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Review for Family Focus, Inc., Chicago, IL, USA

Rating: 2 stars  

This organization practices unethical standards. Many of their reports to funders are false such as to DHS, CPS, and ISBE PI programs. Money in the form of gift cards were kept by the center directer for many many years. Documents were falsified stating that the 100.00, 50.00, and 200.00 gift cards were give to participants and they were not. So called signed verification sheets stating that participants received gift cards were marked in by staff that this money was received by them. A binder was created and given to Inc accountant Tarita Anderson was created and have in it that participants received gift cards and they did not. A very very small percentage maybe. I know because I created the binder under the direction of Lawndale's center director. Those cards were kept by the center director. I was there. This went on for over three years. Food purchased from Sams Club was food given to employee, center. director's mother, aunts and other family members.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Somewhat badly

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

A little

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field
Merri Ex (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Family Focus is a high quality agency that serves children, families and communities through seven centers in the Chicago area. Family Focus is also audited continuously by four separate government agencies in addition to an independent audit by McGladrey, a high-profile local accounting firm, to ensure that we adhere to the strictest financial standards. We often use gift cards in our programs, and they are carefully tracked by the finance team. We hope that the comments of one disgruntled former employee will not reflect poorly on the good work of all Family Focus staff, who work tirelessly on behalf of our program participants. Family Focus takes all such criticism seriously and we encourage this commenter to contact us to clear up any misunderstandings that may have led to these allegations.