My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Trident United Way, Inc., North Charleston, SC, USA
I think most donors do not realize how much of the money TUW receives stays inside their doors - with paid "consultants" who go out into the field and demand that programs conform to the model TUW has decided fits our community - with total disregard for whether it does or not. THis is a one-size-fits-all model that is a lot like giving a size 5 garmet to a person who wears a 20 and then blaming them for not being able to wear it. When the program has enough clout in the community to stand up to TUW - like the Boy Scouts...they can get funding. However, small programs who serve some of the neediest clients are going to get silently turned away. When a TUW board member wants a job - TUW makes sure they get it - this happened with the Boys & Girls Club directorship. They TUW tried to force all afterschool providers to purchase and use B&G Club materials...BUT when that individual left Boys & Girls, the organization funding was cut off...not because the program changed, but the political ties no longer held. I think TUW has moved a great distance away from what people think they are paying for...and they are no longer responding to community needs - but they are telling the community what it needs - and they play favorites. I, personally, hope a Community Chest or other collaborative funder arises in our community so TUW has competition for donor dollars and they have to start listening to every voice in the community.