Frequently Asked Questions

 

Who is King’s Ransom?

Founded in 2009, King’s Ransom Foundation is a USA non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to upholding the cause of the widow, the orphan, the poor and the needy. We seek to reflect the Character of God through direct humanitarian activities.

What portion of my giving goes to support King’s Ransom’s operational budget, and what portion goes to the actual ministry work?

King’s Ransom’s operational expenses are completely covered by a private corporate donor, which allows us to allocate 100 percent of your giving to the causes that matter most to you, and hold nothing back for operations.

Where can I find your financial statements?

Our independent auditor-reviewed financial statements are available by clicking here.

How is the General Fund used?

The General Fund is distributed among the ministries we support and is never used for administrative costs.

How can I make a donation?

There are several ways to make a donation. You can use King’s Ransom Foundation’s secure online system, or mail your check to:

King’s Ransom Foundation
218 Quinlan Street #286
Kerrville, TX 78028

You can also call customer service at 1-866-590-3499, Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5:00 p.m. CST.

How are board members compensated?

The members of our board of directors are all volunteers who believe in the work and donate their time.

Why do we help the poor in other countries?

While we do help widows, orphans, soup kitchens, churches, and other charitable organizations here in the United States, we have found that the poor in the United States have safety nets that the poor in other countries do not have. Third-world poverty comes with a different level of hopelessness than we see here.

How can donors be assured their money is used wisely?

We are frugal, efficient, carefully monitored, and aligned with partners to get the most out of each donation.

How does King’s Ransom determine what organizations to support?

King’s Ransom has a stringent process for vetting partner organizations, where we look at the fruit of their work, financial stewardship, their leadership, and other factors.

I have an idea for a mission that I think King’s Ransom should support. How do I go about letting you know?

Use the “Contact Us” form to give us your information and we will take a look at it.  If it fits our criteria your request will be submitted to our Board of Directors for review. We do not promise to help everyone who makes a request.

Are my online credit/debit card donations secure?

Yes. Our online giving system is transmitted using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption by Blackbaud Software, a leader in online contribution technology. SSL is a proven coding system that lets your browser automatically encrypt, or scramble, data before you send it to us. We also protect account information by placing it on a secure portion of our site that is only accessible by certain qualified employees of King’s Ransom Foundation. Read more information — Privacy Policy

Why do we use such graphic stories and photos?

These graphic images and stories are a reality for the people we serve, and are used to educate our donors on the grim truth.

What is a birthday campaign?

Some of our donors have decided that, rather than receive presents for their birthdays, they would rather have their friends and family make a donation in their name to a project King’s Ransom is doing. Go to “How To Help,” and under “Start A Campaign,” click the “Get Started” button.

I want to set up an online fundraiser for the 1,000 Home for Nicaragua project, so I can get my friends, family, and coworkers involved. What’s the best way to do that?

The first thing you will want to do is go to kingsransom.org, and then choose “How to Help.” Under “Sponsor A Project” click the “Get Started” button. It will take you to a new campaign page associated with that project, hosted by grouprev.com. On the right-hand side of the page is an orange button that says, “Create your own page.” Click that and follow the prompts to get started. Then get the word out on Facebook, Twitter, or your favorite social media platforms. Grouprev will do the rest.

My favorite restaurant has a policy where they will donate a portion of their sales for a set period of time to a charity of my choice. What can I do to set up an event for King’s Ransom?

Each restaurant chain has their own policies for setting up donation nights. Check with them first to get an event approved. If they ask for a contact, give them “admin@kingsransom.org.”  We’re working on a media kit that will include posters, flyers, mailings, and other marketing tools you can use.

I want to host a fundraising event in my community. What should I do?

We’re working on a media kit that will include posters, flyers, mailings, and other marketing tools you can use. In the meantime, your best bet is to promote it on social media, the phone, and face-to-face conversations with your neighbors.

Why does King’s Ransom call me?

If you see King’s Ransom’s number on your phone, we may just be calling to thank you for a recent gift, to pray with you, or to find out how we can serve you better. While we will always encourage you to continue to be faithful in answering the cry of the poor, we will never call to pressure you into giving.

What if I have a question or concern about my experience with King’s Ransom Foundation?

If you ever have anything less than a great experience with King’s Ransom Foundation, we’d like to hear from you. It will be our pleasure to answer any questions or resolve any concerns to your satisfaction. Please call us toll-free at 866-590-3499, or you may email us at admin@kingsransom.org.

How can someone receive assistance?

Use the “Contact Us” form to give us your information and we will take a look at it.  If it fits our criteria your request will be submitted to our Board of Directors for review.  We do not promise to help everyone who makes a request.

Who are the people who match donations?

Sometimes it’s a single donor. Sometimes it’s an organization. These loyal donors want to encourage others to give so they offer us a “challenge” donation to help double the amount.

Is it possible to send a memorial gift in honor of another individual?

Our Donor Relations department will assist you in making a memorial gift to honor a departed loved one or to remember a friend or family member. You can contact a King’s Ransom representative by calling 1-866-590-3499.

How can I opt-out of King’s Ransom Foundation mailings, phone calls and/or email?

Please send an email to admin@kingsransom.org with the address, phone number and/or email that you would like to have opted-out.

How does King’s Ransom send Gifts in Kind overseas?

King’s Ransom works with established charitable organizations that acquire container-loads of donated goods from nonprofit organizations, corporations, and government entities, and then delivers these goods to impoverished areas in the countries we serve.

Can anyone go on a planned mission trip?

Yes! Don’t just travel the world, change it! We work with several organizations and supporters who organize trips to the areas they serve. Join us on a journey you will never forget. By participating, you will see firsthand the desperate conditions of the developing countries we serve.

How do I request a tax receipt? Are donations tax-deductible?

You will receive receipts for your gifts to King’s Ransom via email if we have your e-mail address, or via regular mail if we do not. Also, during the last week of January and the first week of February, you will receive a summary of all donations you made the previous year. Contributions to King’s Ransom Foundation are tax-deductible for U.S. citizens. King’s Ransom Foundation is exempt from federal income taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our tax identification number: 26-4451422.

How can I best support King’s Ransom’s mission?

By simply offering your compassionate generosity toward any of our many projects you are bringing hope to those who pray someone will help ease their suffering.

“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” (1 Peter 4:10)

How can I give on a consistent, “recurring” basis?

Each donation page has a place where you can select “monthly gift.” This will allow you to automatically give on a recurring monthly basis to support the destitute in the places King’s Ransom serves.

I set up a recurring gift. How can I discontinue it?

If you would like to end a recurring gift, please call the King’s Ransom office at 866-590-3499 or e-mail us at admin@kingsransom.org.

Do you offer child sponsorship?

Not at this time.