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February 1, 2013

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February 1, 2013

Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic) may be having financial problems due, in part, to the economy, but there is some serious mismanagement going on here. A glance at their 990 (available through GUIDESTAR) shows numerous six-figure salaries, executive bonuses of as much as $50,000, executive severance payouts of over $300,000, a $130,000 consulting contract with the CEO's wife's company, and more. The shuttered studios are, I'm afraid, the beginning of the end.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Unlikely

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

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

January 17, 2013
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January 17, 2013
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In early 2013 Learning Ally closed seven of its studios. They apparently are now under great financial difficulty. The individual office I volunteered at was run well but I guess expenses were too great. I enjoyed the work and I wonder what will happen to the blind and dyslexic students who rely on their services.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

July 12, 2011
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July 12, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

I love volunteering at Learning Ally. I've been recording books and working as a director for them for a few years. The staff is excellent at the Austin, Texas, branch. Everything is very organized. When volunteers walk in, they're greeted and paired up to work on books together. This is such a fun volunteer job!

I know they could use money, though. The equipment they have is fine, and they make due, but the computers we use are well past their prime. This is a truly outstanding organization. Please support them!

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seeing how many books we get through on a monthly basis.

Ways to make it better...

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

keep on doing what you're doing!

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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?

A lot

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?

2011

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