Muscular Dystrophy Association

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MDA is a great place to be a volunteer recruiter

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Former Employee - Call Recruiter in Jackson, MS
Former Employee - Call Recruiter in Jackson, MS

I worked at Muscular Dystrophy Association part-time (less than a year)

Pros

short work hours and short break

Cons

some people were rude on the other end of the line

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    Seek a more professional and developing workplace

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time

    Pros

    - Getting to know and befriend local families that work with MDA
    - Witnessing the success and setting of the neighboring MDA office's "Black n' Blue Ball" fundraiser! This office is separate from the office posting fundraising/healthcare positions on Careerbuilder, etc.

    Cons

    The best advice to be given is to continue your job search. Seek to find not only the right position but a position in a professional and respectful atmosphere, which unfortunately is not the case in the Brookfield, WI office. If you are a recent graduate, looking to join the nonprofit world or are an experienced veteran looking to explore different sectors/roles - don't sell yourself short. Pursue an environment where fellow staff are hardworking and respectful. Do not let your enthusiasm of joining a new employer/career opportunity overlook your need for a positive work-life balance, job satisfaction or personal well-being.

    The dollars raised and hope promised through research are the backbone of this organization and are truly the most meaningful work you will help to accomplish. The dissatisfaction in this position lies with management and fellow co-workers.The oldest person in the office is roughly 31 years old and it is an all female staff. There is also a call center in the back half of the office that is staffed with temporary employees M-F from 9-4. Their job is to solicit participants for a jail-themed fundraiser. As a fundraising employee, your job would be to push for donations as each participant is asked to raise $1600. Your performance will be assessed on the donations of "your" participants. Aside from the posted job responsibilities, plan to spend a fair amount of your day sitting with the temp employees and ensuring they are on the phones constantly. The office is also currently being used as a storage closet and is a mixture of unorganization and clutter. Visitors, families, sponsors and the public are the first to see this office mess. Your new office will be 30-45% full of storage material - just make a walk path or stack boxes - that can help.

    Appropriate employee dress attire needs to be reinforced. Short dresses, knee-high boots, shirts with holes and yoga pants are commonly not allowed in the workplace. There is a slight instance where these items may be encouraged if you are visiting a fire station for fundraising conversations.

    The fact that bullying is alive and well amongst children is disheartening and the fact that it can continue into adulthood is also major issue. Favoritism should not allow for disrespect, stress and difficulty in the workplace. Current management is aware of these concerns and has chosen not to react. Gossiping, snooping and conspiring were tolerated and committed by management themselves. Office management in 2013 allowed for certain employees to fish through past employees computers and share their findings.

    It is true that 4 people have decided to leave the Brookfield MDA office during 2013 due to a difficult and bullying co-worker. Her behavior is completely unacceptable and in a more professional environment it would have never been tolerated. The lack of reaction from management only continued to fuel this employee's behavior.

    With no funds to back fundraising efforts, all aspects of donations (monetary, in-kind, media, etc.) are 100% solicited. Telemarketing and cold calls are a LARGE part of the work day. If you want to work in the fundraising world but do not want to feel like a solicitor or telemarketer on the other end of the phone - please keep looking in your job search.

    Good luck!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - One bad apple can really spoil the bunch
     - Onward with hope!

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    Awesome families and good organization that cares about company future.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to meet and work with local families in their battle against neuromuscular disease. Plus the opportunity to partner with local businesses willing to lend a hand to those in their community. Good support from the divisional and national levels while still allowing the local offices freedom to use their experience and expertise. Tons of holidays.

    Cons

    Can be stressful because your working towards a budget. There also has been some downsizing and consolidation in areas which causes some concern about the future. Some outdated systems and programs which need tweaking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue current trends of listening to your staff. There have been recent changes in regards to extra time off to help with work/home balance. There also has been some recent updates on moving forward with programs and resources to help push MDA more into the future of fundraising. Don't stop!

    Recommends
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