who we are
Donations, small and large, fund the programs of the Friends of Ft. Liberte. Our Financial Officer, Terry Hayes, handles the deposits that are received through online donations and to our mailbox in Elkins, W.Va. The Friends of Fort Liberte is a 501(c)(3) organization, registered with the IRS since 1993. Tax statement letters are mailed to donors each January. Checks are sent monthly to the Jerusalem Baptist Church in Ft. Liberte, Haiti for distribution among the programs we help sponsor. Our Board of Directors meets quarterly during the year to review program needs and financial records, and is responsible for the proper distribution of funds. The Board of Directors handle the operations of the organization, and are all volunteers, so no contributions are used to pay staff. Trip leaders are also volunteers, and every person who goes to Haiti on work missions raises their own funds and pays their way. We estimate that approximately 2% of all contributions are used for operational costs, and most of those costs are covered from donations designated "as needed" or from gifts given specifically for administration. We obtain an independent audit of our financial records yearly and we operate in compliance with standard accounting recommendations.
West Virginia residents may obtain a summary of the registration and financial documents from the Secretary of State, State Capitol, Charleston, WV 25305. Registration does not imply endorsement.