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7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

If I could give less than 1 star I would. I used to volunteer and raise funds for the CMTA but I can't in good concious do that. I read their tax return every time it comes out amd every year is more ludicrous than the next. Patrick Livney's salary increases by at least $50,000 every year. Now his salary is $325,000!!!!! They bring in less than 4 million in revenue each year that's outrageous in itself but now the new tax return list 2more employees that make over $100,000 each. Now they spend over half a million on slararies alone. The ratings on these sites are jokes. It is not accurate to say they spend only $90,000 or % 5 on administrative expenses because that's where the salaries are supposed to be included. This charity needs to be investigated by the IRS. Livney makes almost as much as the CEO of the MDA and they pull over $150,000,000. I don't think people really look at the 990's they just look at this completely inaccurate review sites and take them at face value. This is wrong very wrong I urge you to look at their latest tax returns to see for yourself.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The review sites need to up date their information, especially Charity Navigator. First of the CEO's salary has yet again increased to an even more ridiculous amount, now it's $275,000 plus a car financed by the CMTA. I don't know how Charity Navigator factors in everything but it has that they only use $99,299 on administrative expenses which comes out to 5% of their total revenue, which is very reasonable, if it were true. Salaries are supposed to be included in the administrative costs, and obviously they are not in this case which makes the whole rating completely unreliable. Every year it gets more ridiculous.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

gleeful giving.
I give glee-fully. The age of technology has given us the unprecedented opportunity to peer into the lives of others - near and far. From animals to people. Children to the aged. Northern hemisphere and southern. Religious and non-affiliated. Eased and dis-eased. I have learned and listened, read and reviewed so many stories to the point these stories are what I care about the most in my social media timelines. To the point where my perspective has changed as I socialize with others. I am so inspired by those that create organizations to raise awareness for others asking for nothing in return - some who are dedicated beyond 'full-time'. And, for those in need, of course. Every $1, $5, $10 dollars - I am determined to make a difference. And am *hopefully* inspiring my son to do the same. After all, isn't that what this ride is all about?

Review from #MyGivingStory

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When my son was diagnoses with CMT we had no idea what it was and the doctors in the Chicago area were not very helpful and had little knowledge of CMT. I started searching for information on the internet and found the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association (CMTA).
The CMTA has been a wealth of information since that point forward. I don’t know where we would be at this point if they did not exist. Thru the CMTA we now have a wonderful doctor, who is also a board member of the CMTA, Dr. Michael Shy, who we visit once a year in Iowa. Their website and newsletters have helped us so much thru the years. We have also had the opportunity to meet the other board members and have gotten to know the CEO of the CMTA, Pat Livney. Pat and each board member are very dedicated in finding a treatment and cure for CMT. Pat is the driving force and inspiration behind the CMTA. They are making remarkable strides to make it a reality for so many poeple effected by CMT. I know in my heart, after meeting Pat and all the members, that the CMTA will be the answer to helping my son and so many others that I know that are effective by CMT.
The CMTA has also helped me start a 'CMT Support/Action Group' in the Chicago area. I knew how much this was needed since it was so hard for me to find information to help my son. I have been a Support Group Leader for almost 5 years and have over 70 members. I can't tell you how many people come to a meeting for the first time and have never meet anyone before with CMT but have had it in their families for generations. It is wonderful to help so many and I would not be able to due so without the CMTA and all the information and guidance they provide.

Thank you CMTA!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I find it odd that the adress listed on Charity Navigator is in Chicago, yet on here, their website and all past IRS form 990s it's a p.o. box in Pennsylvania . They claim to be funding many research projects, ect, but do not give an accounting of grant amounts or who received them.

It concerns me that they have begun a 2 year 25 million dollar fundraising campaign. I haven't seen accountability on the monies raised on prior fundraising campaigns. They have never dealt with a project anywhere near this magnitude. They talk of collaborating, fostering research.... all well and good. How much funding do they provide to the organizations they collaborate with? The fostering of research, even when done by members of their STAR 'Scientific Advisory Board' and STAR 'Scientific Team' is funded by whom? I see a lot of smoke and mirrors and little else.

I am also concerned with Mr. Livney's qualifications as CEO. His education is not in finance and the issues that arose at Vanderbilt Capital Advisors when he was a managing director speak for themselves. It clearly was an issue when he ran for Village Trustee in Winnetka, IL. Here is a expert from the Chicago Tribune dated 10/23/2012 'Several Caucus members cited Livney's lack of local public service experience, and said his involvement in at least one ongoing New Mexico civil lawsuit, as well as a YouTube video of his comments last year at a local school board meeting, raised questions about his character.' The rest of this article is worth reading when it comes to a 25 millions dollar fund raising campain being lead by this man! http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-10-23/news/ct-tl-winnetka-caucus-council-meeting-20121023_1_winnetka-caucus-slate-youtube-video

Review from CharityNavigator

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This "charity" is exactly NOT charitable. While the Board President has a financial and legal mess of a life, the Executive Director is pulling in a salary of $190,000 plus benefits. 2 staff were fired (one was paid to keep quiet) the other had to file with the Dept. of Labor to get her overtime wages. A member of the Medical Advisory Board resigned because he doesn't like the way this organization is headed. The organization closed it's office "to save $" but continues to spend thousands on travel and sending a staff person to Italy. Now staff "work from home" and work very little.Research has not produced enough and is way off schedule. Do not donate unless you thoroughly read all tax, IRS and Annual Reports. This organization continues to raise funds from sick and disabled people who live on fixed incomes and barely have enough to meet there own needs. Entire Board and Executive Director should resign. Then maybe services for the people can resume.

1

Donor

Rating: 1

this organzition has gone down hill fast. Especially since they fired their executive director, has no actual location and the current Chair/Board Member is their development officer and is taking a percentage of the funds to pay his salary which is against the law!

Review from CharityNavigator