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Truth regarding their mission & goals plus fiscal responsibility, of the donated funds, on the part of the charity.


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National Humane Education Society
March 20, 2013

This is an organization that does wonderful work, in an underserved, over populated (meaning animals needing assistance) region. They pull animals from horrid situations, rehabilatate them and work with other rescues, in areas that have a higher adoption rate, to put these animals into good forever homes. But, on the other side, they send out negotiable $2.00 checks and multiple mailings to prospective doners. As a doner, I want to believe that the majority of the money I send to an organization, will go to saving and re-homing the animals. Not to postage or to checks that can be cashed by someone who does not even donate to the group. I received another $2.00 check today, which I put into my shredder. I honestly don't know if I will send them a donation. Will my donation be used up by those who cash their $2.00 checks?

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Was your donation impactful?

Unsure

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Unsure

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Unsure

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

MY ROLE:
Donor

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March of Dimes Foundation
December 7, 2012

My only close contact with MOD was years ago, when I contacted them for assistance for a person who was a member of a non-profit that I was a very active volunteer with. MOD was able to give them some assistance, so I thought they were a pretty good group. But that was then. More recently, I've been getting phone calls (which I HATE and I have NEVER given any group that, I donated $$$ to, my private phone number ... because I do NOT want to be bothered). Anyway, now they are sending out letters with dimes in them. I almost threw out mine, without looking, until I noticed it contained money. I've noticed this with some other groups, also. They send potential checks or cash in hopes the receiver will return the checks/cash and add more. Well, I keep the cash and throw away the checks and doner letters, stickers, cards, wrapping paper, etc. (who NEEDS all that clutter???) and I remove the group from my doner list. I mean, if they can send ME money, they obviously have more than I have and are not fiscally responsible for the funds that they do have. Sad, but true.

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Was your donation impactful?

Unlikely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Donor

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HUMANE SOCIETY OF FAIRFAX COUNTY INC
November 28, 2012

I donated to this organization for years. But won't donate again. We were looking for another dog and I sent this organization an email, asking for for more information about a couple of their 'charges'. I received an email in response directing me to fill out an application PRIOR to getting any information. We have adopted several rescues, over the years from several other organizations. All of our dogs are 'forever dogs' (our last one was over 15 when we had to put him to sleep). I had no objection to HFSC contacting any of the other groups, about us. (All, of which, I mentioned in my email.) None of that was taken into consideration, by HFSC. Very few people have time to fill out an application for every dog they might be interested in, with several different organizations. The good AND bad part of living in the Metro DC Area, is that there are several rescue groups here, so there are many potential 'adoptees' available. We always research any 'new arrrivals' carefully with their group, prior to any 'meet & greet' to ensure that we have a 'good fit' with the rest of the group, AND so as not to waste any of the rescue's time. After 22+ years of adopting rescues, we have not had to return any dogs, for any reason. ALL these critters were 'forever dogs' once they came to us ... and NONE of them were perfect. Most rescues involve some work because they've had several bad situations, prior to arrival into any new home. The secret is to get the dog that you think has more 'positives' than negatives, as far as fitting in and then working with the rest. Anyway. I got the feeling that HSFC was more into the 'process' than placing dogs, so I've dropped them from my doner list. Also, Note: HSFC DOES seem to have time to send out stickers and other 'free goodies' rather than respond to potential homes for their charges.

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Was your donation impactful?

Unlikely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Donor

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People for the American Way Foundation
November 15, 2012

I supported this organization, in the past, but stopped sending them money, several years ago, because I realized they no longer represented the goals that they advertised. Since then, I've received several phone calls from them, thanking me for my past support and then quoting a lot of "gloom & doom" misinformation that (I guess) was supposed to make me send them more money. (Which I have not done.) I would recommend that anyone planning on contributing to them, research any information they provide you PRIOR to your donation (as you should with any organization).

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public

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OLDIES BUT GOODIES (OBG) COCKER RESCUE
November 7, 2012

Oldies But Goodies is unusual, in the rescue community, because they take in older dogs, dogs with (sometimes severe) medical problems, and 'honorary' Cockers (usually mixed breeds). Dogs are fully evaluated and treated for their medical issues BEFORE they are put up for adoption. The adoption fee is the same regardless of the amount of money that OBG has spent 'making the pet the best that he/she can be'. When someone is looking for a furry addition to their family, OBG is always the first rescue that I recommend. Also, we have adopted two of our 'four-legged family' from them.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Client Served

SPCA International
October 1, 2012

My story is the same as a prior reviewer. I started getting 'give me' letters from this group and then they sent me a calculator, pocket calendar, and pen with my name on a sticker. I NEVER give to groups that send me junk I didn't order. I feel that extra money should go to the 'cause' not junk. Glad to find out my feelings were correct and this was another rip-off. Sorry to find out that all that money had been misdirected and could have been used by reputable animal groups. Isn't there SOME way to put these people in jail and get at least SOME of the money back?

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Donation requests.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Put them out of business. PERMANENTLY!

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Was your donation impactful?

No

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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

N/A

Why did you make your donation at this time?

I didn't.

What would you tell others about this organization?

DO NOT GIVE THEM ANY MONEY. GIVE TO A GROUP THAT YOU ARE PERSONALLY AWARE OF (a local group?) so you can be sure that your money is being used correctly.

MY ROLE:
Donor & I did NOT donate because I didn't trust the group.

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