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Ricky L.

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Review for charity: water, New York, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Charity: Water has provided a cost effective way to combat one of the most serious and solvable problems in the world today. I spent quite a bit of time researching this group before we donated and everything looks in order. The work done per dollar is almost unmatched in the world of charities today, it really makes me happy to think that $20 could make a noticeable multi-year impact on another person. The cost effectiveness of the organization is demonstrated on Charity Navigator (http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=12548) where we see an 87+% efficiency (money that goes to actual program expenses) and an excellent transparency rating. I also think that showing the locations of all their projects is an excellent exercise in donor transparency and demonstrating impact (see "Proving It": http://www.charitywater.org/projects/map/).

Concerning our personal experience: My wife and I sponsored a well (more info: http://www.charitywater.org/donate/sponsor-a-project) and Charity: Water has kept in touch with hand written letters and additional status reports on the project we helped fund. The ground-work is being completed for a well in India as we speak.

This may be my very favorite charity as an "Impact Investor". For people looking to save lives and provide quality of life in exchange for dollars I recommend Chairty: Water, perhaps above all others.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

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

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Donor

Review for COMMUNITY ALLIANCE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF YOUTH, NY, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

There are not many groups addressing the critical issue of abuse towards "troubled" kids in residential contexts, such as boot camps, "therapeutic" boarding schools, and often unregulated religious homes (for example: Missouri; http://www.edchoice.org/Documents/SchoolChoice/Private-Schools-Laws-and-Regulations/missouri.pdf). The scope of the problem was best demonstrated in 2007 when the Government Accountability Office found over 1600 staff members involved in abuse in residential contexts in one year. It's also important to note that 17 States were not tallied in this count and the other States were reporting incompletely (http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d08146t.pdf). But despite the rampant nature of the issue, very little has been done as the GAO demonstrated in follow up reports in 2008 and 2009 along with great investigative work by journalists like Maia Szalavitz and Art Levine.

CAFEY is a young organization that has had some real impact on the issue. They have helped involve and supply information to journalists, confront people actively harming kids (see petition CAFETY supports against Josh Shipp: http://www.change.org/petitions/josh-shipp-and-lifetime-television-network-stop-placing-children-at-serious-risk-of-ill-treatment-and-torture), and organize contact of politicians central to the issue, among other things, The work I have seen CAFETY board members and volunteers put into the issue has been remarkable. They put in a ton of time and effort. I think CAFETY is improving and becoming more influential and that really puts a smile on my face.

My status with CAFETY is as a volunteer.

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Volunteer

Review for COMMUNITY ALLIANCE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF YOUTH, NY, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

CAFETY is playing a great role in exposing the abuse perpetrated by the troubled teen industry. Members of CAFETY testified before Congress, drew attention to the Judge Rotenberg Center (which shocked a child 31 times over 7 hours while he was tied to a four point restraint board, among many other abuses), and much more. You can see Kat's testimony to congress, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUtUiDDMUl4. Also, to show the type of thing CAFETY is fighting, watch this video (graphic/disturbing, but important): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtRGQRtwh2U.

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Volunteer

Review for New Bethany Home for Girls, Arcadia, LA, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

I am very familiar with survivors of this "school". If you google "New Bethany Home for Girls" the first three results are as follows:

1.History of Violence: Christian boarding schools and the March 10 ...
2.Survivors of New Bethany
3Survivors of New Bethany - VICTORY VILLAGE

This institution was run by a denomination, Independent Fundamentalist Baptists. The abuse that happens in these institutions is unspeakable. Google "tina anderson" for more information.

Finally to get a better picture of the larger issue I recommend this documentary, watch the whole thing, the first clip on youtube just starts to introduce the issue.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prAcf5rOc5Y

But in the end, this "school" is closed.

Role:  General Member of the Public & I am an activist opposing an industry that abuses children and deprives them of their rights without due process. .