CEO, Rescue Mission Alliance
Last year, with your help, the Rescue Mission placed nearly 1,000 men, women, and children experiencing homelessness into permanent housing, helped almost 400 people find employment, served over 275,000 meals, and provided over 140,000 overnight stays. We celebrate every life changed through our work and I am so truly grateful that you have chosen to partner with us through your generous donations. With only 11% of our total budget coming from government funding, our life-changing programs are largely funded through your generosity.
In an effort to maximize the dollars so generously donated to the Rescue Mission, we have recently adopted a change in the way we say “Thank You.” We are thankful for each and every gift given to help make life change possible, but we have also grown sensitive to the cost of mailing frequent acknowledgement letters.
Our goal is to maximize the impact of your donation and ensure that every cent possible goes directly into assisting men, women and children experiencing homelessness and hunger. As we strive to invest 82 cents of every dollar donated into programs, we are reducing our mailing costs by moving to monthly acknowledgements of donations. When you give, your gift immediately goes to work providing meals, shelter and support programs, and you will receive a thank you letter by mail within six weeks. (Please note that when you give online, you should receive a receipt for your gift within 24 hours.) If you prefer to make your dollar go even farther, and you only wish to receive an annual acknowledgement summarizing your contributions for the entire calendar year, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org . (To view our official acknowledgement policy, please click here.)
Thank you for all that you give and do to help us feed, clothe, shelter, and provide case management and spiritual guidance to individuals and families. Because of you, thousands of men, women and children in our community have new hope and opportunity. You are truly changing lives!
Alan Thornton is on Twitter @Alanrmsyr.