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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Economic Development, Environment, International, International Economic Development, International Relief, Microfinance, Recycling

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.

Programs: International aid: in 2014 planet aid continued with its support to organizations and communities in southern africa, asia and latin america. Planet aid supported programs in 12 countries:belize: child aid and community development. Botswana: child aid and community development, support for people affected by hiv/aidsbrazil: child aid and community development. Dr congo: child aid and community development, organization and training of small scale farmers and education of primary school teachers, capacity training of staff. Ecuador: child aid and community development, organization and training of small scale farmers. Guinea bissau: education of primary school teachers, vocationaltraining, organization and training of small-scale farmers,rural energy projects and ebola prevention. India: support for people affected by hiv/aids, education of primary school teachers, micro finance program, girls bridge education, academy for working children, hiv/aids education and prevention, and organization and training of small scale farmers. Laos: child aid and community development. Malawi:development leadership training, education of primary school teachers, hiv/aids education and prevention, child aid and community development. Mozambique: education of primary school teachers, school meals program, vocational training, and support for one world university, cosnstruction of conference and training center. South africa: hiv/aids education and prevention, support for people affected by hiv/aids, organization and training of small scale farmers,child aid and community development, capacity building and institutional strengthening, pre-school and youth programs. Zimbabwe: support for peopleaffected by hiv/aids, child aid and community development, development leadership training, vocational training, organization and training of small scale farmers.

us clothing collection and habitat protection: planet aid collected and processed 49,000 tons of used clothes, shoes and textile in states from maine to california. Collecting unwanted clothes saves landfill space and reduces production of methane. Reusing already manufacturedclothing and other textiles saves millions of gallons of water and reduces the use of fertilizer and pesticides (in cotton production). Recycling or reusing one pound of clothes saves on average 3. 6 lbs of co2. In 2014, planet aid saved 355 million pounds of co2 through its recycling efforts - a significant contribution in the fight against climate change.

international training and capacity building: as part of its commitment to international development, planet aid undertakes programs of international exchange and training as well as information and education of the us public in matters related to international development. Planet aid works closely with non-governmental organizations in a number of developing countries to assist them building staff capacity and move towards self-sustainability. Planet aid also conducts recycling and education programs in cooperation with public and private schools and through participation in events in communities where planet aid is active.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 1

Strange, but all of the 41 positive reviews here seem to have been written by the same person. All were posted in 2013, and all are about 30 to 40 words in length. Furthermore, the usernames are similar, most consisting of a first and last name in lower case, with some of these followed by three numerals. They are also written in a similar style, with most of them raving about a Planet Aid thrift shop.

But the really strange part is that Planet Aid hasn’t run any thrift stores since about 2005! Take a look for yourself:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/planet-aid-inc-cambridge
http://www.yelp.com/biz/planet-aid-boston

I also found this Examiner.com article from 2009 that says “Planet Aid no longer has any stores in the United States, although a few stores did exist in the Boston area.” (next to last paragraph) http://tinyurl.com/muheehz

This is kind of creepy when you think about it. What on earth is going on here? I encourage folks to phone Planet Aid at either its Elkridge, Md. headquarters [(410) 796-1510] or its Milford, Mass. administrative offices [(508) 893-0644] and ask why apparently 40 reviewers on Great Nonprofits are, in 2013, raving about Planet Aid thrift shops that closed eight years ago! If you get a hold of anyone there and they talk to you, please post their response on this page.

Also please scroll back through the longer, 'real' reviews here, and read what ‘marianonprofit’, ‘tsomekwas’ and ‘kris in ks’ have to say. I don't understand everything they talk about, but obviously, they’ve researched Planet Aid a lot.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I just love donating my clothes in here, and I told my friends to do the same. Donating to Planet Aid feels like doing the best you can to help others.