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June 10, 2014

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June 10, 2014

Sharon Content ( President ) and her sister Monique Newton ( Vice President ) is a fraud and should be stopped. The children in this program deserve the support and accommodations that funders are providing however, Children of Promise, NYC is ran by two of the most arrogant, fast talking, and fraudulent people that exist. Christmas presents given by organizations are taken and given to their personal family members, they promise and promote van transportation to support families that have a loved one incarcerated and yet they never provide any support other than requesting medicaid cards to fund the frivolous mental health clinic that is not properly staffed and has a lack of trained professionals.

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

REPLACE the leadership of this organization with people who care !!

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

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

A little

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

May 1, 2013

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May 1, 2013

I attended the Junior Board's dodgeball event near CPNYC's headquarters and got a chance to meet other members of the junior board and as well as some staff/former members of CPYNYC. I think the recent addition of the junior board will help propel CYNYC's mission and awareness throughout the greater community and am very excited to attend future events and continue to support their mission.

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Was your donation impactful?

Likely

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?

2013

January 16, 2013
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January 16, 2013
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I became interested in joining the Junior Board of The Children of Promise because of the amazing impression that Sharon Content, and my first visit to CPNYC's site made on me. The passion and excitement that Ms. Content expresses when she speaks about the non-profit's mission is flat out contagious, and the happiness that fills the building when the children are present would make anyone want to help out her cause. CPNYC's after school program, along with its mentoring and therapeutic services, allows the children a safe and supportive environment where they can grow up to reach their greatest potential. Every single person I have ever met that is associated with the non-profit is very openly emotionally invested in CPNYC, and impressed with the effect that the organization has had on the lives of so many children in NYC.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

January 15, 2013
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January 15, 2013
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I joined the junior board of Children of Promise after meeting with the Executive Director, Sharon Content, and really appreciating her work and vision for this relatively young non-profit. It is clear that Mrs. Content is well-suited to run this organization, especially as it continues to grow at such a high rate.

Having visited the site multiple times, most recently for their holiday party when Santa showed up and distributed gifts to the children, I walked away quite impressed. The staff was great and clearly dedicated to their work, as were the mentors who were there.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

February 29, 2012
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February 29, 2012
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I volunteered with CPNYC over my winter break from grad school. I was immediately put to work helping with a number of pending grant proposals. At the end, I felt like my time was appreciated, my assistance was useful, and I enjoyed working in an environment where everyone was so dedicated to their work. It was especially wonderful to see the great interactions between the staff and the children!

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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?

A lot

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?

2011

January 5, 2011
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January 5, 2011
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I must review this nonprofit as one that is a poorly run. I ended my tenure as a volunteer because more often than not I arrived with no assignment or was abruptly switched throughout the afternoons to areas I was not fit for. Frequently, I requested assignments involving sitting with the young people to do homework help. I am a retired senior and on many occasions was assigned to projects outdoors or in the gym even though I notified the organization of my physical limitations due to arthritis. I volunteered weekly for over 8 months before I had end my term.

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

my time as a volunteer. I mentored youth as a volunteer for over 8 months.

Ways to make it better...

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

Organize afterschool volunteering so it makes more sense. It should meet the needs of volunteers and not just the organization. Information about my physical limitation and preferences was listed on my volunteer application.

December 7, 2010
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Review from Guidestar
December 7, 2010
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Children of Promise, NYC is a wonderful organization with a compelling mission. I had the opportunity to work with Sharon Content, the organizations founder and President a few years ago while working at another NGO and subsequently was brought in to assist with restructuring the Project Dream Mentoring program. My personal experience with CPNYC was very rewarding. Sharon is an intelligent, forward-thinking and inspiring leader. Ms. Content is committed to growing the organization and willing to accept constructive feedback where necessary. I've offered numerous suggestions on ways in which Sharon could strengthen CPNYC and my feedback was always given consideration.



CPNYC has achieved a tremendous amount of success in a relatively short amount of time. Lest we forget the organization is still a start-up (3 years old) and for those reasons I feel CPNYC has definitely exceeded expectations. CPNYC is experiencing a growth spurt and unfortunately like so many start-ups, it lacks the structural or organizational capacity to effectively manage all of its new and wonderful programming. Sharon should be commended for her efforts not ridiculed by anonymous reviewers. More funding is needed for this organization so that Sharon can not only improve the organizations capacity but so that more children can realize their true potential.

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

Matching children of incarcerated parents with positive adult role models

Ways to make it better...

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

Increase board participation and community involvement

November 27, 2010

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November 27, 2010

My neices are in children of promise. I do not feel it is a good program.

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

Bad teachers. Teacher grabbed and pushed my neice.

Ways to make it better...

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

Teachers should not push on the kids.

November 16, 2010
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Review from Guidestar
November 16, 2010
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Children of Promise, NYC (CPNYC) has been a member of the Fund for the City of New York (Fund) Incubator/Partner Project Program since the organization's inception in 2007. As a result, the Fund provides all fiscal management services which includes producing revenue and expense reports, conducting payroll and facilitating audits. CPNYC has never retained a financial consultant or had a need for the services as alleged in the prior review. All audits are facilitated in the Fund's Manhattan office (where are financial records are retained) and conducted by the Fund's fiscal staff. Ms. Content would never have the opportunity to "frame a story" for auditors. In addition, systems are in place that ensure full transparency, checks and balances and valid program expenses. Management of the Fund and CPNYC are aware of the actions of the disgruntled employee responsible for the two reviews posted on this site and have responded immediately to her attempts to defame the organization. We are disappointed that Guidestar is being used as a platform for her unprofessional and vindictive actions. Ms. Content has maintained a professional and reputable relationship with the Fund and countless agencies in Brooklyn and throughout New York City. She has recently been awarded an Honorary Citation by the Borough President Marty Markowitz and Brooklyn "Do Gooders Award" by the Brooklyn Community Foundation for her commitment and passion to the children of imprisoned parents and their families.

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

serving as the Board President for the past three years where I worked collaboratively with Ms. Content in the development of Children of Promise, NYC. The organization has exceeded its full potential of serving over 200 young people per year and tripling its annual budget since 2007.

Ways to make it better...

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

continue to add dedicated and committed staff and Board members that support the vision of Ms. Content.

November 8, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
November 8, 2010

Unfortunately this is an organization that does not live up to its full potential. What I've seen is that the children do show great promise, however Sharon Content, Executive Director is not concerned with cultivating the potential of the children. My personal experience is that Sharon Content is ALWAYS late to meetings, unprofessional and a slick, fast talking individual. It's a shame that her ego gets in the way of her truly serving the children of Bedstuy because the children already come from very humble means. Unfortunately, as long as this slick talker continues to receive a paycheck in the form of donations and public funding, she will continue to use the children as a front for socially responsible work. The children deserve so much more! A true example is that Sharon Content has a personal cell phone for her 14 year old daughter that is paid for by grant money. Her daughter is in no way affiliated with the organization. Sharon who has worked in nonprofit for quite some time for the Boys and Girls club and other organizations knows just how to "frame the story" to not raise questions by auditors. If anyone looked further they would see. There are many of Sharon's personal accounts, from her mother's all expense paid trips from Florida to NYC to phony staff member's hours, that are being reported as necessary business expenses. The teachers and administration seem to really care but this is unfortunately not enough to help the children of Bedstuy- the organization needs a President that is not trying to dishonestly help herself.

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

my work as a consultant. My experience was far below my expectations.

Ways to make it better...

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

let go of the Executive Director or make training in ethics in nonprofit MANDATORY.

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