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.
I first got to know Salesian Missions as a volunteer working for a Salesian school in South America (2 years). After returning home, I worked in corporate America for a couple years before realizing that my heart was being called to work in the missions again. There was one place that I felt I could go to, and that was with the Salesians.
I have now worked for the Salesians for 13 years and have had the opportunity to visit sites in some 20 countries. I continue to be amazed at the vast amount of work/ministry the Salesians do and how effective it is. Salesians truly live out their motto of "not just caring for the impoverished, but teaching them to care for themselves." And it is truly inspiring to see that in action. If it were practical, I would suggest every person go and visit a mission site to see it for themselves, but not everyone can do that. I would not work at a place where I did not fully believe in the mission - and I support and would suggest to anyone to support the work of Salesian Missions!
I worked with the Salesians as a Lay Missioner for 2 years in a rural town in Bolivia. While there, I was able to see all the different projects that the Salesians - both priests and sisters - were involved with, which was pretty amazing. It was an honor to be associated with such a great organization that educated and worked with youth on the fringes of society.
In addition to the life-saving support they provide for the world's neediest, the Salesians work to educate and train individuals so that they can support themselves and, ultimately, improve the communities where they live. I feel good supporting the Salesians and their work, knowing that making a donation means I will be investing in people giving them the opportunity to rise out of poverty and create a better future for themselves and future generations.
I have seen photos of many projects funded by Salesian Missions. They are truly a God-send to so many children and their families. It means so much to actually see how my donations are used.
I have been closely associated with Salesians missions Inc for the last twelve years. They have come to the rescue of people in need and helped others to get better education and make a fair living. I know personally of the help given to make technical skills reach the rural youth. They have also helped to make chapels for remote villages to worship together and come closer to God. I was lucky to have visited the centre and seen for myself the efficient organisation and dedication of those who work there. Thanks Salesian missions Inc for all the good that you do and the change that you bring to the lives of the needy all over the world.
I work for Salesian Missions as a development officer. I love the work I do. I am passionate about their mission of helping vulnerable children and their communities become self-sufficient along with a faith centered life. I see from first instance, the positive changes in these children's lives. As a donor, to Salesian Missions, i feel very accomplished in my philantropy goals knowing that my donations are making a difference in these lives by giving them hope and opportunity.
Salesian Missions is an amazing organization that cares for the poor and marginalized of the world. They do great work in over 130 countries, including some of the most remote locations where people are forgotten and have no hope. Their mission is not based on hand-outs... instead, they teach youth to help themselves through education and training. They are careful stewards of donations and are making an incredible impact in the world.
Salesian MIssions always serves with the intentions and needs of the poorest in mind. No task is too large or need too small. Supporting the work being carried out by Salesians in more than 130 countries, the employees, donors and volunteers are passionate about seeking and securing human dignity for all people. I am honored to be connected to their work and will continuously support their mission!
What fantastic work the Salesian Mission does. I am an Accountant, for Salesian Missions and at times I go to So. Africa, Haiti, El Salvador, Kenya, etc etc... I see the children that Salesian Missions are feeding and it really warms your heart.
Salesian Mission is all over the world feeding these needy children. It is an honor to say I work for them, its even nicer to see where the donations are going. Fr. Mark sends out letters, with pictures, showing donors how their donations are being used.
I'm proud to be a member of the Board of Salesian Missions. Whenever I visit the missions, my Salesian heart jumps for joy to see the love, care, and concern that Salesian Missionaries extend to the poorest of the poor. In my time on the board I have personally witnessed the following Salesian ministries to: the children of the brickmakers in India (Video: www.salesianmissions.org/brickfields) ; street children in Ecuador, (Video: www.salesianmissions.org/Ecuador); youth suffering from and affected by AIDS in Trichy, India; the education for poor migrant children in Vietnam; former child soldiers in Colombia; vocational and trade school programs, teacher training programs as well as a nursing school in Haiti. I can personally testify to the good use of donor funds in making a difference and giving hope to children and young people who had no hope for a better future. God bless the goodness and sacrificial generosity of our donors.
I recently visited the Salesian Mission works in Cambodia and was very impressed with the great work the Salesians and their colleagues are doing for the poor youth of Cambodia…giving them a chance that they would not have if the Salesians were not there. All the Salesian schools, academic, vocational, and technical offer their services free of charge to the poorest of the poor in Cambodia. Not only do the Salesians educate but they also provide nourishing meals for the students with the products of the Salesian agricultural schools: chickens, fish, pigs, eggs, rice, and vegetables. I commend the Salesians of Cambodia for their zeal and initiative in reaching out to the poor and disadvantaged of Cambodia.
While I was in Cambodia, I was present for the Blessing and Dedication of the newly renovated facilities at Don Bosc, Kep, making the campus handicapped accessible. This joint project of USAID and Salesian Missions now allows our handicapped brothers and sisters full access to all the programs that Don Bosco, Kep, has to offer.
We have been involved with this organization for over 30 years and have always found them to be extremely ethical and effective in their charitable endeavors. Salesian Missions has truly made a difference for the underprivileged throughout the world.
I have worked with the Salesian Missions on their audit committee for several years. With each passing year my respect for the organization grows. The staff and management have demonstrated a determined quiet commitment to their many causes. Their attention to making sure that the organization meets and exceeds all regulations shows their professionalism.
Having had the chance to get involved with charities of all types, the Salesian Missions stands out to me as one of the best organizations when it comes to keeping its donors posted on the accomplishments the group has made with its missions throughout the world, and its need to keep the momentum going with the support of its donors. The people at Salesian Missions truly live by their words by "giving hope to millions of youth around the globe.
While there are children who need help in the US, there are many more needy children in third world countries that don't have any access to the support and programs kids in the US have. Their situations seem hopeless, at least until the Salesian priests, brothers and missionaries take over. Driven by the teachings of John Bosco, the Salesians work tirelessly to teach children to fish. They live amongst the people to make sure change happens.
As a non-profit organization, Salesian Missions is highly accountable. If you want to invest in an organization that is completely transparent and does a great job of showing the impact, Salesian Missions is the organization to support.
I am an independent contractor who has and is blessed to work with Salesian Missions. To a person, everyone who works for Salesian Missions is so incredibly passionate about and dedicated to their work around the world in providing education, health, clean water, and a better life to poor children. I believe their services cover some 132 countries. It is stimulating and very motivating to always do the best we can to support the Salesian Missions efforts. I feel I am a better person knowing that there are real people making a difference in the lives of others lass fortunate than we. This surely helps bring our world together, and God knows, we need this. God bless everyone at Salesian for their belief in the world's youth!
I have contributed for years and can tell you first hand, this is a very special and needed organization. They do phenomenal things. God Bless them.