I, too was given the "hard sell" and pull at my heartstrings for all the children who suffer this awful disorder. I even had to speak with a Supervisor and "Swear" that I was sending the packets. However, after I received them, I noticed that they are not from my State and when I checked the website, could find little information on local fund awards. I checked with my state (NJ) Consumer Bureau and found that they filed a report listing that they received over 2 million in donations and, of course, their "expenses" were about the same. I would not volunteer for this organization or give in to their hard sell.
The phone person went right to the point of sending requests to neighbors. I said that I did not believe in this type of solicitation, but would be glad to receive more information. Received request for donation without any info to substantiate. Glad that I checked. I am retired family MD and sorry that such scams exist.
Sites like this one are invaluable in filtering out scams such as the ASDF. My story is precisely as those below, and you don't have time while on the phone with them to check out the fund raiser. So I volunteered and then did my research on the charity afterward. Needless to say, I won't be bothering my neighbors with solicitations from this rip-off.
I wish I had done my research earlier. But I was very busy and it didn't cross my mind. I am embarrassed that I sent requests to my neighbors and am glad none returned money. I guess they're smarter than me. I wrote the check for the whole amount and was going to mail it when something just didn't seem right. I think it was because they put such a low amount for our goal ($45). I thought if it was a scam, even that low amount from a lot of people could make a bunch. It's a shame that the numbers aren't reversed - 7-15% to administration and the rest for the people who need it. Ripping up the envelope and check, but I lost the value of my stamps.
because i have an autistic grandson, i volunteered to distribute flyers to for this organization's ongoing funding campaign...good thing i checked up on them before i spoke with my friends and neighbors....WHAT A RIP OFF!!! ANYWHERE FROM 80 TO 84% OF THE CONTRIBUTIONS GO TO FUND RAISING AND ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS....if you are concerned about autism and want to raise awareness, stick to organizations such as AUTISM SPEAKS, where you can help make a difference....email@example.com
I thought I would help out for a good cause and thought I better vet this organization before signing my good name and asking for donations on their behalf. Glad I did and just before applying postage. My first impulse was, "how can I help" then my second impulse was to make sure this organization was legit. Sad, we have to be so careful to avoid being taken advantage of.
I like many others volunteered to distribute donation materials to my neighbors. I'm very glad I didn't apply the stamps to envelopes before reading your evaluations.
We received a packet and checked them out on CharityWatch. org. They rated ASDF an " F ". ASDF spends 84 cents out of every $ 1.00 collected for administrative and other expenses!!! Outrageous - they purport to be non-profit but hire a for- profit fund raising company to solicit funds. Don't fall for the scam. Check them out!!! They are screwing things up for the legitimate charities.
I volunteered to distribute a small mailing about this organization in my neighborhood. Another professional fundraising organization - InfoCision
Management Corp. - sent me the mailing package. One of the items in the mailing was a card that identified the states that required notification to potential donors about the financial results related to the charity and the professional fundraiser associated with it. On the Vermont attorney general's site I found very disturbing information about this particular professional fundraiser. In many cases - for many well known charitable organizations - this fundraiser returned to the charity less than 50% of the money that individuals had donated. I have decided not to proceed with the solicitations to my neighbors.
I volunteered to ask my neighbors to donate to the ASDF when I was called (on the phone) by one of their reps. Before sending out the envelopes I "goggled" some info. From State of WA documents on ASDF and their contracted fund-raising companies. From the data provided to the State of WA my calculations indicate that out of every dollar about 9 to 17 cents goes to the charity. Looking at the ASDF web site does not indicate what the final funds are used for.