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April 23, 2012
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April 23, 2012
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I have supported CARE in the past, but with improved information, I am no longer interested in doing so. The decision to pay the CEO over $406,000 is astonishing, distressing, and inappropriate. I will not contribute to that.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 23, 2012
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February 23, 2012
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CARE strives to defend the dignity of all world citizens – particularly women and girls – by working to eliminate the root causes of poverty. We know, from first-hand experience, the work that they do and have advocated alongside side them in front of government officials in Washington DC.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 23, 2012

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February 23, 2012

This org is in over 70 countries which make it one of the 1st to respond to every major disaster we've had. CARE is often engaged for partnerships because of processes, community trust & expertise.

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Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 21, 2012
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February 21, 2012
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CARE's work with women in highlighting the plight of forced marriage and child marriage is invaluable. I became interested in CARE because I care deeply about forced marriage, and of course child marriage. However, forced marriage is something that I can relate to as I have been through a forced marriage myself, and know that women the whole world over need help to end this tradition of abuse and human rights violation. A forced marriage can scar a girl for life, can put her in a situation that no-one would ever want to be in or should have to be in. My own situation even though not a child marriage, had elements of a child marriage as I was engaged at the age of 14; and felt tremendous pressure to say "yes". People do not realize the power of cultural practices and that it is not easy as a girl of any age to say "no" to one's parents. Girls every day are being forced into marriages that they are unhappy with, and this unhappiness often leads to violence; because when one or both people in a marriage are unhappy, most often this bad situation can escalate, and terrible things can happen. We are now hearing of "honor killings" a lot, and many of these killings also are due to when a girl decides to be strong and say "no". We are very often victimized, and we need help. CARE can be counted on to help stop this harmful practice, and that is why I support CARE.

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Even though I haven't personally experienced the results, I see the results from all the postings I have seen on Twitter.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

Twitter

February 2, 2012
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Review from CharityNavigator
February 2, 2012
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Look at the bottom line: CARE gives 90% of its revenues to the needy! Wow! That's far better than a lot of the other popular charities, regardless of what they pay their leaders. Why so much focus on where 0.06% goes (top leader) but not the other 99.94%? CARE seems to focus on people that are truly needy and on projects that have long-term impact. I've been donating to CARE for many years and plan to continue.

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Definitely

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 27, 2011

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Review from CharityNavigator
September 27, 2011

I was about to write a check. After seeing the CEO is making $400K I decide to give the money to our local food cupboard.

the CEO deserves to be paid but $400K is excessive.

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Put the money in to relief rather than high administration salary.

September 22, 2011
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Review from CharityNavigator
September 22, 2011
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I am disappointed that the CEO makes $400,000+ a year. While the charity does do well regarding overhead costs vs program expenditures, I am more closely reviewing finances before my charitable giving. I will have to think long and hard before I donate to Care again, given reduced ratings and what I consider an unnecessarily high pay for the top administrator.

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

have not personally experienced results, other than pride in giving.

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

Reduce high pay of administrator(s).

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Was your donation impactful?

Unsure

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Unsure

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Unsure

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

previously, microloans. Not sure if they still do this now.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

I have not for this year. Am evaluating charity.

What would you tell others about this organization?

Check Charity Navigator before gifting.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 30, 2011
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Review from CharityNavigator
August 30, 2011
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Last week we contacted CARE about the actions they are taking to improve their recent Charity Navigator ratings. CARE's response was quick and reassuring - and appears below. We plan to continue our long-term support of CARE since their efficiency is consistently 4 star and actions they have taken should help CARE regain a higher overall rating.

Response from CARE:

"Thank you for contacting CARE. Our current rating is impacted by having reduced revenue and program expenses due to two strategic decisions: to phase out monetization of food aid and to sell a microfinance institution. Our 2010 rating was affected by the fact that in the previous period we had higher revenue and expenses due to some extraordinary gifts and program expenses related to the Asian tsunami.

Aligning our programming with strategic development priorities can result in revenue and expense changes. And, like all international organizations, CARE experiences fluctuations in revenue and expense growth in response to global market forces.

It is important to remember that Charity Navigator's rating of CARE's operational efficiency consistently receives the highest possible rating, 4 stars. And CARE's excellence is recognized by accreditation from the Better Business Bureau and an A+ rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy.

Charity Navigator recognizes the limitations of its current system and is working with organizations, including CARE, to revise its system and determine new measures that will look not just at financial information but at a group's performance in relation to its objectives."

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A prompt, factual response to our request for how CARE's operations were being improved.

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Nothing to suggest at this time.

August 18, 2011
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Review from CharityNavigator
August 18, 2011
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The “helping hands” logo for CARE may have served well for many years, but I believe the logo does not adequately acknowledge the commitment of the people of America to the origins and ongoing mission of CARE. This seems unfortunate in view of the widespread anti-American sentiment that has arisen in recent years, and CARE should consider redesigning the logo to better identify the principal source of its aid and perhaps appeal more directly to patriotic as well as altruistic donors. Fundraising seems uninspired. In addition, I disapprove of this non-profit paying an administrator an annual salary in excess of $400,000. CARE perhaps no longer really cares!

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I am a donor

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

Review executive salaries and redesign CARE's logo.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 23, 2011
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June 23, 2011
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CARE has been included in the latest investigative report on International Aid organizations -- the Crisis Caravan. In addition, in a separate report called "Road to H-x-l-l".

While it is not the worst offenders and abusers, it certainly has comparable features. In the last three years,
their Charity Navigator rating has gone from 4 stars to just 2 stars. Revenue down over 100 million, admin expense % up.

I object to CARE's advertising ... they feature the worst kind of stereotype of Africans and developing countries ... always Starving Moms and Babies, and how CARE saved the day. Some call this "development/poverty p-o-r-n".

Lastly, according to CARE's own promotional numbers, the CEO's over $400K salary alone could have provided "emergency food, which fully meets energy, vitamin, and mineral requirements" of over 160,000 children. Wow. (CARE's CEO salary is not excessive compare to other large NGOs ... which, I think, point to a systematic problem. I can bet that 95% or more the CARE donors are not living anywhere near $400K per year.)

I was a CARE donor. No longer.

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none.

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

Stop using starving children stereotypes to raise money! That's exploitative!

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CARE encourages all of our U.S.-based supporters to join our CARE Action Network, a group of CARE advocates working to educate our nation’s leaders about issues related to global poverty. Join thousands of other supporters around the country in speaking out on behalf of women, children and poor families around the world.

CARE does not generally recruit volunteers for fieldwork for several reasons. Whenever possible, CARE works with local people in order to expand skills and knowledge in a county, as well as to ensure sustainability. Often, local laws prohibit or severely restrict the use of foreign volunteers. Most of our programs require specific expertise and several years of experience in international development and relief. Using volunteers internationally can be very costly in regard to airfare, meals, and lodging.

If you aren’t a U.S. resident or are interested in working abroad, please check http://bit.ly/CAREcareers for current career and internship opportunities. Or, you can contact our offices in countries around the world directly at http://bit.ly/CAREcountries

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