Easter Seals, Inc.

Rating: 3.4 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Job Training, Health, Human Services

Location: 233 South Wacker Drive Suite 2400 Chicago IL 60606 USA

Mission: Easter Seals'' mission is to provide exceptional services to ensure all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities.
Programs: Easter Seals is the leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and other special needs. For more than 85 years, we have been offering help and hope to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play. Easter Seals services benefit 1.3 million children and adults annually through more than 550 centers nationwide, in Puerto Rico and Australia. See great things at www.easterseals.com.
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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I donsated every year for many years to Easter Seals. But as time went on I became more concered about their aggressive marketing (nearly $15 million last year) their inadequate privacy policy and the salary of their CEO (nearly $800,000 last year).

In 2010 I decided to donate elsewhere and notified Easter Seals in writing. A few days ago, in spite of four written requests to be removed from Easter Seals mailing lists I received annother solicitation. These written requests were sent to to EASTER SEALS NATIONAL Hqs by e-mail on 1/18/2010, 1/28/2010, 0/07/2010 and 1/11/2011.


Was your donation impactful?

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

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No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Easter Seals is a wonderful organization that I have supported a very long time. I am dismayed that Charity Navigator does a real disservice to this organization and donors by using a "Fannie Mae" like financial calculation without looking at the results and impact that programs provided by Easter Seals has. If you look at the lives changed and the families they have helped, you would give them a 4 star plus rating. I have supported them for years and will continue to do so.

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

By seeling clients and families at events and talking with them I know how much Easter Seals has helped them. By evaluating their finances and results I know taht this is one of America's best charities.

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

Help them find ways to let more people know about their great work.

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Rating: 4 stars  

As a donor to Easter Seals at both the national and affiliate level, I have been impressed by the accomplishments of the organization's staff in the lives of the individuals who receive the services. Each individual receives the personal attention necessary to his or her situation, which continues throughout the life of the individual as appropriate, including the families. Easter Seals doesn't just provide therapy and other services, but also creates an environment in which that help can be as effective as possible. Many of the individuals who receive services from EasterSeals become lifelong advocates and spokespersons for Easter Seals, as do their families. I find this loyalty to Easter Seals to be one of the most reliable measures of the success of an organization's treatment strategy and mission.

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

attending fundraising events and meeting some of those who received services from Easter Seals, including their families.

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

try to raise the profile of the organization with those who might not be familiar with their specific services.

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