doesn't just provide therapy and other services, but also creates an environment in which that help can be as effective as possible. Many of the individuals who receive services from EasterSeals become lifelong advocates and spokespersons for Easter Seals, as do their families. I find this loyalty to Easter Seals to be one of the most reliable measures of the success of an organization's treatment strategy and mission.

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

attending fundraising events and meeting some of those who received services from Easter Seals, including their families.

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

try to raise the profile of the organization with those who might not be familiar with their specific services.

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Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Here’s some useful information. In 2009 Jim Williams, Easter Seals CEO, made a little over $700K. In 2010 he got a generous increase to almost $790K. This is all public information, available on any charity's tax filings. "But organizations must pay top dollar to get the best," you say? Well, compare that to the top execs at Doctors Without Borders and Feeding America, two charities with larger budgets that pay their top folks far less than Williams gets. The Easter Seals Board must be really out of touch to keep making Williams ultra-wealthy in this time of economic crisis, as families dealing with disabilities weather rising costs while programs are slashed. So shameful. What a squandered legacy.

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

Easter Seals helps a lot of people in my community.

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

Get some new people on the Board, and in the corner office.

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