If you have not asked that question when you give money to an organization, you should! We love answering that question. We would like to be transparent in all our dealings, including our finances. Helping Hands Unlimited is committed to that. We are also committed to several key things; first, everything we do has to have the opportunity to share God’s love with the people we are serving. Second, it’s our intention to effectively use the money our donors who give us. Those are two things we will not waver from.
One of our key principles in accepting donations is that Helping Hands Unlimited will make sure that designated gifts goes for those designated purposes. If we cannot do that, we will return the gift of the donor and explain the reason we cannot honor their request. We will provide them with some other good opportunities.
Another key principle is that Helping Hands Unlimited will make sure that at least 90 percent of each gift goes directly to its intended purpose. We are committed to keeping our overhead expenses as low as possible and making sure as much money as possible goes for its intended purpose. In some cases when we have larger gifts we do pass along more than 90 percent of those gifts.
Our child sponsorship program is a little different. We charge $31 per month to sponsor a child in a Christian school in the Dominican Republic. Out of that $31, $28 of it goes directly to the school where that child is enrolled. $3 of it stays here to cover administrative expenses. We limit the number of sponsors a child may have to a single sponsor. Sponsors can sponsor more than one child through multiple sponsorships.
We go one step further. We also monitor the finances of the organizations and schools that are the recipients of these funds. Where we have a long-term relationship, we require those ministries to provide us with monthly financial reports that shows their income and their expenses for the month. We look over the reports and ask questions about any abnormalities we may see or concerns we may have. This is our way of monitoring and making sure the money we provide is being used for its intended purpose.
You’re probably asking how we can operate with such low overhead expenses. The answer is; we can’t. We rely on other gifts to our general fund and designated support giving to help pay our staff.
We also manage our organization by keeping an eye on our income and expenses. We have a very small office staff, we use donated office space and utilities, we effectively use donated and purchased software and we seek in kind donations to help us keep our overhead low. All this is part of our commitment to send as much of your gift as possible to your designated project or program.
God has given us many continuing opportunities for ministry and evangelism, and He constantly opens doors for more. When you designate your gift “Use Where Most Needed”, you make it available for any ministry-related needs, including logistical and administrative support necessary for Helping Hands Unlimited to carry out the work God has set before us.
If you are interested in more details you can see our most recent annual financial report or our IRS 990 filing by going to our Nuts and Bolts page. If you would like more detailed financial information, we will be happy to provide that to you upon request. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. It is our desire that you are comfortable with Helping Hands Unlimited, the ministries we represent, the programs and projects we present, and the way we serve everyone we come in contact with.
This is our commitment to you and to those we serve!