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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Automotive Safety, Crime & Law, Disaster Aid, Drunk Driving-Related, Victims Services

Mission: The mission of MADD is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking.Due to the efforts of volunteers and staff tirelessly working to achieve MADD's mission, some 300,000 Americans are alive who would have otherwise been killed had drunk driving been allowed to continue at the epidemic levels of 1980. Although alcohol-related traffic deaths have decreased by more than 40 percent since MADD's founding, drunk driving remains the nation's most frequently committed violent crime. Each year nearly 13,000 people die in impaired driving crashes. Underage drinking remains the No. 1 youth drug problem, killing more young people that all other illicit drugs combined.

Programs: Campaign to eliminate drunk driving

victim services

prevent underage drinking

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 3

I do not appreciate fundraisers calling me at 8:00 am!! I give once a year and that's it. This is the third time they've called in the past few weeks early in the morning when I'm getting ready for work, etc.
Considering that I never gave them my phone number I wonder why they keep calling. I am not very happy at the moment. Their process needs to be improved and a better way found to conduct their fundraising procedures.



Rating: 5

I became involved with MADD two years ago, after a family friend was killed by a drunk driver. It was important to me that I support an organization that really understood as well as shared the belief that drunk driving is a completley preventable crime and everything must be done to stop it. I am and continue to be a financial contributor to MADD because I believe in the work that they do and I support the manner in which their funds are spent. I typically work with the staff at the local level, but I have also had the opportunity to work with the staff at the National Office with respect to National Sponsorships from my company. I look forward to working with MADD in the future, and I know that my financial contributions will make a difference.

Review from CharityNavigator



Rating: 1

I have been involved in giving to non-profits for over 25 years. My family and I have given a considerable amount of money to charity organizations and I have always been happy to do so. We wanted to work with MADD after an employee of our firm had a family member killed by a drunk driver. I started researching the organization and I must say I was shocked. The development department was very professional. She was able to answer all of our questions and make available all the requested info. I spoke to the victim advocate department and felt more energized to get involved. Sadly after these two departments is where the professionalism ended. I attempted to contact the CEO and my calls were never returned. At a salary of near $250,000 per year I would have thought she would be a little more interested in returning calls. I attempted to contact the COO and once again I was made to feel that they simply had better things to do than speak with me. I enquired about the CEO and COO and learned that both lacked the experience to lead a national organization. As I mentioned my family and I have worked with charities for over 25 years but this is the first time I have walked away from an organization. If this organization is to survive it will need a cleaning from the top. I totally understand why MADD has one star. Charity Navigator doesn't lie. This is not the organization Candice Lightner created and they should bring her back to undo the damage. Mrs Weir and Mrs Knox, why were you not in front of the news camera when an NFL player killed a fellow teammate in the your city? You should have led the charge to end this tragedy but instead you sat quietly and within a few days another NFL player is charged with a DUI in your area. If your Board of Directors care anything about the organization they will step up and demand changes.
Sorry to vent but watching my employee's pain and never hearing from MADD and then watching the news while professional athletes thumb their nose at the law and never seeing MADD denounce what happened is just wrong. When that player appeared on the sideline the game after he killed his friend and team member you should have been livid and telling any news outlet that would show up how wrong that was, but I guess the Cowboys give more money and tickets than a foundation such as mine.
MADD change your focus and obtain at least three stars and we may revaluate a donation in the future.

Review from Guidestar