MANCHESTER ART ASSOCIATION INC

Rating: 1 stars   3 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 935 Main St % Janet Depratti Manchester CT 06040 USA

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Sadly much of the money raised in the last couple years is unaccounted for due to shoddy bookkeeping and the lack of reciepts provided by the sole user of a debit card in the association's name. The association did stop use of the debit card in late summer, but the damage to this organization was done. Until the MAA takes action to show members and donors where money went, I would not give them any money. If a person/persons misused funds, then legal and criminal action needs to be taken. A couple people have ruined this art association and its reputation. The BOD needs to do serious work and be transparent in what has happened and what is being done now about what was ALLOWED to happen.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Unsure

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

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Somewhat badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Until this organization shows its members a financial statement, I suggest NO ONE donate to this group. The current BOD has not provided financial records to the members despite repeated requests to do so. Excuses are constantly made, but no reports have been presented


The membership has no idea of how much is in the bank account, where money has been spent or donations that may have come in. Within the membership, there are serious allegations of misuse of funds - yet the people who know or should know what is going on have not taken any action to have it investigated.

Yes, this is a serious heads up to the donors, members, the city of Manchester and general public that this non profit needs to be investigated by the State of CT and the IRS.

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

file a complaint with the state's attorney and Manchester Police Dept to have an investigation started. However, fear of repercussions from those who know what is wrong and refuse to act stops me from putting my name on a complaint.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

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

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

If the members who do know the truth would do the right thing

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Made me wary of such groups

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Like myself, the public, the memebers, and the arts community have been cheated and lied to.

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1 people found this review helpful

This group is a wonderful group of artists that is unfortunately led by a president who truly does not support the mission of the group. In her role as president, she has attacked several other members both publicly and privately. MAA suffers from this negative leadership as word spreads throughout the artist community. Both good and bad affect the MAA's events and membership drives. The members of MAA needs to take a hard look at its leadership and not be afraid to make changes that ultimately will benefit the group. The president is the public face of this association and negative acts damage this wonderful group. Some amazing and wonderful people are part of this group. More volunteers and artsits might join if leadership was changed. Many other art associations exist in CT that artists can look to for support. When looking for a group, look for a one where the board of directors is involved in the running of the group and they are accessible to all and willing to speak up and take action.

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

events

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

Not give all the power and control to one person. BOD needs to be more out in the forefront and accessible. Otherwise this group does a nice job with events and shows.

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?

2010

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