First let me say, I have not ever worked here or even contributed to this organization. I might contribute after the research I just did though. There are many worthy needs out there including this one.
I looked this charity up in Forbes reviews. Based on their report of the revenues of the charity compared to expenditures on the Appalacian people in need, it does pretty well. Most of the complaints of the people reviewing on this site are related to being solicited so much (that is super annoying. I have that complaint about several charities. I'd like to see this practice stopped as once or twice a year is enough) and the high salaries of the people running the place (not really bad if you want good administration) BUT it seems most of the money goes to the charitable work of the organization. Also, one of the reviews I read on this site was by a former volunteer and it was very good.
I saw an ad for this so-called charity on the UP tv channel. I'm so glad I decided to do some research before giving money. Looking at the reviews, the only POSITIVE ones I'm seeing are from board members. To me that is extremely TELLING. I will not give one cent to a 'charity' where the president makes an obscenely high salary and the professional fundraising harasses people. This is an example of what began as a GOOD organization and has now been corrupted into a money making machine. Shame on the people who have ruined this and are taking money intended to help the poor and are putting it in their own pockets. God will judge you and you will see what you have done when you are punished.
CAP Is doing a Great Work for the people of the mountains.
Having quickly read the reviews what is most telling is the $171,000 salary for the Mr Adams, and
the high % of reviews from Board Members???? .... sorry my money is going to the Salvation Army where I
understand that a high % of my dollar actually goes to the people who need it.
I To Have Been Pushed Away By The Frequent Solicitations For Donations In The Mail. What A Waste! What Jumps Out At Me Reading These Reviews Is The Overwhelming Number Of Over-Paid Executives Having To Write 5-Star Reviews To Defend Their Charitable Organization...And It Still Only Bringing It Up To A 3-Star Overall Rating. How Sad. The Wonderful, Kind-Hearted, Giving Appellation People Deserve Better Advocates!!! I'm Sure If Someone Took The Time To Add Up All The Money Spent Directly To Help The Appalachian People Under The New Administration And Compared The Total To The Money Spent On The Organization (Salaries, Overhead, DirectMail, Publicity, Etc.), The Organization Would Prove To Be the Greatest beneficiaries Of Our Hard-Earned Donations Of Late! ShameOnYou!
In May of 2010 my Father In Law passed away and my wife and I moved back in with his widow, my wife's Mother, to care for her since she's in her late eighties and has senile dementia and severe hearing loss. We inherited a mess. My mother in law was donating money to multiple charities and was a member of thirty plus book clubs. Most, if not all, of those book clubs continued delivering books to the address and a mountain of debt was incurred. My Mother In Law didn't remember ordering them, and thought they were gifts.
In the category of charities, Christian Appalachian Project was one of many, and it was sending multiple requests for money in two different names at the same address. Both addressed to the Mother In Law. Since May of 2010, both my wife and I have called the Lexington Office to remove the address from the mailing list, Mom obsesses that she should do the Christian thing and donate money to the charity. And it goes on for days. Early on we learned to hide the contacts from CAP. We can do that since we're her guardians in the home. We've also e-mailed CAP, and made numerous contacts on Facebook. Still, the contacts come.
Recently I gave up. I got tired of hearing the same excuse repeatedly from the people at CAP, especially Phyllis Caudill. So, I submitted our evidence and filed a complaint with the Indiana Attorney General's Office, and after a short period, CAP through Phyllis Caudill responded to the mediation with the IAG. Glaring omissions notwithstanding, we were assured we wouldn't receive anymore contacts. Since that letter from the IAG, CAP has contacted us through the mail twice in two consecutive months.
I have serious doubts about the legitimacy of this group. I get angry when I think of anyone trying to ask for money from an 89 year old woman who can't hear well even with hearing aides, and has senile dementia.
It's been twenty months. Enough is enough already. If it goes a full two calendar years, I'm seeing a lawyer about harassment.
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47 "who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”
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Mr. Patton states CAP scores highly on transparency, and I'm sure he is referring to finances; however transparency indicates honesty and truthfulness. As of today, CAP's website- under the heading "Who We Serve" and "Disabled" they list Respite services. They closed this program and terminated the employees quite some time ago. This type of misrepresentation happened when CAP closed down their Adult Education programs. Years after the programs had been closed, they were still being advertised on their website as services CAP was offering the area.
And, I am not surprised Mr. Patton promotes himself as a businessman. "More bang for your buck" is a very businesslike attitude - but not one that should necessarily be associated with a "Christian Nonprofit." I'm sure to a businessperson, outsourcing American jobs to China, India, and Pakistan gives you more bang for your buck. I would think a Christian nonprofit should be more concerned with their mission statement of assisting those who are needy in Appalachia. CAP employees that have lost their jobs, I'm sure, do not see it as more bang for the buck.
It is very interesting that no reviews are from experts, clients, advisers, or board members! It indicates that emerson1916 may have an inside view of the operation having volunteered in the administrative offices. I was going to donate to this organisation because I BELIEVE WE AS A COUNTRY WE SHOULD HELP THE DISADVANTAGED IN THIS COUNTRY BEFORE WE HELP EVERY POOR COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, but am not now because looking at the financials the is a reserve ? of 1.4 million dollars that is not shown! Admin and fund raising costs must be enormous! Choices for volunteer & donor should be severed, one might volunteer to get an inside look at the organizations workings!
I received my first solicitation from this organization yesterday and the outside of the envelope said "check enclosed." Sure enough, there was a $2.00 check enclosed. This was an obvious gimmick that I find to be offensive and a potential waste of money. For this reason alone, I will not give to this organization. Moreover, I've recently been flooded with solicitations from various organizations and I'm just getting tired of it. Obviously, I gave to some organization that gave/sold my information. From my perspective, charities would do well to avoid gimmicks, overly emotional appeals and supplementing their income by selling their contributors' contact information.
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