Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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Donations

1. How can I make a donation to help relief efforts?

You can support LDS Charities’ humanitarian efforts, such as disaster relief, by donating to the Humanitarian Aid Fund.

You can do this through:

Tithes and fast offerings do not go toward humanitarian efforts. To help specifically with humanitarian aid you should donate to the Humanitarian Aid Fund. Donations recorded on the “Other” line of the paper donation slip are not made available for Church headquarters to use in worldwide humanitarian efforts.

2. How much of my donation goes toward helping those in need?

One hundred percent of your donation goes to helping those in need. No overhead or administrative costs are paid for out of your Humanitarian Aid Fund donation.

3. Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes, your donation is tax deductible. You will receive a statement at the end of each year indicating how much you donated over the course of the year.

4. I want to donate to a specific disaster. Can I designate where my donation is used?

The Church does not set aside donations for specific disasters. When you donate to the Humanitarian Aid Fund, your donation will be used for LDS Charities humanitarian efforts worldwide.

5. Where does my money go?

One hundred percent of your money goes directly to LDS Charities humanitarian efforts such as emergency response and other long-term projects. Overhead and administration costs do not come from these donations.

6. Do I have to be a member of the LDS faith to donate?

No. Anyone is welcome to contribute at give.lds.org/humanitarian.

Volunteer

1. How can my group volunteer with LDS Charities, Mormon Helping Hands, or Humanitarian Services?

Mormon Helping Hands projects are organized through area coordinating councils. To submit an idea for a Mormon Helping Hands project, contact your stake public affairs representative.

LDS Charities and Humanitarian Services do not regularly accept volunteers. We believe that sustainability and self-reliance are more likely to be achieved if service is done locally. We encourage all to participate in strengthening their communities by filling needs close to home. If you’re looking for ideas to get started, visit justserve.org.

We occasionally need volunteer professionals who have health care experience and other specific skill sets. To see if your skills match our current needs, look over our volunteer requirements.

To learn how to partner with LDS Charities, see “How can my nonprofit organization partner with LDS Charities?”

2. I want to travel to the disaster zone to help with emergency response efforts. Whom should I contact?

All response and relief aid is coordinated locally by community organizations and local priesthood leaders. Traveling to regions devastated by disaster is discouraged because it often consumes limited resources that should be used by the local populations. If you would like to help those devastated by disasters, please donate to the Humanitarian Aid Fund.

3. How can my nonprofit organization partner with LDS Charities?

Our partners include organizations of all sizes, from global NGOs and government ministries to local nonprofits. They know the unique needs of the communities they serve and can develop local solutions. Additionally, our partners’ missions and values align with ours, and they have a proven history of completing projects successfully.

If your organization fits our partner criteria, send an email to lds-charities@ldschurch.org; include the physical address of your organization along with a summary of your organization’s goals and objectives. Explain the project you’d like to partner on and how LDS Charities can help. This information will be forwarded to an area representative to review. If the project is a good fit, the representative will contact you.

Need Help

1. I am personally in need of assistance. How can I get help?

LDS Charities projects usually address large-scale needs in a community. If you are in the United States, you may be able to find a local community resource by calling 211.

For individual member assistance, contact your local bishop. If you aren’t sure who your bishop is, go to maps.lds.org. Type in your address to see the congregations nearest you. From there, you can click on the name of a ward to view contact information.

Resources

1. Where do I find information about the Church’s welfare program and self-reliance efforts, such as food storage, bishops’ storehouses, employment, or Deseret Industries?

The following sites may help you find what you are looking for:

Teaching

1. Where can I find material to help me gather information or teach about humanitarian work coordinated by LDS Charities and the Church’s welfare program?

Feel free to use any of the resources found on the LDS Charities website, including the video library and the annual report. See the Humanitarian and Welfare sections of the LDS Media Library as well.