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"Who's on first?"

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Former Employee - Associate Director in Stamford, CT
Former Employee - Associate Director in Stamford, CT
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Good mission and execution and coverage of less publicized crises

Cons

Senior management is secretive and spends more time talking and holding meetings than putting plans into action. The culture prescribes that you "kiss the ring" of CEO and other senior management. Confusing fiefdoms

Advice to Management

Develop action and implementation plans. Then measure progress

Other Employee Reviews for AmeriCares Foundation

  1. Helpful (2)

    "This foundation is a wonderful place to work in the non-profit area."

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    Former Employee - Not Given in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Not Given in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The culture is great. We were doing work to benefit those in need. You left for the day feeling good that you had benefited others in need. The world of non-profit is much needed in today's economy and AmeriCares does wonderful work through out most of the world. They have great pharmaceutical companies that are donating drugs and relief supplies. Their work deserves better recognition as a good place to contribute. Almost all of the money given is used for goods. The percentage of money that is used for administration is minimal compared to many non profits. You have a good feeling when you work here.

    Cons

    I was really happy there. It was unfortunate that I was caught in downsizing as the economy sank. The only downside is that when donations are down, the organization cannot do as much for others and when they had to let people go save on funds, some experienced people were let go and severance was minimal although the organization offered some time of re-employment workshops. I think that we were such a close group, I am sure that the environment has changed and it will be a while before things get somewhat back to normal. I wish them well. thanks

    Advice to Management

    Really think about the work that people do don't get too top heavy - you need to have experienced employees at lower levels. It is great that you are getting lots of volunteers, many having some experience so they can help fill needs.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A good place to "get your feet wet" in international assistance before moving on to a more developmentally focused NGO."

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    Former Employee - Director in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Director in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Among NGOs that provide in-kind medical donations, AmeriCares is a leader in the field for the quality and volume of donations distributed. The organization has a history of being among the first to deliver assistance both internationally and within the USA when disaster strikes. Unknown to most is that AmeriCares does much more than disaster response. Much of AmeriCares assistance helps support on-going healthcare programs overseas managed by local charitable organizations who, without AmeriCares donations, would have difficulty delivering critical healthcare in many of the world's poorest regions. Additionally, AmeriCares implements three important domestic programs: providing free medical care for the uninsured, organizing teams of volunteers to carry out critical home repairs for the poor and elderly, and providing a summer camp experience annually for HIV/AIDS affected children. Staff at AmeriCares are generally young, enthusiastic and dedicated. AmeriCares gives many their first opportunity to work in a humanitarian organization with international and domestic activities.

    Cons

    For individuals interested in a career in international health, there is little actual healthcare programming that takes place as the primary task for managers and associates in the Program Department involves assigning the medical donations that AmeriCares has received to the various partner agencies overseas, ensuring that these donations are shipped in a timely manner and that partners notify AmeriCares when shipments arrive. At times, international assistance work at AmeriCares can seem more like the operations of shipping company such as UPS, though with loftier goals.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to create added programming value for the medical donations that AmeriCares distributes by establishing standards of care for partner organizations and by helping them with training and financial support to achieve these standards.


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