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Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Human Services, Job Training, Vocational Rehabilitation

Mission: Best Buddies Jobs continues the integration of people with Intellectual disabilities into the community through supported employment. Best Buddies Jobs assists individuals in locating and maintaining jobs of their own choosing by providing ongoing support and training. Our focus is on developing competitive, integrated jobs, which allow individuals to earn an income, pay taxes, and work in an environment alongside others in the community.

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Rating: 1

Wow, a close look at the financials is quite interesting. The organization spends an enormous amount of money on events, galas, etc...; but raises little money. A total of $ 312K was spent in 2010 on fundraising fees, and over $ 1.8M on fundraising expenses! That means their parties are awesome. The CEO makes nearly 300K a year, plus the financials note that they pay the CEO's annual membership at the Fisher Island Club. What's that you ask? Well according the Fisher Island Club website, it is the "Tropical Island Oasis with Private Beach, Golf, Tennis, Spa & Marina." It goes on to state that, "If you are looking for a world of exceptional luxury and pleasures, look no further. This exclusive private island paradise offers you world-class resort amenities including a seaside golf course, Mediterranean inspired tennis club, luxury spa, stunning beach club and marina along side luxury hotel accommodations and unrivaled service. Fisher Island Club is where only the most extravagant of lives come to vacation, play and live." Wait, there is more. The biggest expenses for Best Buddies in 2010 were the American Express at $ 588,511.00 and over $ 300K for their swanky corporate headquarters in downtown Miami. Hey, you can't the CEO to leave the private island and go to some mediocre office in Miami, do you? No, that wouldn't do at all. the Miami Tower "is the city's premier business address, the 47-story Miami Tower is also know for a world-class array of upscale amenities and personalized tenant services." I am glad to see everyone is going "first class." The most staggering line item is that the organization raised over $ 4.3M in 2010; but incurred direct expenses of $ 6.9M!!!! That is a loss of over $ 2.6M!!!!

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Rating: 5

Well As An Participant In Best Buddies Overall for 16 Years & as a____ Client In Best Buddies Jobs I Have So Many Wonderful Experiences In Best Buddies.Peticually Last Year as a Full Fledged 2009 Miami Dolphins At the Heart of November,I Joined My Citizen Buddy Jill Fairhead & Her Friend Caroline for the DOLPHINS-Buccaneers Game At Land Shark____ Stadium.We Had Our Picture Taken In the Crowd & the 2 Best Parts were THE DOLPHINS WIN 25-23 & Afterwards,Me,Jill Caroline & her 2 sons we All Rode Home from that Game In A Limo,Styling.also Note I was, 2.0.0 In Games Whiched I Joined Up with Jill & Caroline,Also I've Been with the HYATT for 14 Years & 11 Months.I Participated in 9_________ Hyanssisport Challenges & 3 Hearst Castle Challenges,I Spoke At____ Many Events,Perhaps My Greatesst Assets & Accomplishments_____ Through Best Buddies International Is That I'm A 5 Time MIAMI_______ DOLPHINS SEASON TICKET HOLDER,1998,2006,2009,2004 & 1995.___ Hello I'm Jorge Aram Morilla Best Buddies Participant for life