Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation Inc

Rating: 4.3 stars   203 reviews

Issues: Disabilities, Health

Location: 228 W. Lincoln Highway 301 Schererville IN 46375 USA

Mission: The goal of ASDF is to support children with an autism spectrum disorder by providing information, education and financial assistance to their families and relevant community service organizations. Funds donated to ASDF will be used to address any and all kinds of issues in assisting children with autism and their families. By providing financial assistance to families and autism-specific organizations, together we are able to give autistic children and their families the resources they need to grow. In addition, we spread awareness by providing Early Detection Kits, free of charge, to individuals and agencies who work with infants, toddlers and preschool children.
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EIN 20-8820570
877.806.0635
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Rating: 1 stars  

19 people found this review helpful

because i have an autistic grandson, i volunteered to distribute flyers to for this organization's ongoing funding campaign...good thing i checked up on them before i spoke with my friends and neighbors....WHAT A RIP OFF!!! ANYWHERE FROM 80 TO 84% OF THE CONTRIBUTIONS GO TO FUND RAISING AND ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS....if you are concerned about autism and want to raise awareness, stick to organizations such as AUTISM SPEAKS, where you can help make a difference....gaioh@earthlink.net

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?

2012

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

34 people found this review helpful

I thought I would help out for a good cause and thought I better vet this organization before signing my good name and asking for donations on their behalf. Glad I did and just before applying postage. My first impulse was, "how can I help" then my second impulse was to make sure this organization was legit. Sad, we have to be so careful to avoid being taken advantage of.

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?

2012

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

24 people found this review helpful

I like many others volunteered to distribute donation materials to my neighbors. I'm very glad I didn't apply the stamps to envelopes before reading your evaluations.

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

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

19 people found this review helpful

We received a packet and checked them out on CharityWatch. org. They rated ASDF an " F ". ASDF spends 84 cents out of every $ 1.00 collected for administrative and other expenses!!! Outrageous - they purport to be non-profit but hire a for- profit fund raising company to solicit funds. Don't fall for the scam. Check them out!!! They are screwing things up for the legitimate charities.

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

making me disgusted that people like the ASDF exist and prey on children and familoies who have enough stress in theri lives.

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

Take them to court!!!

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

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

Move to China.

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

Makes me sick that people try to profit off of childrens unfortunate medical condition.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Sick

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

23 people found this review helpful

I volunteered to distribute a small mailing about this organization in my neighborhood. Another professional fundraising organization - InfoCision
Management Corp. - sent me the mailing package. One of the items in the mailing was a card that identified the states that required notification to potential donors about the financial results related to the charity and the professional fundraiser associated with it. On the Vermont attorney general's site I found very disturbing information about this particular professional fundraiser. In many cases - for many well known charitable organizations - this fundraiser returned to the charity less than 50% of the money that individuals had donated. I have decided not to proceed with the solicitations to my neighbors.

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

urge it to not use its current Professional Fundraiser.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Unlikely

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?

Somewhat 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?

Use direct solicitation.

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

left me skeptical of professional fundraising orgs. and charities that use them.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

ineffective.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

33 people found this review helpful

I volunteered to ask my neighbors to donate to the ASDF when I was called (on the phone) by one of their reps. Before sending out the envelopes I "goggled" some info. From State of WA documents on ASDF and their contracted fund-raising companies. From the data provided to the State of WA my calculations indicate that out of every dollar about 9 to 17 cents goes to the charity. Looking at the ASDF web site does not indicate what the final funds are used for.

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

I did the research. I almost became a part of this farce.

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

Close it.

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

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

Close their store.

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

A negative experience.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Angry

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 2 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

I volunteered to distribute campaign materials on my street. As a precautionary measure, I researched the "Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation" in various online charity rating web sites. I found several autism RELATED organizations. But of the 4-5 sites I searched, your site (greatnonprofits.org) is the only one with any information on the specific group named "Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation". On your page, the mailing address is shown as Tulalip WA; the return envelopes provided to me show a PO Box in Hagerstown MD. Illegal? No. Unusual? I don't know. Food for thought? Yes, I believe so.

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

Not a question I can answer; I have not experienced any "results".

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

 
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