American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities, Inc.

Rating: 2.84 stars   19 reviews

Issues: Health, Cancer

Location: 501 St. Jude Pl. Memphis TN 38105 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm not sure why people are so outraged by the salaries of the executives. Do we not want out best and brightest working for our children? Why are teachers at the low end of the professional salaries scale; juvenile court judges and social workers low on the Wage scale too. I want people to WANT to work with and help our children and I want them to be qualified professionals who are compensated accordingly.

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2014

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Rating: 2 stars  

I have donated many times in the past, but did not know they were Lebanese or Syrian affiliated. Also did not know their CEO made such big bucks.

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Rating: 2 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I have donated off and on to St. Jude for many years. Using Charity Navigator, I am reviewing all the potential charities that I will support this year. After seeing the two huge salaries for the CEO and COO of St. Jude, I concluded that my financial support should go elsewhere.

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Unlikely

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Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 2 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My sister passed away from Leukemia and I've always donated to St. Jude - but seeing the outrageous salaries of the top officers has really made me reconsider giving to this organization. I regret that I will not be giving this year. There are other organizations more worthy of my donations.

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2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

I put exceeds expectations because I believe their HEART and INTENT is in the right place. I think their Fundraising Methods are outdated. They need to use more Internet and less mail service. Partnering with Carnival Cruise Lines was a smart move. But they need to do more to develop that relationship and those cruising on their ships. That is a an audience of 64,000+ every week. And there are people like myself who cruise with Carnival 7 or 8 times a year that would more than happy to volunteer to assist St Jude in getting the word out on these ships. We are cruising on them anyway, so there would be ZERO cost to St Jude.

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2012

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Rating: 2 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

My wife and I have been donors to St. Jude Research Hospital for many years. We always did it to help the kids. We were inspired by the late Danny Thomas who did so much to help St. Jude Research Hospital. Recently, through Charity Navigator, we were made aware of the outrageous salaries paid to the COO and the CEO. It is beyond belief that these two men would work for a charity and take a salary this large out of the charitie's funds. Needless to say we are very disappointed.

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2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I am disgusted by the size of the executive salaries. I urge the board of this otherwise worthy charity to trim the bloated executive salaries back to the five-figure range, which is an amount that is more in line with the philosophy of a charitable organization. The word is GIVING, not GREED...

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2012

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Rating: 2 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I saw a commercial about St. Jude that really touched my heart about 4 years ago and called their number to donate $20 for their research. Since then, they've probably spent over $20 in all the letters asking for more donations, address stickers, and notebooks they've sent to me since then. I've also moved three times since then and gotten married/changed my last name and they've somehow always stayed up to date with my current address and last name which must cost more money. I mean this sounds like a great organization but why would I spend money on them unless I know that they'll deal with my donation wisely? They should spend more money on the kids directly and less on measly gifts to donors that they didn't ask for. And--not to sound bitter--but I called them this morning to ask them about where the money goes. I talked to several people and they were all extremely snotty to me in tone and word and none cared to hear my genuine concern. I think that there a lot more charitable organizations out there more worthy of your support.

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2008

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Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

ALSAC spends so much of the money it collects for children with cancer that it is no longer a reputable charity. When you give a gift of any amount to this charity, over 20% of your gift is spent on things that have nothing to do with childhood cancer. Last year, the charity’s rate of growth in expenses outpaced its rate of growth in revenue. Yet, the CEO of the charity nearly DOUBLED his own salary from the previous year. This charity would have you believe it desperately needs your money “to keep the hospital’s doors open”, yet it reports that it has over $2.5 BILLION in net assets on hand today.
There are some good cancer charities out there – ALSAC’s just not one of them.

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2011

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Rating: 3 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

We have contributed to this organization for years. We think that they do wonderful work. However, thanks to Charity Navigator we now see that their program expenses and their executive compensation is very high. Needless to say, we find that very disappointing news.

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2012

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