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Patricia Bryan

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Review for Animal Advocates Of Moore County Inc, Pinehurst, NC, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

I was a very active volunteer for a number of years until I was no longer physically able to do the things I did. I volunteered at PetSmart for the months the cats were in residence, then maintained the mailing list, the donations list (including acknowledging donations), and did the newsletter a few times. With the downturn in the economy, it has become more and more difficult to raise funds, but the Board and volunteers engage in as many fundraising efforts as their numbers allow. It is amazing what this group accomplishes with the money it has and with only one paid person. Although the Founder "officially retired" in 2007, she remains very active and does all of the Grant Writing. I have two animals adopted from Animal Advocates (client), in addition to having volunteered and am a donor.

Would you volunteer for this group again?


For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?


When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer

Review for Police Protective Fund, Austin, TX, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

This organization recently solicited by mail and telephone in my home town. I had received a notice from the Police Department about it. It had already called me and I determined it was a fundraising outfit, not the police department and hung up. However some residents were taken in by it, two that I know personally. The following is excerpted from our local paper, The Pilot, similar to a second notice I received from the police, but I have eliminated specific names."When a Southern Pines resident got a call from the Southern Pines Fire Chief soliciting money for the department she was eager to help. The caller on the other end of the phone was not the Chief, nor was he a member of the Southern Pines police or fire department. 'If he hadn't said he was the chief and used his name I would have questioned him more,' said the resident. 'I felt like I knew who I was talking to, but I didn't know.' According to Southern Pines police, an organization known as the 'Police Protective Fund' is currently soliciting donations in Moore County using a post office box address in Charlotte. This solicitation is occurring by both direct mailing and by telephone. The police are urging residents to exercise caution when making charitable donations. Upon receiving a monthly credit card statement, the resident observed that the Police Protective Fund was listed as the recipient of the donation. She called her credit card company and notified police. She said that when she called her credit card company she had the money refunded. The Southern Pines Police Fire/Rescue Department and the Southern Pines Police Department do not receive any monies from the Police Protective fund, according to a press release. The Southern Pines Police Department has asked the Attorney General's Office in North Carolina to review the practices and legitimacy of 'Police Protective Fund' so it could provide further guidance to those who are considering making a charitable contribution, according to the release."
I would rate this NO STARS, however I may have to give it one star in order to get this review submitted.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Dissolve it.

Role:  General Member of the Public & I did forward the original notice I received from the Police to friends I know in the community, however it arrived too late for some of them.