We will have an open book policy on our financials. Our goal is to utilize more than 99% of all donations for direct ministry programs.
We recognize that one of the easiest ways for us to destroy our credibility is by the misappropriation of our financial resources. We are committed to avoid this break in trust, whether it would be from poor decision making to outright theft and anything in between.
Biblical Giving – Done in Secret
Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. –– Matthew 6:1-4
We currently do NOT HAVE the “not-for-profit” status. Therefore, donations received at this point are NOT tax-deductible. We hope to gain that status in the near future, however we haven’t figured out exactly how to accomplish this goal. We are looking for someone with the expertise to voluntarily guide us through the process.
100% Open vs. In Secret?
- All income and expenses will be published online via this website. We are committed to full disclosure so that our donors have the ability to hold us accountable for the responsible allocation of the resources entrusted to us. We DO NOT publish our financials to glorify our ministry.
- Income from any event/sub event may be recorded as a single dollar amount related to the event/sub event.
- Donors will be assigned a partner ID. We publish all donations online by partner ID rather than by listing donor names. This allows donors to track their donations, yet maintains their anonymity.
- Not more than three people from our financials team will have access to our donor information. It will never knowingly be shared or sold.
- We do not provide public recognition in the form of naming rights or plaques etc in exchange for donations (see left column).
- 100% of our funding will come from direct donations.
- We will provide awareness of needs and opportunities at our various events and in personal conversation.
- We will not hold fund raisers or pledge drives.
- We will not accept rental fees.
- We will not accept damage fees from good stewards. We reserve the right to request reimbursement for damage caused by extreme carelessness.
- We reserve the right to pass direct expenses on to event participants. For example, room, board and material expenses at a weekend retreat.
- We will not plan events to make a profit, as this would not be a direct donation. Any “profit” from an event will be donated to another organization or returned to the participants.
- In an attempt to prevent individuals or groups from trying to pay rental fees, donations of less than $1,000 will not be accepted for 30 days following equipment use.