Donor relations

Home for Refugees is a 501c (3) tax-exempt organization. All donations to Home for Refugees are tax-deductible. Home for Refugees strives to abide by excellent standards of responsible stewardship in its management of donations.

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form 990*: Fiscal Year 2016-2017

*Our fiscal year runs October through September.

Additionally, Home for Refugees has sought to clarify and establish additional fundraising guidelines and position statements to help enhance the trust of friends, partners, and the public at large.

These guidelines include:

Commitment to donors

To assure that stewardship merits the respect and trust of the general public and that current and prospective financial partners can have full confidence in the non-profit organization and causes that they are asked to support, Home for Refugees declares donors have these rights:

  • To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.

  • To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board, and to expect the board and the organization's leadership to exercise discernment in its stewardship responsibilities, upon request.

  • To have access to the organization's most recent annual report including audited financial statements.

  • To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given in accordance with the organization's written guidelines.

  • To receive an appropriate acknowledgement of their gift(s).

  • To be assured that information about them and their donations is handled in a confidential and secure manner.

  • To expect that all relationships between the organizations' representatives and the donor will be professional in nature.

  • To have the opportunity for their names to be removed from mailing and telemarketing lists.

  • To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.


Position on gift designation and reassignment

It is the position of Home for Refugees that any donation given by an organization partner in response to an appeal for a specified project will be used for that purpose. The organization will begin to put the funds to work on that specified project in a timely manner, normally within twelve months. In the event that the designated project is fully funded, delayed or canceled, the excess funds will be reassigned to a need most closely identifying with the project for which the funds were originally given.

The organization will review gifts given by a donor for an express, designated purpose, to determine if the purpose can be achieved. If the gift is accepted, the funds will be used for the designated purpose.

With appeals for projects, Home for Refugees will seek to disclose this position on accompanying material, while notifying the donor, in advance, of the organization's position. Although the final decision on the re-designation from an appeal for a gift rests with Home for Refugees, the organization will seek to find an alternative project(s) which is compatible with the donor's giving interests and desires.


Liquidation of Non-cash Donations

Home for Refugees believes that all available resources should be at work in the furtherance of their mission. Therefore, non-cash donations that it receives will generally be liquidated at the first available opportunity. Gifts of stocks, bonds, mutual funds and other securities will be sold immediately, often within 3 to 5 days. Gifts of real property will generally be turned over to appropriate brokers/agents for sale to a qualified buyer unless a board exception is made to use the asset for a specific and necessary program purpose. 

The organization will not hold non-cash gifts long-term nor seek to "time the market," but will liquidate them in a wise, thoughtful manner. Any and all resources necessary to the liquidation process will be marshaled to expedite the conversion of non-cash gifts to cash for ministry use(s) as designated by the donor.


Independent Governing Board

Home for Refugees USA, Inc. is governed by a Board of Directors which meet at least four times per year. The Board consists of six members, four of whom are independent and two who are officers and employees of the organization..


confidentiality and privacy

We will not sell, share or trade our donors' names or personal information with any other entity, nor send mailings to our donors on behalf of other organizations.

This policy applies to all information received by Home for Refugees, both online and offline, as well as any electronic, written, or oral communications.

To the extent any donations are processed through a third-party service provider, our donors’ information will only be used for purposes necessary to process the donation.