Frequently Asked Questions
Are all the projects based in India?
Home of Hope believes that regardless of where they are needy children deserve the best that we can provide. In 2007 we funded a project based in Berkeley, California. We hope that this will be the first of many projects located outside of India.
Can I send donations for a particular project?
Most donations are credited to our general fund to be used where needed. However, for major donors we do have the ability to designate contributions for a particular program. Please contact us if this is of interest to you.
Can I recommend a project?
We welcome project recommendations. Before we can fund any project it must be presented to our program committee for completion of our due diligence. Forms and guidelines are available for review. If you have a project which you would like to recommend please contact us for guidance.
How do you make sure that the money which is sent to the projects is not misused?
A minimum of 1 site visit per year is made by one of our board members. This helps to ensure that funds have been utilized for the purpose intended. On a periodic basis we require written reports from our partners clearly stating the fund balance. Were possible we require estimates followed by invoices for major purchases. In addition our India based program director makes scheduled site inspections.
Can I pick and sponsor a child?
Home of Hope grants funds for programs benefiting all children in a particular project. Individual donor contributions are combined to fully fund a specific program or set of programs. Each child is precious and deserves the best that we can provide.
What is HOH's policy on discrimination?
HOH will not knowingly fund any project which discriminates on the basis of Race, Religious preference, creed nor ethnic background. In some cases specific programs cater to boys or girls. This is sometimes necessary because of limited residential space or because of other constraints. HOH strives to provide quality services to both boys as well as girls and thus does not consider it discrimination for certain projects to cater to all boys or all girls.
What happens to the projects in case sufficient funds are not raised?
Our board has exercised great fiscal control and has been able to continually fund projects for over 10 years. With the continued support and trust of our loyal donors we hope to continue to be able to meet the needs of our project partners.
What percentage of my contribution is utilized for administrative and fundraising activities?
HOH is a voluntary organization and does not have administration expenses per se. Our fundraising events are designed in such a way as to maximize net receipts. We have been able to continually achieve a net revenue ration of 90% or greater.
Who manages HOH?
HOH operates under the laws of California. Our volunteer board is comprised of 10 voting members. Projects are managed by Project Coordinators who are serve on a voluntary basis. In addition we have a core group of volunteers who help manage and organize our events and other activities.
Are my contributions tax deductible?
HOH is a recognized publicly supported charity as registered under Sec 501 c(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Subject to limitations under the law, contributions to HOH are tax deductible.
How can I help?
HOH is a grant writing organization. Our greatest need is for monetary contributions. In addition we can always use volunteers to help our board manage operations and events. Should you be interested in volunteering please contact us for details.
How will my contribution be acknowledged?
Once your contribution has been deposited, a printed receipt will be generated. This receipt will be made in conformance with IRS regulations governing disclosures for any consideration received by the donor.
Are donors allowed to visit project sites?
We publicly display all projects with contact information on our web site. It is not necessary to request our permission to visit any of the project sites. However, you may wish to contact us for guidance when visiting projects.
Will I receive periodic updates?
We publish an electronic newsletter which is distributed to donors of record as well as to other interested people on request. On an annual basis we present project updates at our annual banquet.
Does HOH publish financial reports?
On a monthly basis our treasurer produces financial reports containing the most up to date information available. On a periodic basis we post copies of financials and tax returns on our web site. In accordance with governmental regulations we will provide copies of tax returns on written request.
Do you accept in kind contributions?
Because of high costs of transportation and foreign customs duties we find it not practical to accept in kind contributions designated for an overseas project. We do, however, use in kind contributions of items like wine, decorations, printing services and others. Such in kind items are normally used for promotional purposes or for decorations at events. Should you be interested in donating in kind please contact us for details.
How are projects chosen and managed?
Potential projects are presented to our project committee for review and possible submission to the HOH board. Once accepted each project is assigned a project coordinator. This project coordinator is responsible to monitor the projects progress and report back to our board. The project coordinator analyzes funding requests and presents a recommendation to our board.
How does HOH use donor names?
Donor names are strictly confidential for use solely by HOH. Names are never sold nor otherwise distributed unless required to fulfill governmental responsibilities. We will use your name and address for distribution of new letters and other HOH solicitations only. At any time you may request to be removed from our mailing list.