Frequently Asked Questions
are you able to commit that 100% of project dollars will be used for projects?
The founders and board of directors of HFL have been committed since the inception of the organization that we operate on a transparent giving priority, in which 100% of funds given to projects will be used for projects. Many organizations hide and narrowly define operational and implementation costs in project dollars. Because we raise operational and salary costs separately, a church’s or group’s project dollars are used only for their project.
are you funded?
We are funded by focusing separately on our three revenue needs. First, our staff members are committed to raising all their financial support. They ask people to partner with them, providing HFL with the needed funds for their ministry and living expenses. Secondly, our executive leadership and board of directors have committed to raising funds needed for the operational costs through separate fundraising efforts. These administration costs include: capital and expansion, communications and development, office expenses, staff care and training, and travel. Thirdly, project dollars are raised by churches and groups who have international projects. Funds for these projects are used to bring relief and development to impoverished communities worldwide.
happens to funds directed to a specific staff member?
Funds directed to support a HFL staff member are not directly given to that staff member. The funds are given to HFL and are used to pay the employment expenses of that particular staff member. HFL sets salary levels and retains control of all funds.
happens to directed funds if a project becomes overfunded or fulfilled?
Funds will be accepted only for programs or projects that are within the objectives of Hungry For Life (HFL) that have been approved by the executive leadership team and the board of directors. Each gift directed toward an approved program or project will be used as directed. However, when a program or project need has been met or cannot be carried out for reasons beyond the ability of management and/or board to control, the donor agrees that funds directed may be used by HFL for other programs or projects. HFL will make every effort to use these funds in similar programs or projects as the original direction.
is the connection between Shekinah worship events and the relief and development
work of HFL?
The ministry of HFL is based on the rationale that global poverty is primarily an issue of the spiritual poverty in developed nations. Key passages of scripture such as Isaiah 1, Isaiah 58, Matthew 25, James 1 & 2 teach us that real spiritual life results in people “spending themselves on behalf of the hungry” (Is. 58:10). These passages also teach us that the quality of our spiritual lives—the very power and presence of God—is dependant on what we do for the poor. As we seek the face of God through music and prayer at Shekinah worship events, we do so knowing that true revival will result in cultural and social transformation. Visit the Shekinah website for more information.
6. Are you a disaster or emergency relief agency?
HFL is not primarily an emergency relief agency, however, there are times where we have the ability to establish partnerships quickly which enable us to respond to emergency or crisis situations necessitating a humanitarian response. When those situations occur, HFL looks for opportunities to establish long term community development projects in the areas affected by an emergency.
do you decide on what projects to do and where?
HFL exists to serve churches and groups who desire to be involved in international compassion projects. If a church or group desires to invest their time, people and resources into a project but doesn’t know where or how, HFL comes alongside to provide direction and focus as well as logistical and administrative support. Through our network of global organizations, we connect churches and groups, matching the skills and passions of the people, with specific project partners worldwide. Our staff work directly with our various international partners and with local churches and groups to: access project needs and manage project details; provide project updates and communication; organize and lead short-term teams; and send humanitarian aid shipments.
8. To whom
are the staff members accountable?
The staff members are accountable to the Executive Director of HFL who is accountable to the board of directors.
9.When are tax receipts issued?
HFL is a not-for-profit, registered Canadian charity authorized to issue tax-deductible receipts. To reduce costs, we total each donors financial contributions for the year (ending December 31) and mail receipts before the end of February of the following calendar year.