Find the answers to your questions about GlobalFingerprints.
How much of my sponsorship contribution goes to meet the needs of the child?
When you sponsor a child, 80% of those funds go directly to the site or country where you child lives. These funds are then used to support each child where they uniquely have needs.
20% of your sponsorship money is allocated to administration and training. This includes training the staff who care for the children as well as launching new sites and developing programs at current sites.
Less than 1% is spent on fundraising.
Is my online sponsorship donation secure?
Online donations are simple, secure and maximize your sponsorship gifts to help children. The GlobalFingerprints program, as part of the EFCA, benefits from secure online transactions processed through BlackBaud Merchant Services. BBMS provides a critical layer of security enabling online transactions, protecting data and safely delivering information. If you have questions or concerns about your online transaction, contact email@example.com.
Is my sponsorship donation tax deductible?
Yes. You are not receiving goods or services for your support, and your gifts qualify as charitable contributions. Whether you are eligible to deduct them from state or federal taxes depends on which tax form you use and your personal situation.
Please contact the IRS or a tax advisor for answers to your specific questions. At the end of the year you will receive a donation statement from the Evangelical Free Church of America for all sponsorship contributions.
How does GlobalFingerprints ensure financial accountability?
The Evangelical Free Church of America is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, and all budgets and field expenditures are accounted for and reviewed by EFCA national office accountants under guidelines defined by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.
Each GlobalFingerprints site has a designated bookkeeper that submits regular reports on how funds are used.
Am I the only one sponsoring a child?
Yes, we assign only one sponsor to each child, but you are welcome to sponsor multiple children.
How often will I hear from the child I sponsor?
We understand that communication from or about your child is very important to you. That’s why GlobalFingerprints staff are working diligently to provide at least two correspondences from or about your child each year. When you think of correspondence with the child you sponsor, you may expect the ability to write notes back and forth to one another. Sometimes this is possible, but there are situations where this is not feasible.
One common reason is the child is too young to correspond.
Unfortunately, another common reason children cannot correspond with sponsors is religious persecution. In countries with limited freedom for Christians, GlobalFingerprints does not tell the children in the program they have a sponsor in the United States. Instead, they are told that someone who cares about children is providing financial support to help them. GlobalFingerprints staff in these countries with limited religious freedom still share Christ with the children in the program, typically in a very open way.
Please realize it is not always in the best interest of the child or GlobalFingerprints to highlight the connection between GlobalFingerprints and the United States. In these cases, where a child cannot correspond directly with their sponsor, care workers will provide updates on how your child is doing.
How will I know how my child is doing?
You will hear about or from your child twice a year but providing updates can be difficult. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, for example, some of our care workers travel nearly 200 miles (each way) through the jungle by bicycle to visit the sponsored children. Additionally, there is very limited internet access. We are continually working to improve our communication system so our correspondence will be more timely. We are also very grateful for your patience as we work towards improvement.
Who can I talk to if I have questions?
If you have not been receiving updates from or about your child, let us know. We’ll try to figure out where the breakdown is occurring and will work to get you an update on how the child is doing.
If you have other questions related to your child, your sponsorship or anything else, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Contact us: (800) 745-2202 or firstname.lastname@example.org
How long will my sponsorship last?
We ask our sponsors to make a long-term commitment to sponsorship. This would mean sponsoring a child until they graduate from secondary school or from a vocational school. In many countries, a student may not graduate until their early twenties, especially if they did not start school at age 5 or 6.
What if I need to discontinue my sponsorship?
While we hope that you will continue your sponsorship for several years, we recognize that sponsors’ circumstances sometimes change and they are unable to maintain their support. With this in mind, you may choose to discontinue your sponsorship at any time.
If you must discontinue your sponsorship, we ask that you email us email@example.com or call (800) 745-2202 to let us know as soon as possible so that we might immediately find a new sponsor for the child.
GlobalFingerprints does not discontinue a child’s sponsorship, even if their original sponsor is unable to continue their sponsorship.
Can I send birthday cards, extra money or gifts to my sponsored child?
According to Pew Research, at least forty countries across the globe do not have any official holidays or observances during traditional “Christmas season” in the U.S. So, while gift giving may be a cultural norm for you, it may not be for your child. We deeply appreciate sponsors like yourself, who wish to go above and beyond to bless your child during the holiday season!
While gift-giving is not a feasible option for sponsors, we encourage you to send your child a special Christmas (or birthday) message via our online portal. You can access the portal by logging into your account via our website. Words of encouragement and cheer can mean so much to a child.
You may also want to consider making a special donation to the GlobalFingerprints’ Programs Fund. While sponsorship helps cover the daily needs of your child, the Programs Fund aids in meeting extra expenses that may arise. Some of those expenses have included emergency surgery, buying much needed mattresses, provision of gardening tools and even the purchase of rabbits to help a young adult gain farming skills to help attain self-sufficiency.
Occasionally, a site coordinator may email a sponsor regarding an opportunity to send a small item as a gift to a child. If you are invited to do so, please follow the site coordinator’s instructions and the coordinator will oversee the sharing of this present as a special blessing to this precious one.
Can I bring a sponsored child to the U.S. to visit?
No. Bringing a child to visit the U.S. is not permitted for several reasons, including health and travel safety issues, culture shock, language barriers and difficulty for the child in readjusting to his/her life after returning home. Most of these children lack any ID cards as well, so passports and visas would be very difficult to obtain.
What qualifies a child for the GlobalFingerprints program?
A child qualifies for GlobalFingerprints sponsorship when they have an area of risk and vulnerability in their life. Those vulnerabilities vary from country to country. For example, the child might be at risk or vulnerable to malnourishment, lack of education or unsafe living conditions. The needs of potential children are assessed first. Those with the greatest needs are accepted into the GlobalFingerprints sponsorship program and a sponsor for them is sought. We also make an effort to include many children from a variety of religious backgrounds so they can learn about Jesus Christ and the hope found in the gospel.
How does the sponsored child benefit from my monthly donation?
Based on the needs of an individual child, sponsorship can address five key areas: physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual. Examples of the needs could include:
- Education (tuition, uniforms, shoes, books and supplies)
- Healthcare (preventative education, vaccines, clean water, diagnosis/treatment by doctors)
- Nutrition education and supplementation
- Social development (healthy relationships, biblical worldview, character, boundaries)
- Spiritual teaching, nurture and an invitation to participate in a local church when one is available