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drgenenelson

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Review for Smile Train, Inc., New York, NY, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

Another charity that spends considerable funds advertising - and then sits on the money they rake in. The most recent IRS 990 certainly makes interesting reading. In 2007 their gross receipts were $130.6 million. Their investments totaled $107.1 million at year end. Service provider disbursements [Part II Other Grants] totaled a mere $14.03 million that year, or a minuscule 10.74% of gross receipts. They disguise their $23.6 million marketing expenditures as "public education." Another phony charity in my view.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Nothing

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Represent only about 7.6% of its 2007 gross receipts.

Ways to make it better...

They ceased their high pressure appeal to "liberal guilt."

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Honesty regarding the low level of disbursements to service providers as a fraction (10.74%) of their incredibly high 2007 gross income.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Sadly, there are other nonprofits, such as the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) that have pursued a similar marketing-intensive direct mail approach. SPLC's 2007 IRS 990 revealed a total of $191.8 million at year end.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & I have worked as a staff member for several nonprofits. All of those nonprofits spent a considerably higher percentage of their receipts serving their intended audience.