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May 18, 2012

The review from the attorney was VERY HELPFUL! I looked on the Oregon Corporation website as suggested and saw that the information about the structure of PAW Team was absolutely accurate and a cause for concern. But then I took a step further and looked up the listed partners with the PAW Team and that was VERY INTERESTING! Safe Dogs by the River is composed of Wendy and Chelsea, the two people who are the "members" that control the PAW Team AND draw a salary! So are they inventing partners for grants!? Highly suspect! I will not support this organization.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

April 22, 2012
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April 22, 2012
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This organization is a member organization under Oregon law. This is a matter of public record and can be found on the Oregon Corporation Division's website. This means that the members have full power to select the Board of Directors, including the power to dismiss them at any time. In most membership nonprofits, people become members by contributing a certain amount of money annually, usually a relatively small amount, such as $25-$35 per year. Everyone who gives that amount has the right to participate in the election of directors. PAWT is unusual in that its members select other members as well as the Board of Directors. PAWT has a serious structural flaw in that its only two members are the Executive Director and Medical Clinic Director of PAWT. In other words, there can be no effective oversight. If the Board tries to exercise its authority over those employees, those employees can simply remove and replace the Board, which they recently did. Basically, this is the fox guarding the hen house. The Board may have control over the organization and its Executive Director and Medical Clinic Director in theory but if the employees don't like a decision of the Board, they simply remove them or force them to resign.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Somewhat badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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