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Mike Callahan

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Food For The Poor
November 4, 2011

I have been donating to Food for the Poor for many years now. As many others have noted, fund raising contacts are very frequent, often to the point of annoyance, but the cause is just and important and I tend to overlook it. They are not unique in this regard. Despite Robin's larger than average salary, their administrative expenses remain among the lowest of any charity. I, too, wish it was less, but accept that he has built a high performing organization. Perhaps he'll think about it. Their focus is and apparently always has been the Carribean, Central and Latin America. Few would disagree that these are among the poorest of people, nations and regions in the world and have been so for generations. There are groups that specialize in Africa and elsewhere in the world and I believe it is impossible for one organization to have any long term impact by being too scattered and fragmented in their approach, with the possible exception of the Catholic Church who has great resources, both human and financial, and the largest donor base of any organization in the world. I find the criticism by so many of those in these comments to be unfounded, unworthy and in many respects petty. Look again at the total revenues of the organization and the utilization of those revenues for the mission. it's extraordinary compared to so many other higher profile groups. Food for the Poor, along with Catholic Relief Services, also does one of the best jobs of searching out matching funds and grants. I think I first became a donor more than 10 or 12 years ago, and they, along with CRS, are my two primary humanitarian charities. I've donated money, but I've also found particular satisfaction in donating animals, equipment and infrastructure so families and communities can help themselves on a more sustainable basis. I've often given these in the names of my grandchildren at Christmas and they've always taken great pleasure in helping in this way. Food for the Poor is an outstanding charity run by people who obviously care and live the mission. They are deserving of continued support and will certainly have mine.

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There apparently seem to be some issues with answering the phone and customer service for those who have questions and it might be good to either hire a couple of more people or attempt to address the most common concerns through a FAQ on their web site.

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Was your donation impactful?

Likely

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

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Just the terrible poverty and hunger in the region.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

Yes

What would you tell others about this organization?

It is highly effective and worthy of substantial support by virtue of using such a high percentage of revenues for the mission.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Donor & Donated money and referred more donors.

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