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Review for Dalit Freedom Network, Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 2 stars  

What the Dalit Freedom Network does on the ground in India is fantastic. The lives of Dalit men, women and children really are being changed and impacted for the better. I have seen as much on my trips to India. The organization itself is in a dire situation, both financially and concerning its staff. There is no consistency in who is in charge of anything, communication is sporadic at best, and I recieve infrequent updates on my sponsored children- sometimes, only if I ask for them. (I was paying for a dropped out child for a year and no one bothered to tell me my child was no longer in school.) I tried to take my issues to the president in the spring of 2010, and she couldn't be bothered to call me back. It's a shame that we donors cannot donate directly to India and don't have to go through DFN. I believe in the work being done on the ground, but DFN is taking 15% of my donation to poorly run a dysfuctional organization.

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

my visits to India. Obtaining information from the staff regarding specific children or projects has proved incredibly difficult.

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

treat your staff better. Consistency in your staff makes all the difference to your donors! Be honest and transparent with your staff changes and financial records. Your donors need to feel as though you are trustworthy or they won't continue to donate.

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

seeing my sponsored children grow up.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fantastic, mostly. The staff were (before they were all let go) hardworking and dedicated to the cause.

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

take 15% of it and maybe, when they got around to it, wire the rest to India.

Ways to make it better...

every time I called the staff person I was trying to reach hadn't just left/ been let go.

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

the leadership. If the staff were treated with dignity and respect, the donors were treated as human beings and not just paychecks and the organization had the personnel on the ground in India, they would much, much more effective.

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

I can't reiterate enough times how much I believe in what's going on in India through the partner organizations. I sincerely wish I could donate directly to them. Also, I am not the only one who feels this way!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  General Member of the Public & Sponsored several children, volunteered.