September 1, 2012
I was originally so pleased to find this non-profit. As a donor for a few years, I looked forward to exchanging letters with my overseas "sisters," and I was confident that my donations would support the endeavors of women trying to improve their own lives and the lives of their families in the midst of harsh and, possibly, oppressive circumstances. There was never time for a relationship to develop, however. Either there were no letters (understandable if the sister was illiterate) or as I waited for an answer, I'd get a notice that my sisterh ad changed. Other times I'd be notified of a change but would never get the profile of the new sister. Although I kept getting e-mail alerts that Women for Women had received my donation, e-mail requests of their administrators fell on deaf ears. Finally, I changed to another non-profit with similar goals as Women for Women, but I had to call twice and e-mail a few times before the administration heeded my request. My American Expres card continued to be tapped. I had to call Am Ex and put a block on that payment. About two months after stopping payment, I received a letter from a sister accompanied by a letter from W. for W., ackinowledging that I had "left," but still enclosing the letter of appreciation from this sister. What was that about if not to impart shame or guilt? In all, the cause is great; the need is enormous, but the administration needs tightening, despite the myriad obstacles in running such an organization. Oh, and I also called the sponsorship director, thinking my feedback regarding my experience might help them to respond to donor frustrations was met by indifference. I left a message but never received a reply.
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