My thoughts about FHTH

By Joanne Weir

When I think about From Here To Haiti, I think about its members, and the passion they have towards helping people.

Sure non-profits raise money to get something done.  Sounds simple, right?  NO. It’s not at all that simple!  The members of From Here To Haiti are not only executives running a non-profit organization, they are also  the administrators, schedulers, fundraisers and foot workers going from door to door; collectors and shippers of items in need; repairers, painters and sculptors of broken statues for Haitian Churches.  Their “to-do” list is never-ending, and that is all before they plan their trip, meet up with other volunteers in Haiti, lay out the plans, and then start the physical part of the job!  It’s exhausting; but to them, it’s exhilarating!

From the moment a job is decided upon, From Here to Haiti members start to sweat. Their sweat increases their passion, and like their “to-do” list, their passion does not cease.  Hundreds of organizations are researched for grants; hundreds of calls, texts, emails, postal mailings are made to raise more funds or for donations of laptops, statues, clothing, and whatever else is needed to help people. Every donation, whether it be $1 or $100 is appreciated with gratitude.  And, don’t forget, there are many, many obstructions that need attention in order for them to progress.  When a job is completed, you see on their website exactly what was done.  This is the simple part:  another job completed because of love.

I do not know much about non-profit groups helping Haiti rebuild except for what I read in the media.  Sometimes the news is positive; sometimes it’s negative.  From Here To Haiti is very different to me because I know two of the members personally.  I see with my own eyes and feel inside my heart the passion that my friends have towards rebuilding and improving living conditions in a place very close to their hearts.  I get to see what their process involves in raising whatever money and materials they can so that they can help rebuild even a small portion of what Mother Nature’s destroyed in communities.  The hope and faith of the people affected by this destruction are no doubt reinforced as From Here To Haiti lands on their soil.

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Working with an NGO

FIVE TIPS FOR EFFECTIVE GIVING

by Patricia Brintle

 This article was published in the April 2013 newsletter of the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)

1 – Be selective.  When deciding to give to charity, your first responsibility will be to select a charity.  Go with your heart and select a charity that specializes in what touches you the most.  It may be the welfare of children, women safety, helping third-world countries, cancer research, or saving the environment.  Whatever your choice, your gift to that charity will be that much more rewarding if their work focuses on a subject matter that you care about.
2 – Get to know your charity.  Once you’ve decided what type of charity you want to give your money to, you will then need to select one among the field.  Whether you select a large charity like The American Red Cross, or a small one like From Here to Haiti, Ltd. it is important that you do your due diligence in selecting the charity.  The internet is a good place to start and there are many sites that will navigate you to one that will respond to your heart.  Seek the advice of friends and acquaintances and learn from their experience.  Once you’re zeroed in on a charity, check their website; speak with their officers, ask to speak with some of their donors.  Learn about the work they are doing and become familiar with the charity’s methodology.  Find out where they are located and if you can visit their office.  Also, tax form #990, which will tell you about the charity’s financials are usually available for review on the internet.  The more you know about your charity, the better you will feel about giving.
3 – Know where your money goes.  Find out specifically where your money goes and what percentage of your donation will actually reach the beneficiary or be used for the intended cause.  You may want to select a charity that raises money for a specific project and you may even want to follow the project’s progress; also, find out about the impact that your donation will have.  Select a charity with a proven track record of success in accomplishing its projects.
4 – Volunteer with your charity.  If this is your inclination, ask if you can volunteer to participate in one of your charity’s projects.  Many charities depend on volunteers to get their job accomplished and your help can be a very rewarding experience.  Also, remember that charities depend on donors to accomplish their mission.  Ask for accountability but do not let your inquiries suppress your generosity.
5 – What are your tax benefits?  Not-for-profit companies must be registered with the IRS in order for your gift to be tax deductible.  Be sure to obtain an acknowledgement of your donation for tax purposes.  You tax preparer will be your best help on the subject.

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