Donors Should Insist on Responsible Use of Relief Funds
©Catholic Online 2004
Catholics have responded with overwhelming generosity to meet relief needs in the wake of the devastating December 26 earthquake and tsunami in Asia. But how do they know their donations are being used as they intended?
Michael Galloway, Board member of Your Catholic Voice Foundation (YCVF), said donors can and should ensure that charities use their donations responsibly. Before giving to any agency, Galloway advises:
-- Ask what percentage of your donation goes to administration, and be wary of overhead rates that are too high or unrealistically low.
-- Ask the charity from time to time for update on the program you support.
-- Request a copy of the organization's annual report (if they provide one) and find out how long the agency has been in business.
Galloway added that charities have a responsibility to:
-- Use donations as donors intended.
-- Let donors know how they are using their gifts.
-- Consult with donors on how to re-direct their donations, if for any reason they're unable to use it in the way they intended, and offer to refund it if donors wish.
Responsible organizations carefully monitor their own programs and costs, said Galloway. Your Catholic Voice Foundation continually strives to keep its overhead rate low. Last year, it used 89 percent of its total revenue to directly benefit issues and families in need.
For more information on Your Catholic Voice Foundation response to the tsunami, or on ways the public can help, please visit Catholic Online (Marketing agency for YCVF) at www.catholic.org or phone 661-869-1000.
To Securely Donate Online:
Donations also can be mailed to:
Your Catholic Voice Foundation
Emergency Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund
Pillar of Solidarity
PO Box 11236
Bakersfield, CA 93389.
http://www.catholic.org CA, US
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