My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Animal Welfare Friends, Monticello, IA, USA
I’ve been a volunteer with Animal Welfare Foundation of Iowa for 9 years. In addition, to being a volunteer, I was also a board member for several years. During that time, the financial information provided was not very specific and how it was reported made one question how well the financials were being handled.
During my time on the board, a change in officers took place. A few members that were involved from the organization’s inception stepped down. After this occurred, an audit was conducted on the past two years financials. The new board members were saddened and upset about what was found. Personally, I was always proud to be a volunteer for this organization, but after learning the findings of the audit I was sickened and felt betrayed. I really trusted and admired the previous leaders. In addition, all of us true hardily believe this organization really did put 100% of the money raised towards AWFs pets it rescued.
In the end, the shakeup in officers has truly turned this organization around for the better. The organization now has a Board of Directors who performs random audits and the financials are taken care of in a professional manner. They also have a professional bookkeeper and a chain of command which prevents shady spending, lost records, etc. This has in turn, created a more trusting organization. One you can count that when they say 100% of the money raised goes only towards the animals, it goes for only Animal Welfare Foundation of Iowa’s animals it rescues and not for someone else’s personal gain or to take care of their irresponsibly large group of personal pets. This is a good organization who is working to better their community and change things for the better. I have no doubt when I donate money now that I’m really donating to the animals they are saving. Animal Welfare Foundation of Iowa is now truly a GREAT NONPROFIT!
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Build a shelter, advertise in the Cedar Rapids Gazette.
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