FACTS AND LOGIC ABOUT THE MIDDLE EAST INC

Rating: 3.14 stars   7 reviews

Issues: International

Location: PO Box 590359 San Francisco CA 94159 USA

Mission: ADVERTISE IN MEDIA TO PUBLICIZE FACTS, INFORMATION, AND OPINIONS ABOUT THE MIDDLE EAST.

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Rating: 1 stars  

FLAME requires any removal from their mailing list by postal mail. Therefore, even though I never signed up for their mailing list, they refused to cease sending me unsolicited requests for donation when I tried via phone and email multiple times. I needed to pay for a stamp and mail them my request. This seems unethical and immoral. I'd send my donations to a more user-friendly non-profit.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

I've donated to FLAME for over five years because of their unique contribution to publicizing accurate information about the Middle East. It's disappointed that Charity Navigator has given them a low score. I would encourage the staff and directors of FLAME to work with Charity Navigator to figure out how to raise the score so that it accurately represents the value and contribution of this worthy organization.

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2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

I am very sorry that FLAME doesn't keep a data base for last year's donation. Due to the recent death of my mom I am currenty helping my dad with the taxes. I talked with a representative on 2-14-12 about sending a year end statement for the donations. I was told to check my dad's check book and give him the amount and he would send me a letter. The conversation was unprofessional and lastly he asked what age bracket I was in. All I wanted was the 2011 tax statement and he told me he wasn't required to send it. This is a sad way to run a charity and to keep donors.

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am disappointed that a unique organization that you regularly rated with 3 or 4 stars has dropped to 0 stars as a result of your reevaluation. Your emphasis on accountability and transparency means little with an organization as small and lean as FLAME. Most of the characteristics on which they were downgraded do not apply. For example, the only red crossed item that has meaning is the conflict of interest question. Otherwise, there is no board to report to, no minutes to record or retain, etc. They do provide their financial statements on the web site. I think you should review this charity on what they accomplish relative to their mission.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I fail to understand your low rating for FLAME. Its work is critical and being done by few if any other organizations. Its president takes no salary. It has low fundraising expenses, and nearly all its income goes to support its mission of refuting an ever-increasing onslaught of media bias against Israel. How does all that rate 0 stars?

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Definitely

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2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

For years I've relied on the one-page FLAME reports to articulate my reasons for supporting Israel. Along with HONEST REPORTING, FLAME stands almost alone in refuting the media bias against Israel, a bias that encourages Israel's enemies.

What I didn't know until coming to Charity Navigator is that this charity's president, My Joffe, takes no salary. Almost all of the (depressingly small) budget goes to program expenses.

Most charities can be replaced. Not FLAME. Its contributions are unique. I wish it had more money so its message could be better heard.

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

...myself, making me more sure of my convictions.

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

...ask it to work harder at raising funds. It can't raise even a million dollars a year, a drop in the bucket, and not enough to get its reports widely published. In fact, the only place I ever saw FLAME reports was in US News & World Report, and I'll bet that was due to the kindness of Mr Zuckerman, the publisher.

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