Gorilla Foundation

Rating: 2.33 stars   6 reviews

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Location: 1733 Woodside Rd Ste 330 PO Box 620530 Woodside CA 94062 USA

Mission: The Gorilla Foundation seeks to save great apes from extinction through educating people around the world of gorillas intelligence, emotional capacity, and intrinsic value, through Koko as a spokesperson. Koko is the worlds most famous ape: she communicates using over 1,000 words of American Sign Language, taught to her by Dr. Francine "Penny" Patterson. Koko and her prospective mate are moving to a Preserve on Maui. The climate is more natural for gorillas than our current location, and it is hoped that Koko will mate and teach her offspring sign language. The Preserve may also provide a home to other great apes in need of refuge.
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Rating: 1 stars  

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Most of the information presented on the organization's 990 and in the donor/fundraising material is completely inaccurate. Funds raised could not possibly be used for gorilla conservation in the wild as the only record of donation is from the 1990's, the foundation does not support in-person educational outreach as stated, a review of medical records displays that the female gorilla is unable to have a baby and does not tolerate the presence of another gorilla, there is no real or legitimate scientific research being collected or produced, and the Foundation's headquarters could not be moved to Maui as the company offering the land withdrew support almost a decade ago. Yet each of these items, and many more inaccuracies, are used in donor materials and appear on IRS forms. Another notable deception is the President's salary of a mere $15,000/ year. What the 990 does not display is the salary of her partner, also employed by the foundation, who presumably finances the Lexus and large hillside property on Skyline Blvd. where the two live.

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

Overhaul the leadership. The deception to donors and the public has gone on for 25 years at least, the only chance for positive change is the removal of all involved and the involvement of experts who can help.

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

weird charity, nobody really know what thy do to save gorilla, an obscure charity!

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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