Five Questions Every Donor Should Ask

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Charity Navigator (CN), America’s largest independent charity evaluator, recently published a list of five questions every donor should ask before making a charitable gift. Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS) is pleased to share its answers to CN’s questions.  We hope this will inspire you to make a gift in support of our ministry.

1.  Does PCHAS’ mission match your passion?

Since our founding in 1903 as an orphanage, our programs have evolved to meet the needs of children and families experiencing a crisis. During the past 114 years, our mission has remained the same: “to provide Christ-centered care and support to children and families in need.”  We accomplish this by staying true to our philosophy of care: being “family-centered, strength-focused and goal-driven.”  We serve more than 3,400 clients through the following seven programs each year: Foster Care; Adoption; Group Homes; Education; Child and Family; Transitional Living and Single Parent Family.

2.  Is PCHAS fiscally responsible and effective?

Financially, we are very healthy, with three relatively equal sources of funding: our endowment, private donations, and foster care expense reimbursements from the state of Texas. In 2016, we became certified by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and strengthened our organizational effectiveness.

3.  Is PCHAS able to bring about long-lasting and meaningful change?

One of the joys of working at PCHAS is meeting adults in their 70s and 80s who once lived in our Itasca or Waxahachie Group Homes.  Others received help through one of our other programs. Our “alumni” tell us that PCHAS has transformed their lives for the better.

4.  Do you trust PCHAS?

Since we are transparent about the use of funding we receive, you can trust that your support, whether through designated or unrestricted gifts, helps children who have experienced trauma as a result of abuse, neglect and/or abandonment. Your support also prevents struggling families from breaking apart. The children and families we serve need your support, our services and God’s love. We can’t do this alone, but together we can transform the lives of the most vulnerable in our communities. The needs of the children and families we serve in Texas and Louisiana have never been greater. Thank you for helping us share God’s love.

5.  Does PCHAS have strong leadership?

Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services has been led by Dr. Ed Knight, President and CEO for 20 years.  Dr. Knight, and five other executive staff have collectively served PCHAS for 80 years. Each has more than 25 years of experience and expertise in their respective fields:

David Thompson, Vice President for Programs and COO,
has served PCHAS since 1999.

Linda Bishop, Vice President for Finance and Administration,
has served PCHAS since 2003.

Rev. Peter D. Crouch, Vice President for Development,
has served PCHAS since 2011.

Randy Spencer, Vice President for Organizational Impact,
has served PCHAS since 2008.

Celeste Ross, Associate Vice President for Foster Care and Adoption,
has served PCHAS since 2010.

Here is a Christmas message from
a PCHAS Group Home Resident: