My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for United Way of Lane County, Springfield, OR, USA
United Way of Lane County (UWLC) is classified by Charity Navigator as a fundraising organization. As such, UWLC's rating is solely determined by revenue growth per Federal Form 990. There is no measurement of community development, United Way’s proven strength.
Past fundraising success has been dependent on grant revenue (for work in health and education) and our workplace campaigns. Grant awards to all nonprofits have been diminished by the recession. Workplace campaigns in this region have been severely reduced by workplace closures that left Lane County, Oregon with double-digit unemployment rates. Based on revenue growth and sound fiscal management, UWLC was a 4-Star Charity before the recession.
This drop in income has required signifcant budget cuts for UWLC so that it can continue to fund 44 partner agencies, exercise prudent governance, and expanded its role as a community convener.
Developing key community partnerships, along with accessing and leveraging resources other than money, are not reflected on Federal Form 990 but have resulted in streamlined community-wide improvements in access to healthcare, moving families from poverty to self-sufficiency, the reduction of child abuse, early childhood literacy, and service access through the 211 system.
Review for ChildFund International, Richmond, VA, USA
I've read the back log of criticism that ChildFund has received for it's 20% admiminstrative fee. Good grief, people, how many of you could run a business with only 20% overhead? If you've got an 80% profit margin, I want to invest in your company! People who work for nonprofits have mortgages, children, health expenses just like you. Do you "volunteer" at your job or do you expect a paycheck?
Working in developing nations that have little or no infrastructure takes a lot of feet on the ground. Money won't magically rain onto the heads of struggling people. It takes one person at a time making the right phone call, connecting with the right person. I have no personal opinion about ChildFund International other than I have friends who are sponsors and who asked me about all the kerfuffle on these pages about overhead. Get real. It takes money to give money unless you are willing to fly over to Kenya every month yourself and personally deliver your good will.