I have supported St. Joseph's School for more years than I can remember. It is the only charity that I donate to. I have always been amazed at all of the things that the school does for the children, from providing basic needs to education including their culture. The recentequine program has me greatly excited. There are too many great features of this school to write about in this review, I just hope that more people become aware of just how fantastic this school is and decide also to start donating to St. Joseph's Indian School.
We have supported St. Joseph's for a number of years. Recently St. Joseph's significantly increased the number and frequency of their fund raising mailings to the rate of 4 -10 mailings/month which raises the question of their legitimacy. St. Joseph's does not file an annual "nonprofit" return with the IRS and we've been unable to determine their ratio of solicitation/administrative expenses to funds actually given to the school. The frequency of mailings is indicative of a hiring a high pressure, high cost fund raising subcontractor with the risk of funds donated not being used for the purposes we support. Has anyone else had this experience and been successful in 'checking them out'? Lacking valid information we're leery of continuing our support.
Craig, thank you for your comment we can certainly adjust your mail settings if you would like to give us a call at 1-800-341-2235 Monday through Friday 8AM to 5PM central time. We are evaluated by the Council on Accreditation which provides a more thorough evaluation of our organization’s credibility and thus, our value. Through the Council on Accreditation’s extensive audit process, we receive evaluation by a panel of experts in social services fields. The evaluation, including site visits and interviews with St. Joseph’s personnel and families served, assesses more than just finances. St. Joseph’s Indian School receives ratings in: • Ethical Practice • Financial Management • Governance • Human Resources • Performance & Quality Improvement • Risk Prevention & Management • Best Practices in Child Care All areas are then measured against national standards for service organizations.
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I have tried to get my mother off of their mailing list and somehow, every few months she gets back on it. (She has even moved twice since she first got these donation requests) I have even put her on the do not mail list at dmachoice.org and that does nothing even though they are not supposed to mail these things to her.
I think it is disgusting the way they try and raise funds from people that are on limited income. They raised $81,937,575 in unrestricted contributions in 2018. Enough already. Stop trying to get people on limited incomes to donate to your school.
I also have an issue that only 65 cents of every dollar raised is going to the Lakota children that attend this school. Seems very low for a charity.
ral420- we can certainly get your mother removed from our mailing list if you would please call 1-800-341-2235. Our hours are Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM central time.
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We help support programs & projects at St. Joe and believe It's truly money well spent.
Thank you so much for your support to St Joseph's Indian School and to the children we appreciate all that you do.
I am so proud to finally have joined the ST. Joseph Indian School in 2018 after some time receiving such sweet notes, little adorable gifts by mail I had meant to become a part of this exciting, worthy, beautiful cause. I will continue to give financial for financial support of these beautiful children, families, and the community. I have over many many years purchased Native American Jewelry as a help to my native sisters, and Brothers that I continue, now with this direct cause as well I feel complete on my mission to help as I am mixed Cherokee blooded on my grandmothers side. I am so proud to have finally joined my new family I feel reunited with my people a sense of belonging on that side of my life my blood line at last! I am a proud American that has lived a fortunate life yes through much hard work, this year 2019 is my 60th keep me posted keep it coming God Bless each and everyone.
Shellamaria, thank you for your kind words and we are happy to have you be a part of our Tiyóspaye.
I support St Jo's because this is a wonderful, much needed school for children and families who otherwise wouldnt have the opportunities that this school offers. The new horse therapy program is fantastic! The families are very blessed to have a place like this to go to. I am proud to be a part of it.
Sandy, thank you for your kind words. We are also very excited about the equine therapy program on our campus and look forward to the benefits it will have to help the children.
My husband and I began contributing to St. Joseph’s Indian school many years ago. Their wonderful work with the children, and families, not only educates but also lifts up the entire spirit of everyone.
Cwengert, thank you for your continued support over the years. We appreciate all that you do for the children at St Joseph's Indian School.
I donate to St. Joseph's Indian School to support the amazing children there.
Each child deserves far more than I give each month. I am very excited to continue
to read about the Equine Therapy Program -how it progresses over time. I hope that
I will be able to increase my monthly donation in the coming years. God bless the students,
faculty and staff of St. Joseph's Indian School
Carole, thank you for your kind words and continued monthly support to the children at St Joseph's Indian School. We are so blessed to be able to have the Equine Therapy Program on our campus thanks to our generous donors such as you!
I support st. Joseph's Indian School monthly just as my mother did before me. Our family owes a great debt to Chief Sitting Bull who was a friend of my great-grandfather's. They were unlikely friends at a chaotic time in the history of the Lakota. But they became close and Chief Sitting Bull held a naming ceremony for my grandmother when she was born. That was always a source of great pride for her. The chief warned my great-grandfather to take his family and leave The Dakotas because great trouble was coming. That was five generations ago. Perhaps my family survived because of the Friendship of this great man. So I am honored to help as I'm able in the good work of St. Joseph's Indian School.
Deb, thank you for all that you do and continue to do in supporting the children at St Joseph's Indian School.
I donate to help the children of St Joseph's because the white man has screwed the indians over ever since they came to North America. They were made to change language and put on reservations that won't grow weeds let alone decent crops.
My wife was from South Dakota so our heart is there. She is gone now but I do enjoy seeing the kids dance and sing in their native gowns and headdress.
Even though I am from New York state and have tribes here I still think the Indian tribes out west are the most colorful.
