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Review for Operation Smile, Virginia Beach, VA, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

I used to donate to this charity. However, after reading so many reviews, I have come to the conclusion that most charities have become "profitable enterprises", even though they claim "non-profit 503" IRS slogans. When you do the math of how much money these "non-profit" organization raise through contributions, and how they "spend it" on the field, it really makes one think. Yes. there is the issue of the organization's "expenses", and the "salaries" for the administrative staff. However, what it's most discerning, it's the "salaries" that the top CEO, or COO, or President of the "organization" is making. Then, I am sure that the organization has to spend hundreds of dollars, or millions of dollars on the Legal Team to be able to skirt around the rules of the IRS and State Laws of "non-profit" interests. Then, there are the politics of the "Top" managers. Many years ago, "Smile Train" and "Operation Smile" were one so called "non-profit" organization. Then, the top people couldn't agree on their "objective politics", and they decided to part ways. In the end, they both are two agencies or non-profit CORPORATIONS requesting "donations" for the same objective: "Helping" children with Cleft Deformities. However, upon further investigation, and much research, these two "NON-PROFIT" CORPORATIONS: "Operation Smile" and "Smile Train" seem to outsource their mission to "doctors in the target country to do the job for these two CORPORATIONS", but these doctors don't always get "paid the $240 or $250" per operation. Sometimes these doctors have to go back-and-forth to get remunerated for their services. It's sad that these two named NON-PROFIT CORPORATIONS use the pictures of children with cleft deformities in order to raise millions and millions of dollars a year so that their top management can live in luxury at the expense of the "good-hearted donors" who have to work hard to earn their well deserved salary for themselves and support their families. I used to donate to Smile Train and Operation Smile, but have ceased doing so. Every time I get one of their fundraising envelopes, I simply write in BIG LETTERS: RETURN TO SENDER, and throw it in the mail box.

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