Oops! You must enter a search term greater than 3 characters.

Invite reviews

Invite friends and colleagues to share their experiences with this nonprofit
10 Reviews
1.92345
Previous | Next
Write A Review
September 11, 2012
1 person found this review helpful

more

September 11, 2012
1 person found this review helpful

The organization never even picks up their own hotline calls. They leave that up to their answering service to decide whether a call is important enough to even take a message. But they're in good company. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, with a $48 million annual budget, is only open 9-5 weekdays. It would seem that when one is operating an organization that deals with potentially life-threatening situations, that there would be a trained staff member to answer the phone 24/7. So, let me get this straight. The charity gets millions of dollars in contributions, and then hires a $10 a month answering services to run their hotline.

More feedback...

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?

2012

August 12, 2012

more

August 12, 2012

The organization uses telemarketers to raise most of its funds. According to their latest 990 IRS filing, only 12.5¢ of every dollar actually finds its way to the charity. The other 87.5¢ goes to the fundraiser. So, from the $1,312,055 raised in 2010, only $1,148,106 went to the charity. Of the 163,949 that went to them, $79.608 of it went towards salaries and payroll taxes, leaving $84,341. The problem is that none of the salaried staff members ever answer either their hotline or their office phone. That is left to an answering service to determine whether or not a call is important enough to leave a message. The simple posing of a missing child on their overly verbose website can take days and days. Meanwhile, on their website and to their potential donors they brag about how they are"an award winning, multifaceted, and fully computerized international child-search assistance center serving families with investigative casework for any geography of origin" and how they are a founding and charter member of AMECO (another "winner" in the missing children arena) and on and on and on. They state that they "provide are as described by Congress in Title IV - Missing Children - of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended or approved and recognized by Royal Canadian Mounted Police," and all that comes to my mind at this point is Dudley Doright, and I'm wondering, if Nell had called Dudley's answering service, would he have gotten there in time to rescue her from the train?

More feedback...

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?

2012

Previous | Next
Write A Review

Filter by reviewer role:

Support This Nonprofit

Help this nonprofit get more reviews

5 tips for getting reviews

5 tips for getting reviews...

  1. Sending an email to clients, volunteers, donors, board members, and other partners with a link to your profile page.
  2. Putting a link on your Web site
  3. Including a link in your email newsletter
  4. Putting a link in the signature of your email
    Putting a link on your facebook page and status updates
  5. Tweeting out a link to your twitter followers