My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Elephant Sanctuary, Hohenwald, TN, USA
I had been a donor for eleven years because of the excellence of the dream that Carol Buckley created for old, sick, and needy elephants. I kept in touch with what they did during all that time, through newsletters, web site, national news media, and special programs about animals that included The Elephant Sanctuary. All during this time, they did everything right! I contributed all I could and even set up a trust that was to go to them upon my passing.
Now, however, that evil people, attracted by the money good people have donated to help the elephants, have descended into the Sanctuary, huge amounts of money are being given to spouses of board members and to contractors who have done no work. Worst of all, they have, in a coup that blindsided her, ousted Carol Buckley, the inspiration for The Elephant Sanctuary, without whom the Sanctuary never would have existed or have been the excellent refuge for beleaguered elephants that it was. They knew she would never stand for their evil acts -- in fact, she closed the bank account from which the spouse and contractor had been paid!! This is all described in the lawsuit Carol filed against the Sanctuary, referenced in a comment above.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
A heaven on earth for elephants while Carol Buckley was there, and grief and dismay at her being ousted. No way can these people properly care for the elephants -- all they care about is getting as much money as they can out of it!
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Throw out every board and staff member and reinstate Carol Buckley immediately! If any staff member was not directly involved in Carol's ousting, they're still complicit by staying there and helping them do their evil deeds instead of quitting in protest!