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July 5, 2014

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July 5, 2014

Since numerous people are pointing out the CEO, I thought I'd post the link to what they're referring. I'd also like point out, not all charities are nearly as transparent with where their money goes, not to mention that over 85% goes directly to charity. So while I'm not a huge fan of that large a salary, please don't throw the proverbial baby with the bath water. They do a ton of good work that needs done, and they exist because of donations and volunteers. The CEO taking home a large salary, doesn't negate that good work, nor does it nullify the substantial amount of money and percentage of money that goes directly to gifts/charity/etc.

Just some thoughts, and the link to the charity info is below. Regardless of what I've said, or anyone else view the info and facts below and make your own decision

http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=6611#.U7iJ-LHZ74g

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

Decrease the salary of the CEO/Founder

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Was your donation impactful?

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?

2014

February 1, 2014
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February 1, 2014
5 people found this review helpful

I've been a monthly donor for two years, but after learning from Charity Navigator that as of 2013, Lois Lee was taking a salary of ~ $240,000, my support will stop immediately. (The total annual revenue for Children of the Night is only about $1.5 million!) Other charitable organizations whose CEOs are paid the same amount (or less) as Lois have revenues of $80 million or more and are 30 times the size of COTN. Lois's compensation is unjustifiable in every way whatsoever.

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

Require Lois to accept a salary cut of 50% or resign. There are plenty of smart, well educated, competent, experienced, visionary, non-self-serving humanitarians who would gladly take her place and be delighted to be paid $120,000 a year!

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Was your donation impactful?

Unsure

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

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

October 1, 2012
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October 1, 2012
1 person found this review helpful

Dr. lois lee Is a great person. She has helped change many lives. I know because she helped change mine. This is a great place for children that are on the street and want to get off of them and change their lives around. Keep up the good work LOIS......

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 6, 2012

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September 6, 2012

I’ve been a volunteer for this organization and I've seen what Dr. Lee has done for over 20 years.

There is no amount of money that can repay her for her tireless work she has done on behalf of children.
- Rick Taylor

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

None

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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?

2011

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

Receive more donations

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

Yes, helped make me a better parent

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Wonderful!

March 3, 2012
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March 3, 2012
7 people found this review helpful

I wanted to donate to this organization, but can't justify the salary for the founder. Who is being served here? Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$216,482 12.46% Lois Lee Founder

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

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

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

August 5, 2011

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August 5, 2011

Children of the NIght is the best organization I've ever had the priviledge of working for and Lois is beyond dedicated to the children her organization serves.

Her methods and ideas are progressive, well implemented, effective and reflected in the success of her program.

I ran
the street teams for Children of the NIght in the 80's and 90's until it was no longer possible because gangs were dominating the streets and forced the kids underground. I can say from first hand expereience the services of Children of the Night need to be taken directly to the children where they survive. I don't know of any other agency capable of doing this other than Children of the Night.

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

I have seen many successes while working with the organization.

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

I wouldn't.

April 22, 2011

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April 22, 2011

Children of the Night is a caring, open, non-judgmental organization. It is a privately funded non-profit organization, dedicated to rescuing America’s children from the terrible ravages of prostitution and exploitation. The Children of the Night home is open to child prostitutes throughout the United States, and the Children of the Night hotline is open to rescue these children 24 hours a day; their hotline staff works closely with law enforcement to rescue children from pimps. After rescue, The Children of the Night Home has an on-site school and college placement program. Rescued kids complete a comprehensive program of academic and life-skills education, and upon completion, caseworkers are available to provide ongoing case management to hundreds of graduates. The staff is a caring, dedicated group of professionals.

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

As a financial donor, I have had frequent contact with the professionals of The Children of the Night.

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

I cannot think of anything negative to say about this organization; they are very dedicated to rescuing exploited, homeless, prostituted children.

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Was your donation impactful?

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

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

Caring about abused children.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

I felt it was important to help.

What would you tell others about this organization?

