My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Heifer Project International, Inc., Little Rock, AR, USA
I have donated to Heifer many times in the past.
This year they called & my husband made a pledge over the phone. When the invoice arrived, I paid it within the week. Not surprisingly my check to them cleared the bank within the next two weeks.
Since that time, I have received 3 more invoices reminding me of our pledge & asking me to send in the amount we pledged. I suspect that I'm going to be receiving these letters for the rest of the year if not longer- each one beginning with the line"occasionally a delay may occur in posting new gifts to our system, so please accept my sincerest apology if you have already sent in your gift & our letters crossed in the mail." Right- likely they are just hoping that we've forgotten we sent it in, or that someone else gets the mail & sends in another. It's been months now & I'm officially fed up.
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Review for Haitian Health Foundation, Inc., Norwich, CT, USA
For the holidays this year, we decided to get a goat, through the HHF in honor of all the kids in our family. Every year we try to do something to both honor the kids & to help them realize that there are so many people out there who are less fortunate than they are who are in need of more than toys & candy & cakes for the holidays. HHF sent us a picture of the goat that we donated, along with the family who received it. That message really hit home for the kids- more so than years past when we donated to larger organizations where the money was, I'm sure appreciated, but its use was never clearly defined. My children & their cousins still talk about that goat & that family & the Haitian Health Foundation & if they can do more to help. My kids personally have given me small contributions for this year's "holiday goat" as they are calling it now they want to help too. It's a lovely thing to see your children understand charity & to make a connection with a world that is bigger than they are. HHF really helps bridge the gap between the help they are providing and where your donations dollars are going. For my children to see the smile on a face and know that they were able to help someone, forces them to look at the global community and not just at the houses down the street.
I do also volunteer with the HHF- helping with some of their social media- but it's nice to see
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
being able to relay information via Twitter after the earthquake & after a recent small tsunami. Information is slow & yet, there are always people who are willing to make the connections and get involved.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
find a way to get the word out more about them. They are so instrumental to promoting health & well-being in Haiti on a constant basis, not just during a crisis.