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Executive (Fundraising) Director

American Heart Association 3.4486 Reviews  – Palm Desert, CA

American Heart Association Reviews

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    1. "Good work/life balance. Non-Profit Pay"

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      • Senior Management
      Current Employee - Director
      Current Employee - Director
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at American Heart Association full-time (Less than a year)

      Pros

      You are literally saving lives working at the AHA. Everything you do contributes to the mission of ending cardiovascular disease and stroke.

      The managers care about your personal life and will do everything they can to ensure your job supplements your life, not adds strain or stress.

      They pay 75% of your health insurance and have a 403(b) [401(k) for non-profits] option.

      They pay more than 70% of non-profits.

      Cons

      They pay less than 50% of most for-profit companies.

      Slightly catty office environment

      Advice to Management

      Support your top talent with as much monetary support as you do emotional support.


    2. "Senior Development Director"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at American Heart Association full-time

      Pros

      Best seminars, education and non-profit resources available.

      Cons

      Too frequent turn-over in management.

      Advice to Management

      Appreciate your employees more! Most love what they do!


    3. Helpful (4)

      "Caution"

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      • Senior Management
      Current Employee - Director
      Current Employee - Director
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at American Heart Association full-time (More than 3 years)

      Pros

      Great benefits, flexible work environment (remote home office for many Directors), and organization has a good mission.

      Cons

      Now with that said, the organization is too top heavy with management. There are more VP positions than any other organization that I have known. Organization is $$ driven not Mission driven. AHA talks a big game about research, what they don't tell you is all of the VPs I mentioned above are all making six figure salaries and get very large 5-digit bonuses annually. This would not be completely disgusting if AHA had a lean business model but it doesn't. There are Sr. VP's managing Sr. VPs managing VP managing Directors in the field raising the funds with no support from those VPs. Too many layers. Mission is not discussed unless you are in a strategy meeting on how to get more money from a donor that is almost tapped out. No money is going back into the communities for mission related work. AHA used to provide CPR training. They no longer do that. AHA used to provide AEDs in public schools and public buildings. They no longer do this. Unless a company is willing to pay extra, on top of an event sponsorship, AHA does not provide these at all.

      Other issues: High turnover rate; no time for family; continuing to increase and set goals that unattainable in markets that have proven to not meet the current goals due to the image of the organization in the community.

      Advice to Management

      Streamline your management, get rid of some layers and start focusing on the mission of the organization locally. If you provide local services, that are tangible and people can see what AHA does, the funding will follow.

      Support has decreased in many areas across the nation due to AHA continuing to expect donors and supporters to mold to them instead of the organization meeting the donor and supporters needs and wants.

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