I have requested that Priests for Life remove my deceased mother from their Direct Mail Solicitations since July 2016. Today is March 28, 2017 and I am still receiving mail addressed to my deceased mother, although I have been very clear that her name and address should be removed from all mailings and that they should not be used as rent, sell, trade, share, or exchange currency. My history of requests is below:
July 15, 2016 Letter U.S. Mail
July 15, 2016 Email
July 18, 2016 Email
July 18, 2016 Phone call
July 23, 2016 Phone Call
September 22, 2016 Letter U.S. Mail
September 22, 2016 Email
September 23, 2016 phone call
February 9, 2017 Letter U.S. Mail
February 9, 2017, Email
February 9 2017 Complaint to the Federal Trade Commission
February 21, 2017 Letter U.S. Mail
February 21, 2017 Email
February 21, 2017 Complaint to the Wise Giving Alliance
March 21, 2017 Letter U.S. Mail
March 21, 2017 Email
March 21, 2017 Complaint to the Wise Giving Alliance
March 21, 2017 Complaint to the Federal Trade Commission
March 22, 2017 Phone Call
Although I have asked multiple times that the National Director, Father Pavone address this issue via email, he has willfully ignored my requests. The solicitations come as often as twice a month. This is an organization that apparently does not have any oversight of its mailing lists or fulfillment house.
This charities fundraising is very unethical. I gave to Priests for life for many years. The more I gave them more solicitations I got from them. They would send them like they were a bill that was overdue. My stomach would knot when I saw the bill and when I opened it, it was a solicitation from them. I found it ver,y very unethical. I googled the name and it came up that he is very noncompliant with his bishop. He will not account for the money he spends, and he has absolutely no oversight for what he does with the money. He will not obey his bishop!! That says a lot!! I believe that they take in over $10 million a year. They have very few employees, and their salaries are over $2 million a year. That is ridiculous!!
This charity sent a certified letter to an elderly relative asking for money. She was extremely upset, as she had been donating regularly for years. That is shameful. Any nonprofit worth their salt DOES NOT send certified letters unless there is a legal issue or deadline. They also DO NOT enclose envelopes with stamps on them, as that is a way to cut costs and donors are usually happy to provide a stamp.
The fact that I would never, in a million years, contribute to such a narrow-minded organization has nothing to do with my anger at the approach they used with my relative.
Review from Guidestar
The Administrative costs are a high percentage. I understand that Fr. Pavone receives no salary; however, there are those that do. I have been looking for those salaries on line because I need to know the amount those salaries take from the charity. Unfortunately and even within the boundaries of our Church, there are thieves among the sheep. In the last audit given (2010), salaries list $2, 146,994. That is a huge amount for a charity with about 50 employees, which I read in another one of the financial reports. No mention of number of paid employees is given in this audit. At a time when I am struggling to meet my meager living costs AND looking for work, I need to be prudent about giving. I would love to give to this organization and especially in the wake of Storm Sandy; however, I am dismayed at the hugeness of the salaries and if anyone of the employees is making more than $30,000.00 a year, that is way too much. Most of our teachers if we are lucky to have a school, make less than that!! Whatever time I donate, that's money never earned and done in the spirit of charity. Thank you Fr. Pavone for your immense love and charity; however, I would greatly appreciate more transparency on the salaries of those who are employees..and the number. Thank you.
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