Donor Q & A

Are gifts to AIMI tax deductible?

Gifts and donations made to AIMI designated for a purpose under the control of AIMI are tax deductible. This includes gifts for support of a missionary, ministry projects, or the Home Office. Non-cash gifts for these purposes are also deductible when handled according to IRS regulations. Gifts made for purposes not under the control of AIMI are not tax deductible. For example, if a cash contribution is designated as a birthday gift or Christmas gift, it is not a tax deductible gift.

Will I receive a year end statement?

Our receipts have your year-to-date information on them. The last receipt of the year will have a summary of the year’s donations. This report will include everything necessary to qualify as a substantiation of your deductible contributions for U.S. tax purposes. Be sure to retain your receipts in your tax files. We will treat gifts received after the end of the year as prior year gifts if we have a postmark or similar evidence that the gift was made prior to year’s end. Gifts using our online web service will be treated as gifts made as of the date your credit card is charged. We won’t be able to process such gifts later than one business day before year end.

How do I make a gift to AIMI?

Gifts can be made by cash, check, or money order and mailed to P.O. Box 627, Longmont, CO 80502. Use our online donation form and select “Give by check” to print off a note to enclose with your gift to ease in crediting your gift to the desired account(s). You can also donate online by credit card on our donation page. Contributions can also be deducted automatically from your checking account through our EFT service.

How do I support a missionary?

Contact the AIMI Home Office or go to our online donation form to make arrangements to support a specific missionary or missionaries. Our support program enables you to select a missionary you want your contribution to go to. You can make a one-time gift, a monthly gift, or yearly gift. For your support to count toward the required support level of a missionary, please contact AIMI to complete and submit an Intention to Support Form.

What is AIMI’s Electronic Funds Transfer program?

AIMI’s Electronic Funds Transfer makes it possible to have your monthly, quarterly, or yearly support automatically withdrawn from your checking account. See our EFT page for more information.

How does AIMI acknowledge or receipt my gifts?

AIMI’s accounting department mails a receipt to each donor for each gift. The receipt has a detachable bottom portion that can be sent in a return envelope with your next contribution. The receipt will indicate if the gift is tax deductible or non-tax deductible in accordance with IRS regulations.  If you misplaced or never received your receipt, be sure to contact Ambassadors for help.

How can I be sure my gift will go to the right missionary project?

For U.S. legal and tax reasons, all gifts to AIMI are under the control of the AIMI Board and subject to our policies and discretion. However, AIMI will honor the designations of our partners when the purpose is identified. This means that to ensure that gifts are tax-deductible, AIMI board must control all contributions and see that they are used in accordance with the organization’s tax-exempt purposes.

How much of the money that I send actually goes to the missionary? What percentage?

All funds received by AIMI designated for a missionary or a ministry project are credited to the missionary or project account. AIMI keeps 7% of the monthly support for a missionary family or ministry project with a maximum charge of $230. This is transferred to the accounting fund of the mission each month to cover bookkeeping, audit, and any other accounting costs for each missionary or ministry.

How is AIMI held accountable for handling my gifts?

AIMI operates under the authority of an independent Board of Directors. We prepare financial statements audited annually by an independent audit firm. We use board-approved operating policies and procedures to assure the proper use of funds, including an reimbursement plan for ministry expenses. We consider effective use of ministry resources a matter of stewardship responsibility before God and accuracy in reporting and fundraising to be a matter of integrity.

Does AIMI file a Form 990 with the IRS and how can I get a copy?

AIMI is required to file Form 990 with the IRS. We do send audited Financial Statements to financial partners upon request.

How do I include a missions gift in my will?

When you have your will prepared, tell the attorney you would like to give a gift to AIMI. You can indicate a percentage of your estate or a specific amount. Through a will or living trust, you can designate a gift to be given to a particular mission field or project. If you already have a will, you can add a codicil (will amendment) to designate a gift to AIMI.

Can I donate property (car, truck, real estate, etc.) for ministry use and get a tax deduction?

Yes, you can contribute a home, a farm, or other property to AIMI. We then will use the gift toward the support of the designated missionary or support staff member. IRS guidelines control valuation and acknowledging such gifts. Non-cash gifts are acknowledged through a gift-in-kind letter. Please contact the home office for assistance for donating property.

As always, if your question isn’t answered here, please feel free to contact us.

Ambassadors International Ministries, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Longmont, Colorado, born out of compassion that drives us to do what we can to alleviate the pain and suffering of HIV/AIDS and help remove its cause.

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