My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Irving, TX, USA
I completely agree with the above former employee. I, too, was caught in the nightmare of working at this extremely dysfunctional and poorly run organization. I feel it is my responsibility to warn donors and potential employees about the almost complete ineffectiveness of MADD. If the public understood the extent to which money is wasted in terms of overpaid personnel and a top heavy administration, I am certain it would make front page news and quickly shut down. I was truly excited to join their "team" when I first began working for them. Boy, was I in for a surprise! My very first week at work, I rec'd an email from a disgruntled employee who, as his last gesture before quitting, blasted the entire organization with his complaints. That was just a taste of what was to come. During my tenure, there was a minimum of one employee each week who either quit or was let go - at every level from upper management to admin assistants. The turnover was unbelievable! The morale was always low among employees. There are way too many overpaid mid-level "managers" who micro manage everything, including MADD volunteers! These are the same managers who treated my state's corporate donors like garbage, acting as if they come a dime a dozen. And these were donors who had given tens of thousands of dollars. The Underage Drinking component is completely ineffective, duplicated many times over by local programs in the different states, but MADD hangs onto this program because of the federal dollars. But here is the clincher: They run a first offenders program in which first offenders are mandated to pay a fee to attend, as part of their sentence. No problem with doing that - it's a great program. But, they use their volunteers to run the entire program - and the money DOES NOT STAY IN THEIR COMMUNITY - IT GOES TO THE NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS TO BE WASTED BY HIGH PAID "MANAGERS" WHO DO NOTHING TO ALLEVIATE DRUNK DRIVING. This is the "dirty little secret" that needs to get out to the public. Very poor model for running an effective non-profit.
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