Glamourgals Foundation, Inc.

Rating: 4.41 stars   46 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Human Services, Seniors

Location: PO Box 1284 Commack NY 11725 USA

Mission: The GlamourGals local mission is to foster intergenerational relationships between teen girls and elderly women living in senior homes through monthly facials and makeovers.The GlamourGals? national mission is to create the structure and provide the resources that encourage compassionate teen leadership through local intergenerational programming.The GlamourGals vision is to end elder loneliness by fostering a movement of compassionate female leaders. GlamourGals volunteers grow to be collaborative and community-oriented in their personal and public decision-making.Teen volunteers in GlamourGals chapters around the country make regularly scheduled visits to senior homes to perform complimentary facials and makeovers. Meaningful connections are established through touch and companionship, bridging the gulf between the two populations. Founded and managed by Rachel Doyle, a compelling, passionate, and effective President, GlamourGals will, over the next five years, build on its past successes. GlamourGals (GG) has created a scalable network of local chapters led by teens. The volunteers become well-rounded teen leaders who care about an elderly population who shaped their past and impacts their future. Through GG, these leaders: (1) Demonstrate local citizenship through our chapter system(2) Develop leadership skills by attending national GG events and conference calls(3) Emerge as more compassionate citizens through the direct service they provide on a regular basis to elderly women isolated in local senior facilities.GlamourGals has successfully combined a framework of service and leadership at the local level with a complementary system of support at the national level.
Results: Our volunteers have completed over 100,000 hours of service in communities across the country.
Target demographics: Teens in high school.

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 1 stars  

Rachel Doyle has told people that teenagers lie, that they are sneaky and that girls are mean to each other. Who wants to support a leader like that!? As a girl volunteer myself, I would never trust her leadership or organizational skills. I also know someone who used to work there and said that she said mean things about her employees to other employees. Not a very "women supporting women" way to behave.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been an avid supporter of GlamourGals for the past 11 years, attending both makeovers and events. Having worked as a mental health professional in nursing homes with elderly suffering from depression and loneliness, I experienced firsthand the great need for organizations such as GlamourGals. It is incredibly rewarding and heartwarming to witness the profound impact the makeovers have on the women. The organization is run beautifully by an extraordinarily compassionate, intelligent, and inspirational woman who has changed the lives of thousands of youth and elderly.

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Rating: 1 stars  

I just want to put this out there so everybody knows. My friend volunteered for this organization for several years, was an intern and worked here until she finally couldn't take it anymore. She was treated terribly by the president, and never had staff in their positions long enough for them to support her. Literally Rachel Doyle turned over FIVE staff members in 1 year. Like take a hint. You're running a sh*t show and you need to read up on leadership. How are you supposed to so called "mentor" young teen girls when they never are able to talk to the same person twice? Take a bite of some humble pie RD. You suck to work for. This non-profit could skyrocket but instead its going down the toilet because its your way or the high way.

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Rating: 2 stars  

I've volunteered for this organization for 4 years. My chapter has a lot of fun together at the senior homes. But once the president and founder came to visit our chapter and it was actually a little weird. She just seemed like she liked the attention and kept taking selfies and telling us to write journals. We work really hard to make our chapter the best it can be and volunteer almost every Sunday, but all the president did was talk about herself. And everytime we tried to get in touch with someone throughout our four years as a chapter, it was ALWAYS a different person who answered. We wanted to build relationships with people on staff to help mentor us, but they were always leaving. Doesn't seem like it was probably a fun place to work. Anyway, love volunteering with my girls!

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Rating: 3 stars  

I love the idea of this nonprofit. A bunch of my friends have volunteered in another high school and told me about their experience at the senior homes, I wanted to start my own chapter. But we do everything ourselves! There's no real need to talk to the organization because they ask for a $100 registration fee to become an official chapter, but we realized that we can fundraise and buy our own supplies for cheaper and we don't have to wait for them to arrive. Plus my friend from the other chapter said that the organization calls them too much and it's annoying. So i say go for it! But not worth it to become official.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I never write reviews and much less give my hard earned money to others. Well now I am doing both.
Not only was I inspired by the mission but I was and still am impressed with the way things are run. I must admit that I grilled the founder for quite some time before giving. Not only was she present but was more than happy to share her vision with me.
Awesome mission and great leadership.

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Rating: 1 stars  

After listening to an inspiring story about this organization, I made a decent sized donation & after it was like a black void. I never heard from anyone, and when I called in several times, no one followed up. I asked to speak to the president directly or the treasurer to see perhaps what the funds were used for or how I could further contribute, but the president never called me back. Unfortunate misdirection of funds that would have been better used elsewhere. Check out She's the First, Girls Who Code & the Girl Effect.

Also, Alana B - read the community guidelines - If you comment about individual staff members or volunteers, it asks you to use their job title. Do not post their full name or other personal details.

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?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a long term donor and supporter of GlamourGals. I cannot write enough wonderful things about this organization and its president, Rachel Doyle. GlamourGals makes a huge difference in the lives of so many older women and young teens. The programs run by GG are exciting, stimulating and wonderful. I have also been to makeovers at the elderly homes. Rachel runs the organization beautifully. Rachel is an inspiring and excellent public speaker. I am proud to give my money to such a wonderful, important cause and plan to be a supporter indefinitely.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Terrific organization led by teen volunteers all geared up towards a great cause. I wish I had been exposed to such an organization when I was in my teens. Way to go GlamourGals, keep up the great work! Kudos to all the people doing this work.

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Rating: 2 stars  

One of my friends worked for this organization for several months. On the whole, the volunteers make this organization what it is. Perfect example of a charity being someone's pet project to make themselves feel good. Huge turn over rate due to terrible management. In general, shady finances from the organization point of view - would never donate. And overall, lacking in transparency. Could use a few more staff members. Could use new leadership in general.

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

Replace the President & Founder and change the name.

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

Badly

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

A little

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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