It is with DISAPPOINTMENT that I write this review. I am a long standing contributor to the Salesian Missions, making donations 3-4 times a year.
My DISAPPOINTMENT is twofold.
1) Although I have received THANKS from the mission for my long and generous history with them, upon writing to Father Mark, Director of Missions, relative to my concerns, cited below, my loyalty has been rewarded with SILENCE / NO RESPONSE.
2) In summary, I shared the following with Father Hyde. Upon receiving requests for donations for some other organizations I reviewed the ratio between their administrative / fund raising cost versus funding of direct recipient services.
Upon reviewing similar information relative to Salesian Missions, what I noticed was that while they report a ratio that seems to be favorable, I began to think.
Are the donations they receive truly being applied fully, and effectively to assist recipients in need of services. Specifically, the Missions fund raising policies, in relation to my donations. What I mean by this, are the frequent mailings I receive requesting donations, most of which come with 55 cents in return postage. SEEMS LIKE A WASTE, since how many times a year do they expect most supporters to donate.
But, when you think about it, the concern goes deeper. It is the $11,000, 6 times a year ($66,000 per annum) in sweepstakes. While I laude the Missions’ work, I have a dilemma. Since my contributions are meant to be used for direct assistance, their value seems to be negated by the funding necessary for the postage and the sweepstakes.
In my letter to Father Mark I advised him that given the above I regretted no longer being able to justify contributing. Although I expected to receive a response from Salesian Missions / Father Mark, as noted above, this courtesy was not extended to me.
In the end, if we believe in the Good / God’s Works of the Mission, we shouldn’t need to be enticed by a monetary reward.
JUST thought I’d share my DISAPPOINTMENT.
For these reasons, I give the Missions fund raising efforts One (1) Star.
In my work with many non-profits, I have had the opportunity to see 'behind the curtain' and have found that the people at Salesian Missions are a dedicated group who do an amazing job of supporting their mission.
While their staff remains one of the smallest (and, therefore, most cost efficient) I have seen, their impact around the world is enormous.
Salesian Missions has far exceeded the expectations for a nonprofit and their willingness to provide to those in need. Their donors are passionate and willing to provide to make a change in others lives because of them.
The personal stories of children helped by the Salesians and told through their website, magazine and printed mailings tugs at my heart. I like that I can put the stories to the faces of these precious ones and know where my donation dollars go.
A great organization making a true difference in the world. Talented, dedicated and compassionate professionals who truly care and are great stewards of the gifts they receive.
Having worked over 40 years with many non profit organizations , I can proudly say that the Salesian's ethic of work is totally dedicated to improving the lives of helpless, needy children around the world.
I have visited and/or volunteered at various Salesian Missions sites in different countries in North, Central and South America and the Middle East. Many priests, brothers and lay affiliates devote their lives and make great sacrifices to improve the lives of at-risk youth, orphans, refugees, etc. The Salesians really do what they say they do with our donations. I am particular about what organizations I support and prefer to see their work first hand before doing so. The Salesians, on a daily basis, pray, work and are present to those most in need all over the world.
I volunteered with the Salesians several times - in Bolivia, Mexico and NYC. Over the years, I have also visited Salesian mission 'work' sites in the US and overseas. I have met and spoken with countless children, teenagers and adults whose lives have been changed by the work of the Salesians. The Salesians are "the real thing". At times, risking their lives (priests, sisters, brothers) to teach, help, love and walk with those less fortunate. Donations really go where you intend them to go - to relieve the daily suffering and improve the lives of so many of our brothers and sisters around the world. I cannot recommend the Salesians enough. God bless the Salesians and those they serve all over the world.
Salesian Missions has provided support in many areas throughout the world where help is desperately needed.
We are so impressed with the difference they have made in bringing happiness to those who sometimes find it hard to smile.
They have truly done God’s work by helping those who have asked for their prayers to be answered!
In the past 30 years I have consulted with dozens of nonprofit organizations. In my professional experience, Salesian Missions is by far the most efficiently run. They stretch every contribution for maximum impact, thus providing their donors with the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those in most need -- even with relatively small donations.
Salesian Missions puts their heart into the work they do for children all around the world. The devotion to the cause is apparent in the people who selflessly dedicate their time and resources to improving the lives of children who may not have had a fighting chance otherwise. The missioners go in to the regions of risk when others are fleeing to more safety. They are true heroes.
Salesian Missions is a wonderful nonprofit organization with clear goals and the dedication to achieve them. They are a trustworthy and honest organization. I'm glad to have worked with them and hope to do so for many more years to come.
I don't have the words to explain how great this organization is. The amount of people they help on a daily basis is unprecedented.
The Salesian Missions do great things, the Lord's work each and every day in the countries where the poorest of the poor live. The Salesians make possible the dreams of the people for whom security, clean water and nourishing food are rare. They work under very bad conditions and what they achieve with careful investing of the donors' gifts is remarkable. We give because we must share with the least fortunate among us, and the best way to effect change is to give to The Salesians.
Gathering small donations from across the United States, the Salesians use the money to build where there is devastation, give hop where there is hopelessness, and raise up the youth from their poor, sad and undeserved lot in life. The Salesians are a vital force and do wonderful, wonderful work, every day in over 100 countries. It is a pleasure to give, and see the gifts invested in our fellow man. Bravo Salesians, you are the best!!
I am so impressed with the wonderful work the Salesian Missions does. Thank God for them.
They work with children and families all around the world, with the poor, the needy, the sick. They care for them the way we all should care for each other.
I have been giving for years and am a monthly donor. I am happy that I can do this little bit to help them, so that they can then help so many others.
This organization just does such wonderful work. compassionate and caring people in a sometimes cruel and harsh world. I have been giving for years and am a monthly donor.
They do so much - I am happy that I can do this little bit to help them with all the wonderful things that they do.
Salesian Missions does great work for children and youth around the world. They are making a huge difference in kids lives!
The Salesian Missions Inc has helped our Christian mission in Zambia to build a brand-new church in a rural community. Their response was prompt and caring; the monitoring was helpful and therefore the reporting was delivered on time. Back in January, we had an emergency situation due to a heavy storm and they came to our assistance in most charitable manner. We are so grateful.
As a volunteer working with the Salesians, I have spent the last 9 months in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Now, this is a country that is by no means stable or safe, and most mission organizations would spurn. The Salesians, however, have let their "bring Christ to the children and bring the children to Christ" spirit conquer every challenge. They truly do so so so much good. Having had my formation in the States and being in continual contact with them while I continue to serve here, I know that everyone involved is truly committed to this mission and it is truly something that they are passionate about. I will always feel Salesian at heart now, no matter where life takes me.