Who are US2UGANDA4life?
Established in 2009, US2UGANDA4life.org is an organization who's sole purpose is to help support Jireh Children's Center near Masaka Uganda and Kalungi Medical Center near Lukaia Uganda. It comprises a small dedicated group of volunteers in California (USA), Visitors to the US2UGANDA4life.org website can purchase items (such as food and supplies) or make monthly commitments of funds that are used to improve the lives and livelihoods of the children at both of the facilities.
WHO OWN'S THIS SITE?
This website is owned and managed by US2UGANDA4life, a CA 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization established to promote, and support programs and initiatives, at Jireh Children’s Center in Masaka, and the Medical Clinic at Kalungi, Uganda.
DOES ALL MY MONEY REALLY GET TO UGANDA?
Yes. If you make a contribution your money is used for the purchase and delivery of food, clothing, supplies, medicines, teacher salaries and any other expenses associated with both facilities. If you choose to donate to a special project then your money is designated for that project. We guarantee that every donation gets to Africa! There are no paid staff at US2UGANDA4life, it is a completely volunteer organization.
WHAT % OF MY GIFT IS USED TO COVER ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS?
100% of any cash or check donations your go to Uganda! While we do have some operational costs (transfer of funds and shipping of items that are sourced outside of Uganda) we run fundraising events locally in CA to cover these expenses. If you choose to donate via PayPal or through our Shopping basket the amount you are paying includes a 5% fee to cover the cost of those services. [Pay Pal charges 2.2% plus a small transaction fee and the shopping basket service charges and additional 2.5% for their site and services.] I know we said this in the last section but it's worth repeating because when we are slow following up it's also a good excuse, US2UGANDA4life has no paid staff!
HOW DO YOU KNOW MONEY IS BEING SPENT APPROPRIATLY IN UGANDA?
While US2UGANDA4life is a new organization many of the board have been involved with Jireh and Kalungi for many years. We work directly with Pastor Benjamin Kintu Grace, his wife Jacquie and the board of directors at the Children’s center to establish the needs, and we work with Doctor Peter Kizza to establish the needs at the medical center. While prices change constantly the advent of e-mail has made communication so much easier and we are in touch with them on a frequent basis. Both organizations are required to give an accounting of all expenditures on behalf of our organization and this is reviewed by the board.
WILL I RECEIVE A TAX RECEIPT FOR MY GIFT?
Yes. We are a US 501(c)(3) organization and unless you have exceptional tax circumstances your gifts qualify as charitable donations. If you do not receive a tax statement at the end of each fiscal year please feel free to send us a note to remind us. If you made a donation at one of our fundraising events and received a product or service in return for that gift then that donation does not qualify.
IF MY COMPANY HAS A MATCHING GIFT PROGRAM WILL THEY GET A RECIEPT?
Yes if your company has a matching gift program we can supply whatever paperwork is necessary to allow us to receive matching funds. Thanks in advance for thinking of us!
HOW SOON DO YOU PUT MY GIFT TO WORK?
Given that the needs are so great it is likely that your money will be put to work immediately!
HOW DO YOU DECIDE ON THE HIGHEST AND BEST USE OF MY GIFT?
Having worked with Peter, Benjamin and Jacquie for more than a decade we have full confidence that they will determine the greatest need at the time. We will in turn get a full accounting for the monies on a quarterly basis (sometimes monthly). Rest assured every penny goes to a desperate need! We are looking forward to the day when we can be more proactive with our monies and further our self sufficiency goal.
IS MY ONLINE PURCHASE SECURE?
Yes. Purchases/Donations made on US2UGANDA4life are secure. PayPal employs the latest encryption technology to make sure that no one can access your private information as it travels across the Internet. They maintain certification of Payment Card Industry Compliance, which details security requirements for members, merchants and service providers that store, process or transmit cardholder data. To demonstrate compliance with the PCI Data Security Standard, merchants and service providers may be required to validate and conduct a network security scan on a regular basis as defined by the PCI Security Standards Council. Unfortunately they take a 2.2% fee and a small transaction fee to provide their services!
WILL US2UGANDA4life ACKNOWLEDGE MY GIFT?
Of course we will but please remember that the downside of being a full time volunteer organization is that we may not be the fastest to respond. Our goal is to acknowledge donations within 48 hours of receipt!
WHY DO YOU NEED MY MAILING ADDRESS?
We need your physical mailing address so that the we can mail you a contribution gift receipt for your tax records at the conclusion of each tax year.
CAN I SEND A CHECK TO AVOID THE PAY PAL FEE
Yes. Simply send your donation with a note to ;
C/O Cormac O’Modhrain
26795 Calle Real
Capistrano Beach CA 92624