My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for St. Joseph's Indian School, Chamberlain, SD, USA
I have been receiving very nice - and expensive to produce - solicitations from this organization. Last week Christmas cards, this weekend, a large envelope with a reuseable shopping bag, notepaper, and more cards. I researched and found out the school is affiliated with the priests of the Sacred Heart; however, further research on the school has me re-thinking my donations. Expensive advertising outreach as mentioned, plus nothing about them on Charity Navigator ( because they presumably do not file an online Form 990, which is available to the public), plus employee statements on Glassdoor.com have made me decide to support an organization which spends more on the children it helps and whose numbers of children helped are higher. St Joseph's Indian School employs about 400 people but only supports about 200 children. They also use only .71 of a $1.00 for the organization. I have to wonder where the money is going.
I want you to know you didn’t make a mistake in supporting our school. Of each dollar raised, 68 cents goes to the children in our care and for future planned program growth. These funds help provide a loving, safe, living and learning environment for the Lakota children. Our program and supporting funds also provide needed services for the Lakota people on three reservations. These services include a domestic violence shelter, licensed adolescent group care center and counseling services. The remaining 32 cents is used for support services, fundraising and development of future donors. We must use a portion of dollars raised for fundraising, as it is the only way our educational, medical, counseling, and vast array of other services remain completely free-of-charge to the Lakota students who attend our school and their families. Our mailings cost very little to send out as our priority is caring for our Lakota students.
Review for Harmony Theater, Inc., Blue Bell, PA, USA
Harmony Theater has fostered a strong community of actors and actors' families, and created a place of belonging for our actors, who many times feel marginalized.
In the 15 or so years I have been bringing actors to Saturday rehearsals, I have seen Harmony Theater grow, expand, and bring that sense of belonging to more actors every year.
No matter how tired, grumpy, sad, or down you might feel on Saturday mornings you can't help but smile at the sight of so many actors greeting one another and the directors. Their very posture, confidence and demeanor says, "This is my world; I belong here!"
The actors revel in the camaraderie and fellowship the directors have cultivated, and are committed to their roles in the productions. It's a constant joy to watch, and I feel privileged to bring my 83-years young actor to Harmony every Saturday from September through May.
The pandemic has been especially hard on people with disabilities who have been at home since their sheltered workshops remain closed and their social outlets - churches, jobs, libraries have been closed, or the actors have been restricted due to age or underlying conditions.
The Harmony Theater directors hit the ground running when our state closed down. Harmony actors received notes and cards; there were frequent videos posted by the directors for the actors that encouraged dancing, crafts, and singing - and most importantly, let the actors know that their directors missed them as much as the actors missed the directors.
Harmony Theater is a family that puts the fun in FUNctional - with the added benefits of creativity, support and love!
Thank you Peggy. The Harmony family is a beautiful group and we are glad you and your family are part of it.
The sense of belonging is a wonderful and real feeling at Harmony!