Trust, Transparency, and Accountability in Haiti

Dear Hope for Haiti Family,

We believe that strong systems for transparency and accountability for all mission based organizations working in Haiti are two of the most important requirements for achieving programmatic goals. As Hope for Haiti celebrates 30 years of making an impact, we are proud of our organization’s track record of maintaining a strong code of ethics, organizational transparency, and fiscal and programmatic accountability.  These practices are 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 make an even greater impact in the lives of the Haitian people beyond our 30th Anniversary. 

We are fortunate to have a talented and dedicated Finance Committee on our Board of Directors, and we have a best-in-class finance team leading the way to ensure Hope for Haiti has the strongest possible system of controls and financial management in place for our day to day operations. 

In our commitment to be the best possible stewards of your financial and volunteer support, we have updated the four key 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.

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

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 30 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.  

With gratitude,

Skyler Badenoch, Hope for Haiti CEO