My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Niagara Foundation, Chicago, IL, USA
This is perhaps the most heartfelt review one could ever write. My education as well as my entire professional career has been dedicated to interfaith and intercultural dialogue. I believe in this mission entirely. Niagara Foundation's leadership were the first to truly discriminate against me first as a woman and secondly as a non-turk. As someone who spoke the praises of this organization for years and volunteered countless hours, I couldn't have been more deeply hurt by these same people and it has been a journey to find forgiveness in my heart for people living a masquerade on this magnitude. I could spend hours discussing examples that may or may not discouraging people from making future financial contributions. I'll share just one small example.
I had worked for just two weeks and organized my first event with the support and consultation of the previous organizer, then VP "H.B.". At the conclusion of the event "M.H.C", the current President succeeding then President "S.S", called a meeting between us all. Within this 1hr+ meeting he systematically attacked every planning decision that was made. I politely waited for an opportunity to speak but was interrupted. I hadn't even spoken a single syllable and when I opened my mouth "MHC" looked straight at me, interrupted me, and said "I'm not talking to you, I am talking about you. Be quiet". I was completely shut out, and so deeply appalled as woman, I mustered up every ounce of courage to make it to the end of these meeting with some faint shred of dignity. The arguments he made were undignified, disrespectful of the interfaith groups with which the event was organized, and aimed to undermine me as an American woman. In due respect to "HB", he respectfully defended the event against what was, even then, clearly viewed as a nasty attack from someone unwilling to embrace change. I should add I was the first American and the first woman to be hired. I never received an apology. Today this experience has become part of a narrative of transformation and perseverance in my professional life but it doesn't change that MHC is a fraud. I'm disgusted that this, a wolf in sheep's clothing, a power hungry man who leverages a profound and important mission to create a greater personal network, has been put in charge as the President. My post today is a response to the news that he is now running the Niagara Foundation.
I kindly as that one who read this message take their time and their money to other genuine non-profits in the greater-chicano who would truly benefit from your support. Don't turn your back on interfaith, but turn your back on this organization.