Children of the Night is a caring, open, non-judgmental organization. It is a privately funded non-profit organization, dedicated to rescuing America’s children from the terrible ravages of prostitution and exploitation. The Children of the Night home is open to child prostitutes throughout the United States, and the Children of the Night hotline is open to rescue these children 24 hours a day; their hotline staff works closely with law enforcement to rescue children from pimps. After rescue, The Children of the Night Home has an on-site school and college placement program. Rescued kids complete a comprehensive program of academic and life-skills education, and upon completion, caseworkers are available to provide ongoing case management to hundreds of graduates. The staff is a caring, dedicated group of professionals.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 20, 2011

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April 20, 2011

Children of the Night is a valuable tool in the fight against American child prostitution. The founder goes above and beyond the call of duty to help rescue these children. The children get the help they need, justice is provided, and recovery begins here.

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

volunteering, and seeing the lives of the many children changed.

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

I would not make any changes. The model is great, the staff are well trained, and the program works.

July 31, 2010

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July 31, 2010

I was living in Las Vegas, Nevada when I received a call from a girl I'll call "Jane Doe". She was only 17 years old. I knew she was living in a trailer with her father - and soon found out her father was actually her pimp. Turned on her father was also mom's pimp too. So every day he'd send mom and daughter out to bring him home "his money". In Vegas there's only a few shelters that will take someone under the age of 18 - and he knows where those shelters were. She was afraid if she went there - that he'd show up demanding to see her and as her father and with her being a minor that she could not refuse to see him. If she stayed with me she was also worried if he showed up with the police he could force them to make her leave and come home with him. She felt if she told the police she didn't want to go home with him because he was pimping her - that then he would take it out on her mom and her other sisters. I called Children of the Night and they said if I could get her to either an airport or a bus station they would arrange to pay for her transportation there to Los Angeles and take care of everything. She didn't have any ID to board a plane - so I took her to the bus station. Whenever I send someone to a program - I always ask them to call me to make sure they got admitted safe and sound. She told me she was made to feel welcome and felt very comfortable there at Children of the Night. They helped her get clean from drugs, get her GED, and a driver's license. I picked her up from the bus station when she came back to Vegas after CON helped her. She is now married, has two children, is clean from drugs and out of prostitution. Because of her age and the complication of her father being her pimp - I do not believe I could have helped her without CON being there for her the way they were. I also don't know of any other program that would have been able to respond so quickly when I called to have her on that bus just a few hours later. They are truly amazing and saving lives.

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

Yes. I have sent them children under the age of 18 who have called me that needed residential help since '85. They have accepted every one I have sent to them and not turned one away. Each person I have sent them has told me of a positive experience.

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

I would find a way to add a component to allow Dr. Lee to make her knowledge about helping kids more available to other programs that help kids. I would also find a way to give her the resources to let her expand her work to take in more kids.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Not only does she help the kids she works with - but when I talk to her I learn something that helps me be more effective with the kids I work with on an outpatient basis.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Wonderful. Unlike others at other programs - her volunteers do not come off as "superior" to the kids. They are also always helpful to me when I call to see if they have a bed - even if it's 2:00 a.m. when I'm calling

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Save a lot more kids' lives.

Ways to make it better...

I can't think of any way any contact or experience with them could have been improved upon.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Lack of funding is one. Another is that more kids on the streets or other outreach programs that don't have residential options to offer need to know how to reach her for help.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I believe Dr. Lee has invented a wheel that works as best as one can work in an imperfect world. Our society as a whole would benefit on many levels if she were to receive whatever she needs to be able to help even more kids than she does now.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 14, 2009

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September 14, 2009

I was introduced to Lois and Children of the Night in 1996 as a victim. Children of the Night and Dr. Lois Lee helped me finish 2 years of high school in one year, become self reliant, and achive all the goals I have ever set out to do. Lois became my lifeline and without her I would probably be dead. She opened her heart and touched my life like no one else. COTN prosecuted the people who preyed on the innocent . I came to feel loved, and accepted. COTN helped me on a path that would turn my life around. I am who I am today because they were there for me. This is the least I can do to try and help other children who at some point will need their help. There are children living at COTN that need your help NOW. Please donate anything you can. www.childrenofthenight.org

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

in my personal life as a child that was helped by Children of the Night.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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