AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER FOUNDATION INC
December 9, 2010
I received a phone call from a person asking if I would send out letters to my neighbors to seek donations. I agreed and they said they would send the materials. Another person called a few days later to say thank you and confirm that materials would be sent. I received a post card in the mail staing my materials would be coming. This is where I was finally able to get some better details about the name of the org so I could do some research. I looked at their 990 and in 2009, they brought in $1,200,423. They paid $876,832 to telemarketing firm and another $203,227 to Precision Performance Marketing. Salaries and other compensation to staff was $23,000. Without doing much math, it is very easy to see that there is nothing left as far as funds for camp scholarships, assisting families or anything. Additionally, the fact that they try to market nationwide and duplicate services that many local organizations do tells donors to not bother with it. They do not provide any services that are unique or different than a local org would provide. There is little to no direct services offered.
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Only experience I've had with this org is to be called by a telemarketer and to read their 990 and find them unacceptable.
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
have them stick to providing local service in Indiana, where they are based and stop canvassing the U.S. and paying high dollars to telemarketers. The return on investment is pointless.
Professional with expertise in this field & I called the organization's toll free number on the post card and told them I just got done reading the 990 and wouldn't participate. They didn't try to convince me to still fundraise or anything. They ended the call politely, but abruptly. .
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