Transparency, Accountability, Governance & Finances
Last updated: January 1st, 2023
IMPACT & RESULTS
Outcomes: Please view the individual programs linked on the top of the page.
Impact: Please view the individual programs linked on the top of the page.
Challenges: Please view the individual programs linked on the top of the page.
Best practices: Please view the individual programs linked on the top of the page.
Partnerships: Please view the individual programs linked on the top of the page.
Sustainability: Up to the end of 2022 we uniquely depended on individual contributors that we have had a relationship with since the beginning. In addition we receive funding in the form of both cash and services from staff and board members. We have depended on volunteers internationally and local communities to accomplish most of the footwork to operate on a bare minimum budget. This mission, whether backed by a non-profit structure or not, will continue by the individuals involved. The goal behind the non-profit structure is to make this a formal, public mission that can reach more people and save more lives with scale. Our plans moving forward from the beginning of 2023 is to:
- Increase efforts in attaining individual supporters by networking, publishing our work and researching to find new potential donors.
- Apply to foundation funding/grants
- Starting a Synagogue/Church Outreach Campaign
- Accepting/encouraging more donated goods/services
- [very limited and still researching] Sell products/services
Overall, it’s important to us for regular reviews and evaluations on our charity’s impact and results in order to ensure that we are meeting our mission and achieving the desired outcomes.
ACCOUNTABILITY & FINANCE
Accountability and Transparency
Per our by-laws, we maintain an odd # of board members ranging from 5-7 total voting members. It is required that a majority of the board is independent (not salaried) and currently all members are independent.
We have these policies in order to allow for full deliberation and diversity of thinking on governance and other organizational matters.
Independent Audit or Financial Review:
Our scale does not warrant official auditing, but per the by-laws, we do hire an independent respected individual to evaluate all finances (recently it has been a respected community Orthodox Rabbi).
Conflict of Interest Policy:
It is required by our by-laws that all Board Members sign and declare any potential conflict of interest. It is required a unanimous vote from the board (excluding conflicted parties) to accept the conflict.
Board Meeting Minutes:
At least yearly board meetings are required and recorded and results are published publicly.
Document Retention and Destruction:
Per by-laws, we have a document retention and destruction policy.
Per by-laws, we have a whistleblower policy.
We have a central website for the Non-Profit Corporation Rescue the Persecuted Inc. (RescueThePersecuted.com) that links to each of our formal programs.
Liabilities to Assets:
We maintain no liabilities currently. Our only assets are (if we have any) undistributed funds currently.
By-laws dictate a policy of maintaining less than or equal to 40% in the case those decisions come up in the future.
Program Expense Ratio:
The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expenses. By-laws dictate maintaining 85% or higher.
Total Revenue and Expenses:
We keep this info public per by-laws.
Salary of Key Persons:
We have not nor in the near future intend on giving salaries for “key persons.” If this policy changes it will be done via the by-laws and publicly announced.
Programs We are Launching 2023
One of the categories we use internally is called “Culture & Community,” which looks at how well we listen to our constituents, use feedback to improve our programs, and foster a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace culture.
This category evaluates the extent to which we engage with and involve the local community in our programs and activities.
Community Partnerships Program
To build relationships and involve the local community in our missions.
- Develop partnerships with local organizations, religious groups, and community leaders to raise awareness about our work and recruit volunteers.
- Involve community members in decision-making processes, such as through a community advisory committee or focus groups. Gather feedback and insights from community members to inform the development and evaluation of our programs.
- Foster a sense of ownership and investment in our mission among community members.
- We host informational sessions and workshops to educate community members about our work and how they can get involved.
- Organize volunteer opportunities, such as assisting with fundraising efforts.
- Set up a community advisory committee or focus groups to gather input and feedback from community members on our programs and priorities.
- Partner with local organizations to co-host events or engage in joint advocacy efforts.
- Track the number of partnerships established and the level of engagement with each partner.
- Collect feedback from community members about their experiences with the program and their perceptions of its impact.
- Assess the extent to which community input has informed the development and evaluation of our programs.
- Monitor the level of ownership and investment in our mission among community members.
Leadership Development Program
To invest in the leadership capacity of our organization and enhance our ability to execute on our strategic plan and adapt to internal and external changes.
- Provide ongoing training and professional development opportunities for our staff and board members.
- Foster a culture of continuous learning and growth within our organization.
- Develop strong and effective leadership at all levels of our organization.
- Enhance our ability to adapt to challenges and pivot as needed.
- Offer regular workshops, seminars, and coaching sessions to support the professional development of our staff and board members.
- Encourage staff and board members to participate in leadership development programs outside of our organization.
- Set up a mentorship program to provide support and guidance to emerging leaders within our organization.
- Identify opportunities for staff and board members to take on new roles and responsibilities within our organization.
- Establish systems and processes to support adaptability, such as regularly reviewing and updating our strategic plan, conducting scenario planning exercises, and building flexibility into our programs and operations.
- Track participation in leadership development activities and assess their impact on the skills and knowledge of our staff and board members.
- Monitor the effectiveness of our mentorship program and assess the progress of mentees.
- Evaluate the extent to which our leadership development efforts are contributing to a culture of continuous learning and growth within our organization.
- Assess our ability to adapt to internal and external changes and identify areas for improvement.
- Document Retention & Destruction – Click Here to View
- Whistleblower Policy – Click Here to View
- ‘Heimish Giving’ Trade Name (DBA / AKA) – Click Here to View
- ‘Redeem the Oppressed’ Trade Name (DBA / AKA) – Click Here to View
- ‘For African Jews’ Trade Name (DBA / AKA) – Click Here to View
- Incorporation Docs – Click Here to View
- IRS 501c3 Status Letter – Click Here to View
- Agudath Israel of Florida, Vaad L’inyanei Online Tzedakah, Rabbi Berel Simpser – “Help Save Miley’s Life!” – Click Here to View
- Agudath Israel of Florida, Vaad L’inyanei Online Tzedakah, Rabbi Berel Simpser – Kollel Menachem Tzyion – Click Here to View
- Rabbi Yehuda Moussadji Letter to Rescue the Persecuted Inc.
- Rabbi Emanuel Gentilcore Endorsement to Rescue the Persecuted Inc.
- Achieving Platinum Status with GuideStar/Candid: Our Commitment to Transparency and Impact