I don’t know about you, but as a charitable donor, I don’t want the majority of my good intentions to go to pay people to sit at a table.
As a leader of a non-profit dedicated to meeting the needs of kids in foster care, I don’t want our important, essential work to be tainted by groups whose first priority is anything other than to provide services and support to children in foster care.
Arizona Helping Hands was started 20 years ago as a volunteer based services. Our mantra was to perform One Good Deed a Day to support our community needs. Since shifting our mission in 2013 to providing basic essential needs to kids in foster care, we have made lives safer and more comfortable for thousands of children. We have grown ten-fold over the last five years into a recognized leader in support for these boys and girls. With our growth, we have always sought to minimize our overhead and operate as efficiently as possible. We cherish every penny of our donor dollars. Our latest tax and financial reports reflect that we operate with a 7 percent overhead. That means that 93 cents of every dollar donated to our cause will go to provide direct service to kids who need a helping hand. We don’t pay someone to sit at a table and ask for your spare change.
We make a difference every day in the lives of children throughout Arizona. We share our love, our service and our support with families, knowing that the work we do has an impact, and feeling good that we do everything possible to wisely use our donors’ dollars to make it all happen.
I didn’t enjoy my Greek meal as much as I would have liked – but I take great comfort knowing that charitably minded donors who choose to support Arizona Helping Hands won’t suffer indigestion when they ask how their hard-earned money is put to use in our community.
Dan Shufelt is the President & CEO of Arizona Helping Hands, the largest provider of basic needs to Arizona’s children in foster care. Learn more about the Organization at www.azhelpinghands.org and contact Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org.