How do I donate? How much of donated funds go directly to Kenya and how much is spent on administration?
100% of your donations to Kickstart Kids International go directly to support our work in Kenya. Currently, our primary fundraising focus is the construction of our second orphanage initiative, Olturoto Children’s Village.
To lead by example, the management team of Kickstart Kids International has pledged to cover 100% of the administration expenses incurred to run the organisation. This is to ensure that all your donations will make it to Kenya.
Online credit card donations – we have partnered with GiveNow.com.au (a Westpac community initiative) which charges no fees to process online donations and is a secure online donation option. For more information click here.
If you would like to make a donation via cheque or direct deposit, please follow the steps mentioned below and send an email to email@example.com so we can email you a receipt.
Donate via cheque – If you would like to send a cheque please make it payable to Kickstart Kids International and send it to PO Box 90, Crows Nest NSW 1585 Australia.
Donate via direct deposit – If you would like to make a direct deposit (from within Australia) the bank details are as follows.
Account name: Kickstart Kids International
Please include your name in the transaction description.
International donations (outside Australia) – If you would like to make a donation to Kickstart via direct deposit from outside Australia, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an international transfer.
What guarantees are there that my money is reaching Kickstart’s projects?
Donations are transferred from Kickstart Kids International in Australia to Nanga Organization in Kenya. From there, our funds are applied directly to our projects. We get updates from the local staff to ensure that all the money reaches its intended purpose. Nanga Org is a registered Kenyan NGO (non government development organisation) that has been established to ensure the local community have an active role in the decision making process. Kickstart Kids International’s founder, James Woodward, also sit on the Nanga Org board of Trustees.
On an annual basis Kickstart Kids International is audited in Australia and Nanga Organization is audtied in Kenya. The financial records of Nanga Organization are maintained on a monthly basis by KPMG Kenya.
Members of the Kickstart Kids International management team keep in daily contact with our Kenyan team and guarantee that at least one of our management team visits the projects in Kenya each year. Currently, Kickstart’s Australian founder visits Olturoto Children’s Village at least once a quarter. Our travel costs are NOT funded by your donations.
Are donations tax deductible?
Our application for tax deductibility in Australia is currently being considered by AusAID, the Australia Government’s Aid Agency. Donation are not currently tax-deductible but we hope that this will not stop people wanting to travel along this exciting and worthwhile journey with us.
Can I visit Kickstart Kids International’s work in Kenya?
We love having visitors and we love to hear about volunteer’s experiences in Kenya. For more information about visiting Olturoto Children’s Village, send an e-mail to our volunteer coordinator email@example.com
Who looks after the children on a day to day basis?
In late 2011, a local Kenyan board of directors assumed responsibility for managing all aspects of running Familia Moja Children’s Home and has subsequently increased the number of children being cared for. This is a huge achievement towards kickstarting the lives of these beautiful children.
Upon completion of construction, Olturoto Children’s Village in Kenya will consist of four houses, each accommodating eight children and ‘house parents’.
If you have any further questions that have not been answered above, please click the Contact Us link at the top of the page and send any one of us an email.