Planet Aid, Inc.

Rating: 2.33 stars   15 reviews

Issues: Environment, International, Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: 1 Cross St. Holliston MA 01746 USA

Mission: These are the objectives we stand for: EMERGENCY AND DISASTER RELIEF serving victims of hunger, war, natural disasters, atomic accidents, plagues and other catastrophes; DEVELOPMENT serving poorer nations, the poorest of the world's populations and self-organizing development initiatives; undertaking all kind of development projects worldwide including schools, clinics, mini-banking, farming and small-scale industry; PROTECTION OF THE NATURAL HABITAT serving threatened elements of the Earth's atmosphere, its soil, its plants and its animals; initiating protective actions to preserve rivers, seas, and forests from misuse; BUILDING THE ORGANIZATION serving the general public so as to make it possible for it to participate in many ways in the activities of the corporation; RESEARCH AND INNOVATION serving the above mentioned activities through developing methods and systems for their implementation; producing and distributing informative materials to the public containing basic knowledge as well as specific information about the above mentioned activities.
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Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Positive comments posted here clearly indicate that the authors are not native English speakers. Obviously these must be posted by members of the Planet Aid group, which is part of the pan-European cult that is Humana People to People (as others have indicated). This method is a clear sign that this is a creepy organization. Read this part of the organization's charter if you want to get more of a sense of how weird it is

http://www.humana.org/English/english-charter-1

Whoever wrote the positive comments posted here went to the same ESL school as those who wrote this charter.

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

Ask USDA and USAID to withdraw support of this group

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2012

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Planet Aid does a lot to support development projects that help individuals and communities from all of the world improve the condition of their lives, including strengthening and organizing communities, reducing poverty, expanding sustainable local food production, increasing health awareness and encouraging healthy lifestyles, and so on. They does the greatest things for people!

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A lot

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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The method Planet Aid uses is an amazing way to help the world especially the people from the third world and the environment. By selling the second hand clothes people donate to Planet Aid, they use the money to process kinds of charity projects to help people build their life. It both recycles the used clothing and aids the people who need supports.

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

More open to the public so people can understand what and how they do.

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I have heard only bad things about this organization, for example:

http://www.charitywatch.org/articles/PlanetAidRecyclingDebunked.html
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2011/12/06/charity-watchdog-accuses-planet-aid-of-misleading-its-donors/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPGlGzpbeUI

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

Get rid of it.

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No

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A lot

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2013

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5 people found this review helpful

Reading the last eleven reviews here, it's painfully obvious that they were all written by the same person, who seems to have also written many of the older reviews. A Planet Aid employee or some hired hack is trying to flood this page with lots of glowing little blurbs in an attempt to bury the few real, longer reviews voicing legitimate concerns about this controversial nonprofit.

A dead giveaway: Planet Aid hasn't operated any clothing shops since around 2005! So how could all these reviewers "in here" be raving about shops that closed down 8 years ago?

Prosecutors in Denmark have linked Planet Aid with an alleged cult called the Tvind Teachers Group, whose leaders are wanted in their native Denmark in connection with a multimillion-dollar tax fraud and embezzlement scheme.

Beware Planet Aid. It may not be what it appears to be.

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

make them stop lying.

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A little

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2013

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I laughed when “michellecoates918” declared that “Going in [a Planet Aid shop] feels like a time travel.” Yes, you’d just about need the DeLorean in “Back to the Future” to visit a Planet Aid store, because, as “kris” and “maria” correctly point out, the non-profit hasn’t operated such shops since around 2003!

I think that most of the positive reviews here were written by the same person, whose ability to come up with convincing fake usernames lacks a certain, well, je ne sais quoi.

As “maria” says, the controversies surrounding Planet Aid can be easily found online, which would explain the company’s desire to bury all the substantive unfavorable reports with fluffy superlatives.

Last December, USA Today reported that only 28% of Planet Aid’s spending went to its international aid programs in 2011, while most of the remainder went to collect and process clothes for recycling. That low percentage earned Planet Aid an “F” from ratings organization CharityWatch:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2012/12/30/clothes-donations-for-profit/1782543/
http://www.charitywatch.org/articles/PlanetAidRecyclingDebunked.html

A charitable spending ratio of 28% is decidedly too low, but the actual figure may be even lower than that. In its 2009 investigation, WTTG News in Washington DC examined Planet Aid’s then most recent tax records and noticed many of the charities Planet Aid claims to support have the *same address*. A list of South African charities was shown in example. But the South African Embassy told WTTG that those groups are NOT registered charities.

WTTG’s investigation found that ALL of the charities listed in Planet Aid’s most recent tax returns are controlled by the same parent organization: a group called International Humana People to People Movement, which, according to its own web-site, *also* controls Planet Aid: http://www.humana.org/Members/usa

Furthermore, prosecutors in Denmark have linked Planet Aid and Humana People to People to an alleged cult called the Tvind Teachers Group (“Tvind” or “TG” for short). Top TG leaders are international fugitives wanted in their native Denmark in connection with a multimillion-dollar tax-fraud and embezzlement scheme.

(NOTE: Whether by its longer name or the shortened version, Humana People to People is NOT affiliated with the American health insurer called Humana.)

Although Planet Aid denies any connection to Tvind, the company admits that out of its 250 employees, “less than 5 percent” belong to the group. I wonder, though, whether or not that 5% all happen to hold upper-level management positions at Planet Aid!

My opinion: steer well clear of this company.

Here are the WTTG News reports from 2009:
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EES1_R-SoKs
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKAPDK0qR6U

A 2001 court document (translated into English by the Danish government) from The Public Prosecutor for Serious Economic Crime, in Denmark. In the document, at p. 31, Planet Aid is mentioned as being part of Tvind. Humana People to People first appears on p. 4: http://www.rickross.com/reference/tvind/tvind46.pdf

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

encourage the IRS, FBI, USDA and a few state AGOs to thoroughly investigate Planet Aid.

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No

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A little

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2012

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“Marianonprofit” is correct, in my opinion. Planet Aid has indeed attracted a storm of media criticism for its very questionable business practices as well as its close ties with an alleged cult from Denmark — the Tvind Teachers Group, whose top leaders are currently Interpol fugitives wanted in connection with a multimillion-dollar tax-fraud and embezzlement scheme.

Here are a few additional reports on Planet Aid:

1) WTTG/Fox-5 News in Washington DC; 2009:
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EES1_R-SoKs
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKAPDK0qR6U

2) The Bay Weekly newspaper; Annapolis, MD; 2009: http://bayweekly.com/old-site/year09/issue_45/lead_1.html

3) The Better Business Bureau; 2008: http://youngstown.bbb.org/article/planet-aid-donations-are-not-staying-in-the-valley-6508

4) The Boston Globe, 2002:
http://www.rickross.com/reference/tvind/tvind46.html

5) San Diego Reader, 2010 (Report about Tvind): http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2010/feb/03/cover-mysterious-danish-exotic-compound-baja/#

Please research before you donate or volunteer.

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2012

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