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February 24, 2012
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February 24, 2012
9 people found this review helpful

I am a former employee at the MADD National office in Irving, TX. I worked in the finance department for MADD. There is no clear cut way to say this but MADD finance/accounting is a complete mess and it begins with poor leadership. The CFO, Accounting Manager, and Controller are all terrible leaders. I have worked for non-profits in the past, but I never saw a non-profit waste so much money like I saw with MADD. Almost every invoice that ran across my desk had "late fees" attached to it. The amount of late fees MADD paid out was ridiculous. Remember, this is your hard earned money that is being wasted on late fees. MADD accounting is terrible and it begins with its poor accounting leadership. The books never close on a monthly basis and not even the CFO knows where the company stands at any moment. Turnover in finance is high because of how poorly run the company is. MADD wasted $10,000 in recruitment fees for me and another employee and we both left the company in less than a year’s time because of how poorly run it is. Remember, this is your hard earned money being wasted. It irritates me to this day that MADD wasted so much money from victims donating money in the name of their loved ones. They also wasted tax payer dollars with stimulus grant money. MADD is a very wasteful non-profit with some questionable accounting practices. I could go on and on about what I saw during my time at MADD. It was that bad. Do not donate to MADD. Trust me!

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I was employed there. The entire experience was a nightmare.

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

We no longer need MADD. Most of their expenses are on salaries and very little goes to actual victim services. I would completely shut down this organization.

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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?

None

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What is unique about this organization?

Wasteful spending? Questionable accounting practices.

July 5, 2011
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July 5, 2011
6 people found this review helpful

My 20-year old son was killed in April 2002 while leaving a party in a pasture in West Orange County, FL. The 18-year old driver, who had been drinking, ran him over and left the scene. The driver of the vehicle's BAC wasn't taken until 3 1/2 hours after my son's death; the driver's extrapolated BAC was .067. The driver had been on the phone with 911 when he ran my son over, and was clearly slurring his words. While my son had a designated driver that night, he still had been drinking and made a poor choice to walk back to that party. This was followed by the driver's choice to get behind the wheel after he had been drinking, run my son over and leave the scene. I refer to the events leading up to my son's death and the events that followed, as The Domino Effect of Poor Choices.

I contacted MADD right after Justin's death for support and direction. I left so many messages that I can't begin to tell you. I could tell by the questions coming from investigators that they were hesitant to press charges. I had no idea of what I was doing, but I put together my own plan of letter writing to the Governor, Florida Highway Patrol Investigators and the State Attorneys Office seeking justice for my son. I encouraged all friends and families to do the same. However, I was still a crying mess...a grieving mother who was dealing with the death of her first born; help my daughter deal with her only siblings death AND trying to come to terms with the fact that life would NEVER be the same. I finally got a call back from a nice woman with MADD several weeks later. We talked for abit and I asked for MADD's support. I was told by the MADD Representative that she thought I was doing a "fine job by myself." Really?!

I have no use for MADD, as when I needed them, they were no place to be found. Charges against the 18-year old driver were ultimately filed and dismissed because of a loophole in the Florida Statutes and this 18-year old walked away without consequence. In an effort to get some type of justice for my son, as well as the next family of a hit and run driver, I went on to change the Florida Law in his memory (The Justin McWilliams Act) and in July 2009 formed Parents Encouraging Confident Choices, a 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit Organization dedicated to the education of our young people on making confident and responsible choices. I go into middle schools and high schools and hold speaking events not only educating our young people on the dangers of underage drinking; drinking and driving; driving with an impaired driver and taking illegal substances...but also other poor choices that include prescription drug abuse; bullying; inappropriate use of the Internet/Cell Phone; texting while driving; sexting; street racing and car surfing.

Honestly, as the President and CEO of my own Non-Profit, and knowing how hard that I work ...I can not comprehend how the CEO of this Organization can in good faith and in good conscience take a paycheck for a quarter of a million dollars a year when his Organization stays in the red.

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

I wanted to experience all that I thought this organization had to offer. Unfortunately, I found they had nothing to offer me when I needed them most.

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

Honestly, I would have to say clean house; replace the CEO and all board members. Anyone that would collect that type of paycheck, and those that would support an individual collecting that type of paycheck without results for many years, simply do not get it. It's time to go back to the basics of who MADD was, why it was formed and all that it did...before it didn't. I can assure you that if you lost a child due to an alcohol related crash...you would get it!

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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

What is unique about this organization?

It was the most unique Organization of it's kind when it was originally formed. Everyone knew MADD ...saw MADD...and supported MADD. Then, it became more politically inclined...getting away from it's roots involving helping the victims and their families of alcohol related crashes. Of course when a company goes in a more politically motivated direction, they then require someone that is just as politically inclined in the top position.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2002

March 7, 2011

I am on the local board of one of the MADD state orgnizations. I have witnessed for the past five years on the Board what great organizaiton it is. The quality of the victim advocates is outstanding. They have helped numerous familes through very difficult times.

Our local MADD chapter
has fought have been able to increase the penalties for drunk drivers, lower the BAC threshold to .08, and made the seat belt law a primary offense. The organization is also fiscally strong locally. MADD is a great organization.

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

I have seen the compassion and support given to victims at events like court appearances and vigils.

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

Allow the local affiliates to have greater control over fiscal and personnel decisions.

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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

How did you learn about this organization?

I was recruited by a MADD staff member to be on the board.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Assist victims of drunk driving.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Eliminate drunk driving.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

January 16, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
January 16, 2011
3 people found this review helpful

I lost my baby brother April 3rd. 2010. I contacted MADD and talked to them about it, alot of talk and no action is what I got.

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

The loss of my brother.

Ways to make it better...

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

Audit to see where the donations actually go. I have heard they spend alot of money raising money.

April 9, 2010

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April 9, 2010

I have been a member for over 20 years. They helped me through my own victim experience and have been both helpful and effective.

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

Eliminate drunk driving and say almost 12,000 lives per year.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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