When partnering with families in Mexico, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, our work is dependent on relationships of trust. The same is true when it comes to donors, whether businesses and churches or families and individuals. Trust is the backbone of all these relationships.
Needless to say, we don’t take this trust for granted. Each and every day, our team seeks to build and strengthen relationships of trust through accountability, transparency, and program effectiveness. Here are a few of the ways we make this a priority.
Our board of directors is actively engaged in our mission. Board members are selected from a range of professional disciplines in order to bring a cross-section of perspectives and areas of expertise to the table.
We use technology as well as redundant systems to ensure fiscal responsibility with our field teams and partners. And each year, our financials are independently reviewed by an outside CPA.
When you donate to 1MISSION, you deserve to know that your money is put to good use. That’s why we’ve made a commitment to send 100% of non-designated donations to projects and programs in the field.
Every public donation is also tied directly to a family’s house project. And once that house has been built, we provide a proof report that includes the family’s story as well as a photo of them in front of their completed house. Meanwhile, we’re proud to say that Guidestar has given us its Gold Seal of Transparency.
Image: President Greg Yochim and Pedro Tapia, Mexico Country Director, celebrate the completion of 1MISSION’s 300th house in 2014.
Transparency and accountability are crucial, but they’re not enough. That’s because we’re on a mission to put more families in houses. And we’re constantly making efforts to be more effective in that work.
One of the most important ways we prioritize effectiveness is by hiring people who are passionate and honest, who want to make a difference in the world. Once hired, we develop their talents to have the biggest impact they can in their roles.
We make it a priority to stay on top of best practices in the field of community development because the families we serve deserve the very best.
We’re constantly learning and iterating. In fact, an experiment is underway as we speak that we hope will make our programs even more effective. Watch for news about that in early 2019.
Finally, our projects and programs budget is structured in such a way that public donations fund not only houses but entire community development programs. This way, when you invest in families you’re also strengthening entire neighborhoods.
As president of 1MISSION, I want you to know that stewarding finances well is a responsibility our team takes seriously. Thank you for entrusting us with your gifts. Every day we see the lasting difference you are making in the lives of the families we serve.
If you ever have any questions about our accountability, transparency, or program effectiveness, don’t hesitate to let me know by emailing me at greg@1MISSION.org.