Operation Smile, Inc.

Rating: 3.16 stars   19 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Health, International

Location: 6435 Tidewater Dr Norfolk VA 23509 USA

Mission: Throughout the world, Operation Smile volunteers repair childhood facial deformities while building public and private partnerships that advocate for sustainable healthcare systems for children and families. Together, we create smiles, change lives, heal humanity.
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

it's a very good grp to volunteer with!! i grantee a good volunteering :)

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Operation Smile has an amazing capacity not only to change the lives of children and their families but to impact whole health systems in third world countries. The training opportunities create sustainable local medical professionals in a variety of fields that extends past cleft care but to pediatric patient care in general

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I am a recent supporter to Operation Smile and truly inspired by the work they perform in the poorest countries in the world. Just seeing the photos of the children they help, it is clear how my donation is able to give a child a new life. Keep up the great work!

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

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

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

29 people found this review helpful

for every dollar spent on a child, even with all the volunteers, fifty cents goes to executives and fund raising. There are probably better run operations for you hard earned dollars.

Was your donation impactful?

Unlikely

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

Unlikely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I helped Operation Smile International back in 1999 in Venezuela, while Dr. William P. Magee Jr., D.D.S., M.D. and his team brought the plane named the flying hope. My uncle Dr. Jorge Carlesso was part of Venezuelan team, and he still being part of that team, I loved the time I spent working with this organization, and in the future I hope I can contribute with this organization, not only by donating money if not to help while the missions you make all around the world.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2000

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 3 stars  

36 people found this review helpful

This is not, strictly speaking, a review of Operation Smile, but a call for current reviews from others who know more than I. I was not aware until recently of the rift between Smile Train and Operation Smile. When I heard that the two are merging, it seemed like a good idea, reconciling differences and focusing on the task at hand, until I read the article in the New York Times about it.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/24/business/24smile.html?pagewanted=all

It appears that the CEO of the Smile Train is looking for money and power, and now is looking to annex Operation Smile.

I am a very small donor. I work as a volunteer, pro bono, for another group, and have little cash money to contribute. I want to be sure the money I can spare goes where I think it does, and the politics of this merger raises questions.

Was your donation impactful?

Likely

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

Unsure

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Unsure

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

I have had personal experience with the way social acceptability affects a person's chances to lead a decent, effective, happy life. I believe every child born deserves a chance to do so.

What would you tell others about this organization?

It makes me sad to have to say it, but in the face of this merger, we need to look closely at both organizations to determine whether their agenda serves needy youngsters and their families, or greedy executives and their followers.

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I have been a member of Operation Smile's Utah Chapter Board for only less than a year, but have been very familiar with the organization for many years. I have been so touched and moved by the unbelievable change and blessing that comes into the life of each child who has been the recipient of an Operation Smile surgery. Where once belittled, embarrassed and estranged because of a cleft lip or palate, these children's lives are forever changed for the better due to the generous donations of friends from around the world. I can, without reservation, wholeheartedly endorse Operation Smile and thank you in advance for your support.

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

the lives of thousands of children. Having received a surgery that often lasts no more than 30-minutes and at a cost of $240, these little beneficiaries lives are forever changed for the good.

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

only endeavor to make it bigger

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

This organization is very well run in my experience. I am happy to be involved in Operations Smile's mission to change lives forever. A child's happy face has a happy place in my heart!

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

Yes, the reward of changing someones life so they can have a brighter future.

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

None

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Operation Smile is my favorite non-profit charitible organization and will always have a special place in my heart, simply because of the hope and new-lease-on-life opportunities they provide to suffering children and loving families through their wonderful, life transforming surgeries. God bless Operation Smile.

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

Believing in the good work this organization does for the less fortunate in this world

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

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