Finances

We want to be sure that all donors understand exactly how their money will be used and therefore we need to set some rules on where donated funds can and cannot be spent. The overriding principle is that donated funds will not be used to cover time or expenses of any volunteers or founding members. Anyone who offers to support us as a volunteer will be asked to enter into an undertaking before providing services which makes this clear. The table below is not exhaustive but attempts to set out where your donations can be spent, and more importantly where they will not be spent.
Where your donations go Where your donations will NOT go
for children in care:
  • clothes
  • education
  • healthcare
  • transport (e.g. school)
for homes:
  • land
  • design
  • construction
  • government payments/taxes
  • utilities
  • IT & telecommunications
  • property maintenance
  • security
  • bedding & towels
  • fixtures, fittings & equipment
  • consumables
  • food
for staff:
  • salaries
  • government-stipulated benefits
  • training
for volunteers:
  • pre-approved training
for administration and promotion:
  • stationery
  • postage
  • advertising including website
  • government costs
  • bank charges
  • transaction costs (e.g. Paypal)
for the community:
  • mid-year and Christmas gifts for street children
 
for volunteers and founding members:
  • travel costs
  • accommodation
  • subsistence
  • reimbursement for time spent
general:
  • political lobbying
  • political donations

Religion

This is a tricky one! Some people have already asked us whether we are aligned to any particular religion, and the simple answer is that we are not, hence the 'non-denominational' description on our homepage. But this doesn't tell the full picture as all of the founding members believe in God and are involved in this charity in His name. Actually, we are from different religions and want to use Balay Dalangpan to demonstrate that people of different faiths can work together effectively in the name of God. Therefore, a better description of us might be 'multi-faith' rather than non-denominational. In essence this means that we respect everyone's right to choose and follow the religion of their choice, but never act as though one religion is superior to another. Our view is that the differences between the various major religions are interesting but largely irrelevant because the underlying rules on morality and ethics are very similar. All religions recognise the importance of loving God, loving humankind through charitable works and showing respect to all. If we keep these principles at the centre of everything we do, we should be okay.  

Other Rules

We don't want to be bound to lots of procedures but to operate effectively we do need a few house rules to be followed by our founding members, volunteers, staff and of course the children. The more important rules are listed below:
  1. Treat everyone equally and with respect.
  2. Always work with a smile.
  3. Never waste donations
  4. Be prepared to address mistakes, continually improve and learn from others.
  5. Never use any form of capital punishment, bullying or harassment.
  6. Always listen carefully to any grievances and take each of them seriously.
  7. Never pay bribes or get involved in any form of corruption even if it saves the charity money.
  8. Never smoke or drink alcohol or use recreational drugs in a home.
  9. Love the planet by caring for the environment.