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American Friends of ALYN Hospital, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Health, Human Services, International, International Development, Pediatrics, Specialty Hospitals

Mission: American Friends of ALYN Hospital’s mission is to enhance and grow our platform to serve the challenge of raising funds for ALYN Hospital, while concurrently raising visibility for ALYN as a premier global institution for pediatric rehabilitation, improving the lives of children with disabilities worldwide through innovation and best-in-class treatments. American Friends of ALYN has proudly served the hospital since its founding in 1932. ALYN is the only facility of its kind in Israel and is one of the world’s leading specialists in the active and intensive rehabilitation of children, regardless of religion or ethnic background. The ultimate aim of ALYN is to rehabilitate the children in its care – and their families – and to return them to the community as possible, having provided with the skills to achieve the highest possible level of independence and mobility.

Target demographics: ALYN Hospital in Israel. Our mission is to enhance and grow our platform to serve the challenge of raising funds for ALYN Hospital, while concurrently raising visibility for ALYN as a premier global institution for pediatric rehabilitation, improving the lives of children with disabilities worldwide through innovation and best-in-class treatments.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3,500 children as inpatients and 25,000 as outpatients

Geographic areas served: New York City

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

American Friends of Alyn Hospital serves the important mission of supporting one the preeminent Childrens rehabilitation hospitals in the world. I joined the board as the Treasurer at the start of 2019, part of a board installing a new Executive Director that shares the board’s priorities of Discipline in Governance and Transparency in the pursuit of our important fund raising objectives. Congratulations to our ED, the Staff and the Board for achieving the highly regarded Gold star status.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Since January 2019, with the installation of a new Executive Director, American Friends of ALYN Hospital has become a premiere fundraising organization. In fact this year, even in the time of COVID, monies sent to ALYN Hospital surpassed the amount raised in any of the last 10 years

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

The Executive Director has the worst case of Founders Syndrome I have ever come across. She believes she can do everything herself but chooses not to; she hires "fundraisers" but then does not allow them the freedom to actually raise the funds. Several have come up with ideas which she turns down and then later claims they did not have any ideas and were not worth hiring. Perhaps this is why there have been 15 fundraisers in the past 5 years; all of whom have quit. She treats people atrociously and thinks very highly of herself. She also pays herself an exorbitant amount of money to shop online all day and go on dating websites. There is no budget for AFAH - they spend whatever they want on meetings, supplies, etc. and send whatever is left overseas to Israel. I would not give a single penny to ALYN through the American Friends. The hospital in Israel is fantastic, but this woman at their New York office is a nightmare!

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DeborahRivel 01/25/2021

Thank you for this feedback. I am happy to share that the Executive Director mentioned above retired in December 2018 and was replaced with a new ED who is focused on customer service, governance, policies, best practices and adhering to the mission of supporting ALYN Hospital.

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Volunteer

Rating: 2

The exec dir receives $300,000 in pay. Far too much for a charity that generates just $4 million.

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DeborahRivel 01/25/2021

Thank you for this feedback. I am happy to share that the Executive Director mentioned above retired in December 2018 and was replaced with a new ED who is focused on customer service, governance, policies, best practices and adhering to the mission of supporting ALYN Hospital.

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DeborahRivel 01/28/2021

Thank you for your comment. I am happy to share with you that this particular Executive Director retired in December 2018. The new Executive Director has put an emphasis on good governance, equity and best practices. I encourage you to check our website (www.alynus.org) to learn about what is happening at American Friends of ALYN and to meet the new leadership team.

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