FAQs

1. 100%: What does that mean?

From the start, we decided that every donation should go straight to the people in our program. We’re serious when we say 100%. A group of private donors pays for everything including the PayPal and credit card transaction fees we incur anytime you donate online. This is to ensure that every single dollar you give goes straight to the people we help.

2. Giving: How do I donate?
Online:

Donating online is our easiest option. You can donate using any major credit card. All international donations made on the Of Home, Family and Future website will be converted to USD. Take care when filling out billing and shipping information; PayPal has a highly sensitive automatic fraud alert system, and it picks up any inconsistencies in these subjects.

There are different options for giving online. See them here
Security for online donations: We use PayPal, the largest online global payment processor, to securely process all online donations. Don’t worry; you don’t need an account with them to donate to Of Home, Family and Future. And we’ll never share your information with anyone.

By check:

Send checks (we don’t advise cash) for general donations to our New York office at:
Of Home, Family and Future, Inc.
9 East 8th Street, Suite 135
New York, NY 10003

If you’re donating in honor of someone, or want to direct your donation to something specific, please write this in the memo of your check.

International donations:

Only donations from within the U.S. are tax-deductible. For USD money orders, please collect donations in your currency, then mail a USD money order to:
Of Home, Family and Future, INC.
9 East 8th Street, Suite 135
New York, NY 10003

Money orders

should be made payable to Of Home, Family and Future. At this time, we don’t accept foreign checks; however, international banks can and will make checks out in USD for you, if you go in and ask. You can then mail us that check, using our address listed above.

Tax-deductibility:

Of Home, Family and Future is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, so all donations made directly to the organization are tax-deductible. Our audited financials as well as our 501(c)(3) exemption can be found online here. Our 501(c)(3) document may not be provided to any sponsors or donors on our behalf without our written consent. If you’re looking for our 990 information, please email info@ofhome.org

Tax receipts:

Receipts for online donations may take up to 24 hours to process and email to you. Be on the lookout for yours; tax receipt emails sometimes find their way into junk mail folders. If you don’t get your receipt within 12 hours, please let us know and we’ll gladly reissue you another one. Offline donors receive a formal tax receipt in the mail within four weeks after their donation has been processed. Again, if you don’t get your receipt within that time, just let us know and we’ll resend it.

3. Do you accept donations from a company’s “matching gift” program?

Yes, we absolutely accept matching gifts and are happy to complete the “matching gifts” form.

4. Where does my money go?

If you donate to the Domestic Violence Initiative, this is what your money goes towards: childcare, education costs for the mom, summer camp, computer and internet access, counseling for the mom, tutoring and counseling for the kids.

If you donate to the Educational Mentoring Program, this is what your money goes towards: Computer and internet access, books and other college course-related material such as special computer programs, tutoring, transportation home, cell phone and cell phone plan, counseling.

If you want your donation to go where it is most needed at the time, don’t designate either program.

5. How do I get involved?

We’re always looking for mentors for our students and volunteers who can offer their time to help fundraise, raise awareness, and add content to our site. Interested? Sign up here.

6. Do you have programs nationwide or local?

Our programs are local: Families and students typically living in New York City, and students attending colleges within New York State.

7. Who funds you?

Over the years, our grantors and corporate contributors have included:
Hedge Funds Care
Macy’s Foundation
Maple Row Partners
SHG Planning
Seymour Science, LLC
Alexander E & O Group, LLC
Greenberg, Trager, & Herbst, LLP
Rothbard & Sinchuk, LLC
Tannenbaum, Helpern, Syracuse & Hirschtritt, LLP
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
Vanguard Charitable Endowment
GEMS Investment Research
Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation
Allstate Foundation
Avon Products Foundation
The Harry and Carol Goodman Estate

8. Is there any expense attached to being a mentor?

No

9. What are we looking for in a student mentor?

We are seeking college graduates who are willing to make a moral commitment to maintain a relationship with the student for up to 5 years as long as the student remains in college. We are seeking individuals who are willing to be patient and willing to give more than they receive for the first couple of years.

10. How do I learn more about becoming a mentor?

Contact Dr. Nancy Schulman via e-mail: info@ofhome.org or call: 212-228-8299

11. How long have you offered these programs?

We launched our DVI in 2001, formed our own 501(c)(3)charity in 2004 and began our EMP in 2006.

12. What makes OHFF’s programs unique?

In addressing these areas of concern, no other programs in NY offer their participants grants for an array of services as broad as ours, for a program period as long as ours. The result is individuals who are able, emotionally and financially, to become fully-contributing members of society.

* A copy of OHFF’s latest annual report may be obtained, upon request, from the New Yok State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, New York 10271.