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Financial Statements

Donor Privacy Policy Audited Financials

2014-2015

Form 990

2014-2015

General Fundraising Disclaimer Statement:

Free the Kids, Inc. is committed to ensuring that fundraising activities are carried out in an ethical manner. Solicitations for donations will indicate whether the funds will be used to further the general programs and operations of the organization or to support specific programs or projects. If excess funds are received for the indicated project, the funds will be used for the general programs and operational cost of prov

Purpose of Fundraising Policyiding food, clothing, housing, and education to Haiti’s abandoned children in order to help them lead more productive lives. Free the Kids, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization Federal tax identification number is 22-3741436 Your contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law

The purpose of this document is to identify Free the Kids, Inc.’s position on fundraising practice and to document the standards expected in raising funds from the community.

Best Practices of Fundraising

  • The fundraising activities of Free the Kids, Inc. will comply with all relevant laws.
  • The fundraising activities of Free the Kids, Inc. are for the sole purpose of supporting the programs and operational cost for Pwoje Espwa Sud in Haiti. The mission of Pwoje Espwa Sud and Free the Kids, Inc. is to help Haiti’s abandoned children, by nurturing them to lead more productive lives.
  • All fundraising campaign materials must have the following disclaimer statement: Solicitations for donations within this campaign are to be designated as specified. If excess funds are received for the indicated project, the funds will be used for the general programs and operational cost of providing food, clothing, housing, and education to Haiti’s abandoned children in order to help them lead more productive lives. Free the Kids, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization Federal tax identification number is 22-3741436 Your contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
  • Any communications to the public made in the course of carrying out a fundraising activity shall be truthful and non-deceptive.
  • In some cases, sufficient contributions may not be received in order to proceed with a given project or it may receive more donations than it needs to carry out the project. If the organization is unable to use the contribution as stated in its appeal because of insufficient funding, the donor will be contacted to request permission to apply the gift to another purpose or offer to return the gift.
  • All funds raised via fundraising activities will be for the stated purpose of the appeal and will comply with the organization’s stated mission and purpose.
  • All personal information collected by Free the Kids, Inc. is confidential and is not for sale or to be given away or disclosed to any third party without consent.
  • No one directly or indirectly employed by or volunteering for Free the Kids, Inc. shall accept commissions, bonuses, or payments for fundraising activities on behalf of the organization.
  • All fundraising activities must have the prior approval of the Board, as recorded in the meeting minutes.
  • A fundraising budget of income and expenses will be prepared prior to the commencement of any new fundraising activity that may present a financial risk to the Free the Kids, Inc.
  • Fundraising activities should not be undertaken if they will expose the organization to significant financial risk.
  • Fundraising activities should not be undertaken if they may be detrimental to the good name or community standing of Free the Kids, Inc.
  • Financial contribution will only be accepted from companies, organizations, and individuals the Board considers ethical.
  • A report on fundraising will be provided by the Development Director to the Board for use in the annual report as well as other approved distributions.

I fell in love with Espwa during my first visit last year. Hard to put into words, but there was a real "heart" connection with the kids and staff. It is a special place. My visit was focused primarily on the girls and the teachers. Relationships were initiated during that first visit that I treasure very much!

- Maria Simeone

There is hardly a more heartbreaking sight than seeing an orphan in Haiti--many of them who have families who simply cannot feed and clothe them. Of course there is the emotional response to their plight, but there is a more pragmatic hope--that given a chance in a loving, caring environment, these children can grow up to be leaders, people who can move their communities and the country itself in a positive, healthy direction.

- Jackie Wilson

This place is amazing! The kids and their caregivers will restore your faith in the human spirit. The magic of Espwa is that there is a childhood provided for the kids there that would not exist otherwise.Haiti has a very very long way to go, but this is a hopeful place with clean, well fed, happy children, teachers, house moms, and support staff. Fr Marc and all of the others should be very proud of their accomplishments. Help them in any way that you can!

- Kerri McDonough Croland
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