My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Mayan Families, Slatersville, RI, USA
I was a sponsor of a university student for several years before changes were made with the leadership and board of directors at Mayan Families. I found out that my monthly donations hadn’t been applied to my student’s tuition. Furthermore, a large donation I had earmarked specially for a mandatory school project he had needed had also not reached him. Around the same time, my student was “let go” from his position with Mayan Families. He had been employed with them for quite some time and this was his primary source of income. It resulted in financial strain which naturally affected his schooling and his family. I was so disappointed I hadn’t even been notified of this change by Mayan Families or given the opportunity to provide support to him during this difficult time. I have tried to reach out to Mayan Families to get him back on track and to find out more details. I have not been successful and have given up. I understand that he went months later to try to reconnect with me and regain sponsorship and was turned away. It is a shame that my relationship with this organization has left such a sour taste in my mouth. As a former director of a non-profit, I can’t imagine NOT supporting my clients and my donors—two main pieces to a successful non-profit organization. I’ve also tried to reach out to the new director for clarification on what happened to my student and to brainstorm any possible solutions. I never received a response. My student was a lovely person from what I could tell. His life had not been easy but he made it all the way to the university level and wanted to be a productive member of his community. Changes are sometimes needed in non-profits but I never thought that this organization would sacrifice the lives of real people in the process.