I was very relieved to find these reviews because so many of them confirm my negative experience with W4W. Like everyone else I was pleased to be a part of their organization. I contributed $50 a month for 9 years because I truly care about making a difference in the world.
Like many others I had endless problems with their accounting people. I put up with all of that, despite multiple phone calls and e-mails all of which were ignored, because I remained a true believer in the cause.
Recently, however, I read the finance reports on Charity Navigator and found out that the top two women in the organization took home almost half a million dollars in wages in 2012. By syphoning off these massive sums they are - IMO - robbing the women for whom the donation was intended. So yesterday I canceled my subscription.
I have been a member/sponsor for many years. This is a really useful and needed organization. With so much poverty/unrest and despair in the world, this organization gives hope for a better future for many women who struggle with poverty/abuse or both. It gives hope and empowers women to take their life into their own hands and help to sustain their families in desperate times. Your help is needed more now than ever. Please look into their good work and make up your own mind.
helping the most vulnerable women in the world is not only the right thing to do, it is also a really good investment in our future. women for women is great and very necessary work. I am proud to play a very small part.
I am glad to be of help to women who have so little. When thy write to me, I am amazed they they have such passionate devotion to their children and lives, and I am also ashamed that have so much and am often disgruntled.
My donation is so little out of my purse, yet it makes a big difference to them.
This is one of the truly great programs. I have been with the program for many years.
The letters from the women who it has helped are WONDERFUL!
I appreciate the help they are getting for the betterment of their lives - and their families lives!
Mary 159 and Maria de Magdala have pretty well said exactly how I feel. I am also a professional woman but I live in Canada. My travels have taken me to some very poor countries such as Columbia and Bolivia where I was humbled by the people who still smile even though they live in such poverty. For a long time I looked for a charity that I would like to donate to....One that would really make a difference to the lives of people who need help. I was confused because I didn't know if I should dontate to an organization that helped children, families, countries...there are so many choices. What I have learned is that orphans are often the result of widow's being forced into new marriages to escape poverty. I definitely want to help the children but I thought that if I helped the mothers first the children and the community as a whole would benefit and thus the reason I chose Women for Women International. I donate money monthly and every time I see a commercial about a charity that needs money...I feel good inside tknowing hat I am doing something that I feel every person who can afford it should be doing. So far I have sponsored two women and I plan to continue sponsoring as long as I can afford it. Thank you Women to Women and please continue the fight against poverty.
I am a professional woman in a caree of counseling, living in the United States of America. I realize how much of the bounty of life I enjoy is an accident of my birth. I have a deep desire to be of help to women around the globe, whose birth has given them more life challenges than I can ever imagine. It is with deep humility and profound admiration that I donate to Woman For Women International. This organization has a program and structure which allows women to learn the shills they need and the support they deserve to create a life of advancement and hope for the people in their lives reliant on them. I am beyond humbled to receive a letter from a woman who has been helped by my donation. She often expresses deep gratitude and I am brought o tears with gratitude that I have been able to use the benefits of my position to help another woman and to be edified by her courage.
Review from CharityNavigator
I was very excited to begin sponsoring woman in need, but from the beginning the communication and website were woeful. I was sometimes notified a payment had been received ($27 per month) and sometimes not. I received no communication from the first woman I sponsored until after her program ended. When I tried to talk to learn more about their organization, I found many of their click-ons take you nowhere - their site hardly works. Eventually I was assigned to another woman without being notified, and only then realized they give themselves permission to do so in their fine print, (on another page from the sign-up form). Finally, as directed by their site, I called in and cancelled, in May '11. In Mar '12, they dipped into another credit card I'd used to make a one time donation of $100, and simply took $603. I went back over their correspondence, and found no notification of this $603 payment. On my account, where they say 'click here for a full summary of your donations' it brings up the figure of $81 where they should have listed over $1200. Though I cancelled my association with them long ago, they just assigned me to another woman and I had to call in again and demand that they stop. They had me scheduled to make another payment in Mar '13. I don't agree with one reviewer that they only care about big donators. I say they have set this up to prey upon the poorer donators mercilessly. They actually steal from their supporters' credit/debit cards. They should be investigated in the most serious way.
I was originally so pleased to find this non-profit. As a donor for a few years, I looked forward to exchanging letters with my overseas "sisters," and I was confident that my donations would support the endeavors of women trying to improve their own lives and the lives of their families in the midst of harsh and, possibly, oppressive circumstances. There was never time for a relationship to develop, however. Either there were no letters (understandable if the sister was illiterate) or as I waited for an answer, I'd get a notice that my sisterh ad changed. Other times I'd be notified of a change but would never get the profile of the new sister. Although I kept getting e-mail alerts that Women for Women had received my donation, e-mail requests of their administrators fell on deaf ears. Finally, I changed to another non-profit with similar goals as Women for Women, but I had to call twice and e-mail a few times before the administration heeded my request. My American Expres card continued to be tapped. I had to call Am Ex and put a block on that payment. About two months after stopping payment, I received a letter from a sister accompanied by a letter from W. for W., ackinowledging that I had "left," but still enclosing the letter of appreciation from this sister. What was that about if not to impart shame or guilt? In all, the cause is great; the need is enormous, but the administration needs tightening, despite the myriad obstacles in running such an organization. Oh, and I also called the sponsorship director, thinking my feedback regarding my experience might help them to respond to donor frustrations was met by indifference. I left a message but never received a reply.
Review from Guidestar
hello, all - I have read the reviews here - i have no special allegiance to W$WInternational - I am sponsor at $30./month of a woman in Nigeria. When my original recipient left the program, or was chronically absent for whatever personal reasons, a new woman was assigned to me & I rec'd a thorough letter advising me of that. I do not remember receiving an original letter re. the 1st woman I sponsored (mentioned above), but I may have overlooked it. I would like to respond to a few of the remarks made here when donors & a volunteer reviewed the org for this website. If you will look at this site, you can see that W4WI gets a good review at Charity Navigator: http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=7623. I see no mention here of this org's poor accounting, so the person who wrote that may want to explain bit. I would also like to say that while I am sure it is disheartening to work as an intern in an (allegedly) disorganized org. & not to receive appropriate raises, people have to know that to keep the admin costs low, the good work of interns is necessary -- & appreciated by me! This is a large org w/ a far-reaching mission, so I'm sure it is difficult to run it w/ low overhead while relying a lot on interns. Finally, the donors who were not satisfied w/ the customer service at this org may want to balance that against the work the org accomplishes. Myself, I support an org that is grassroots & empowers women. Your $30/month undoubtedly saves MANY lives in the family.