Thursday, June 14, 2018

Hey Fletch … I met you years ago. I continue to read and enjoy the columns and posts at but it’s been a long while since we were in touch. 

Recently, my husband and I started a 501(c)(3) nonprofit to help poor children and struggling churches in the Philippines: We support sixty small churches, an orphanage, an elementary to high school, and a prison Bible school.

Could you take a look at our website and give us some thoughts? Also, could you suggest some best practices on how to get the word out to churches that are looking to partner with a global missions work?

DRF—It’s great to hear from you again. Congratulations on the new ministry. This is an exciting work that you have begun.

On the website, I loved your quote from Jose Rizal: “Youth is the hope of our motherland.” Many years ago, I enjoyed reading his novel, Noli Me Tángere.

The website has plenty of good photos and ministry descriptions. You have covered the ministry well.

When I looked at the site, it didn’t say that the organization was a 501(c)(3) and tax-exempt. You do say “tax deductible” but need to define that better. Consider joining the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). They have 7 Standards of Responsible Stewardship™ that affirm good governance of churches and non-profits. Their seal of approval would go a long way toward ensuring that your financial policies align with national standards. 

The site doesn’t list who the leaders are. Most newcomers want to read who is leading it and something about the board. I would encourage adding a page about you and your husband. Give some of your personal story and your passion for doing this work. On another page, list the board members.

It would be a good idea to have a page with references and endorsements. Who else likes this ministry and sees the value of it? 

I love where you are going with this. Good work and keep going.

Follow up

Wow, you have really done some great edits and additions to the site. Great work and God’s best in serving people in the Philippines!