My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for International Crisis Aid Inc, St. Louis, MO, USA
Over the past four and a half years (since Jan. 2008), I have had the honor to serve as the Executive Assistant to the President of International Crisis Aid. There are tens of thousands of nonprofit organizations around the world, but ICA is like no other. First—in the programs & services provided. Second—in their accountability and integrity. And Third—in the character of the executive staff.
ICA’s focus of delivering emergency aid which is then transformed into long-term community development projects—focusing on solutions to the problems in the regions they work—makes ICA stand apart. ICA is often told by other missionaries who have worked “in the field” for years that they have never seen anything like what ICA is accomplishing. And what is amazing is what ICA is able to do with even a little bit of money. ICA makes funds stretch as far as possible—and then reevaluates to make it stretch to the unimaginable in order to reach as many people with quality care as possible.
In order to keep administrative and fundraising costs as low as possible, the Founder and President who has served full-time for over 10 years STILL HAS NOT RECEIVED ANY PAYMENT FROM ICA. Every purchase, no matter how small, is closely evaluated before any funds are spent. And multiple quotes are obtained to secure the best prices. The level of accountability this organization has in the office and in the field is beyond anything I’ve seen in my lifetime of working in the nonprofit sector.
The character of the executive staff both in the headquarters office and in the field programs shines through their daily personal sacrifices to help people. The executive staff have the expertise to be making a lot of money working wherever they would like—but instead, they sacrifice personally so that the number of people they serve can be increased.
Many people work for NGOs but wouldn’t give a dime to the organization they work for. ICA is an organization my family and I will forever support—financially and in service. I am honored to have served for four and a half years alongside the staff of ICA and I look forward to a lifetime of working with them and growing the organization to reach more people in need.
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