A Letter from our CEO: Let’s Get Transparent
Dear Hope for Haiti Family,
I want to thank you for your unwavering dedication to Hope for Haiti, and your belief in the value of our mission. This is especially important in the wake of numerous stories about NGO corruption, misuse of donor funds, and unethical behavior in Haiti by international development organizations. For the past 29 years, a strong code of ethics, organizational transparency, and fiscal and programmatic accountability have ALWAYS been major contributors to the foundation upon which we strive for impact. This foundation is what we believe sets Hope for Haiti apart, and our ethical standards will continue to drive the way we operate in Haiti as we look to celebrate our 30th Anniversary of working to improve the quality of life for the Haitian people, particularly children.
In our commitment to be the best possible stewards of your financial and volunteer support, here are just a few ways Hope for Haiti is leading by example.
1. Mandate Fiscal Transparency and Accountability: Each year, Hope for Haiti is externally audited by our audit firm, CapinCrouse. The team from CapinCrouse conduct audits of our work in Haiti and in the United States, and we post access to our Audited Financial Statements and our annual IRS Tax Filings on our website where everyone can view them.
- Click here to view our Fiscal Year 2017 Audited Financial Statements
- Click here to view our IRS Form 990
2. Produce an Annual Report to Highlight Key Program and Financial Metrics: Our annual report is our way to share the impact that YOU helped make with your support. The report includes data on our key programmatic impact areas, as well as an overview of the previous year’s financial strength.
3. Collaborate with Independent Charity Reviewing Agencies: We always welcome the review of our work by third party charity watchdog organizations like Charity Navigator, GuideStar, and Excellence in Giving. Below are links to reviews of Hope for Haiti by each of these organizations.
4. Maintain Best Practices in Organizational Governance, Policies, and Operations: We are continuously assessing and improving upon our approach to organizational management and governance. Below are a few things that we feel have served our mission well over the last 29 years.
- Retain a diverse and talented Board of Directors to guide organizational standards.
- Officially register with the Haitian Government and comply with all Haitian labor laws.
- Uphold an open-door policy and protection policies for whistleblowing.
- Ensure that 90% of our team in Haiti are Haitian citizens.
- Conduct staff-wide trainings on safeguarding children.
In the name of full transparency, you are always welcome to come with us to Haiti to monitor our programs in action, meet our dedicated staff, and see the impact that you help make first-hand. Our team works hard to improve each and every day, and we welcome any questions, suggestions, or insight that you may have.
Thank you for your trust and investment in Hope for Haiti.
Save the Date! Upcoming Events
“Hops for Haiti” – the 8th Annual Hope for Haiti Pub Crawl will take place on August 4, 2018. Jump on board as we take a trolley brewery tour of popular SWFL locations. Ticket and location information coming soon!Stamford, CT
Join us October 18, 2018 in Stamford, CT for our annual Harvesting Hope Celebration. This year, we will celebrate 30 years of creating hope and opportunity in Haiti.