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Gifts in Kind

Gifts in Kind Statement

Free the Kids, Inc. is dedicated to sustaining the support in Haiti and Gifts in Kind are critically important to the overall operational success of Pwoje Espwa Sud in Haiti.  Free the Kids, Inc. accepts products or services in order to support Pwoje Espwa Sud which is helping Haiti’s abandoned children, by nurturing them to lead more productive lives. While Espwa is home to over 600 children, thousands more attend our K-12 & vocational schools, and benefit from our food & medical programs.

Coordination of Gifts in Kind

In order for the hard work put forth in soliciting for and obtaining In-Kind Gifts to be of the fullest benefit to the operations, it is important that the In-Kind Gifts be approved by the Executive Director of Free the Kids, Inc.  Gifts in Kind should enhance the organization’s ability to nurture the abandoned children of Haiti and help them lead more productive lives. Therefore, the organization should not accept gifts that are obsolete, damaged, or unrelated to its mission/operations.  Please refer to the list below for examples of In-Kind Gifts that are most needed and appropriate for the operational support at Pwoje Espwa Sud in Haiti.

Transportation of Gifts in Kind

The cost of importing In-Kind Gifts to Haiti and transporting the goods to Pwoje Espwa Sud can put undue costs on the organization and hinder its ability to meet the day to day needs of caring for the children. Therefore, we ask that donors who would like to contribute with In-Kind Gifts be responsible for the cost of importing and transportation of the goods to Pwoje Espwa Sud. An estimate of these costs should be discussed and agreed upon with Free the Kids prior to the receipt of the Gift.

Visitors Bringing Gifts in Kind

Free the Kids, Inc. encourages and coordinates visitor groups to Pwoje Espwa Sud. It is typical that visitors will want to bring gifts and supplies in order to reduce the cost of shipping and purchases. We ask that all visitors coordinate these Gifts in Kind with the Visitor Coordinator for Free the Kids, Inc. prior to collecting the items to determine priority needs and documentation.  .

Recognition of Gifts in Kind

By law, non-profit organizations cannot provide a donor with the dollar value of an In-Kind Gift. The IRS requires, for our records and yours, that an estimation of the dollar amount of a non-cash contribution be given by the donor. IRS publication 563, “Determining the Value of Donated Property” is helpful for individuals, partnerships, and corporations who make non-cash contributions. If a non-cash contribution exceeds $500, the taxpayer must file IRS Form 8283. In instances where time and service are donated, no tax receipt whatsoever is allowed. For further information on time and services donated, please refer to the IRS Publication 526 “Charitable Contributions”.

Examples of In-Kind Gifts

  • New Clothing, Shoes, Underwear
  • New Technology Items
  • Hygiene Supplies
  • Shelter Materials
  • Transportation in times of emergencies
  • Vitamins or Medications
  • Medical Services & Supplies
  • Dental Care & Supplies
  • School Supplies
  • Consultants for ongoing development of programs
  • Dry Foods
  • Maintenance Supplies
  • Tools
  • All gifts of land, buildings, vehicles, or other capital assets must have the prior approval from the Executive Director before acceptance from the donor

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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