Thank you for your support to the children at St Joseph's Indian School. We appreciate all that you do.
We donate to St. Joseph's as much as we can throughout the year.
It's wonderful knowing that the many children have a place to go where they are nurtured..educated..
kept safe...and they learn about Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
We always receive such wonderful thank you gifts from the school! My Dream Catcher hangs over our bed to trap those bad dreams.
Thank you for your support to the children at St Joseph's Indian School. Its because of donors like you that the children are getting a good education.
This is a great and loving School for all these Lakota children, we donate so they may live an abundant and loving childhood, and as a wildlife painter I paint the Great Lakota Chiefs from the late 1800's to honor and share the Lakota Story so Americans can start lending a hand and offering more support. Titled " Chief Red Hawk" in Brule SD in 1900, along the Missouri River, from Edward Curtis . book called " Sacred Legacy." Peace be yours. Jim and Marge
Jim and Marge, thank you for your support to the Lakota children at St Joseph's Indian School.
I AM PART NATIVE AMERICAN,ST JOSEPH'S INDIAN SCHOOL HELPS THE POOR CHILDREN TO BECOME SOMEONE SPECIAL,THEY DEAL WITH HARD LIVES,COLD WEATHER AND DON'T HAVE WHAT WHITE CHILDREN ASSUME IS NORMAL,TOYS ,TV, CLOTHING. THESE CHILDREN MY EXTENDED FAMILY FACE HARDSHIPS NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO FACE ESPECIALLY A CHILD. ST JOSEPH'S GIVES THESE CHILDREN HOPE, THEY FEED AND CLOTH THEM AND MOST IMPORT A SOLID EDUCATION. TO SEE A CHILD SMILE ON CHRISTMAS MAKES MY LIFE WORTH LIVING FOR I DONATE WHAT I CAN,AND NOW GETTING BOXES OF CLOTHING AND TOYS TO SEND TO THESE WONDERFUL CHILDREN, THE STAFF AND THE PRIEST DO A WONDERFUL JOB TEACHING AND KEEPING THEIR HERITAGE TOGETHER FOR THE CHILDREN. I LOVE THESE CHILDREN AS I WOULD MY OWN,SO PLEASE HELP DONATE TO ST JOSEPH'S THROUGH AMAZON SMILE, AND DONATE ON YOUR CREDIT CARD MONTHLY HELPS. I AM VERY PROUD OF THESE CHILDREN FOR FIGHTING TO BECOME SOMETHING SPECIAL.THEY ACCEPT ALL CHALLENGES THROWN AT THEM,AND STILL SMILE.THIS IS A GREAT SCHOOL, WITHOUT IT, THEY WOULD NOT HAVE A CHANCE AT GETTING A GOOD EDUCATION,SO PLEASE HELP THEM. DEBORAH LITTLE WOLF CIESLEWSKI
Deborah, thank you for your kind words about St Joseph's Indian School. We can help this children out and give them so many opportunities thanks to donors like you.
I’ve been donating to St. Joseph’s for about 25 years and have always been impressed by their programs. I’ve even had the opportunity to meet (quite by accident) a couple of their graduates who had only good things to say about the school. I love reading their newsletters and seeing the beaming smiles of their students. It is my favorite charity! Marcia Young
Marcia, thank you for your support to St Joseph's Indian School. We are happy that you got to meet some of our alumni.
I’ve been donating to Saint Joseph’s school for many years now, happily knowing it helps so many beautiful native American families. Donating monthly makes me happy to know that they are continuing to add to their wonderful programs, including the newest equine therapy.
Kathleen, thank you for your continued support over the years. We are also very excited about our new equine therapy program and the great things it is doing for our Lakota children on campus.
I became aware of St. Josephs about five years ago. It.caught my interest as my great grandmother was part Native American. With so many charitable organizations vying for donations , and being on a fixed income, I researched St. Josephs to see what type of work they did and what others had to say. I was impressed by their mission and reviews by other donors. What has impressed me most over the years is their generosity. No matter how little I give or how often I always receive loverly gift packages and certificates if appreciation. There is no pressure to donate and all donations are greatly appreciated. I receive information and updates on the school and students which makes it personal. I belive the work they do is necessary and a blessing to the children they serve.
Thank you so much for your support and kind words!
I have been supporting St Joseph's for years. Awhile back I invested in an annuity with them. I believe the Indian reservations are in desperate need of help.Education at St Joseph's is helping each & every student.
Thank you to all the staff & wonderful students in the St Joseph's community.
Ellen thank you for your support to the Lakota children at St Joseph's Indian School
I’ve been donating to St. Joseph’s for many years, before I started donating every month, I’d only was able to donate only a few times a year. They would always send me gifts even though i wasn’t able to donate often. I love my Indian children there
Felicia, thank you for your support and thoughtfulness to the children at St Joseph's Indian School
The dedicated people at St. Joseph's Indian School are wonderful and the school does such a great job for the Lakota girls and boys. We are so please to be a supporter of this terrific charity.
Thank you for your kind words and support!
I have been supporting St. Joseph's Indian School as best as I can financially and in prayers for about 4 years now and I am very proud to be a small part of their mission. From everything I know about their work I can tell that they are making an outstanding effort to provide intellectually and materially for the youngsters of the School. But, more than that I believe they are also reaching them spiritually and in a most positive manner. I have no doubt that they are doing wonderful work and making a difference.
Robert, Thank you for all that you do for the children at St Joseph's Indian School.