Why doesn’t World Vision accept used resources?
We want to treat children with dignity, so we send them appropriate, good quality resources. Let’s take clothing as an example. Used clothing must be inspected, sorted and cleaned before we send it to the recipient country. Since we don't have a volunteer base to provide these services or the staff to supervise volunteers, we would have to pay for those activities.
We have found that it is far more effective to procure new clothing directly from manufacturers, suppliers or stores. This also allows us to fill a freight container with clothing. With small donations we have to store them until we have enough for an entire shipment.
Our approach is meant to foster dignity and steward the cash resources we receive for shipping and handling with responsibility.
Is it true that donations are used primarily as handouts and in relief programs?
In fact, we increasingly integrate donated products into community development programs in the same manner as cash resources. They can be of great use in emergency relief situations, but the majority of donated resources currently go toward development activities. Our field staff make requests for specific resources to support their program activities.
Medicines and micronutrients are used to improve the quality and reach of existing health programs. Donated books are used to establish or stock libraries that raise the profile of literacy in communities. Specialized equipment and tools can be used to give groups of entrepreneurs the tools they need to make their businesses flourish.
Where does World Vision send donated products?
We are able to send donated resources all around the world. When you are making the donation, please let us know if there any restrictions on where the resources can be sent.
How do donated resources affect the local economy?
In many cases, as with pharmaceuticals in most countries, there is no local production of similar goods, thereby eliminating much of the concern for competing with local companies. Gifts-in-Kind are distributed over fairly large geographical areas so that no single resource plays a significant role in the local economy. However, we are careful to monitor the amount of donated products that enter a community to prevent them from adversely affecting local businesses.
When resources are available, accessible and affordable in a country, we prefer that they are purchased locally instead of needlessly paying shipping and handling costs.
Why don’t I need a tax receipt?
We are proud to be a leader in fundraising in Canada and are committed to following the regulations set out by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). This is important to protecting our charitable status. To learn more about tax deductions for charitable gifts from your company’s inventory, you can click here. It is the same benefit for a company to write off a donation from its inventory, as it is to receive a tax receipt.
Whom do I contact if I have more questions?
One of our staff from the Resources-in-Kind team would be happy to provide you with additional information about our program and how you can get involved. Simply email us or call us at 1.800.387.7722 ext. 3211.