100% of the publicly donated money that GlobalMedic receives goes into programming. However, CanadaHelps deducts a 3.75% service fee for each online donation. This amount is deducted before the donation is sent to the charity. This 3.75% covers all credit card merchant fees, transaction fees, banking costs, receipting, reconciliations and disbursements.
Our administration costs are 2-3% of our overall expenses. They are kept this low because we maintain a small staff that focuses on operations, we rely on volunteers who carry out the bulk of our programming, and our Executive Director is not compensated. Our administration costs are fully covered by institutional donors, so 100% of funds from the public go towards our charitable programs.
CanadaHelps is a Canadian non-profit that exists to be a “PayPal for charities”. They offer us lower transactional fees and greater support services, which means we are able to be more efficient with your donations.
See the CanadaHelps site for more information, or contact the office and we would be happy to tell you more about it.
Short answer: depends. Occasionally we will accept donations of things like medical supplies or other items for our Family Emergency Kits. The items generally have to be in larger quantities (i.e. at least a pallet) and are not expired. Sorry, food items or clothing are never accepted. Best thing to do is send us an email at [email protected] with a detailed list of your items (with photos) and we will let you know if we can use them!
A donation to the Emergency Relief Fund gives us the flexibility to rapidly respond to an emergency anywhere in the world. If you would like to donate to a specific crisis, please choose the corresponding fund.