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  

5 people found this review helpful

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.

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

try to convince the government to revoke Planet Aid's nonprofit status, because something's not right.

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2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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