My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for World Vision International, New York, NY, USA
I sponsored seven children and did not find out the truth about sponsorship for many years. All of the thousands of dollars that I paid all those years to ensure that my sponsored children had food, clean water, education, and medical care were wasted. In addition, I gave multiple $500-$1,000 "gift notifications" to World Vision to buy things for specific children, for example to purchase oxen (twice), to build a home, and to build and stock a chicken farm. When inquiring about a specific child who I had sponsored for seven years, I was told that she was being fed three times per week at school. OK, so World Vision feels that three meals a week constitutes the child being fed? What about the rest of the time? No food help from World Vision. I also learned that yes, the child receives a medical exam once per year, but not treatment of any health problems. My child needed iron tablets, which cost pennies, but World Vision would not provide those to my child. It makes me sick to think of the thousands of dollars I gave to World Vision now that I know almost no good was done with any of it. Donors, beware!
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Review for Samaritans Purse, Boone, NC, USA
I have been a donor to Samaritan's Purse for well over a decade. Until today, I would have told anyone who asked me that they were a reputable charity who uses donated funds for much needed programs to aid the poor and needy. Today, I was unfortunate enough to learn the truth. I requested that a charge on my credit card, for a donation I did not make, be refunded to my credit card. With lots of doublespeak and nonsense, zi was refused a refund. It is hard for me to accept that Samaritan's Purse would kick a long-term donor to the curb for $60, but that is exactly what happened. I will never give them another dime, and I intend to warn everyone else I know to stay away from this charity.
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I feel used and betrayed by what happened regarding an unauthorized donation not being refunded to me by Samaritan's Purse.
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Some integrity would be wonderful to have.
We deeply regret the frustration Michelle experienced. Our records show that the $60 charge was reversed in June. --Steve Nickel, Dir. of Donor Services for Samaritan's Purse.