Rating: 3 stars   2 reviews

Issues: International

Location: 1521 16th St Washington DC 20036 USA

Mission: The Asia America Initiative was founded as a Non-Profit Organization with Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and with branch offices in Manila and in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao in the southern Philippines, in order to achieve the following Mission:To inspire unselfish leadership and to build partnerships as the foundation for civil society.To help leaders assess the changing dynamics in the region and to offer creative solutions through the unique combination of comprehensive research, dialogue, and grassroots based field programs.
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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Through a bosom friend of mine who has worked so closely with the Founder-President of Asia America Initiative, I have come to know the ins and outs of this nonprofit organization. It is a scam and its president a phony. This NGO is nothing more than its president’s bread and butter.

Since this nonprofit’s inception, its main beneficiary has been its founder-president himself. He decides his own compensation, benefits and perks. All checks payable to him are approved, written, and signed by one person – its president! The LION’S SHARE of any leftover funds and in-kind donations (mostly medicines) goes to the Muslim-dominated areas of southern Philippines that don’t need much assistance anyway since the people there are lavishly supported by Al Queda and other terrorist groups.

The website of the organization is pretty impressive but totally deceptive. No one on its board is aware of the inner workings of AAI. And, the entire organization is run out of its president’s bedroom in a Northern Virginia luxury apartment.

I can go on and on…. In a nutshell, Asia America Initiative is not a real charity; it is nothing but a cash cow for its Founder-President. No one should support it without fully investigating its president’s misuse of donor funds. If you have ever supported it, you should ask for a refund.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I worked with AAI in the summer of 2011. The president, Mr. Santoli, is energetic, passionate, and wonderful to work with. The organization does not operate on a very large budget, but it manages to accomplish a great deal across a host of issues. One can only imagine how effective they could be with just a little more money.

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

Seeing the results of AAI's cancer programs. I was involved with shipping medicine to children and women with cancer, and the volunteers operating in the Philippines would always send back tons of pictures.

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

Continue to raise the funds necessary for AAI to achieve their wonderful mission of peace building though addressing the basic human needs of communities in areas of dire poverty and armed conflict.

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