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FOOD for Lane County
April 6, 2013

Food for Lane county goes far beyond most food bank programs to tackle food needs from so many angles; local food barrel collections, coupons for food donations, local food distributions in various communities including senior home areas, where it is set up like a store, not a hand out feeling for the clients. The application process for client's isn't demeaning and allows the client's dignity in receiving food.

I not only donate food to them, I also have donated 'non edible food' as well, because they also run programs for recycling waste of food that cannot be given as 'food' for their population, helping out the local sanitation with recycling needs as well.

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NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE ASSOCIATION
February 1, 2013

I would highly suggested taking the numbers you see in donation and adding up how much is going to administration. They also are USING their trucks to move the food (that was donated), but not in purchasing food. This is from oohayliam64's website investigation about Indian Scams in US: here you go: In 1993, when Brown’s AIRC scam was laid bare by the media, the charity discreetly downsized its South Dakota operations and shifted its focus to the American Southwest. Today the charity has been reborn under a different parent organization, National Relief Charities (NRC), which operates two new subsidiaries, Council of Indian Nations and Southwest Indian Relief, both in Apache Junction, AZ.

"Despite its makeover, NRC is still distributing a pitiful portion of its revenues to the constituency it purports to serve. According to NRC’s 1999 federal tax filings, it brought in over $8.3 million in donations last year but only 30 percent were spent on programs. In contrast, Brown’s salary has hovered at about $120,000 for the last two years. The National Charities Information Bureau, a Washington, DC-based watchdog group, suggests charities should spend at least 60 percent of donations on programs and services.

Brown’s tactics are par for the course among a few other large charities like the Native American Heritage Association (NAHA), a sibling of AIRC.

The couple at the helm of NAHA, Dave and Bernice Myers, were co-defendants in the Pennsylvania lawsuit against AIRC. That’s because the Myers actually created AIRC in 1990, then gave it to the board of directors who elected Brown as president. The sweetheart deal guaranteed the Myers a $10,000 “bonus for past services” and a $650,000 award for a contract to deliver future services to Native Americans. No services were ever rendered with that money. Both charities have consistently received failing marks from watchdog groups. One, the American Institute of Philanthropy, gave NRC an “F” grade and NAHA a “D” for its fundraising and service delivery performance."

You might find a more direct way to HELP if you want to give to Natives than this association, that literally is using the plight for sympathy and while theadmin in according to your own information: $235,286.00/ president in 2011, VP $85,774.00, director $76,156.00. This does not count bonuses just straight salary.

I, like oohayliam64, find the website not up to date nor questions answered. Nor do they respond to various BBB inquiries either, making them highly suspicious in my view. You must choose your charities as safely as you can. As a disabled person, I know first handed about "off charities" that prey on using folks like us for bait to make you want to give.

I figure I got asked to donate because of being a member of "Feeding America", which I will willingly donate again to.

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