Q: How did Poverty Resolutions start?
A: Poverty Resolutions was founded in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Q: Why do you only work in Haiti?
A: We were introduced to Haiti when Andrew went on a medical mission trip after the 2010 earthquake and found the people to be warm, welcoming and in need of outside support. We are proud of our work in Haiti and hope that success there can eventually be duplicated elsewhere by Poverty Resolutions or other like-minded organizations.
Q: Do you ever intend to do work in other countries?
A: Possibly, but at this time we are focused on successfully designing and implementing programs to help the people of Carries, Haiti. Once successful there, we are open to spreading our work elsewhere. However, we have no specific plans to do so at this time.
Q: What is the purpose of the child sponsorship and youth sponsorship programs?
A: Our child and youth sponsorship programs are created to meet the daily needs of community children, to provide necessary job and life skills to older youth, and to provide spiritual support to the children, youth and families of the community.
Q: How can I sign up for a trip to Haiti and can I bring a group?
Q: How can I get your organization to come to/speak at an event?
A: Please email us at [email protected] with more information about your event and we’ll consider the possibility.
Q: How can I donate to Poverty Resolutions?
Q: Is your organization currently hiring?
A: We are continually seeking new team members for our organization. At this time, we are looking for energetic and passionate individuals who are willing raise their own support in order to join our mission on the ground in Haiti or our administrative team in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Q: How are you able to directly distribute funds throughout Haiti?
A: We distribute money through strategic partnerships with individuals, other nonprofit organizations and churches throughout Haiti.
Q: If I designate money to a certain program, will that money go solely to that program?
A: Although we attempt to use money in designated areas, Poverty Resolutions reserves the right to distribute money to whichever program has current needs. At times, this is necessary to generate the maximum efficiency from your donation.
Q: Do you have internship opportunities in Haiti?
A: If you are interested in an extended internship in Haiti, we will gladly talk to you about serving with us or one of our Haiti project partners.
Q: Are my donations tax deductible?
A: Yes, Poverty Resolutions, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered and operating in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
However, we require a $150 deposit one hundred days prior to a trip to reserve your spot and to indicate to us that you plan to attend. This deposit is non-refundable, and for tax purposes is not a donation. Therefore, it is not tax deductible. When you receive your tax donation paperwork at the end of the year it will not include this deposit as a donation.
Your initial deposit is not tax deductible in accordance with IRS publication 526 which states “Generally, you can claim a charitable contribution deduction for travel expenses necessarily incurred while you are away from home performing services for a charitable organization only if there is no significant element of personal pleasure, recreation, or vacation in the travel.” We have chosen to set aside $150 to be used for purposes that are not in accordance with our mission. During your trip you may stay at a nicer hotel, visit a museum, spend a day at the beach, visit a waterfall, or etc. These “excursions” are not tax deductible and therefore we require $150 from each person for these purposes.
Q: When will I receive my donation receipt?
A: Partners submitting donations online will receive an automatically generated email that serves as your receipt. For all partners donating more than $200 in a calendar year, we will send out your tax receipt in January of the year following your donations.
Q: Can I have my recurring donations automatically withdrawn from my bank account?
A: Yes. Download this ACH Form to start a donation that automatically deducts from your bank account.
Q: Is Poverty Resolutions currently accepting donated items for Haiti?
A: Due to increasing shipping costs and the ever-changing airline policies regarding checked bag pricing, we are instituting a new in-kind donation policy for 2019: We ask that you no longer give in-kind donations to our U.S. staff or drop anything off at our office. If you feel compelled to donate items, please find a trip participant and coordinate getting the items there in their suitcase.