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New York Asian Womens Center Inc

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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 2

The Nyawc has come a long way and must evolve further.

What the Nyawc lacks is what other truly great non-profits have: a positive, upbeat and supportive atmosphere where staffers are excited to go to work, not stymied by fear and cynicism. Floods of their best for years have left feeling unappreciated and in the worst cases burned out or betrayed seeking better opportunities. The turnover is constant and maintaining staff retention is a problem. Many employees have burned out or left because the agency needs to do better at taking care of its employees.

The former reviewer was correct in her assessment.

Their best and brightest know about the disappointing practices of this agency. It includes inadequate and unfair pay and raises, patronizing discussions, hindrance of professional growth, amplifying issues, (publicly) denigrating individuals after their departure, lack of supervision/management training, and in general, lacking more good humor and fun.

Once a domestic violence victim and long-time loyal shelter employee was fired in the most undignified manner. She wasn’t able to gather all her belongings before departure. The shock, disgrace, and pain felt by her is known. This highlights one of many problems the agency has.

A director was widely known to be patronizing to her supervisees, not providing clear guidance, missing passion and strong leadership skills. Many supervises left meetings feeling demoralized and eventually resigned. There are some good ones, but some are still known to be overly judgmental, uninspired and overly skeptical of staffers, clients, and partners. It is astonishing given that this is a domestic violence organization, which should empower, inspire, and embolden its own staff and partners.

This increasingly negative culture must change course. Stop the cycle and be renewed with a fresh perspective and new policies to promote positive relationships, supervision, retention, collaboration, and overall professionalism.

Review from Guidestar

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This domestic violence agent provided very professional services to me. I was very impressed. I needed to get help from other similar agents. New York Asian Women's Center showed more cares and provided more prompt responses. If you know anyone needs help, definitely recommend making the call.

Review from Guidestar

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This organization goes through Directors of Finance and Directors of Administration like water. The Executive Director keeps a tight rein on information, especially bad news, that goes out to the board. The ED pressures finance to inflate revenue projections and bypasses HR and ignores hiring best practices. Worse is that the board when notified of such supports ED's churn of finance and administrators, until he finds one that will agree to crossing ethical reporting lines for him. Program directors are ignorant of budgeting and financial management of their programs and the Executive Director encourages these silos and does not understand the need for managers to be able to manage both simultaneously. ED does not understand how to read and interpret financial statements and fiscal control policy is weak by choice and manages by personality and politics, not performance; he rewards loyalty with pay raises in difficult economic times. There is a disconnect between programs, organizational and financial management and an underappreciation of the importance and efforts of effective financial and organizational management and resourceful, creative and impactful program management.

Review from Guidestar