GENERAL INFORMATION ON HOW WE DONATE
Grace and Hope Beyond Borders (“GAHBBs”) is organized to:
1. To save lives through empowering churches/ministries and any organizations of the Orthodox Faith especially in Ethiopia and within the United States who bring about an all-round/comprehensive and sustainable lasting change of individuals and communities through the preaching and teaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
2.To empower and support organizations or individuals in need in two ways: (a) through donating monetary aid to organizations or individuals in Ethiopia of any faith, race and ethnic background, and (b) by empowering newly arrived immigrants and refugees to the United States by providing guidance consultation and by donating funds for trainings to enable them to better integrate into the United States.
3. To empower Ethiopian born and/or raised youth in the US grow in their Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church faith and preparing them to become heirs of the future church.
4. To transmit the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the whole world through several portals. Click on the sermon page below to learn more.
For each of our missions to succeed, GAHBBs plans to provide support through different ways - soliciting monetary contributions from fundraising events and any in-kind donations and providing consultations and professional help. GAHBBs will concentrate its outreach activities at institutions located especially in the US and in Ethiopia.
Our first step in the donation process is to filter for potential recipients. This can take place in a couple of ways - donation seekers can come to us directly through our Website and contact us by filling out our assessment application form - Click on the link below to find out the details.
Another way to identify potential recipients is through direct solicitation. When we know that an organization/individual is well-suited to perform the work, we directly solicit them to fill out our assessment application form to develop an early phase concept. In some cases, we will invite the organizations/individuals to discuss the application with us and explore their interest and their capacity to undertake the work. If the organization has the expertise, capacity and interest, we will require them to fill our our assessment application form.
Based on the response we get, the Board of directors with advice from Spiritual Fathers as needed will determine if that individual or organization fits the primary mission and vision that GAHBBs stands for.This phase concludes with an internal decision that the concept is aligned to our missions, and we should proceed with development work or not. If we decide to go ahead, we will move on to the next steps outlined below since an important part of this process is reaching agreement on what success will look like for the requested project.
We will use a standard four-phase process to develop the strategic plan - the duration of each phase depends on the complexity of the project as well as the capacity and geographic location of the prospective recipient.
Phase 1: Project Development
We give the donation seekers guidelines and templates for developing a proposal, a budget, and a results framework and tracker. Our directors will review submitted materials with internal and perhaps external experts as needed and work with the prospective recipient to integrate recommended changes. We also complete our due diligence, confirm the applicant organization’s tax status, determine how to structure the transaction, and assess risk. These applications are reviewed at various levels, with more levels of review for donations that are more complex.
Phase 2: Project Execution and Management
Before funded activities can commence, GAHBBs and the prospective recipient sign an agreement that includes intended results, targets, milestones or reporting on deliverables and a payment schedule. Currently we are planning to make payments every quarter but this schedule can be amended based on the needs of the project. When we offer the funds to any foreign or domestic organizations, we will stipulate how the funds shall be used and will require the recipient to provide us with detailed records and financial proof of how the funds were utilized.
Phase 3: Monitoring and Evaluation
During the life of the project, our directors and recipients discuss how we will work together and keep in close communication to understand progress and challenges of ongoing work. By maintaining quality interactions and clear and consistent communication, we are able to share feedback early and often. We also try to look for ambassadors residing in countries to oversee the distribution of the funds regardless of their location, domestic or foreign that can provide an on site report. In addition, we have a small budget earmarked per year to travel to the sites to ensure that our distributions to foreign organizations are used in furtherance of our exempt purposes.Recipients will be asked to generate reports showing where and how they are spending the funds to make sure it’s in compliance with what it is intended for. The board of directors will conduct due diligence to comply with all applicable laws and guidelines.
Phase 4: Closing
At the end of the project, the prospective recipient will work with the board of directors to submit a final report that summarizes the results achieved and lessons learned.