My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Plan International USA, Inc., Warwick, RI, USA
I began as a sponsor for this organization in the early 1970's when it was Foster Parents Plan. At the time, I had little money and wanted to make sure it went where it would do the most good. FPP had an extremely low administrative overhead, and I appreciated the blunt tone of their manually-typed correspondence. They were open about where my money was going, gave recommendations as to whether the family I was sponsoring would benefit from additional funds, and communicated clearly what they were doing to keep administrative costs down. Communications from the organization had the feel of coming from someone who really cared and was probably not being paid very much him/herself.
Although nearly 30 years later I am still sponsoring multiple families through what is now Plan International, over time the organization has become increasingly "slick" in their communications, and that their administrative spending has been increasing relative to their program spending. This trend appears to be accelerating in the past few years. While I am continuing with the families I sponsor, my new donations are going to other organizations. As the current children I sponsor age out of the program, I will not renew with Plan.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Communication from caseworkers was once (1970's and 1980's) detailed and specific to the family; periodic letters from sponsored children (usually parent of sponsored child) continue. The first family I sponsored, I got a detailed analysis of what they needed, which children should be sent to school if I was able to send additional funds, etc.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Look carefully at where the money is going, and whether they are doing the most good they could with their revenue. Especially determine what has gone wrong with the rapidly increasing administrative expenses.
Was your donation impactful?
How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?
How likely are you to donate to this group again?
What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?
Just wanted to help struggling families in the world. When I started, the monthly sponsorship was a stretch for me, and I did enough research to decide that FPP would make the best use of my money. That is no longer true.
Why did you make your donation at this time?
Continuing to sponsor the children/families I have committed to
What would you tell others about this organization?
It was once a great way to contribute, but now there are better options
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?